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From J. S. Henslow   [c. 14 April 1839]

My dear Darwin,

I have just got back from Milton I find this letter wh. concerns your queres.—1 Ld. F’s2 gardener declares that he does not believe in Hybrid Ferns— He raises 100s & sees 1000’s of seedlings & never met with any thing of the sort—3

Mrs H. is at Ely—

Kind regards to Mrs Darwin. Yrs ever sincerely J. S Henslow


Letter from William Herbert to J. S. Henslow, 5 April 1839. Henslow wrote the above note at the bottom of Herbert’s letter.
Probably Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 3d Earl Fitzwilliam, on whose estates was Milton Park near Peterborough (Complete Peerage).
CD’s notebooks contain seven references to hybridity of ferns (Notebook B: 230, 235; C: 52; D: 157, 162; E: 90; M: 156).


Notebook B. See Barrett 1960; de Beer 1960; de Beer and Rowlands 1961; de Beer, Rowlands, and Skramovsky 1967; Notebooks.


[Note forwarding 503.]

Lord Fitzwilliam’s gardener does not believe in hybrid ferns.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Stevens Henslow
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 185: 63v
Physical description
1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 505,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2