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From William Ogle   2 September 1868

34 Clarges St.

Sept. 2. 1868.

Dear Sir

I return you by today’s post the pamphlet on Salvia, with many thanks to you for your kindness in lending it to me.1 I have read it with much interest. Of course I found that it contained the main facts which I had flattered myself, until informed by you, that I had been the first to observe. There are however a number of small detail in the structure of several species, which add to the perfection of the mechanism, which seem to have escaped the notice of Hildebrand   These perhaps it may be worth while to make known.2 Again thanking you cordially for your kindness

I remain | Yrs. Sincerely | W. Ogle.

C. Darwin Esqr.


CD evidently lent Ogle his copy of Hildebrand 1866 during a visit of Ogle’s to Down House (see letter to T. H. Farrer, 15 September [1868] and n. 10). A heavily annotated copy of Hildebrand 1866 is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Ogle published a paper on Salvia the following year (Ogle 1869); in the final paragraph, he mentioned CD’s reference to Hildebrand 1866, and explained why he decided to publish further on Salvia. An annotated copy of Ogle 1869 is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. See also Correspondence vol. 17.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Ogle, William. 1869. The fertilisation of Salvia and of some other flowers. Popular Science Review 8: 261–73.


Returns a pamphlet on Salvia [F. Hildebrand, "Über die Befruchtung der Salviaarten" (1865) Jahrb. Wiss. Bot. 4 (1866): 451–78].

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Letter no.
William Ogle
Charles Robert Darwin
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London, Clarges St, 34
Source of text
DAR 173: 1
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6346,” accessed on 24 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16