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From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   23 March [1874]1

49, Queen Anne Street. | W.

March 23

Dear Mr Darwin

My very best thanks for the M.S.2 It will be invaluable to me. We are just now, my winter lectures at University College being over,3 looking forward to spending a week among the spring flowers. We shall take the M.S. with us and my wife will read it to me just as you propose or perhaps I shall read it & dictate notes to her.4

Please thank your son Frank for his kind offer of help of which I shall certainly avail myself5

All the experiments about digestion are complete.6 I will try to send them tomorrow.

Believe me, | very truly yours | J B Sanderson


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 21 March 1874.
CD had lent Burdon Sanderson his manuscript on Dionaea (Venus fly trap). See letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 21 March 1874.
Burdon Sanderson was professor of practical physiology and histology at University College, London.
CD had suggested that Ghetal Burdon Sanderson should read his manuscript on Dionaea to Burdon Sanderson. See letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 21 March 1874.
See letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 21 March 1874 and n. 5. Burdon Sanderson refers to Francis Darwin.
Burdon Sanderson carried out a series of experiments for CD on the digestion of insectivorous plants (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 19 November [1873]). He did not send his results until his letter of 30 March [1874].


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


Thanks for MS which he intends to read while on a week’s holiday.

Sends thanks for Francis Darwin’s offer of help and says that Francis’s experiments on digestion are complete.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9370A,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22