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From D. F. Nevill   [11 September 1874]1

Dangstein | Petersfield


My dear Sir

The Utricularia was dispatched yesterday   it had the bladders as you described to me so I hope it may prove useful to you—2 I see in your interesting work of “Animals and plants” on the Cats you make no mention of The Siamese breed of which I possess almost the only specimen3   he is just like an Otter with a brown fur coat and a beauty— I am not much in L during the winter but if you will do me the great pleasure of calling on me I would bring him up and show him to you— Years ago you sent me Photo of yourself—which I have framed and hung up—4 it would gratify me so much if you would send me another with your signature   I should value it most highly   Any thing else I can supply you with I shall be happy to do so

Ys | very truly | D Nevill

The Utricularia can be treated in the same manner as the Drosera5

a small carte de visite would please me best the other one was a large one


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to D. F. Nevill, 11 September [1874]. In 1874, 11 September was a Friday.
Nevill refers to Utricularia montana, an epiphytic bladderwort; see letters to D. F. Nevill, 7 September 1874 and 11 September [1874] and n. 2. Utricularia montana is a synonym of U. alpina.
CD discussed domestic cats in Variation 1: 43–8.
See Correspondence vol. 10, letter from D. F. Nevill, [c. 14 March 1862].


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

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Has sent the Utricularia with the bladders that CD described.

In Variation CD does not mention a rare breed of Siamese cat, which she owns.

Asks for another photograph.

Letter details

Letter no.
Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Dangstein, Petersfield
Source of text
DAR 172: 19
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9633,” accessed on 27 January 2022,

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