RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1870.05.26. Compared flowering seedlings of Cytisus purpureus. CUL-DAR193.8. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 8.2022. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin. The volume CUL-DAR193 contains notes for Darwin's book Variation under domestication (1865-75).

"Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, Surrey. 1842 Josiah Wedgwood [III] bought it, about 4,000 acres, on resigning his partnership in the family firm, home c.1847-80 Also home of Margaret Susan Wedgwood (Mrs Vaughan Williams), before 1944 and later. It was passed to Hervey Vaughan Williams, and in 1944 on his death to Ralph Vaughan Williams, who gave it to the National Trust. They leased it to Ralph Wedgwood, his cousin and close friend." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021.)


May 26 – 1870 Compared flowering seedlings of Cytisus purpureus raised from sporting branch on Adonis Cytisus at Leith Hill, with the flower & leaves of a sporting branch of Adonis Cytisus in Sir J. Lubbocks wood, & identical in all respects

In D I perceive any difference in any seedling from pure Cytisus purpureus

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