RECORD: Vines, Sydney Howard. 1882.04.26. Letter to Francis Darwin. CUL-DAR215.9h. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. Corrections by Anne Secord 4.2022. RN2

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.

"Vines, Sydney Howard, 1849-1934. Botanist. Reader in Botany Cambridge. 1881 Oct. 20 CD and ED took tea with in Cambridge. 1881 Nov. CD to V on plant chemistry. LL3:346-347. 1883 May 12 called on ED. 1884 Jan. 24 ED had Messrs Vines, Ward & Pryor in her diary. 1885 Apr. 23 Vines dined. 1885 FRS. 1888-1919 Sherardian Chair in Botany Oxford University. 1900-04 President Linnean Society." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)



Christs College,


April 26, 1882.

My dear Darwin,

I write these few lines to express my sympathy with you in the sorrow which has come upon you, and my deep sense of the great loss which all us others, and I in particular, have sustained in the death of your Father. Nothing has been more encouraging to me in my attempts to promote and habilitate the study of the Physiology of Plants in this country than the knowledge that he was leading the way and that any efforts which I might make would be sure to obtain his recognition – His memory will, I hope, be to me in the future what his presence amongst us was in the past.


I am extremely sorry that the pressure of my engagements will prevent my being present at the funeral tomorrow – had it been in any way possible I should certainly have made arrangements to go. The College will not, however, be unrepresented, as the Master intends to be present –

Yours faithfully

Sydney H. Vines.

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