Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus,
14 April 1741 n.s.
L0430. Peter CollinsonPeter Collinson (1694-1768). British.
Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
Collinson is sure Linnaeus is not idle, and he asks what Linnaeus is working on.
As Linnaeus knows, there are several examples of varieties in flowers, caused by the mixture of pollen from different kinds. The cases of similar varieties in fruits are less numerous, but Collinson has just seen an example where two different species of apples, one russet and one green, have been mixed up because of such a mixture. The result is an apple, partly russet and partly green, with a distinct line between the two colours.
Collinson considers that the result is remarkable, and he provides a sketch of the fruit in the letter.
P. S. Collinson sends his regards to Filenius.
In the comments to the sketch, Collinson adds that the russet part dominates, although the fruit grows on the tree with green apples, making one kind more dominant than the other.
Collinson also mentions another example, although slightly dissimilar. Lord Wilmington [Spencer ComptonCompton, Spencer (1673?-1743).