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To T. H. Farrer   [29 June 1870]

Summary

Encloses seeds from Fritz Müller, of a species of Passiflora, fertilised by a humble-bee.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  [29 June 1870]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7250

To T. H. Farrer   2 [March 1871]

Summary

Was aware of Maine’s view but never thought of its extension to morals. Cannot avoid thinking that personal property like flint tools must have "strictly belonged to individuals as much as a bone to a dog".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  2 [Mar 1871]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/14a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7530

To T. H. Farrer   21 June [1871]

Summary

Confesses to intense hatred of the bee [orchid] for its anomalous perpetual self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  21 June [1871]
Classmark:  Trinity College Library, Cambridge (Cullum M411)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7828

To T. H. Farrer   13 October [1872]

Summary

THF’s article in Nature ["The fertilisation of a few papilionaceous flowers", 6 (1872): 478–80, 498–501] is extremely good.

Suspects he now has answer to why common peas and sweetpeas hardly ever intercross, a point which half drove CD mad for years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8557

To T. H. Farrer   28 April 1873

Summary

Recommends Hermann Müller’s Die Befruchtung der Blumen [1873].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  28 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8885

To T. H. Farrer   10 August [1873]

Summary

Asks THF to examine old flowers of Coronilla for holes bored by bees.

Is investigating whether drops of water injure leaves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Aug [1873]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9003

To T. H. Farrer   14 August 1873

Summary

Thinks THF has solved the mystery of Coronilla.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  14 Aug 1873
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9010

To T. H. Farrer   1 December [1873]

Summary

Suggests a reference to Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 1 Dec 1873, p. 497, when THF takes up Coronilla.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  1 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/17a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9166

To T. H. Farrer   10 April 1874

Summary

Delighted to hear about Coronilla. Urges publication ["Fertilisation of papilionaceous flowers– Coronilla", Nature 10 (1874): 169–70].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Apr 1874
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9400

To T. H. Farrer   4 July [1874]

Summary

Has read THF’s article on Coronilla [see 9400] – "a very curious case"; is troubled by C. emerus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  4 July [1874]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9531

To T. H. Farrer   29 November [1874]

Summary

Hooker is greatly overworked at Kew and is trying to get the Government to provide some help. CD hopes THF will take an interest in the matter and forwards a copy of JDH’s application for an assistant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  29 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C67–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9737

To T. H. Farrer   10 October [1880]

Summary

Thanks THF for notes on Abinger excavation. Asks for more castings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Oct [1880]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12749

To T. H. Farrer   13 October 1880

Summary

THF’s copybook has cleared up all points. The castings are invaluable. Encloses further queries [missing].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12755

To T. H. Farrer   13 October [1880]

Summary

Is worried about brick particles in worm-castings. Asks THF for castings from a site where possible error would be avoided.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Oct [1880]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12756

To T. H. Farrer   20 October 1880

Summary

Has started experiment to see whether particles of stone become rounded in the gizzards of worms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  20 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12766

To T. H. Farrer   30 December 1880

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Summary

Statement of money transactions with James Torbitt and record of year’s success enclosed. Torbitt desires him to return £90. He is doubtful of being able to continue this spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  30 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12956

To T. H. Farrer   18 January 1881

Summary

Asks THF to obtain sample of chalk immediately below vegetable mould at Abinger.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  18 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13016

To T. H. Farrer   28 August 1881

Summary

More on W. Graham’s book, The creed of science. Chance and design. Happiness.

E. A. Darwin’s death [26 Aug 1881].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  28 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13299

To T. H. Farrer   10 January 1882

Summary

Requests that THF forward an enclosure if he thinks it proper. James Torbitt’s blunder in using the pollen of a diseased variety accounts for the bad varieties raised last year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Surrey History Centre (T. H. Farrer papers 9609/4/1/16 (part) by permission of Emma Corke)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13608A

To T. H. Farrer   19 May [1868]

Summary

Thanks THF for correcting the error in Orchids.

Asks him to find out what insects visit the fly orchid and for what purpose.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  19 May [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6185
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