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To T. H. Farrer   5 June 1868

Summary

"I have seen the action on Ophrys exactly as you describe and am thoroughly ashamed of my inaccuracy."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  5 June 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6230

To T. H. Farrer   15 September [1868]

Summary

Comments on THF’s MS [on fertilisation of scarlet runners]. Suggests publication, though CD anticipated main features ten years before. Is amused at the caution with which THF put his case that the final end [of the contrivances] was crossing distinct individuals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  15 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6365

To T. H. Farrer   19 September [1868]

Summary

Will send THF’s paper [on scarlet runners] to Annals and Magazine of Natural History with a note recommending publication [see 6384].

Suggests books on Lobelia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  19 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms299/5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6379

To T. H. Farrer   24 September [1868]

Summary

Informs THF that Annals and Magazine of Natural History will publish his paper [see 6384].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  24 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6389

To T. H. Farrer   29 October [1868]

Summary

Suggests THF write a paper on violets. Asa Gray, once a sceptic, now declares he is convinced whole structure of a flower is adapted for a cross with another individual.

Urges THF not to give up Pangenesis lightly. "It has thrown light on my mind in regard [to] a great series of complex phenomena."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  29 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6435

To T. H. Farrer   26 November 1868

Summary

Advises THF that best plan is to investigate the part certain structures play with all plants or orders, instead of describing means of fertilisation in particular plants. Naturalists value observations far more than reasoning.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  26 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6475

To T. H. Farrer   6 May [1869]

Summary

Dislikes the use of the term "degradation" as applied to the closed flowers of Viola species. Species with such self-fertilising flowers also have flowers adapted for crossing. The development of closed flowers adapted to ensure a sufficient stock of seed is progressive.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  6 May [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6730

To T. H. Farrer   10 August [1869]

Summary

THF’s view, if confirmed, pleases CD in that what appears a mere morphological character is found to be of use. Carl Nägeli has been attacking him on this head.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6859

To T. H. Farrer   10 October [1869]

Summary

Sympathises with THF at being forestalled by Delpino, but urges him to publish confirmation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6930

To T. H. Farrer   20 October [1869]

Summary

Comments on notes made by THF on Passiflora and Tacsonia. Suggests he examine more species. Recalls his own observations on P. princeps and Tacsonia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  20 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6945

To T. H. Farrer   [27 November 1869]

Summary

Encloses extract from a letter from Fritz Müller about humming-birds visiting Passiflora, "as a caution about Passiflora in contrast with Tacsonia".

[Signed with CD’s name by Emma Darwin.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  [27 Nov 1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7013

To Thomas Henry Farrer   13 [May 1870]

Summary

Encloses part of letter from Fritz Müller on Passiflora, with seeds.

Is endeavouring to have included in next census a question as to whether the parents in each household are cousins.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 [May 1870]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7188

To T. H. Farrer   28 May [1870]

Summary

Fertilisation of barberries.

Passiflora.

Is continuing his experiments on the comparative growth of crossed and self-fertilised plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  28 May [1870]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7205

To T. H. Farrer   12 July 1875

Summary

Describes difficulty of conditions for the experiment with Drosera suggested by THF.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  12 July 1875
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10060

To T. H. Farrer   18 January [1874]

Summary

Thanks THF for information from Colonial Office on population statistics showing the inhabitants of some areas are far from becoming sterile.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  18 Jan [1874]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10362

To T. H. Farrer   31 July [1877]

Summary

THF is seeking advice regarding the selection of an entomologist to carry out some duties [apparently pest destruction].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  31 July [1877]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 546)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11083

To T. H. Farrer   27 August [1877]

Summary

CD is delighted with report from THF about activity of worms in Roman-British ruins at Abinger.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  27 Aug [1877]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11114

To T. H. Farrer   24 September [1877]

Summary

Thanks THF for the diary of worm activity at Abinger site.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  24 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11151

To T. H. Farrer   [28 February 1878]

Summary

THF would do a good deal if he gets Agricultural Society to rear cross-fertilised seeds. Society excellent channel for distribution of fungus-proof variety [of potato]. If James Torbitt will carry on work another year, CD will offer him £100.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  [28 Feb 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11388

To T. H. Farrer   2 March 1878

Summary

Describes James Torbitt’s plan for producing disease-resistant potato varieties. [Letter is an earlier version of 11406.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  2 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 144: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11389
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