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To F. B. Goodacre   20 August [1878]

Summary

Thanks FBG for his offer [of geese for breeding experiments] but cannot undertake anything. Suggests FBG or any friend cross half-bred birds for a few generations; it would be a valuable contribution to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  20 Aug [1878]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11670

To F. B. Goodacre   23 August [1878]

Summary

Has changed his mind and would like some of FBG’s hybrids to breed from. Feels he should not lose the chance of perhaps recording the fertility of hybrids of two distinct species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  23 Aug [1878]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11674

To F. B. Goodacre   3 September [1878]

Summary

The geese have arrived. Does not think FBG’s view that the two forms are domestic varieties will hold good. Many ornithologists put them in different genera, and the wild type of each is known.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  3 Sept [1878]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11686

To F. B. Goodacre   13 August [1879]

Summary

Reports the results of breeding from FBG’s hybrid geese. The hybrids are fertile inter se. Would FBG like the geese back? If CD publishes his observations may he use FBG’s results?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  13 Aug [1879]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12193

To F. B. Goodacre   29 August 1879

Summary

What should CD do with the geese? One gander chases and frightens his grandchild. Does FBG intend to publish his results?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  29 Aug 1879
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12204

To F. B. Goodacre   2 September 1879

Summary

Will do nothing with the geese until he hears from FBG. Is glad FBG intends to publish his results.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  2 Sept 1879
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12214

To F. B. Goodacre   10 September [1879]

Summary

Has sent some geese.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  10 Sept [1879]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12224

To F. B. Goodacre   5 December 1879

Summary

Were the hybrid geese FBG sent to CD brother and sister from the same hatch? CD intends to send a letter on their breeding to Nature [Collected papers 2: 219–20].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  5 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12345

To F. B. Goodacre   11 February [1873]

Summary

Thinks FBG’s idea of a room at the British Museum of domestic birds and animals an excellent one, but a collection of plants would be much more difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  11 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763F

To F. B. Goodacre   5 January 1875

Summary

CD would be pleased to have FBG’s essay dedicated to him but fears that he will be unable to give any assistance towards FBG’s ‘excellent scheme’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  5 Jan 1875
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9801

To F. B. Goodacre   20 February 1875

Summary

Thanks FBG for his essay. Thinks FBG’s planned collection would be very useful but is ‘not sanguine of success’. Most naturalists do not care about domesticated productions. ‘A strong remnant of the feeling yet survives that there is a marked distinction between varieties & species, & naturalists regard only the latter.’

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  20 Feb 1875
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9864

From F. B. Goodacre   8 December 1879

Summary

The hybrid geese FBG sent to CD were brother and sister from the same hatch. Would greatly value a copy of Nature containing CD’s letter.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12346

From F. B. Goodacre   7 January 1880

Summary

FBG greatly interested in CD’s article ["Fertility of hybrids from the Chinese and common goose"] but has not altered his opinion on the matter.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 165: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12410

From F. B. Goodacre   7 February 1873

Summary

Would like a museum set up illustrating origins, varieties, and uses of domestic animals; seeks CD’s approval of the idea.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 165: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8760

From F. B. Goodacre   17 August 1878

Summary

Crossing experiments with common and Chinese geese. Offers CD geese if he wishes to repeat experiments.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1878
Classmark:  DAR 165: 63–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11664

From F. B. Goodacre   2 September 1878

Summary

Sends geese to CD.

Crossbreeding of Chinese and common geese; believes they may be same species.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1878
Classmark:  DAR 165: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11685

From F. B. Goodacre   11 August 1879

Summary

Crossbreeding experiments with geese.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12189

From F. B. Goodacre   1 September 1879

Summary

Would like CD to write a paper on the results of geese experiments; hopes CD will not object to his doing the same despite the variance of their conclusions [see F. B. Goodacre, "Question of identity of Chinese and domestic goose", Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1879): 710–12 and CD’s "Fertility of hybrids from the Chinese and common goose", Collected papers 2: 219–20].

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12210

From F. B. Goodacre   8 September 1879

Summary

Can dispose of CD’s geese if he wishes.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12221
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