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To J. S. Henslow   20 February [1854]

Summary

Honoured and gratified by the dedication [to CD] of Hooker’s book [Himalayan journals].

News of Lyell from Madeira.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  20 Feb [1854]
Classmark:  Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco (Crocker collection: folder #11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554

To J. S. Henslow   2 September [1854]

Summary

Sends his comments on JSH’s MS on cirripedes ["On typical objects in natural history", Rep. BAAS (1855): 108–26].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 Sept [1854]
Classmark:  Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco (Crocker collection: folder #11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1586

To J. S. Henslow   17 November [1854]

Summary

Asks JSH to inquire about drift-wood at Kerguelen Land.

Hooker’s observation on similarity of Kerguelen plant species to those of Tierra del Fuego strikes CD as a great anomaly, so he is searching for an answer, "however improbable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  17 Nov [1854]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1602

To J. S. Henslow   13 March 1855

Summary

Acknowledges a list [of plants?].

Looks forward to new edition [of British plants growing wild in the parish of Hitcham, Suffolk, 2d ed. (1855)].

JSH should not trouble about Anacharis until he is less busy. Will send cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  13 Mar 1855
Classmark:  DAR 93: A25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1647

To J. S. Henslow   26 March [1855]

Summary

Thanks JSH for Anacharis which is flourishing.

P. H. Gosse told him he had several sea animals and algae living in artificial sea-water for over 13 months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  26 Mar [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A26–A27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1655

To J. S. Henslow   27 June [1855]

Summary

Asks whether JSH considers Lychnis diurna and L. vespertina species or varieties.

Asks for help with his work on hybrids.

Would like JSH to go over London catalogue of British plants, marking "close species", i.e., those he considers real species but which are very closely allied. Withholds his motive as it might influence the result.

Has found Agrostis with worms in every germen and no stamens on stigma.

Now has 46 kinds of peas all growing together.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  27 June [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A28–A30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1705

To J. S. Henslow   2 July [1855]

Summary

Sends a list of plants with stamps to pay the Hitcham girls who will collect seeds for him.

Describes his work with seeds in salt water.

For his experiments he would like seeds collected from plants that grow both near Hitcham and in the Azores.

Explains again what JSH should do in marking "close species".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A31–A35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1708

To J. S. Henslow   18 May – 16 June 1832

Summary

His first letter to JSH since December. Recounts his seasickness, geologising and marine collecting at St Jago [Santiago, Cape Verde Is.]; his first tropical forest. Collecting small insects from the tropics. His Welsh trip with Sedgwick has been extremely valuable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 May & 16 June 1832
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 12 DAR/1/1/12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-171

To J. S. Henslow   7 July [1855]

Summary

Thanks JSH for seeds.

Clarifies his request about marking [London] catalogue [of British plants] – JSH is to mark those he thinks really are species, but which are very closely allied to some other species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  7 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A36–A37, A114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1712

To J. S. Henslow   11 July [1855]

Summary

Asks for advice on establishing a control group in his experiments to produce sports and varieties of Lychnis diurna.

Seeks seeds of wild Dianthus for hybridising and producing varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A38–A39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1716

To J. S. Henslow   14 July [1855]

Summary

Sends a list of 22 plants that grow at Hitcham and in the Azores and are, according to H. C. Watson, least likely to have been imported [by man]. Will pay the little girls of Hitcham liberally to collect the seeds for his experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  14 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A40–A41, A57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1718

To J. S. Henslow   21 July [1855]

Summary

Thanks JSH for all he has done. His botanical little girls are marvellous. His marking of the list of dubious species is what CD wanted. Explains that he wanted to ascertain whether closely allied forms belong to large or small genera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  21 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A98–A100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1726

To J. S. Henslow   23 [July 1855]

Summary

Invites JSH to dine at CD’s brother’s house in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  23 [July 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1729

To J. S. Henslow   28 July [1855]

Summary

Delighted JSH can dine. Has invited Hooker.

Thanks him for Lychnis seed.

Asks for umbel of wild celery. Wants to ascertain whether wild or tame plants produce most seed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A43–A44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1732

To J. S. Henslow   23 [August or September 1855]

Summary

Asks JSH to identify an umbellifer.

Describes his efforts to compare number of seeds of wild and cultivated plants.

Asks that more wild celery be collected and seeds counted. Seeks to verify whether "most typical form produces most seed" and whether cultivation lessens fertility.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  23 [Aug or Sept] 1855
Classmark:  DAR 93: A112–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1748

To J. S. Henslow   12 October [1855]

Summary

Is impressed by all JSH is doing with his lectures and exhibitions at Hitcham.

Has read admirable Hooker MS on variation, geographical range, etc. [Introductory essay to the Flora Indica (1855)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  12 Oct [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A117–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1765

To J. S. Henslow   29 October [1855]

Summary

Gives directions for sending seeds collected at Hitcham. The Lychnis and Myosotis have come up. Will begin their "torments" next spring [i.e., experiments to produce "sports"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  29 Oct [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A101–A102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1770

To J. S. Henslow   10 November [1855]

Summary

Thanks for seeds. Feels "almost foiled" in his experiments on sea transport – has found few plants that float after more than a week’s immersion.

Sends a list of queries [see 1779] on hollyhocks to put to growers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  10 Nov [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A103–A105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1778

To J. S. Henslow   12 November 1855

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Summary

Draft of queries on the varieties of hollyhocks. [To be transmitted to William Chater by JSH; probably enclosed with 1778.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  12 Nov 1855
Classmark:  DAR 206: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1779

To J. S. Henslow   [23 July –] 15 August [1832]

Summary

Specimens being sent off. Describes his collection of rocks, plants, and insects. Some particularly interesting specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [23 July –] 15 Aug [1832]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 13 DAR/1/1/13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-178
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