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To James Lamont   5 March [1860]


Responds to JL’s comments on effect of natural selection on grouse or reindeer.

Asks if dirt adheres to feet of water-birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Lamont
Date:  5 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2722

To James Lamont   25 February [1861]


Comments on JL’s Seasons with sea-horses [1861]. Thinks JL bold to defend his bear–whale illustration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Lamont
Date:  25 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3071

From James Lamont   [23 February 1860]



Believes the British and Norwegian species of red grouse are merely strongly marked varieties of the same species.

Writes of the effect of importing a few brace of a wilder breed of grouse into Argyleshire and of their change in territory since 1846.

His explanation of game becoming "wilder": he thinks it is due to a difference in their enemies – man replacing hawks leads to flight replacing cowering.

Author:  James Lamont
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Feb 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 150–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2710

From James Lamont   23 August 1871



JL’s views on the sexual peculiarities of the bladder-nosed seal, Cystophora cristata.

Author:  James Lamont
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 110–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7917
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