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To George Robert Waterhouse   [after 22 May 1845]

Summary

Thanks him for describing the niata ox.

He is delighted that GRW is grappling with Galápagos insects. Needs to know immediately whether any entomologists beside GRW, Walker and A. White have described his insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [after 22 May 1845]
Classmark:  Bloomsbury Book Auctions (1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-864A

To G. R. Waterhouse   18 January [1853]

Summary

Thanks GRW for his sympathy on his ill health. Feels better lately.

Sends thanks to G. P. Deshayes for his advice.

Asks what "original work" GRW has begun so his name will become better known.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  18 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-944

To G. R. Waterhouse   [31 July 1843]

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Has no objection to uniting Monotremata and other marsupials but would object to doing so solely on ground that Monotremata consists of only two species. Members of a natural group need not share common character so long as they are linked with those which do. Believes that if every organism that ever lived were collected, a perfect series would be presented. What are reasons that unite Aptera and Diptera?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [31 July 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-685

To G. R. Waterhouse   [November 1843]

Summary

Congratulates GRW on appointment to position at British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Nov 1843]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/WAT)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-710

To G. R. Waterhouse   [3 or 17 December 1843]

Summary

Comments on GRW’s paper [Rep. BAAS (1843): 65–7; Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 12 (1843): 399–412]. CD says by "link" between any two groups he never understood a half-way link, merely one in a long series. Observes that one cannot have a simple species intermediate between two great families. Criticises GRW’s use of circles to represent groups, which leads to thinking that groups are of equal value.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [3 or 17] Dec 1843
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR A 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-718

To G. R. Waterhouse   [January–June 1850]

Summary

Wishes to propose John Lubbock as a member of the Entomological Society.

Asks for B. H. Hodgson’s pamphlet on sheep ["Tame sheep and goats", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26]. Asks for odd numbers of GRW’s work [A natural history of the Mammalia (1846–8)]. Regrets that this work has stopped.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Jan–June 1850]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/6/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1144

To George Robert Waterhouse   [6 February 1848]

Summary

Invites GRW to a dinner party with other scientists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [6 Feb 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1154

To G. R. Waterhouse   10 [June 1844 – March 1845]

Summary

Invites GRW and his family to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  10 [June 1844 - Mar 1845]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13852

To George Robert Waterhouse   5 March [1867?]

Summary

Wishes to know the correct name for the British Museum’s specimen of an Abyssinian wolf described by Wilhelm Rueppell, Neue Wirbelthiere zu der Fauna von Abyssinien [1835–40] .

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  5 Mar [1867?]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/9/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1394

To George Robert Waterhouse   8 September [1852]

Summary

Knows no one in Buenos Aires. Suggests sites in South America where Auguste Bravard can find fossils.

Ray Society has delayed distribution [of Living Cirripedia (1851)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  8 Sept [1852]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1487

To G. R. Waterhouse   29 August [1854]

Summary

Sends fossil cirripedes for the museum’s collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  29 Aug [1854]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Archives DF PAL/100/7/)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1583

To G. R. Waterhouse   4 March [1855]

Summary

A page of [unspecified] text is missing from a parcel of material received from GRW.

CD "hopes and expects to live to see Carboniferous, & perhaps even Silurian, mammifers!"

Has several questions to ask whenever they meet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  4 Mar [1855]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/7/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1641

To G. R. Waterhouse   8 July [1855]

Summary

Asks GRW if there is any easy systematic work on Lepidoptera for his sons. Considers making out the names from descriptions fine practice for the intellect; mere collecting is idle work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  8 July [1855]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1713

To G. R. Waterhouse   1 April [1860]

Summary

Has no drone cells in collection of honeycombs. Discusses construction of cells by bees and ability of bees to judge distances in constructing comb.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  1 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  The Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2740

To George Robert Waterhouse   12 November [1861]

Summary

Returns a letter from a Mr Walsh – "a clear-headed man on my side". What he says about sea trout in lochs would make a good case for CD if borne out by professional ichthyologists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  12 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3317

To George Robert Waterhouse   [August 1838–40]

Summary

Determined to make GRW a geologist. Sends copy of C. Lyell [?Elements of geology (1838)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Aug 1838–40]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-416

To G. R. Waterhouse   [4 or 11 September 1842]

Summary

Thanks GRW for collection [of insects] he has made up for CD’s nephew.

Leaves decision to GRW as to which institutions should receive CD’s Beagle insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [4 or 11] Sept 1842
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-641

To G. R. Waterhouse   8 July 1843

Summary

Testimonial letter for GRW for position at British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  8 July 1843
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/WAT)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-681

To G. R. Waterhouse   [26 July 1843]

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Classification consists of grouping beings according to descent from common stocks. Analogies are resemblances between forms not inherited from common stocks. Neither number of species nor grade of organisation should be considered in classification. Admits that caution is necessary in admitting a few species to form a group of rank equal to one containing many species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [26 July 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-684

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. 2 August 1843]

Summary

Discusses classification of animals. Degree of affinity different for different taxonomic groups. Discusses affinity of Ornithorhynchus or Echidna to reptiles.

Brain of whale is highly developed; on differences among brains of Quadrumana.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 2 Aug 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-686
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