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To Solicitor?   1 October 1844


CD and Emma request transfer of some shares to E. A. Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Solicitor
Date:  1 Oct 1844
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 977)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-779

To E. A. Darwin   [before 1 October 1844]


Writes about canal shares EAD holds as trustee.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Oct 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-678

To Adolf von Morlot   10 October [1844]


Says AM’s letters on glacial action not publishable since they do not give facts. Suggests readings on the subject of glaciers. Expresses doubts about AM’s theory that Scandinavian glaciers brought the boulders he was studying.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Adolphe Morlot (Adolph von Morlot)
Date:  10 Oct [1844]
Classmark:  Burgerbibliothek Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-780

To James David Forbes   11 October [1844]


Discusses a specimen of Mexican obsidian with an unusual laminated structure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James David Forbes
Date:  11 Oct [1844]
Classmark:  University of St Andrews Special Collections (Papers of J. D. Forbes: msdep7 – Incoming letters 1844, no.57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-781

From J. D. Hooker   28 October 1844



Discusses the connection between climate and vegetation. Believes that an equable climate is unfavourable to increase of species either by importation or modification of existing forms; illustrates his view with reference to particular floras. Hopes to acquire facts to support CD’s idea that isolation is important in producing new forms. Considers the floras of islands some of which do have distinctive species but others of which do not. Agrees that the wide ranges of cryptogams are a consequence of their means of dispersal. Asks for references to works on original creation and species mutability in order to get the best notions of "the (mad) theories of some men from Lamarck’s twaddle upwards".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Oct 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 16–23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-784

From Henry Denny   30 October 1844



Has never heard of species of same genus [of parasites] being found on both birds and mammals, or different genera and species being found on animals in the domestic and wild states. Implications of this for relationship of aperea and guinea-pig.

Author:  Henry Denny
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1844
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-785

To Leonard Jenyns   12 October [1844]


Asks whether LJ can throw light on this subject: "What are the checks and what the periods of life by which the increase of any given species is limited?" CD has been driven to conclude that species are mutable; allied species are co-descendants from common stocks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  12 Oct [1844]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-782

To Emma Darwin   [20 or 27 October 1844]


Has been discussing wills and other legal matters with his father.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [20 or 27] Oct 1844
Classmark:  Emma Darwin 2: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-783
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