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From J. D. Hooker   9 March 1844

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Thanks for information on Malden Island. Comments on its plants and their relationship to the Galapagos flora. Discusses the flora of Oceania. Gives his opinion on the extent of the uniformity in species and forms amongst South Sea Islands. Large genera are more widely diffused and have a larger proportion of species with wide ranges.

Seeks advice on expense of preparing plates [for Flora Antarctica].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 8–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-739

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1844]

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Advice to JDH on problems of printing and publishing.

Remarks on differences of species between islets of Galapagos group.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-740

To Ernst Dieffenbach   14 March 1844

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[With the notation "If not there to be forwarded by favour of Prof. Liebig" on the address.] "I am very glad to hear that you are going to edit a German Geological Journal".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  14 Mar 1844
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealers) Cat. 574 1965.11.11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-741

To J. D. Hooker   16 March [1844]

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Asks JDH to forward publishing information to J. E. Gray.

Has received JDH’s infusorial specimens for Ehrenberg.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 Mar [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-742

To Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette   [27 March 1844]

Summary

Writes to correct a statement made in his 1837 paper "On the formation of mould" [Collected papers 1: 49–53]. He should have said that marl was put on the field 30 years ago, not 80. Observations made on a visit to the field showed that worms had undermined the marl spread on the field at a faster rate than previously reported.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [27 Mar 1844]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 14, 6 April 1844, p. 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-743

To J. D. Hooker   31 March [1844]

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Thanks for JDH’s interesting details about the Galapagos.

Clarification of CD’s query about the relationship between the range of a genus and the ranges of its constituent species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 Mar [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-744

To Emma Darwin   [20 or 27 October 1844]

Summary

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

To Leonard Jenyns   25 [November 1844]

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On checks to increase of species and the observations which led him to regard species as mutable in form. Would welcome "at some future time" LJ’s criticism of the "sketch" of his conclusions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  25 [Nov 1844]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-793

To Josiah Wedgwood III and E. A. Darwin   25 July 1844

Summary

Requests to JW III and EAD as trustees of the marriage-settlement, to make some funds available.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III; Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  25 July 1844
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-766

To Leonard Jenyns   12 October [1844]

Summary

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 Julian Jackson   23 May [1844]

Summary

Discusses a paper on the Rio Negro.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julian Jackson; Royal Geographical Society
Date:  23 May [1844]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-751

From George Brettingham Sowerby and Edward Forbes   28 May 1844

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[Recto is a list of Galapagos shells, by island, signed GBS. Verso is another list of shells in EF’s hand.]

Author:  George Brettingham Sowerby; Edward Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May 1844
Classmark:  DAR 46.2: B1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-752

To Emma Darwin   5 July 1844

Summary

Asks that in the event of his death, Emma should have the sketch of his species theory edited and published. Suggests possible editors, among them Lyell, Edward Forbes, and J. D. Hooker. [CD annotation on cover: "Hooker by far best man to edit my species volume Aug 1854".]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  5 July 1844
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR A4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-761

To Emma Darwin   [3 June 1844]

Summary

Arrangements for Emma’s return to Down.

CD has been "wonderfully strong".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-726
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