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To Hugh Falconer   8 March [1845?]

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Has written down what he gathered from HF on Tibetan dogs. Would welcome a few more details at any time, as he knows of nothing parallel to it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  8 Mar [1845?]
Classmark:  Raab Collection (dealer) (2 October 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1839

From Edward Forbes   [March? 1845]

Summary

Comments on G. B. Sowerby’s identifications of South American fossil shells [812]. [Notes from more than one original memorandum].

Author:  Edward Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Mar? 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 43.1: 53–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-834

From William Hopkins   3 March 1845

Summary

Comments on a compass diagram designed to show the dip, strike, and anticlinal lines of a geological formation.

Author:  William Hopkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1845
Classmark:  DAR 39: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-835

From William Hallowes Miller   8 March [1845]

Summary

Discusses cleavage planes of mineralogical specimens.

Author:  William Hallowes Miller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  DAR 39: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-836

From C. G. Ehrenberg   13 March 1845

Summary

Regrets J. D. Hooker did not visit Berlin.

Describes legal difficulties of Ernst Dieffenbach.

Lists species of Infusoria found in dust samples. Discusses origin of Atlantic dust. Discusses Infusoria in cosmetic paint from Tierra del Fuego and Patagonian earth. Thanks CD for samples. Would like samples from sea-bed.

Author:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Mar 1845
Classmark:  DAR 39: 59a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-837

From Trenham Reeks   14 March 1845

Summary

Discusses chemical reaction involving common salt and carbonate of lime.

Author:  Trenham Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1845
Classmark:  DAR 39: 47–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-838

From John Higgins   15 March 1845

Summary

Reports that he has an offer of an estate of about 325 acres that CD may find suitable.

Author:  John Higgins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1845
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-839

To John Murray   17 March [1845]

Summary

CD has heard from Lyell that JM is inclined to publish a second edition of Journal of researches. His agreement with Henry Colburn leaves CD free to publish with anyone. Will have no further relations with Colburn. Discusses details of proposed revisions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.354–355)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-841

To J. D. Hooker   19 March [1845]

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Would like to borrow the pamphlet on variation [Frédéric Gérard, "De l’espèce dans les corps organisés" (1844), extract from Dictionnaire universel d’histoire naturelle, ed. C. D. d’Orbigny].

Glad to hear Humboldt’s views on migration. CD believes we cannot "put any limit to the possible and even probable migration of plants".

Wants good book on plant morphology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-842

To John Murray   20 March [1845]

Summary

Thanks for note; encloses copy of FitzRoy’s agreement with Henry Colburn [see 379], to the effect that after sale of first edition of Narrative, CD is at liberty to publish his Journal of researches in any manner he chooses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-843

From J. D. Hooker   [23] March 1845

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JDH recommends Augustin de Saint-Hilaire’s Leçons de botanique [1841]. Relates opinions of European botanists on migration and plant distribution.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23] Mar 1845
Classmark:  DAR 100: 41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-844

To C. G. Ehrenberg   23 March [1845]

Summary

Cannot doubt that Atlantic dust comes from Africa. Could Gulf Stream have brought South American organisms to African coast?

Has come to same conclusion as CGE on volcanic origin of Patagonian stone. Formation extends 550 miles.

Could CGE examine Pampas mud to see if Infusoria are freshwater or salt-water? Results would be important.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Date:  23 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN/HBSB, N005 NL Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg Nr. 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-845

To J. D. Hooker   [26 March 1845]

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Has received pamphlet from JDH [John Murray, Strictures on morphology (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [26 Mar 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-846

To J. D. Hooker   31 March [1845]

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Hopes JDH will enjoy Edinburgh.

Has just finished Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on animal monsters [Anomalies de l’organisation chez l’homme et les animaux (1832–7)], "and a nasty curious subject it is".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-847
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