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To J. D. Hooker   28 July [1847]

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Cannot come to Hitcham as he is anticipating a visit from Bernhard Studer of Bern.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 July [1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1104

To J. D. Hooker   [4 August 1847]

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Wants to go over remainder of species sketch when he sees JDH.

Urges JDH to go to Scotland.

Pleased JDH works on geographical distribution of Van Diemen’s Land flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [4 Aug 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1105

To J. D. Hooker   [12 August 1847]

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Planning a visit to Kew. Wishes to meet H. C. Watson.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12 Aug 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1106

To Bernhard Studer   13 August [1847]

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Invites BS to visit Down. Advises him to call on Daniel Sharpe. Suggests he see the work of the Ordnance Survey in Wales.

Offers to lend him Murchison’s The Silurian system [3 vols. (1839)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bernhard Studer
Date:  13 Aug [1847]
Classmark:  Burgerbibliothek Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1107

To J. F. Royle   14 August [1847]

Summary

CD thanks JFR for remembering about the work he wanted to borrow [Trans. Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India].

Does JFR have Ambrose Blacklock, Treatise on sheep [1838]?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  14 Aug [1847]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 401
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1108

To Josiah Wedgwood III   14 August [1847]

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Sends a letter for JW to forward to Charles Stokes concerning the purchase of Leeds and Bradford railway shares for Emma Darwin’s trust fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  14 Aug [1847]
Classmark:  Alan Wedgwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1108F

To John Forbes Royle   [12 April – 17 May 1847]

Summary

Will send village carrier for volumes [of the Trans. Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  [12 Apr – 17 May 1847]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 12879)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1109

To J. D. Hooker   [18 August 1847]

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Will visit JDH on Friday. Coming by phaeton to save five changes of conveyance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 Aug 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1110

To Henry Thomas De la Beche   19 August [1847]

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Bernhard Studer has been at Down. Studer will not be able to join HDelaB’s Ordnance Survey working party.

CD is glad to hear about very old rocks under Silurians. "There is something grand and mysterious at these depths."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Thomas De la Beche
Date:  19 Aug [1847]
Classmark:  National Museum of Wales, Department of Natural Sciences (De la Beche)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1111

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [22 August? 1847]

Summary

Writes concerning Charles Stokes’s purchase of stock in the Leeds and Bradford Guaranteed Railway.

Is glad that JW III is settled for life at Leith Hill Place.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [22 Aug? 1847]
Classmark:  Alan Wedgwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1111F

To J. F. Royle   1 September [1847]

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Returns JFR’s copies of Transactions [Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India]. Has not found quite as much as he thought he might on varieties of Indian domestic animals and plants; "the attempts at introduction have been too recent for the effects, if any, of climate to have been developed". Is impressed by the work of the English in India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  1 Sept [1847]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) (11 April 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1112

To Mary Anne Theresa Whitby   2 September [1847]

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Questions Mrs W on difference in flight capacity of male and female silkworm moths and asks her for results of experiments he suggested she do with silkworms to determine hereditariness of dark "eyebrows". [See Variation 1: 302.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Anne Theresa Whitby
Date:  2 Sept [1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1113

To Charles Lyell   8 [September 1847]

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Discusses David Milne’s Glen Roy paper ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber", Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418]. Rejects Milne’s theory that outlet of Glen Roy is blocked by detritus. Impressed by Milne’s discovery of an outlet at the level of the second shelf. Believes this strengthens theory that lakes were formed by glacier blocking Glen Roy. Offers arguments against glacier theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  8 [Sept 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 50: C3–C6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1116

To John Higgins   10 September [1847]

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Agrees to lease land to Mr Mason. Discusses arrangements for bank draft.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  10 Sept [1847]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1117

To J. D. Hooker   [12 September 1847]

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David Milne’s attack on his Glen Roy paper ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber", (1847) Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418] made CD horribly sick.

Wants Thomas Thomson to establish geographical range of erratic boulders in India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12 Sept 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1118

To Robert Chambers   11 September 1847

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Comments on David Milne’s paper ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber" (1847), Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418]. CD still believes in marine origin. Rejects barrier of detritus at mouth of Glen Roy. If roads were formed by lake, it must have been ice-lake.

Comments on evidence of glaciers and icebergs in North Wales. Thinks pass caused by tidal channel, not river. Suggests that RC make altitude measurements at various points.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Chambers
Date:  11 Sept 1847
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1119

To David Milne   20 [September 1847]

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Comments on paper by DM ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber", (1847) Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418]. "I am not in the least convinced about the Barriers … [but] I am very much staggered in favour of the ice-lake theory of Agassiz & [William] Buckland." Will "send a letter to the Scotsman, in which I give briefly my present impression".

Cites facts mentioned in South America possibly of use to DM.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  David Milne Home
Date:  20 [Sept 1847]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (MS.3813)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1120

To the Scotsman   [after 20 September 1847]

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Comments on article by David Milne ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber" (1847), Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418]. Refers to his paper on Glen Roy [Collected papers 1: 87–137]. Comments on Louis Agassiz’s article ["The glacial theory and its recent progress", Edinburgh New Philos. J. 33 (1842): 217–83]. Cites his own observations on glaciers in N. Wales. Discusses possibility of ice barrier creating lake. Notes objections to theory of an ice barrier. Defends his own theory that the roads are sea-beaches. Suggests questions for further investigation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  The Scotsman
Date:  [after 20 Sept 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 50: B1–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1121

To J. D. Hooker   [5 October 1847]

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Mystified by the origin of coal-plants.

Milne’s Glen Roy theory is absurd but, oddly, it has staggered CD in favour of Agassiz’s ice-lake theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [5 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1123

From Robert Chambers   5 October 1847

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Supposition that glaciers made Glen Roy is a dream. Has received three letters from CD on river terraces. Reports on trip to terraces at Belleville. Comparison with Glen Roy.

Author:  Robert Chambers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1847
Classmark:  DAR 161: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1124
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