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To J. S. Henslow   3 February [1860]

Summary

Thanks for L. Jenyns’ very sensible letter [missing].

Will be delighted to see JSH whenever he can come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  3 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2682

To J. S. Henslow   9 February [1860]

Summary

Sends directions for JSH’s journey to Bromley and Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  9 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A63–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2691

To J. S. Henslow   2 April [1860]

Summary

Reminds JSH to send "sketch & account of the wasp’s comb in transitional state from horizontal to vertical, & the country whence procured".

Asks for information on spread of Anacharis [Elodea].

Sedgwick [in criticism of Origin] was not very fair, but Murray says it is splendid for selling copies to "the unfortunate students".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A65–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2742

To J. S. Henslow   8 May [1860]

Summary

Comments on Richard Owen’s review of the Origin [in Edinburgh Rev. 111 (1860): 487–532]. Considers Owen unfair to CD and most ungenerous toward Hooker.

Expects Sedgwick to be fierce against him. Sedgwick also misrepresented CD in his Spectator review [24 Mar and 7 Apr 1860].

Compares natural selection to the undulatory theory of light as a hypothesis explaining a large number of facts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  8 May [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A67–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2791

To J. S. Henslow   14 May [1860]

Summary

Thanks JSH for his defence [see 2794].

He is not hurt for long by what his attackers say. His conclusions were arrived at after long study. He has certainly erred, but not so much as "Sedgwick and Co." think.

Asks JSH to send names of plants that vary greatly in length of pistil.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  14 May [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A70–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2801

To J. S. Henslow   17 May [1860]

Summary

Sends characters by which he can divide all primroses and cowslips into what he suspects will be male and female plants. Believes these forms are first step in formation of a dioecious plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  17 May [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A72–3, A116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2805

To J. S. Henslow   16 July [1860]

Summary

Discusses Charles Daubeny’s views on sexuality of plants [Rep. BAAS 30 (1860) pt 2: 109–10]. "There is no greater mystery in the whole world, as it seems to me, than the existence of sexes, – more especially since the discovery of Parthenogenesis."

Says apropos of the FitzRoy Bible incident [at Oxford BAAS meeting], "I think his mind is often on verge of insanity."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  16 July [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2869

To J. S. Henslow   28 [September 1860]

Summary

Has been observing Drosera. Asks JSH whether a curious motion in the red fluid poured out from the viscid hairs is a known or common phenomenon. It surprised him, but he is "so ignorant of vegetable physiology".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  28 [Sept 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A76–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2932

To J. S. Henslow   11 October [1860]

Summary

Sends further details on the movement of the red fluid substance in Drosera. Will write a paper on it.

"Dr [C. R.] Bree ""pitches"" into me handsomely."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2945

To J. S. Henslow   26 October [1860]

Summary

CD does not mind C. R. Bree’s dull, unvarying abuse and misrepresentation, but when he doubts CD’s deliberate word, "that is the act of a man who has not the soul of a gentleman in him".

JSH’s letter in Athenæum ["Flints in the drift", 20 Oct. 1860, p. 516] is interesting.

H. Freke’s paper [On the origin of species by means of organic affinity (1861)] is beyond CD’s scope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  26 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2964

To J. S. Henslow   10 November [1860]

Summary

The stone hatchets are a great muddle. Would like a copy of Jacques Boucher [de Crèvecoeur] de Perthes’s book [Antiquités Celtiques et antédiluviennes (1847–64)].

Is studying action of carbonate of ammonia on Drosera. Asks if this has been done.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  10 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2981

From J. S. Henslow   7 April 1860

Summary

Sketch and description of a [wasp’s] nest from Cuba. [Notes by CD on wasps’ nests and comb-building habits of hive-bees.]

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1860
Classmark:  DAR 166.1:180 [diagram here]
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2750

From J. S. Henslow   5 May 1860

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Summary

Reports to CD on what he has found out about Elodea growing near Cambridge.

Sedgwick is speaking at [Cambridge] Philosophical Society on CD’s "supposed errors" [Camb. Herald & Huntingdonshire Gaz. 19 May 1860, pp. 3–4].

JSH wonders how Owen can be so savage toward CD’s views when his own are "to a certain extent of the same character".

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1860
Classmark:  DAR 186: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2783
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