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To Thomas Rivers   28 December [1862]


Thanks for letter [missing] and help.

Asks about the effect said to be produced on the stock by a graft.

Health prevents accepting TR’s invitation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Rivers
Date:  28 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (23–4 July 1987)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3879

From J. D. Hooker   [before 29 December 1862]



Comments on items in the Saturday Review and the Edinburgh Review.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 29 Dec 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3879F

To G. H. K. Thwaites   29 December [1862]


Asks for any authentic cases of "sports", which CD calls "bud-variations". Flowers introduced from warmer temperate regions are said to be particularly apt to sport in this way.

CD now has proof that Cinchona is dimorphic and that some dimorphic plants are absolutely sterile with their own-form pollen.

Asks GHKT to examine or send pollen specimens of two Ceylon genera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  29 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3880

To J. D. Hooker   29 [December 1862]



Genera plantarum reviewed in Parthenon by a man who says JDH is disgraced by being "obviously tinged with Darwinism".

CD by chance has found that Saturday Review article [14 (1862): 589] on Duke of Argyll was written by his [CD’s] nephew, Henry Parker.

Asa Gray sends American newspapers which CD never reads.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [Dec 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3881

From Asa Gray   29 December 1862


Encloses maize seeds.

Has heard of a butterfly with pollinia of Platanthera stuck to it.

Comments on AG’s notes ["Dimorphism in the genitalia of flowers", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 34 (1862): 149–50].

"Precocious fertilisation".

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 109: 85, DAR 165: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3882

To Hugh Falconer   29 December [1862]


Has HF met with any cases of what gardeners call "sports" and what CD will call "bud-variations"?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  29 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3883

To Journal of Horticulture   [before 27 December 1862]


Inquires whether penguin ducks can run faster than other kinds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Journal of Horticulture
Date:  [before 27 Dec 1862]
Classmark:  Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener, and Country Gentleman n.s. 3 (1862): 797
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3883F

To J. D. Hooker   [1 March – 15 May 1862]



[List of plants in CD’s hand, with notes by JDH identifying them.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 Mar – 15 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3884

From J. D. Hooker   [31 December 1862]



JDH’s impression on meeting [J. A.] Froud[e].

CD’s projected three volume work.

Complains at poor state of some [unspecified] plant collection.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [31 Dec 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 96–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3890

From J. D. Hooker   [27 or 28 December 1862]



Hostile to Spencer’s application of natural selection to society.

JDH on J. E. Gray’s views on collecting.

JDH collecting Wedgwood ware.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 or 28] Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 93–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3891

To Natural History Review   [before 10 October 1862]


In his work on cirripedes [Cirripedia, vol. 1 Lepadidae (1851), pp. 53–5] CD described a particular organ as an "auditory-sac" although he was unable to trace the supposed nerve from it to any ganglion. August Krohn [in "Observations on the development of the Cirripedia", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 6 (1859): 423–8] concluded that the organ was ovarian. CD supposes that Krohn is correct, but gives further observations that suggest an auditory function. If someone could find ova within the curious organ it would confirm Krohn’s view.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Natural History Review
Date:  [before 10 Oct 1862]
Classmark:  Natural History Review n.s. 3 (1863): 115–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3895

To Daniel Oliver   15 April [1862]


Encourages DO to publish his paper and put his name to it. [Paper apparently not published.] Concurs with his views on primordial nature of hermaphroditism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  15 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 45 (EH 88206028)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4097

To Edouard Claparède   [c. 16 April 1862]


Thanks correspondent for his excellent review [of French edition of Origin (1862)], which he feels will help the spread of his views in France.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis René Antoine Edouard (Edouard) Claparède
Date:  [c. 16 Apr 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4371

From W. E. Darwin   [9? September 1862]


Asks for advice on where a local chemist can send his brother’s meteorological observations from Missouri.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9? Sept 1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3674G

From W. E. Darwin   1 August 1862


WED has been collecting Lythrum plants. Numerical proportions of the three forms.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3675

From J. O. Westwood   1 August 1862


Bee with adhering orchid pollinia lent to Charles Daubeny. Pollen-masses shaken off but if CD still interested he is welcome to specimen.

Author:  John Obadiah Westwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3676

From W. E. Darwin   2 August [1862]


Sends specimens of the three forms of Lythrum. Remarks on the numerical proportions of different forms.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3677

To W. E. Darwin   [2–3 August 1862]


Discusses Lythrum, "a really wonderful case"; asks WED to make observations and collect specimens; sends a diagram which shows what crosses he believes are fertile.

Would like George to watch bees visiting the flowers; wants some pods from different forms to compare shapes and count seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [2-3 Aug 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 70, DAR 210.6: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3678

From Asa Gray   4 August 1862


Gives J. T. Rothrock’s observations on the structure and fertility of the two forms of Houstonia. Mentions his own observations on Rhexia virginica and Gymnadenia tridentata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 67–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3679

From G. C. Oxenden   4 August [1862?]


Finds many beautiful Epipactis specimens.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1862?]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3680
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