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To Reviewer   [February–April 1868?]


Suggests, if further notice is to be taken of Variation, that the reviewer grapple with the subject of Pangenesis. Thanks him for his fair and friendly spirit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reviewer
Date:  [Feb–Apr 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5829

From Asa Gray   [25 February 1868 or later]


Discusses arrangements for American edition of Variation.

Observations on apparently inherited instinct in a dog.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Feb 1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2563

To J. B. Baillière et ses fils   29 February [1868]


Sends stamps to the value of 1s. 1d. and asks for parcel to be sent to 6 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  J. B. Baillière et ses fils
Date:  29 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) catalogue 698 (2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4415F

From William Blenkiron Jr   [c. February 1868?]



Answers for father, who is ill, on difference between manes of stallions and mares.

Author:  William Blenkiron, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Feb 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5340

To A. D. Bartlett   16 February [1868]


Asks ADB to perform experiment on colour perception in bower-bird.

Asks for rabbit specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  16 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5401

To T. H. Huxley   21 February [1868]


THH’s offer to read proof of essay on man encourages CD to write with satisfaction instead of a vague dread.

Begs Mrs Huxley not to forget corrugator supercilii in a crying child.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  21 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Dawson 108)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5408

From Edward Blyth   [after 3 February 1868]


Recommends J. Scott’s paper on crossing varieties of Verbascum.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 3 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5750

From Daniel Oliver   [before February 1868]


Notes on the taxonomy of Primula.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 108: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5824F

From C. S. Bate   [17 February 1868]



On the proportion of sexes in crabs; coloration and structural differences.

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A61–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5826

From J. Daly   [before 9 February 1868]


Corrections [incorporated in 2d issue of Variation].

Author:  J Daly
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 9 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 195.1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5827

From J. D. Hooker   1 February 1868



Amazed that Hugo von Mohl and E. M. Fries are not foreign members of Royal Society; Thomson going over the whole matter.

Candolle’s contribution to botany.

Lubbock shocked about Wollaston.

CD’s answer to Greg was capital.

Comments on Variation.

Charles Murchison’s work on Falconer’s Memoirs [Palaeontological memoirs and notes of the late Hugh Falconer (1868)] and JDH on Falconer.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 191–4; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence 19, f. 200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5831

From William Bowman   1 February 1868


Thanks CD for the gift of his new work [Variation].

Author:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1868
Classmark:  Sir John Paget Bowman (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5832

To J. V. Carus   1 February [1868]


Questions arising in German translation of Variation; its sales prospects. CD from the first has said it was very doubtful that the book was worth translating.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  1 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 29–30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5834

To William Lonsdale   1 February [1868]


Thanks WL for sending congratulations [on George Darwin’s attaining Second Wrangler].

Relays news about Sedgwick’s condition.

Has finished a large book on variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Lonsdale
Date:  1 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Murch 1893, p. 437
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5834A

To J. D. Hooker   3 February [1868]


Comments on Wollaston’s troubles

and his book [Coleoptera Hesperidum (1867)].

Mohl’s claim to foreign membership in Royal Society very strong.

Has been in despair about Variation – not worth a fifth part of the labour it cost him.

Is reading F. A. W. Miquel’s Flora du Japon [Prolusio florae Japonicae (1866–7)]; wonders whether A. Murray could be correct in his view that an area of the sea prevented Asiatico-Japan flora colonising western N. America.

Comments on A. Murray’s book [Geographical distribution of mammals (1866)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 44–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5835

From Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff   3 February 1868


His Majesty the King of Prussia has conferred upon CD the Order, Pour le Mérite, for Sciences and Arts.

Author:  Albrecht Bernstorff, Graf von Bernstorff
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5836

From William Darwin Fox   3 February [1868]


Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.

Thanks CD for Variation.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5837

From Edward Wilson   4 February 1868


Sends some Australian boiled beef for CD to sample.

Congratulations on George Darwin’s success at Cambridge.

Author:  Edward Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5838

From John Edward Gray   4 February 1868


Discussion of the pig in light of CD’s Variation.

Work of Hermann von Nathusius [Die Racen des Schweines (1860)].

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5839

To Yorkshire Philosophical Society   8 February [1868]


CD appreciates the honour of being elected an Honorary Member of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  T. S Noble
Date:  8 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Yorkshire Philosophical Society, Council Minute Book, vol. 3, p. 619 (2 March 1868)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5839F
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