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To ?   [before 1 July 1868]


Sends a copy of George Bentham’s Anniversary address to the Linnean Society of London (Bentham 1868).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 1 July 1868]
Classmark:  Deutsches Museum Archive, Munich (Pamphlet HS-Nr. 04130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6262F

To ?   [after June 1868]


Testimonial for James Archer, who leaves CD’s service after six months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5747

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

To T. H. Huxley   10 June 1868


W. S. Dallas asks whether Ray Society would publish translation of Haeckel’s Generelle morphologie. If THH thinks suggestion good, he might make inquiries.

Family news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 June 1868
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Dawson 110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6239

To J. B. Innes   15 June [1868]


CD writes in detail about difficulties with Horsman’s financial accounts and the affairs of the parish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  15 June [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6242

To J. D. Hooker   15 [June 1868]


Sends second lot of grass grown from locust dung pellets from Natal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6243

To John Lubbock   15 June [1868]


Has been looking at the school accounts. Has any interest been paid to S. J. O’H. Horsman this year? CD will keep accounts temporarily; he has not yet received from Horsman the balance in hand from last year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  15 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6245

To J. D. Hooker   17 [June 1868]


On Pour le Mérite; JDH has made him think more highly of it.

Messiah is the one thing he would like to hear again, but thinks his soul might be too dried up now to appreciate it. Sometimes hates science for making him "a withered leaf" for everything else.

Frank [Darwin] now doing botany seriously.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 [June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 72–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6248

To J. J. Weir   18 June [1868]


CD thanks JJW for letter about the crimson breast of linnets

and the fate of a pugnacious female bullfinch.

Refers to JJW’s pointing out the number of Jenners and Weirs who have been naturalists, and cites some writings by men of those families about striking cases of birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  18 June [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6250

To George Bentham   23 June 1868


Expresses thanks and pleasure at what GB has said about his book [Variation] in GB’s [Presidential] Address [to the Linnean Society, 1868, Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1868): lvii–c]. "What you say about Pangenesis quite satisfies me".

CD discussed "bud-variation" to show that it was an error to believe all variability is due to sexual generation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  23 June 1868
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 677)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6258

To Osbert Salvin   23 June [1868]


CD thanks OS for answering his questions and especially for giving the case of the sandpiper; "such little facts are my delight". [See 6253.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  23 June [1868]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6258A

To J. D. Hooker   24 June [1868]


Thanks for name of grass.

Plans to go to Isle of Wight on 17 July.

Frank cannot come to Kew, as he will be reading this long vacation at Cambridge.

Delighted with Bentham’s Presidential Address [Linnean Society, 1868].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6259

To Charles Lyell   14 July 1868


Comments favourably, though often differing, on articles by G. H. Lewes.

Discusses claim of Agassiz [in A journey in Brazil (1868)] that he found evidence of glaciers in Brazil. Suggests sponsoring an expedition to test these claims.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 July 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.352)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6275

To J. D. Hooker   14 July 1868


Thinks JDH would be wise not to touch on Pangenesis; it has very few friends. Bentham is doubtful, Carus against, and Alphonse de Candolle likes it least in the book. CD still convinced it will be hereafter looked on as "best hypothesis of generation inheritance & development". If JDH means to cut up Pangenesis he has no word to say in opposition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 94: 76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6276

To Inland Revenue   [17–21 July 1868?]


Cannot fill out a return [for foreign revenue?] until his return home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Inland Revenue
Date:  [17–21 July 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6278

To J. D. Hooker   [18 July 1868]


Looks forward to seeing JDH and hearing about address.

Feels better already.

Disappointed in house [they have taken at Freshwater].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 July 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 78–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6279

To Alphonse de Candolle   20 July [1868]


Thanks AdeC for correcting an error about thorns, which CD might have quoted.

CD will be cautious in regard to the muscles of the scalp. [Descent 1: 20].

His health has failed again "in the usual manner" and he has been ordered to do no work.

Repeats how interested and pleased he was by AdeC’s last long, remarkable letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  20 July [1868]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6282

To T. H. Huxley   23 July [1868]


Has come to Freshwater for five weeks for his health. Sends regrets to Prof. Kühne at not being able to see him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  23 July [1868]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 241)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6287

To Horace Darwin   26 [July 1868]



Writes to express his pleasure at Leonard’s success [second in the Woolwich Academy entrance examination].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  26 [July 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6289

To J. D. Hooker   28 July [1868]


Sorry to hear of baby’s illness.

Comments on statement that belief in natural selection is passing away. Common descent of species is almost universally accepted now, and this is more important. In large part acceptance is due to Origin. Discusses reception of and interest in Origin in various countries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 July [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 80–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6292
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