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To George Bentham   22 April 1868

Summary

Is not surprised that GB cannot digest Pangenesis, but it has been an immense relief to CD in tying together large classes of facts.

Sends names of men writing on crossing of plants. Criticises some French observations. Praises Hildebrand and Federico Delpino.

Sends pamphlets.

CD is experimenting on a large scale on difference in plants raised from self-fertilised and crossed seeds.

F. Hildebrand has produced a graft-hybrid which seems to lend important support to Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  22 Apr 1868
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: ff. 703–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6138

To George Bentham   1 May [1868]

Summary

Sends Ernst Haeckel’s [Generelle] Morphologie [1866] and C. K. Sprengel’s book [Entdeckte Geheimniss der Natur (1793)].

A. Gaudry and L. Rütimeyer have declared in favour of CD’s views.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  1 May [1868]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 702)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6154

To George Bentham   23 June 1868

Summary

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

From George Bentham   [before 22 April 1868]

Summary

Has studied Variation with interest.

Cannot quite follow CD on reversion and Pangenesis,

but is amazed at CD’s observations and method.

Comments on varieties of asses, kidney beans, and artichokes.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 22 Apr 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6134

From George Bentham   30 April 1868

Summary

Discusses Hildebrand

and criticises Delpino.

Asks to borrow C. K. Sprengel’s Entdeckte Geheimniss der Natur [1793].

Botanists have no explanation of the case of Viola odorata and other showy flowers being sterile while inconspicuous ones bear seed.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6147

From George Bentham   [after 29 September 1868]

Summary

Asks CD to sign enclosed certificate first, as he does not know T. H. Farrer personally. [On top part of first two pages of a letter to Hooker from H. C. Rothery about Farrer’s nomination for Linnean Society]

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 29 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6405
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