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To T. H. Farrer   19 May [1868]

Summary

Thanks THF for correcting the error in Orchids.

Asks him to find out what insects visit the fly orchid and for what purpose.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  19 May [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6185

To T. H. Farrer   5 June 1868

Summary

"I have seen the action on Ophrys exactly as you describe and am thoroughly ashamed of my inaccuracy."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  5 June 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6230

To T. H. Farrer   15 September [1868]

Summary

Comments on THF’s MS [on fertilisation of scarlet runners]. Suggests publication, though CD anticipated main features ten years before. Is amused at the caution with which THF put his case that the final end [of the contrivances] was crossing distinct individuals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  15 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6365

To T. H. Farrer   19 September [1868]

Summary

Will send THF’s paper [on scarlet runners] to Annals and Magazine of Natural History with a note recommending publication [see 6384].

Suggests books on Lobelia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  19 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms299/5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6379

To T. H. Farrer   24 September [1868]

Summary

Informs THF that Annals and Magazine of Natural History will publish his paper [see 6384].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  24 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6389

To T. H. Farrer   29 October [1868]

Summary

Suggests THF write a paper on violets. Asa Gray, once a sceptic, now declares he is convinced whole structure of a flower is adapted for a cross with another individual.

Urges THF not to give up Pangenesis lightly. "It has thrown light on my mind in regard [to] a great series of complex phenomena."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  29 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6435

To T. H. Farrer   26 November 1868

Summary

Advises THF that best plan is to investigate the part certain structures play with all plants or orders, instead of describing means of fertilisation in particular plants. Naturalists value observations far more than reasoning.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  26 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6475

From Thomas Henry Farrer   17 May 1868

Summary

Raises a question about a statement in Orchids; his observations differ.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 163: 14/2; DAR 164: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6178

From T. H. Farrer   18 May 1868

Summary

Is confirmed about the bending of the fly orchid pollinia. [See "Fertilisation of orchids", Collected papers 2: 141.]

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6183

From T. H. Farrer   4 June 1868

Summary

Describes work with pollinia of another Orchis species.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6229

From T. H. Farrer   10 September 1868

Summary

Sends a paper he has written [on scarlet runner].

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6361

From T. H. Farrer   17 September 1868

Summary

Encouraged by CD’s reply. Sends another paper, on blue Lobelia.

Asks advice on books.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6373

From T. H. Farrer   20 September 1868

Summary

Sends an addition to Lobelia paper; admires adaptations for fertilisation.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6381

From T. H. Farrer   24 September 1868

Summary

Wonderful how every flower one looks at is explained by, and throws light on, the fertilising process.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6391

From T. H. Farrer   26 October 1868

Summary

Delighted with mechanisms of Salvia and Viola. How can anyone who compares structure of Viola cornuta and common violet still suppose them to be separate creations?

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6432

From T. H. Farrer   2 November 1868

Summary

The conversion of Asa Gray must be a pleasure.

CD’s doctrine accounts for and gives a vera causa of structures.

Discusses F. Hildebrand’s book.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6445

From T. H. Farrer   21 November 1868

Summary

Thinks CD’s views of insect agency and crossing might explain structure and variations of papilionaceous flowers. Lists five points. Asks CD’s opinion.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 49; Linnean Society of London, MS Case 6B, No. 299
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6470

From T. H. Farrer   30 November 1868

Summary

Thanks CD for advice to watch the action and not only the structure [of plants].

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6485
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