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From T. H. Farrer   21 November 1868


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 J. D. Hooker   24 November 1868



On H. C. Watson’s false and contemptuous criticism of [J. D. Hooker and T. Thomson] Flora Indica [1855].

W. B. Carpenter’s deep-sea dredgings.

James Croll’s last paper ["On geological time", Philos. Mag. 35 (1868): 363; 36 (1868): 141, 362].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 240–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6471

To Friedrich Rolle   24 November 1868


Thanks for information on fowls.

Glad to see extracts from Blumenbach about sexual differences in fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Rolle
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Frankfurt (SNG-Archiv: Malakol.: Nachlass Rolle)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6472

To James Croll   24 November 1868


Comments on glaciers in North America.

Asks if glacial periods have occurred alternately in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Relevant to his glacial discoveries in South America: "it would have been an immense relief to my mind if I could have assumed … this". CD wishes to discuss subject in new edition of Origin [5th].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Croll
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 143: 353
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6473

From Ernst Haeckel   25 November [1868]


Comments on experience of being a father.

Discusses possible English edition of Generelle Morphologie. Mentions necessary revisions.

Thanks CD for comment on Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte.

Discusses problem of assigning specific times to origin of classes.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6474

To T. H. Farrer   26 November 1868


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

To J. D. Hooker   26 November [1868]


CD thought Watson’s article beastly in its criticisms of JDH. Watson’s criticism of CD was not new or important, but fair, so CD could honestly thank him, adding his regret at what was said about JDH.

Is sitting for Woolner bust.

Has read James Croll on alternation of glacial and warmer periods in north and south, which would remove JDH’s objections to cool period extending to equator.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Nov [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 98–101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6476

From J. D. Hooker   26 November 1868



Anxious to hear how the Lubbocks take the disastrous termination to their hopes. [Sir John Lubbock was defeated in the Parliamentary election on 25 Nov 1868.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6477

From John Lubbock   26 November [1868]


JL’s failure to be elected to Parliament.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6478

To John Price   26 November 1868


Thanks JP for congratulations on success of George Darwin at Cambridge.

Does not have time to investigate propagation of Cardamine.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Price
Date:  26 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 147: 274
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6479

From W. S. Dallas   27 November 1868


WSD has been elected Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society after a sharp struggle. CD’s support was greatly in his favour.

Has finished Für Darwin. It has been a difficult job.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6481

From S. O. Glenie   27 November 1868


He and Mrs G pleased to receive CD’s letter indicating that he found their observations worthy of attention.

Hopes soon to be able to answer CD’s queries on first plumage of chickens of black-boned variety of fowl.

Author:  Samuel Owen Glenie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6482

To Fritz Müller   28 November 1868


Delay in translating Für Darwin.

Comments on plan to repeat CD’s experiments on illegitimate offspring.

FM’s observations on stridulation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  28 Nov 1868
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6483

From J. D. Hooker   [28 November 1868]



Is doing a British Flora [The student’s flora of the British Islands (1870)], for students, more scientific and more complete than former editions.

His opinion of Bentham’s [British] Flora [1858].

On Croll’s extension of glaciers – a huge relief to get rid of simultaneous cooling of the whole globe.

Watson’s garbling of passage in JDH’s Flora Indica is unprincipled.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Nov 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 243–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6484

To Director, Natura Artis Magistra   28 November 1868


Asks whether the spurs in the young of Pavo muticus are developed earlier or later in life than in the young males of Pavo cristatus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Natura Artis Magistra (Artis).
Date:  28 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Stadsarchief Amsterdam (395: 614)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6484F

From T. H. Farrer   30 November 1868


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

To J. B. Innes   1 December 1868


Problems with Mr Robinson, who has suddenly departed for Ireland for a month. The parish urgently needs some respectable man to hold the living permanently.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  1 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 96: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6486

To J. D. Hooker   2 December 1868


Enthusiastic about JDH’s plan for a British Flora – "a grand idea to make a Flora a guide for knowledge already acquired & to be acquired". Gives examples of subjects.

No work exists on various biological points in plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 94: 102–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6487

From J. D. Caton   2 [October] 1868


Observations on lateral spots on coats of two specimens of deer. PS on habits of wild and domestic turkeys.

Author:  John Dean Caton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 [Oct] 1868
Classmark:  DAR 83: 167–9, DAR 161: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6488

From James Croll   2 December 1868


Sends abstract of his views on change of climate and a copy of a paper.

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 262
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6489
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