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To ?   30 October [1869 or 1870]

Summary

Comments on a case of crossing distant plants of Habenaria

and on hermaphroditism in hybrid plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  30 Oct [1869-70]
Classmark:  King Edward VI High School, Stafford
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6961A

To Francis Henry Salvin?   31 October 1869

Summary

Thanks correspondent for sending extracts about the jackal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 Oct 1869
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6962

To Scientific Opinion   [before 20 October 1869]

Summary

Replies to F. Delpino’s criticisms of Pangenesis [Sci. Opin. 2 (1869): 365–7, 391–3, 407–8], especially concerning the difficulty of explaining the regrowth of amputated organs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Scientific Opinion
Date:  [before 20 Oct 1869]
Classmark:  Scientific Opinion 2 (1869): 426.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6442

To W. B. Tegetmeier   1 October [1869]

Summary

Chickens have arrived safely.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  1 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6921

To T. H. Huxley   1 October [1869]

Summary

V. O. Kovalevsky, Russian translator [of Variation], wishes to hear THH lecture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  1 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 275)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6922

To J. D. Hooker   2 October [1869]

Summary

Sends letter from Candolle [6915] proposing an experiment with seeds that seems excellent. CD has little time and strength but will do his best. If the staff at Kew could do it, it would be wisest to hand the whole lot over to JDH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6923

To Ernst Haeckel   3 October [1869]

Summary

Mentions views of Sars on species.

EH’s work on Siphonophora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  3 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 1–52/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6924

To James Orton   7 October [1869]

Summary

Has forwarded the horse’s tooth, sent by JO, to Huxley, who may be able to identify it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Orton
Date:  7 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6925

From Frederick Smith   8 October 1869

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Summary

Both sexes of Mononychus pseudacori and other Coleoptera stridulate.

Author:  Frederick Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 82: A3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6926

To T. Thompson   9 October 1869

Summary

Writes, as county magistrate, in an attempt to get payment from the Club for a Mr Reeves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  T. Thompson
Date:  9 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 96: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6927

From Federico Delpino   9 October 1869

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of CD’s Primula paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 437–54].

Nectar-sucking birds fertilise tropical flowers.

Writing a "Dualistic apologia for Pangenesis" [see translation in Sci. Opin. 2 (1869): 365–7, 391–3, 407–8].

Homology of the orchid rostellum.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 162: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6928

From T. H. Farrer   9 October 1869

Summary

Federico Delpino’s book has very nearly all that THF has found and a great deal more.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 164: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6929

To T. H. Farrer   10 October [1869]

Summary

Sympathises with THF at being forestalled by Delpino, but urges him to publish confirmation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6930

To J. D. Hooker   11 October 1869

Summary

Is glad that JDH is willing to try Candolle’s experiment [see 6915]. Encloses all the seeds except a few taken from the Moscow and Palermo packets.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (catalogue 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6932

To Alphonse de Candolle   11 October 1869

Summary

Thanks AdeC for his interesting letter [6915]. The experiment strikes CD as a very valuable one. CD has forwarded the letter to Hooker, who is glad to make the trial. CD will have many experiments in progress next spring but he will open the packet of seeds and if they are numerous, will try a few himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  11 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6933

From John Fox & Sons   12 October 1869

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Summary

Acknowledges receipt of CD’s cheque in payment of his account.

Author:  Fox, John & Sons
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 83: 61v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6934

From T. H. Farrer   13 October 1869

Summary

On the fertilisation of Tacsonia and Passiflora.

Encloses a poem, "The Biological Teleologist", written after reading Delpino.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 164: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6935

To T. H. Huxley   14 October 1869

Summary

Delighted with THH’s review [in Academy (1869)] of Haeckel’s [Natürliche] Schöpfungsgeschichte [1868],

but groans about THH’s view of rudimentary organs. Cites Origin and Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  14 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 277)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6936

From L. E. Becker   14 October 1869

Summary

Sends abstract of her BAAS paper on the role of a parasitic fungus in producing bisexual flowers in Lychnis.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 117, 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6937

To Federico Delpino   14 October 1869

Summary

Cautions FD about fluid in labellum of Coryanthes.

T. H. Farrer is enthusiastic about FD’s papers.

Believes humming-birds fertilise many American flowers.

Mentions his reply to FD’s criticisms ["Pangenesis: Mr Darwin’s reply to Professor Delpino", Sci. Opin. 2 (1869): 426; Collected papers 2: 158–60].

Suggests that FD study fertilisation of Gramineae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  14 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 143: 379
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6938
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