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From J. D. Hooker   21 November 1869



Has corresponded with Macmillan about Nature.

Will get the Kerner book.

Mere guesses must determine which form to fix on as the type.

Raises questions about the genealogical tree.

Serves Mlle Royer right.

Lyell declines Royal Society Presidency; now look to W. R. Grove. Long postscript on JDH’s views about knighthood.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 39–41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7002

From George Henslow   22 November 1869


Observations on fertilisation of Lapageria rosea by E. G. Henderson, florist of St John’s Wood.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7004

From George Bentham   23 November 1869


Has heard that CD thinks GB is wrong on some points in his [Presidential] Address [to Linnean Society, see 6793]. Asks CD to point out where he is wrong.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7005

To J. D. Hooker   24 November [1869]


Sends title of Kerner’s book [see 6997] and comments that AK does not give the one parent form of the genus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 162–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7006

To Charles Layton   24 November [1869]


CD long anxious for new American edition of Origin to incorporate corrections since 2d ed. [of 1860]; believes such updating has kept English and continental sales high. If Appleton unable to comply, he will ask Asa Gray to find another publisher.

Mentions possible arrangements for U. S. edition of new book [Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles James (Charles) Layton
Date:  24 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  Parke-Bernet (dealers) (31 March 1964), Sotheby’s (dealers) (21 May 1968), William Patrick Watson (dealer) catalogue 18 (2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7007

From A. B. Meyer   24 November 1869


Wants to arrange a joint photograph of CD and Wallace for a publication on their lives and works.

Author:  Adolf Bernhard Meyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7008

From Charles Boner   25 November [1869]


Gives account of inherited blindness in a family,

and observations contravening CD’s view in Variation that sheep and other domestic animals never run wild.

Author:  Charles Boner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 238
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7010

To George Bentham   25 November [1869]


CD finds GB’s address interesting; assures him that he has never said GB was wrong on any point, but that there were differences between them, which he now thinks are not great.

Comments on specific parts of the address [see 6793]: colonisation, variability of large and small genera, descent from a single parent or pair of parents, rapid multiplication and change in species, isolation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  25 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: ff. 678–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7011

From George Bentham   26 November 1869


Comments on CD’s observations on his address; clarifies his view of the importance of isolation, the effect of climate, the plants of S. Africa and Australia.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7012

To Charles Layton   26 November [1869]


The 5th edition of Origin was printed some months previously and stereotypes cannot be supplied.

If Appletons will reprint the 5th edition of Origin in America, he pledges to supply stereotypes, if possible, or the sheets as printed if not, of his new book (Descent).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles James (Charles) Layton
Date:  26 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  Bonhams, New York (dealers) (13 June 2019, lot 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7012F

To T. H. Farrer   [27 November 1869]


Encloses extract from a letter from Fritz Müller about humming-birds visiting Passiflora, "as a caution about Passiflora in contrast with Tacsonia".

[Signed with CD’s name by Emma Darwin.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  [27 Nov 1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7013

To A. B. Meyer   27 November [1869]


Not willing to sit for photographer again.

ABM’s translation of Wallace’s Malay Archipelago has not yet arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Bernhard Meyer
Date:  27 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 362
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7014

From T. H. Farrer   28 November 1869


Agrees that it is wise to delay [publishing?] on Passiflora.

Puts queries he wants CD to send [to Fritz Müller] on bees visiting flowers in winter.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 164: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7015

From C. S. Bate   29 November 1869


Reports a case of a smooth-leaved holly tree with one branch of prickly leaves; is willing to supply more details.

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7016

From Charles Boner   [December 1869 – early January 1870]


In answer to CD’s queries, relates further details about feral sheep: they are sterile when wild, but can become tame again.

Author:  Charles Boner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Dec 1869 – early Jan 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7017

To Fritz Müller   1 December [1869]


Role of humming-birds in plant fertilisation.

Alexander Agassiz has visited Down.

Sales of Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Encloses copy of T. H. Farrer letter [7015] and observations on the self-sterility of Eschscholzia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  1 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7018

From A. R. Wallace   4 December [1869]


Inquires about arrangements for the German translation and publication of their original Linnean Society papers [Collected papers 2: 3–19].

ARW thinks he has hit upon a solution to problem of geological time.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B88–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7019

To A. R. Wallace   5 December [1869]


Further comments on arrangements for German translation of their joint paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 194–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7020

From E. A. Darwin   7 December [1869]


Encloses a letter to which he had replied and saw no need for further attention.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B67, DAR 166: 234
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7023

From John Lubbock   8 December [1869]


Is glad CD likes the new edition [of Prehistoric times].

Has been lecturing in Scotland.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7024
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