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To G. R. Gray   [June–October 1839]

Summary

Asks for some Anthus skins to examine [for Birds]. Fears they may turn out to be all one species. Sends details from his notes on Falkland Island specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Gray
Date:  [June–Oct 1839]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 235–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-508

From Robert FitzRoy   [2 or 16 June 1839]

Summary

Has not yet had time to read CD’s Journal of researches attentively. He is sure there is no expression referring to himself personally that he could wish were not in it.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 or 16] June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-516

From William Buckland   7 June 1839

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of Journal of researches.

Author:  William Buckland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-518

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839

Summary

Thanks CD effusively [for Journal of researches] – "the most delightful book in my collection".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-519

From William Henry Fitton   13 June 1839

Summary

Thanks CD for Journal of researches. Praises its "want of pretension"; "the Geology seems … to be excellent – and a good part of it new".

Author:  William Henry Fitton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-520

From William Lonsdale   15 June 1839

Summary

Acknowledges Journal of researches.

Author:  William Lonsdale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-521

From Robert FitzRoy   20 June [1839]

Summary

Robert Brown has mistreated Capt. P. P. King by holding back for nine years the plants collected on King’s voyage of the Adventure and Beagle.

Author:  Robert FitzRoy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 June [1839]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-522

To William Herbert   26 June 1839

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Summary

CD is led to believe there are no true permanently inbreeding, sexually reproducing beings. Thanks for replies to breeding questions.

Asks for clarification of Hippeastrum crosses: is selfing or crossing with individual of same species intended and was increased fertility due to constitution of foreign parent or due to the pollen coming from another plant? Has WH known any hybrid or mongrel to revert or to vary in a manner unlikely to be effect of soil?

Sends Journal of researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Herbert, dean of Manchester
Date:  26 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 185: 65–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-523

From William Herbert   [c. 27 June 1839]

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Summary

Rejects necessity of outbreeding and any general law of reversion.

Describes further experiments with Hippeastrum showing greater fertility with foreign pollen than with individual’s own pollen or with pollen from another individual of same species.

Does not believe CD’s questions about reversion can be answered in present state of knowledge.

Author:  William Herbert, dean of Manchester
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.27 June 1839]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-524

To Thomas Green   [after 30 June 1839]

Summary

Returns proof sheets and requests revises. Gives his opinion of Mr Walkers’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Green
Date:  [after 30 June 1839]
Classmark:  Bonhams, New York (dealers) (21 September 2015)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-524F

To Mr Folthorp of Smith, Elder & Co.   6 June [1839]

Summary

CD has heard from the Treasury; they will pay the account [for the Zoology] as soon as Smith, Elder & Co. like.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co; Folthorp, Mr
Date:  6 June [1839]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-517
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