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To J. D. Hooker   [5 October 1847]

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Mystified by the origin of coal-plants.

Milne’s Glen Roy theory is absurd but, oddly, it has staggered CD in favour of Agassiz’s ice-lake theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [5 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1123

From Robert Chambers   5 October 1847

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Supposition that glaciers made Glen Roy is a dream. Has received three letters from CD on river terraces. Reports on trip to terraces at Belleville. Comparison with Glen Roy.

Author:  Robert Chambers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1847
Classmark:  DAR 161: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1124

To Joseph Beete Jukes   8 October [1847]

Summary

Flattered by JBJ’s discussion of coral reefs [in Voyage of H.M.S. "Fly" 1 (1847): 347–8]. CD has always thought his Coral reefs "too bold and speculative", so he is gratified "when anyone who has had opportunities of observation does not give his verdict against it".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  8 Oct [1847]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1125

To Charles Lyell   [11 October 1847]

Summary

Discusses enclosed figures on elevation of terraces in several Scottish glens as surveyed by William Kemp and David Stevenson. Comments on Robert Chambers’ view of the terraces. Mentions a letter on the terraces, originally written for publication, which he has asked Robert Jameson [editor of the Edinburgh New Philos. J.] to destroy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [11 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1126

To J. D. Hooker   [6 or 13 October 1847]

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Difficulty of scheduling visit before JDH departs on Himalayan expedition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [6 or 13] Oct 1847
Classmark:  DAR 114: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1127

To M. A. T. Whitby   14 October [1847]

Summary

Thanks for a suite of male and female specimens of Lepidoptera. Lack of difference in size of wings surprises CD; the female’s being smaller than male’s in early growth is new to him. Will ask a friend in India for comparable facts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Anne Theresa Whitby
Date:  14 Oct [1847]
Classmark:  Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1128

To J. D. Hooker   [21 October 1847]

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On scheduling farewell meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [21 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1129

To J. D. Hooker   [25 October 1847]

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Continued problems in scheduling farewell meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [25 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1130

To J. D. Hooker   [31 October 1847]

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CD very ill; tries to arrange departure meeting with JDH.

CD’s guess at composition of Maldive flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [31 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1131

To Abraham Clapham   [29 October 1847?]

Summary

Accepts AC’s offer to conduct hybridisation experiments, and offers suggestions.

Sends book [Journal of researches, 2d ed. (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Clapham
Date:  [29 Oct 1847?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1137

To William Baxter    2 October [1847?]

Summary

Reorders six 2–oz bottles with corks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Baxter
Date:  2 Oct [1847?]
Classmark:  Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13775

To Emma Darwin   [31 October 1847]

Summary

Has had two bad days with boils.

Is reading Last days of Pompeii [Edward Bulwer Lytton (1834)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [31 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1132

To Mary Elizabeth Lyell   [4 October 1847]

Summary

Thanks Mrs Lyell for barnacle specimens.

Mentions Agassiz’s classification of saurians.

Discusses letter from Chambers on "roads" in Scottish glens; views of Agassiz and Buckland on the glens.

Is reading Hugh Miller [First impressions of England and its people (1847)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Elizabeth Horner; Mary Elizabeth Lyell
Date:  [4 Oct 1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1122
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