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From J. D. Hooker   24 July [1848]


Brian Hodgson reading CD’s Journal of researches with delight.

Forwarding breeding pamphlets.

JDH recommends P. S. Pallas on degeneration.

CD’s facts on sex in barnacles startling.

Hugh Falconer’s health.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July [1848]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (India letters 1847–51: 94 JDH/1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1193

To Francis Boott    20 August 1848


CD will write to A. A. Gould for aid. Thanks for sympathy and assistance about chloroform.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  20 Aug 1848
Classmark:  James Cummins, Bookseller (website viewed 7 February 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1195

From J. E. Gray   26 August 1848


Is sorry that any person has misunderstood his intentions. JEG read his papers on cirripedes at the Zoological Society without intending to interfere with CD’s work; he merely wished to record his old observations, made before CD commenced his study, and thought that by so doing he was helping CD. [See "Description of a new species of Anatifa" and "On Thaliella", Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1848): 44.]

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Aug 1848
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/205/7/254-255)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1196

To J. E. Gray   29 August [1848]


It had been suggested to CD that JEG intended to anticipate some of his work on the Cirripedia. CD doubted this because JEG had suggested that CD commence the work and has assisted throughout; however, CD sought assurances regarding JEG’s intentions as he wished that "what little novelty there yet remained in the subject, should be the reward of my work". CD apologises for having spoken to JEG on the subject and will communicate JEG’s assurances to those who had expressed their opinions regarding JEG’s intentions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  29 Aug [1848]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/205/7/256-257)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1197

To Charles Lyell   [24 September 1848]


Congratulations on CL’s knighthood.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [24 Sept 1848]
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1198

To Henri Milne-Edwards   1 September [1848]


Describes his cirripede work. Asks whether HM-E can arrange for him to borrowspecimens, especially of species described in Dumont d’Urville, Voyage of"Astrolabe" [1830–2]. Lists species that interesthim.

Compliments HM-E on his Crustacés [1834–40].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henri Milne-Edwards
Date:  1 Sept [1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1199

To Augustus Addison Gould   3 September [1848]


Describes his research on cirripedes. Asks to borrow specimens. Comments on previous work on the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Augustus Addison Gould
Date:  3 Sept [1848]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831–66 MS Am 1210: 224)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1200

From William Thompson   29 September 1848


Concerning the measurements of Balanus specimens with respect to growth.

Author:  William Thompson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Sept 1848
Classmark:  Living Cirripedia (1854): 272–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1200A

To William Hellier Baily   5 October 1848


Send thanks for informing him of barnacles and asks that they be sent, directed to him, to the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hellier Baily
Date:  5 Oct 1848
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (12 November 1963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1201

To J. D. Hooker   6 October [1848]



CD makes progress with barnacles. Describes "supplemental" males in detail. In working out metamorphosis, their crustacean homologies followed automatically.

CD opposes appending first describer’s name to specific name.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Oct [1848]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 112a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1202

From J. D. Hooker   13 October 1848


Hugh Falconer’s misbehaviour.

Waiting out rains at Brian Hodgson’s.

Will make botanical transverse section of Himalayas from plains to snow.

Arrangements to pass Sikkim Rajah’s territory.

No evidence of glacial or diluvial action in sub-Himalayan mountains. No evidence of detrital coal formation.

Hodgson’s replies to CD on introduced species and hybrids.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct 1848
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (India letters 1847–51: 112–14 JDH/1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1203

To Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz   22 October 1848


Thanks LA and sends thanks to A. A. Gould for specimens. Describes principal findings of his research on cirripedes. Is obliged for information Joseph Leidy gave about cirripede eyes. Describes anatomical features and chief aspects of growth. Describes discovery of parasitic males and a species parasitic upon other cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Date:  22 Oct 1848
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Am 1419: 274)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1205

To Charles Lyell   [21? June 1848]


Comments on apology by Chambers for using some of CD’s material without acknowledgment in discussing Glen Roy. His opinion of Chambers’ book [Ancient sea-margins (1848)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [21? June 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1181

To Robert Chambers   [June 1848]



Congratulates RC on his work on Scottish sea-margins [Ancient sea-margins (1848)].

Discusses Glen Roy; Milne staggered him in favour of the glacier view, but now his opinion has reverted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Chambers
Date:  [June 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 50: C1–C2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1182

To J. F. W. Herschel   6 June [1848]


Sends two valves of Ibla.

In his chapter [for Manual, Collected papers 1: 227–50], he will strike out any part that JFWH wants struck out, but if much shortening is required it will need rewriting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  6 June [1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1183

To John Higgins   6 June [1848]


Mentions his account; visit to Lincolnshire by his sister [Susan Darwin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  6 June [1848]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1184

To James Scott Bowerbank   [January–August 1848]


Thanks him for Balanus specimens. Comments on his findings. A large Acasta in the wet state would be valuable. Asks JSB to mention his work to J. T. Quekett at the College of Surgeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  [Jan–Aug 1848]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1045

To John Innes   [1848?]


Suggests various remedies for toothache.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  [1848?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1141

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [July 1848]


Writes about Emma’s trust account investments and calls due upon them. Sends his record and asks JW to bring it up to date.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [July 1848]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1019)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1142

To George Warde Norman   [1848]


Seeks excuse from jury duty on grounds of ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Warde Norman
Date:  [1848]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1143
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