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From J. D. Hooker   [after 11 December 1854]

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List of most anomalous Leguminosae [from George Bentham].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 11 Dec 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 391
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1546

To J. D. Hooker   2 December [1854]

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JDH’s "grand speech" on receiving the Royal Medal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1609

To J. D. Hooker   4 December [1854]

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Is Bentham’s list of aberrant genera biased by exclusion of genera with many species?

JDH’s belief that Aquilegia varieties are one species is consistent with their great interfertility.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1610

To Saba Holland   4 December [1854]

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Thanks for Lady Holland’s kind present. Will only lend it to his sister-in-law and his aunt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Saba Holland
Date:  4 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (19 January 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1610F

From J. D. Hooker   5 December [1854]

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Bentham’s list of aberrant genera: CD’s worry that he eliminated large genera a priori is half right. He eliminated those large, anomalous genera that virtually constitute natural orders. JDH criticises CD’s tabulations of aberrants.

Difficulty of distinguishing affinity and analogy in plants.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 388–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1611

To J. D. Hooker   11 [December 1854]

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Debates aberrant species, e.g., Ornithorhynchus and Echidna, with JDH. CD argues they are result of extinction having removed intermediate links to allied forms.

Studying effects of disuse in wings of tame and wild ducks.

Tabulations showing that number of species in a genus is not correlated with number of genera in an order.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 [Dec 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1612

To G. H. Turnbull   12 December [1854]

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Thanks for subscription to Down Coal and Clothing Club, whose finances are improving.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Turnbull
Date:  12 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 3 (EH 88206055)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1613

To John Higgins   25 December 1854

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Discusses his account. Mentions health of children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  25 Dec 1854
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1615
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