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From T. V. Wollaston   [November–December 1857]

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He was unaware that varieties occurred proportionately more in large genera.

Recommends a work [Leonard Gyllenhaal, Insecta Suecica, 4 vols. (1808–27)] for tabulating varieties.

Lists "close geographical representatives of Europaean species" based on the species numbers [in T. V. Wollaston, Catalogue of the coleopterous insects of Madeira (1857)].

Author:  Thomas Vernon Wollaston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 16: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2133

From Robert Schlagintweit   25 September 1857

Summary

Gives CD further details of the fertility of the offspring from cross of a yak and Indian cow, the so-called chooboos, whose fertility he has traced to the seventh generation [see Natural selection, pp. 437–8].

Author:  Robert Schlagintweit
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1857
Classmark:  DAR 177: 52 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2142

From T. H. Huxley   [before 3 October 1857]

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On classification and possibilities of a scientific morphology and zoology. CD’s "pedigree business" is important for physiology but has nothing to do with pure zoology any more than human pedigree has to do with the census. Zoological classification is a census of the animal world.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Oct 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 205.5: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2144

From A. R. Wallace   [27 September 1857]

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Refers to CD’s letter of "May last". ARW’s views on order of succession of species are in accordance with CD’s.

Disappointed that his paper ["On the law which has regulated the introduction of new species", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 2d ser. 16 (1855): 184–96] elicited no discussion; now ARW is trying to prove it. Paper merely states the theory.

On black jaguars breeding inter se: ARW has never heard of a parti-coloured one.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 Sept 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2145

From Bernard Peirce Brent   23 October 1857

Summary

Discusses the difficulties of breeding mules by crossing canaries and finches.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1857
Classmark:  DAR 160: 299
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2158

From Walter White   26 October 1857

Summary

Writes concerning library books requested by CD.

Author:  Walter White
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1857
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 19 (EH 88206071)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2159

From Thomas Glover   26 October 1857

Summary

Describes his work, which demonstrates that hybrids of Cactus are fertile.

Author:  Thomas Glover
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1857
Classmark:  DAR 165: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2160

From Henry Coe   4 November 1857

Summary

Responds to CD’s article on kidney beans [Collected papers 1: 275–7]. Sends beans as evidence of crossing.

Author:  Henry Coe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 161: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2165

From Frederick Smith   10 November 1857

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Sends drawings of two forms of workers of Cryptocerus discocephalus in response to CD’s request for examples of insects whose workers show disparity of form.

Author:  Frederick Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 11.2: 65a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2167

From Henry Coe   14 November 1857

Summary

More on kidney bean crosses.

Author:  Henry Coe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 161: 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2171

From Williams & Norgate   17 November 1857

Summary

CD is informed that a certain work [unspecified] is not available separately.

Author:  Williams & Norgate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 91: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2172

From J. D. Hooker   [2 December 1857]

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News of Mrs Henslow’s death.

Studying Impatiens, which bears on CD’s problems. Though genus is endemic to India, with over 100 species, CD will be glad to know they do not run into one another.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Dec 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 178–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2178

From J. D. Hooker   [6 December 1857]

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Finds CD’s results [of his survey of well-marked varieties from A. P. and Alphonse de Candolle’s Prodromus systematis naturalis regni vegetabilis (1824–73)] "very curious and suggestive". Thinks the Labiatae will present an obstacle to him as it is a very large and distinct order with well-defined species and genera. Would like to see him tackle more volumes of Candolle’s Prodromus, as his case can only be established by evidence from mundane plants. CD should beware of generalising from local species variability. A comparison of C. C. Babington’s and G. Bentham’s [British] Floras [Babington Manual of British botany (1843, 4th ed., 1856); Bentham Handbook of British flora (1858)] would be invaluable. Suggests CD write to Ferdinand Müller and Charles Moore in Australia. Moisture favouring extension of species is important for CD’s view.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 Dec 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 195–6, DAR 47: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2181

From H. C. Watson   14 December [1857]

Summary

Will shortly return CD’s list of varieties of British plants. Discusses the situations in which different varieties of species are often found and the ranges of varieties relative to those of the species.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 98: A11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2183

From George Bentham   [16 or 17 December 1857]

Summary

Returns CD’s lists [sent with 2184]. Confusion in genera of Silene is great in continental botanic gardens. One would have to know whether C. F. v. Gärtner had the right names for species in his experiments.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 or17 Dec 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2186

From J. D. Hooker   [17–23 December 1857]

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Sending more Candolle volumes for survey of species with well-marked varieties.

Has begun his introduction [to Flora Tasmaniae]; will not make generalisations.

J. D. Dana’s pamphlet too metaphysical for JDH.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17–23 Dec 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2188

From H. C. Watson   20 December [1857]

Summary

Finds he cannot annotate CD’s list of subspecies and varieties as wanted. Mentions again his difficulties with "species"; he "cannot find the proof of species being definite and immutable whatever they may seem to be at any one time and spot".

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 98: A13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2190

From Edward Hewitt   22 December 1857

Summary

Replies to more queries about fowl hybrids.

Author:  Edward Hewitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1857
Classmark:  DAR 166: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2193

From J. Knightly Ince   [1857–61?]

Summary

Translates some German terms describing colour of horses.

Author:  J. Knightly Ince
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1857–61?]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 20 (EH 88206072)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6538

From Edward Hewitt   18 December 1857

Summary

Hybrid varieties of pheasant and common fowl. Reply to CD queries.

Author:  Edward Hewitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1857
Classmark:  DAR 166: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1614
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