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To J. D. Hooker   2 June [1857]

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Qualifications of John Lindley, Huxley, Albany Hancock, Joseph Prestwich, J. C. Ross, and Francis Beaufort for Royal Medal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 June [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2099

To William Sharpey   2 June [1857]

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Supports nomination of John Lindley for award of Royal Medal of the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  2 June [1857]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Lowell Autograph File 84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2100

To J. D. Hooker   3 June [1857]

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"Law" [see 2092] correlating variability and abnormal development not confirmed by JDH for plants.

CD studies struggle for existence in his weed garden.

Scotch fir observed at Moor Park.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 June [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 200
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2101

To J. D. Hooker   5 June [1857]

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Royal Society medals.

Correlation of variability and abnormal development is G. R. Waterhouse’s law. Relation of this law to polymorphism.

Colouring and marks of ancestral horse deduced from facts observed in pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 June [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2102

To T. C. Eyton   9 June [1857]

Summary

Comments on TCE’s work [Catalogue of the species of birds in his collection (1856)].

Mentions African dog’s skin.

Asks about colours of horses

and about variation in tracheae of male birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  9 June [1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2103

From Asa Gray   [c. 24 May 1857]

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Discusses difficulties involved in deciding which genera are protean in the light of some comments by H. C. Watson.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 24 May 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2104

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 13 June 1857]

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Requests information from readers on breeding of dun or mouse-coloured ponies with a dark stripe down their backs. Must one or both parents be dun?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 13 June 1857]
Classmark:  Gloucestershire Archives (T. C. Morton deposit D1021/8/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2105

From H. C. Watson   14 June [1857]

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Sends a reference to Subularia which bears on a query CD made some time ago [see 2002]. Subularia was seen to flower in the air in a remarkably dry season.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 June [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 207: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2106

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [18 June 1857]

Summary

Is glad WBT is investigating "the tail question"; hopes he will work out "down & colour point". Is much interested in runts, which seem to vary more than other breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [18 June 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2108

To Asa Gray   18 June [1857]

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Thanks for AG’s remarks on disjoined species. CD’s notions are based on belief that disjoined species have suffered much extinction, which is the common cause of small genera and disjoined ranges.

Discusses out-crossing in plants.

Has failed to meet with a detailed account of regular and normal impregnation in the bud. Podostemon, Subularia, and underwater Leguminosae are the strongest cases against him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  18 June [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (9a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2109

To W. B. Tegetmeier   23 June [1857]

Summary

CD anxious to examine rumpless chick 24 hours before hatching.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  23 June [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2110

To W. B. Tegetmeier   25 [June 1857]

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Needs only one nearly-hatched chick.

Has all published numbers of Poultry book [1856–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  25 [June 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2111

To J. D. Hooker   25 June [1857]

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Seedling leaves of gorse look like clover leaves. This is like young lions being striped. Thus, laws of animal embryology apply to plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 June [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2112

To T. C. Eyton   26 [June 1857]

Summary

Ill.

Comments on TCE’s study of birds’ bones.

His work on variation progresses.

Asks about horses with bars like zebra or ass.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  26 [June 1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.147)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2113

From J. D. Hooker   [27] June 1857

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Embryology of plants of low systematic order. Comparative development begins only with first post-cotyledonary leaves.

Curt letter to JDH from George Henslow.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27] June 1857
Classmark:  DAR 100: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2114

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [19 July 1857]

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Has acquired some runts. Thanks WBT for information. Lists pigeons he is sending.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [19 July 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2115

To J. D. Hooker   1 July [1857]

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George Henslow’s curtness to JDH: "an attack of religion".

Embryonic leaves. Adaptive functions and taxonomic significance of cotyledons.

Asa Gray. Separation of sexes in U. S. trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 July [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 198
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2116

To J. D. Hooker   5 July [1857]

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Does JDH’s Wahlenbergia confirm CD’s law? Variations of one species assume the character of a distinct but allied species or genus.

Seed-salting: old ones float and germinate.

Owen’s "grand paper" [? J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 2 (1858): 1–37].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 July [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2117

To T. H. Huxley   5 July [1857]

Summary

Asks THH’s opinion on embryological views of G. A. Brullé [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 13 (1844): 484–6] and F. M. Barnéoud [Ann. des Sci. Nat. ser. 3, Bot. 6 (1846): 268–96] and on Milne-Edwards’ classification.

Has been reading John Goodsir ["On the morphological constitution of the skeleton of the vertebrate head", Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 5 (1857): 123–78].

Has embryology of bats ever been worked out?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 July [1857]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2118

From T. H. Huxley   7 July 1857

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THH comments on G. A. Brullé’s paper ["Researches upon the transformations of the appendages of the Articulata", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 13 (1844): 484–6].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1857
Classmark:  DAR 11.1: 41a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2119
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