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To J. D. Hooker   4 [February 1858]

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Returns books by Candolle and Robert Brown.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2210

To George Henry Kendrick Thwaites   7 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks GHKT for letter on plant acclimatisation and variation among alpine and lowland forms in Ceylon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  7 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.150)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2211

To J. D. Hooker   9 February [1858]

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Six volumes of Candolle’s Prodromus confirm rule that small genera vary less than large. Labiatae an exception to rule.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2212

To William Erasmus Darwin   11 [February 1858]

Summary

Writes of domestic matters

and asks WED to observe cart-horses for traces of dark stripes on spine and cross-stripes on shoulder.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  11 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2215

To Louis Agassiz   21 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks LA for presentation copy of Contributions [to the natural history of the United States of America, vol. 1, pt 1: Essay on classification, and vol. 1, pt 2: North American Testudinata (1857)]. Flattered; CD sees there is much of highest interest to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Date:  21 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Am 1419: 279)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2217

To Asa Gray   21 February [1858]

Summary

Asks whether botanists tend to record varieties more carefully in large genera or small genera.

Wants information on the ranges of varieties of a species compared to the range of the species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  21 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2218

To W. D. Fox   22 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks for Hewitson [British oology].

Has found more variability in birds’ nests than he expected.

Interested in WDF’s note about turkey terrified by a frog [see Natural selection, p. 488 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  22 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2219

To Charles Cardale Babington   22 February [1858]

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CD and J. D. Hooker have differed on the following question and agreed to ask several botanists: would a good botanist describing a local flora record varieties as readily in large as in small genera?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Cardale Babington
Date:  22 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add.8182: 20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2220

To J. D. Hooker   23 February [1858]

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Fertilisation of clover by bees in New Zealand.

Uneasy about biggest genera and their varieties.

H. T. Buckle’s sophistry [History of civilisation in England (1857)].

Working on bees’ cells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2222

To Thomas Henry Huxley   24 February [1858]

Summary

Congratulations on birth of THH’s daughter [Jessie].

On aboriginal dun colour of horses.

Examples of inaccuracies and perpetuation of errors [on hybrids] by "compilers, of which I am one".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 107)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2224

To W. E. Darwin   27 [February 1858]

Summary

CD intends to enter WED at Christ’s College.

Thanks him for inquiries made about horses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  27 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2227

To J. D. Hooker   28 February [1858]

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JDH has confirmed CD’s opinion on the affinities of species in great genera. Is looking at large genera in several local Floras to find the "range & commonness of varying species".

Has been "beyond measure interested" in the construction instincts of the hive-bee.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 225
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2228

To W. D. Fox   28 February [1858]

Summary

WDF’s nephew has forgotten to mention the most important element, whether the lizards’ eggs floated and stayed alive on sea-water.

Thanks for facts about turkeys and terrier [see Natural selection, p. 481 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  28 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2229

To J. D. Hooker   [17 February 1858]

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General success of survey makes CD very concerned about sources of error. Wants to meet JDH for an important talk about big genera. Arranges meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [17 Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2209
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