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To T. H. Huxley   1 December [1858]

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Has had some misgivings about the memorial but now thinks his fears were vain and cowardly. Regrets R. I. Murchison was not told in advance. His low opinion of the Government and B. Disraeli.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  1 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 250)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2376

To J. D. Hooker   3 December [1858]

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Examining JDH’s list. CD struck by how many plants are common to Europe, S. America, and Australia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 256
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2377

To John Higgins   8 December 1858

Summary

Sends receipt for £250 6s. 2d.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  8 Dec 1858
Classmark:  Dominic Winter Auctioneers (2 October 2019, lot 258)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2377F

To W. E. Darwin   [9 December 1858]

Summary

Approves of WED’s moving into CD’s old rooms [at Christ’s College]. Gives fatherly advice on Cambridge’s temptation to idleness. Christmas plans.

Health poor of late.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [9 Dec 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A18, A25–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2379

To Walter Elliot   12 December [1858]

Summary

Thanks WE for an oriental treatise on pigeons, a paper on poultry, and specimens.

Asks about stripes on shoulders and legs of horses and donkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Walter Elliot
Date:  12 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.162)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2380

From T. H. Huxley   17 December 1858

Summary

K. E. von Baer’s view of the air bladder of fishes.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1858
Classmark:  DAR 166: 289
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2381

From J. D. Hooker   22 December 1858

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Would appreciate loan of CD’s chapter on transmigration across tropics, which may help with the difficulties of Australian distribution.

Still regards plant types as older than animal types.

The Cape of Good Hope and Australian temperate floras cannot be connected by the highlands of Abyssinia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1858
Classmark:  DAR 100: 128–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2382

To W. B. Tegetmeier   24 December [1858]

Summary

Thanks for some poultry breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  24 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2383

To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1858]

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Wide-ranging species more "improved" than relics in small areas because they exist in large numbers and thus are subject to intense competition.

His abstract is 330 folio pages long so far.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2384

From J. D. Hooker   [26 December 1858]

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JDH cannot abide CD’s connection of wide-ranging species and "highness". Australian flora contradicts this in many ways.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Dec 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 125–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2385

From Andrew Crombie Ramsay   29 December 1858

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Responds to CD’s queries about the thickness of various geological formations. [See Origin, p. 284.]

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1858
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2387

To J. D. Hooker   31 December [1858]

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Replies at length to JDH’s worried reaction to his comments on lowness of Australian plants. CD distinguishes between "competitive highness", i.e., which fauna would be exterminated and which survive if two faunas were placed in competition, and ordinary "highness" of classification.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2388

To James Paget   19 December [1858]

Summary

Asks JP to remember him if anything occurs to him "in regard to inheritance at corresponding or rather earlier ages". Sends JP a few examples for his "Chronometry of life". CD is sure he often met with striking facts but he disregarded them. "Deviations alone would have struck me."

Effects of different climates on breeding periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  19 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5314
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