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To J. D. Hooker   20 [October 1858]

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Fertilisation of papilionaceous flowers [Collected papers 2: 19–25].

JDH’s reactions to CD’s theory.

Discussed human fossil evidence with Hugh Falconer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 [Oct 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 250
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2345

To J. D. Hooker   29 [October 1858]

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Memorial concerning British Museum collection. CD opposes removing the natural history collection of the British Museum to Kensington.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [Oct 1858]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 246)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2349

To J. D. Hooker   2 November [1858]

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On moving the natural history collection of the British Museum to Kensington.

Subscription for John Ralfs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2351

To J. D. Hooker   9[–10] November [1858]

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Lyell receives Copley Medal; CD to write notes for JDH’s éloge of Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9[–10] Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2355

To J. D. Hooker   14 November [1858]

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Hermaphrodite trees are enough to "knock" CD down. Can JDH observe Eucalyptus to see whether pollen and stigma mature at same time?

JDH’s facts showing European plants are more common in southern Australia than in South America are disturbing because they are improbable on CD’s views of migration.

JDH said he would give examples of Australian forms that have migrated north along the mountains of the Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2361

To J. D. Hooker   [14 November 1858]

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An enclosure sent with the letter to JDH, 14 November [1858] (Correspondence vol. 7) - questions and comments on lists of European species found in south-west Australia and Tasmania, and European genera found in Australia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [14 Nov 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 50: E55–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2361F

To J. D. Hooker   [23 November 1858]

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CD declines to write Lyell éloge [for Copley Medal] because of his ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [23 Nov 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2369

To J. D. Hooker   24–5 November [1858]

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Praises JDH’s Australian introduction.

Disputes JDH’s emphasis on SE. and SW. Australian flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24-5 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2371

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 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

To J. D. Hooker   27 [November 1858]

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Memorial concerning British Museum collection.

Relation of Cape of Good Hope and Australian flora a great trouble. CD’s high estimation of importance of glacial period for distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 [Nov 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 258
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2386

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 Joseph Dalton Hooker   12 January [1858]

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On papilionaceous flowers and CD’s theory that there are no eternal hermaphrodites. Connects this theory to absence of small-flowered legumes in New Zealand and the absence of small bees as pollinators.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 220
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2201

To J. D. Hooker   15 January [1858]

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CD has never doubted probability of Bering Strait land connection.

Family illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 221
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2203

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

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 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 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 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 J. D. Hooker   5 [March 1858]

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C. C. Babington agrees with JDH that botanists tend to note varieties more in large genera than in very small ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 [Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 226
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2235
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