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From J. D. Hooker   8 June 1860

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Glad to hear good news of Etty [Henrietta Darwin].

CD’s observations on Scaevola are capital. The indusium collects the pollen and is the homologue of the pollen-collecting hairs of Campanula. A boat-shaped organ forms a second indusium, the inside base of which forms the stigmatic surface. The latter later protrudes as horns, forming the stigma.

Describes W. H. Harvey’s scientific career and thinks his letter interesting. Agrees with Harvey that the primary agency of natural selection is as great a mystery as ever. [Response to 2823.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 June 1860
Classmark:  DAR 157a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2825A

From Charles Lyell   15 June 1860

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Rejects CD’s comparison of natural selection with the architect of a building. The architect who plans and oversees construction should not be confused in his function with the wisest breeder. That would be to deify natural selection.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 June 1860
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal VI, pp. 108–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2832A

From John Higgins   19 June 1860

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Sends a plan of the Anwick Estate: will value it on Saturday next (23 June 1860).

Will purchase it for CD at the auction on 25 June if he can secure favourable terms.

Author:  John Higgins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 June 1860
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/3/5, HIG/4/2/3/6, HIG/4/2/3/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2836F

From Frederick Bond   [16? June 1860]

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Observations on moths visiting flowers.

Author:  Frederick Bond
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16? June 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 76 (ser. 2): 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2837

From Charles Lyell   19 June 1860

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Sees Huxley’s deification of matter and force as a reaction to the way Paley likened the "Unknown Cause" to the mind of man so that new causes could be introduced. If you wish to retain free will which is inconsistent with constant law, Paley’s position is better. Free will is a recently introduced cause on our planet. It cannot be fully attributed to secondary causes.

What CD says about the variation in gestation of the hound is remarkable.

The astonishing fertile rabbit–hare hybrids encourage belief in Pallas’s theory of the multiple origin of dogs.

Does the regularity of gestation in man indicate a common stock?

Hooker’s observation of absence of forms peculiar to extra-Arctic Greenland indicates that the time since the beginning of the glacial period is brief in geological terms.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 June 1860
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal VI, pp. 117–23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2837A

From John Higgins   16 June 1860

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Has not received any replies from the parties.

Either he or his son will value the property after JH’s return to Alford.

Author:  John Higgins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1860
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/3/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2837F

From Frederick Bond   26 June 1860

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Hopes to make observations on moths pollinating clovers.

Author:  Frederick Bond
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 June 1860
Classmark:  DAR 76 (ser. 2): 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2847
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