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To William Samuel Symonds   26 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for book on old bones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.242)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3099

To ?   7 May [1861–8?]

Summary

CD is obliged for the offer, but he is "too much occupied to contribute to any periodicals".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 May [1861-8]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3141

To ?    [before 25 May 1861]

Summary

Is obliged to Mr Bennett for information, the same relayed through Consul General Mr Crowe.

CD is interested in information that provides insight into the colour of the aboriginal horse and the possibility that the offspring of a cross between differently-coloured breeds revert to the colour of the aboriginal parent. He has examined crosses between pigeons for this purpose and would welcome any analogous facts resulting from crossing of distinct breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 25 May 1861]
Classmark:  The Field, the Farm, the Garden, the Country Gentleman’s Newspaper 17 (1861): 451
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3156A

To ?   11 June [1861–8]

Summary

CD regrets he has to turn down an invitation because of his ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  11 June [1861-8]
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3179F

To ?   8 December [1861–8]

Summary

Thanks for information on inheritance of mental peculiarities in cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 Dec [1861-8]
Classmark:  Dr Jeremy J. C. Mallinson (private collection); sold at Sotheby’s (dealers), 11 December 2017, lot 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770J

To ?   20 June [1861–8]

Summary

Sends a copy of the paper [with A. R. Wallace, "On the tendency of species to form varieties" (1858), Collected papers 2: 3–19] about which his correspondent asked; CD’s parts were written years ago and not intended for publication; he gave permission for publication of the extracts. Wallace’s paper seems to him excellent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 June [1861-8]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13879

To ?   24 August [1861–8]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for a remarkable instance of inheritance [not specified].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Aug [1861-8]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13880

To ?   25 November [1861–8]

Summary

Has read correspondent’s notice on bent cleavage. Refers him to observations on the same fact in South America, p. 160. CD has also suggested a conjectural explanation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  25 Nov [1861-8]
Classmark:  Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI MS F/1/M)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13881

To ?   31 December [1861–8]

Summary

"As I have never especially attended to Conchology I am sorry to say I cannot tell you the name of the enclosed shell which I now return–"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 Dec [1861-8]
Classmark:  J. David Archibald (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13881A

From J. D. Hooker   [29 December 1861]

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Summary

Asks CD whether he hears from Asa Gray. JDH’s opinion of the crisis [Trent case, Nov 1861] and the American Civil War.

Julius von Haast alludes to glacial drift in Middle Island of New Zealand.

Backwardness of JDH’s son, Willy.

Encloses a reference from Daniel Oliver which may be useful.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Dec 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 1, 2a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3374

From J. D. Hooker   [30 December 1861 or 6 January 1862]

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Summary

Glad CD has given up on Acropera ovules.

Doubts phanerogams less different in extreme forms [than Crustacea].

No systematic parallelism between plants and animals.

Offers list of Arctic plants with their colours. Asks CD whether it is useful to add colour to [descriptions of] plants.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Dec] 1861 or [6 Jan] 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3375

To D. F. Nevill   27 November [1861]

Summary

Thanks Dorothy Nevill for her assistance in supplying him with plants, but he will not require any more. Asks her to remember him to A. E. Knox.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  27 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  Hindman (dealers) (8 October 2020, lot 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3414F

To Daniel Oliver   9 April [1861]

Summary

Asks DO to identify enclosed Fumaria or Corydalis flower, with springing hood adaptation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  9 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 6 (EH 88205990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3499

To J. D. Hooker   [30 and 31 December 1861]

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Summary

Asks JDH to arrange for some melastomads to be sent to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 and 31 Dec 1861
Classmark:  DAR 115: 83a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3576

To the Journal of Horticulture   [before 22 October 1861]

Summary

Asks H. W. Newman whether the queen humble-bee is fertilised on the ground or in the air, and whether the fertilisation often takes place as late as September. [Newman’s reply follows CD’s letter.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Journal of Horticulture
Date:  [before 22 Oct 1861]
Classmark:  Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener, and Country Gentleman n.s. 2 (1861–2): 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3778

To W. E. Darwin   30 November [1861]

Summary

Reports on state of family’s health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  30 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3835

To Richard Kippist   27 [February or March 1861?]

Summary

Requests a number of books to be sent by the carrier on Thursday morning.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Kippist
Date:  27 [Feb or Mar] 1861
Classmark:  Morristown National Historical Park (Lloyd W. Smith MS 697)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3889A

To Daniel Oliver   3 November [1861]

Summary

Thanks for "multitudinous" references.

Thanks Hooker for orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  3 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 52 (EH 88206035)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4329

To W. B. Tegetmeier   14 June [1861]

Summary

Sends MS on fowls for WBT’s inspection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  14 June [1861]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4533

To Robert Scot Skirving   16 November [1861–8]

Summary

Knows nothing of the habits of earwigs. Thinks Edward Newman may be trusted on the point [as to whether or not earwigs can fly].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Scot Skirving
Date:  16 Nov [1861-8]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4673
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