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From John Rogers   22 January 1862


Reports that the orchids Myanthus and Catasetum are identical.

Author:  John Rogers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 176.1: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3407

From D. F. Nevill   [before 22 January 1862]


Thanks for promise of photograph.

Has no melastomads in bloom.

Describes sensitive anthers of Cynorchis.

Thanks CD for "your little pamphlet".

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 22 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3408

To John Lubbock   23 January [1862]


Has had 16 in the household ill.

Wants to meet JL.

Praises JL’s paper ["Ancient lake-habitations of Switzerland", Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 26–51].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  23 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 263
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3409

To J. D. Hooker   25 [and 26] January [1862]



His answer to Asa Gray.

On JDH’s view of aristocracy. Primogeniture is dreadfully opposed to selection.

Orchid book proofs ready soon – has no idea whether it is worth publishing.

Huxley on Owen.

Feeble letter from J. H. Balfour against Huxley’s lectures ["Relation of man to lower animals", pt 2 of Man’s place in nature (1863)].

Has received the "astounding" Angraecum sesquipedale with nectary 1ft long: "what insect could suck it?"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 [and 26] Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3411

From H. W. Bates   25 January 1862


Thanks CD for returned MS and letter with its good opinion. Asks CD to write to Murray.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 65a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3412

From John Lubbock   27 January 1862


Grateful for CD’s approval of "Lake-habitations".

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3414

To John Murray   28 January [1862]


H. W. Bates is, at CD’s urging, writing a book of travel and natural history. CD suggests JM might be interested in publishing it. Recommends HWB and his MS highly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 28–29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3415

From John Edward Gray   28 January 1862


The Japan pig, an unusual domestic species with no wild prototype.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 204
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3416

From John Lubbock   29 January 1862


Will visit CD on Saturday.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3417

From Francis Boott   27 January 1862


Has sent CD the published part of his work on Carex [Illustrations of the genus Carex (1858–67)]. Hopes to add 200 more figures. Comments on great variability among the 600–odd species, and on their geographical distribution.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3418

From J. E. Gray   29 January 1862


Owen’s paper on the aye-aye [Rep. BAAS 32 (1862) pt 2: 114–16];

his attacks on CD and his theories.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3419

From John Murray   30 January [1862]


Discusses manuscript by H. W. Bates [Naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].

Mentions CD’s forthcoming book [Orchids].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3420

To J. D. Hooker   30 January [1862]



Is JDH sure it is a Bletia, just received? Its pollen very different from any Epidendreæ he has seen. If it is Bletia, Lindley’s grand divisions are fanciful.

Accepts JDH’s offer to collect cases of dimorphism.

James Bateman has sent a lot of orchids with Angraecum sesquipedale. What a proboscis the moth that sucks its 11½ inch nectary must have!

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3421

From C. C. Babington   30 January 1862


Encloses seeds.

Lecoq’s work mentions instances of apparent dimorphism. [H. Lecoq, Études sur la géographie botanique de l’Europe, 9 vols. (1854–8).]

Author:  Charles Cardale Babington
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3422

From Henry Holland   30 January [1862]


Is preparing a volume of his articles [Essays on scientific and other subjects (1862)], to one of which he would like to add a postscript referring to CD’s Origin [pp. 100–1]. Sends proposed postscript for CD’s approval.

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 240
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3423

To H. W. Bates   31 January [1862]


Encloses note from Murray, hoping it will be satisfactory. Murray is ready to see as much of MS as possible. Murray is considered honest but may be cautious, since HWB’s name is unknown to the public.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  31 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3424

From Charles Kingsley   31 January 1862


CK defended CD’s theory at a shooting party with the Bishop of Oxford, the Duke of Argyll, and Lord Ashburton. The discussion started as a result of shooting some blue rock-pigeons which were different from blue rocks of other localities. CK held that all pigeons were descended from one species.

CK proposed that mythological races, e.g., elves and dwarfs, were intermediate species between man and apes, and have become extinct by natural selection; i.e., by competition with a superior white race of man.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 169.1: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3426

From J. D. Hooker   [31 January – 8 February 1862]



Wrote a "frightful screed" about aristocracy’s being a necessary consequence of natural selection, and then burnt it.

H. W. Bates is the only man "thinking out" natural selection to any purpose. "I think I have driven Bates back to Nat. Sel. as the only way of solving his difficulties."

HWB’s mimetic butterflies.

JDH wishes he had time to do the same thing with plants.

Owen and Huxley involved in a "contemptible" squabble in the Edinburgh newspapers.

Maximovitch reports Stellaria bulbifera is a Siberian form which never ripens its seeds.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [31 Jan – 8 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 14; DAR 111: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3430

To William Walmisley Baxter   26 January [1862]


Discusses deduction from bill for medicine.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  26 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13773

To Edward Cresy   8 January [1862 or 1868]


Obliged for the Theophrastus. Will return it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  8 Jan [1862 or 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13788
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