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To Ladies   24 February [1862–9]


Thanks for their kind feelings towards him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Feb [1862-9]
Classmark:  R. M. Smythe & Co., New York
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5418F

From Daniel Oliver   [4–8 February 1862]



Cites descriptions of melastomads in C. V. Naudin, Annales des Sciences Naturelles 3d ser., vols. 12–18.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4–8 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 205.8: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2916

From James Bateman   [1 February 1862]


Glad CD approves of the orchids he sent.

Believes the pollinia of Mormodes are projected; thinks CD should look at the pollinia of Chysis and investigate the hybrid between Limatodes and Calanthe.

Author:  James Bateman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3356

From John Lubbock   7 [February] 1862


Sir George Clerk to be new President of the Zoological Society.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 [Feb] 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3378

To J. D. Hooker   [before 15 February 1862]


Asks for the address of C. W. Crocker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [before 15 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 7r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3428

From J. D. Hooker   [before 15 February 1862]


Sends C. W. Crocker’s address.

Doubts CWC can help with Mormodes.

Will see CD at Lubbock’s.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 15 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 7v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3429

To C. C. Babington   1 February [1862]


Thanks for seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Cardale Babington
Date:  1 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add.8182: 23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3432

From J. E. Gray   1 February 1862


Agrees with CD’s estimate of the man [unidentified]. Hopes CD will use his influence with Lubbock to try to prevent the Council’s placing him at the head of the Zoological Society.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 206
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3433

From J. D. Hooker   [8 February 1862]



Sends dried specimens of Melastomataceae.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3434

From Henry Holland   [1 or 8 February 1862]


Suggests a change in the postscript [referred to in 3423].

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 or 8] Feb 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3435

To T. H. Huxley   2 February [1862]


Returns a letter, which, when it is published, he believes will make readers take up THH’s lectures in a more impartial spirit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  2 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3436

To George Bentham   3 February [1862]


Asks GB’s help to clear up discrepancies between his and John Lindley’s observations on pollination of Melastomataceae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  3 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 694–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3437

To T. H. Huxley   6 February [1862]


Returns "The Week" [unidentified].

Agrees with THH’s published letter that writer is a man of excellent spirit, but doubts he is a good logician.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  6 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3438

To Charles Kingsley   6 February [1862]


Comments on CK’s letter [3426].

Identifies species of pigeon shot by party.

On CK’s "grand and awful" notion of genealogy of man, CD recalls how revolting was the thought that his ancestors must have been like the Fuegians. His present belief that they were hairy beasts is less revolting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  6 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), 19th Century rare Book and Photograph Shop (dealer) (March 2014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3439

To J. D. Hooker   9 February [1862]



Thanks JDH for box of melastomes

and a very valuable reference from Daniel Oliver.

Is crossing Monochaetum which he thinks is dimorphic.

Is "sometimes half tempted to give up species & stick to experiments".

Pollen of Bletia hyacinthina is quite unlike other Bletia species but exactly the same as Epipactis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3440

From Charles Augustus Bennet, Lord Tankerville   [9 February 1862]



Describes battles among bulls for leadership of the [Chillingham] herd.

Author:  Charles Augustus Bennet, 6th earl of Tankerville
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9 Feb 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 157–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3441

To John Murray   9 [February 1862]


Sends MS of Orchids except last chapter. It contains many new and curious facts and conclusions, but he has no idea whether it will sell. If it does not, will hold himself largely responsible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 [Feb 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 114–115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3442

From Maurice Alberts   10 February 1862


Has received diploma from the University of Breslau [honorary doctorate in medicine and surgery]. Should he forward it or will CD pick it up in London? [See 3226a and 3446.]

Author:  Maurice Alberts
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1862
Classmark:  With DAR 229 and 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3442A

To Ludwig Rütimeyer   11 February [1862]


Chillingham cattle leg bones will be sent to LR.

J. E. Gray has read a paper on unusual Japanese domesticated pig at the Zoological Garden ["On the skull of the Japanese pig", Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1862): 13–17].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Ludwig (Ludwig) Rütimeyer
Date:  11 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Universitätsbibliothek Basel, Handschriften (G IV 91, 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3443

From W. E. Darwin   12 February [1862]


Discusses his new microscope.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3443F
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