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From G. C. Oxenden   [before 30 May 1862]

Summary

Has looked for [Ophrys] arachnites for CD, but it is too early in the season.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 30 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.1: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3526

To J. D. Hooker   30 May [1862]

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Summary

Has received Melastoma and Vanilla.

Has seen again the two sets of plants of Heterocentron raised from two lots of pollen from same flower – a marvellous difference in stature.

"But oh Lord what will become of my book on variation: I am involved in a multiplicity of experiments."

Observations on Viola.

CD’s fancied dimorphism of Oxalis is all a confounded mistake; only great variability in length of pistils.

Found Henslow’s life [L. Jenyns, Memoir of the Rev. J. S. Henslow (1862)] interesting but fears the public will think it dull.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3575

From G. C. Oxenden   30 May [1862]

Summary

Awaits instructions for sending lizard orchid.

Asks for a coloured plate of Malaxis paludosa so that he can find specimens for CD.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3577

From George Dickie   30 May 1862

Summary

Reports observations on Listera cordata in accordance with CD’s wishes.

Agrees with what CD says about adaptations [in Orchids, p. 28–31], but cannot comprehend how they can be explained by natural selection.

Author:  George Dickie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162.2: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3578

From J. B. Jukes   30 May 1862

Summary

Elaborates his denudation theory: marine denudation works horizontally, atmospheric works vertically.

Answers point in CD’s letter on Sydney Harbour, N. S. W.

Who is the "goose" who reviews CD’s books in the Athenæum [review of Orchids, 24 May 1862]?

Author:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3579
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