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To W. E. Darwin   [8 May 1862]

Summary

Hooker has written about WED’s going to Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [8 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3525

To J. B. Innes   1 May [1862]

Summary

Quiz has had to be killed because he became vicious.

Horace Darwin strangely ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  1 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3528

To J. D. Hooker   1 May [1862]

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Asks JDH to look at stigma of Leschenaultia biloba; it seems certain there is no stigma within the bud. Case would be important.

Singular case of peculiar structure now remodified into the functional condition of a Campanula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3529

To John Murray   2 May [1862]

Summary

Has returned last page of index [of Orchids]. Hopes JM will reconsider price – 10s seems high. Suggests two reviewers likely to be favourable. Sends list for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 May [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 118–119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3531

To H. W. Bates   4 May [1862]

Summary

Thanks for letter and "valuable" extracts.

If S. American Carabi differ more from other species than do those from other distant locations (e.g., Siberia, Europe, etc.), CD agrees that difference would be too great to have occurred in the recent glacial age; CD also rejects independent origin. Plants seem to migrate more readily than animals. HWB should not underrate length of glacial period; CD also believes they will be driven to an older glacial period.

Sorry about news of British Museum – hopeless to contend against anyone supported by Owen.

CD dearly wishes HWB could find a situation in which he could give time to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  4 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection).
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3532

To Hugh Falconer   [8 May 1862]

Summary

Will try to call tomorrow. What HF tells him about horses makes him eager to come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [8 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3539

To H. W. Bates   9 May [1862]

Summary

Referring to conversation with Lyell, CD is certain that there was a Miocene glacial period.

Compliments HWB on the mimetic display at the British Museum. Those at the Museum readily accepted HWB’s "doctrine".

Was shown genital organs of closely allied Chrysomelidae.

Albert Günther is candidate for position at Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  9 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3540

To J. D. Hooker   9 May [1862]

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Sorry to hear of JDH’s household troubles.

Will try to get a couple of flowers of Leschenaultia to send him.

"What a good case that of the Cameroons"; the 4000ft [elevation] is much to CD’s "private satisfaction".

Sends JDH a copy of Orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3541

To T. H. Huxley   10 May [1862]

Summary

Nearly agrees on contemporaneity, but THH pushes his ideas too far. Would require strong evidence before believing that the so-called Silurian, Devonian, and Carboniferous strata could be contemporaneous. Thinks THH’s case on advancement of organisation is strong. But he should read Bronn, before publishing again, and say more on other side. Cannot help hoping he is not as right as he seems to be.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 May [1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 171)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3542

To Philip Lutley Sclater   12 May [1862]

Summary

Asks for information about japanned peacocks from Hudson [John Henry?] Gurney’s flock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  12 May [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.276)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3543

To William Darwin Fox   12 May [1862]

Summary

Asks if WDF has ever crossed wild and common turkeys. Would like to quote his authority [see Variation 1: 292].

Also curious whether WDF has known the so-called japanned peacock to appear from common peacock [Variation 1: 290].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 May [1862]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 132)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3544

To P. L. Sclater   14 May [1862]

Summary

Asks for information about peacocks, especially Pavo nigripennis. Suggests a crossing experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  14 May [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.277)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3545

To J. D. Hooker   15 [May 1862]

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Yellow anthers of Heterocentron produce on the same plant thrice as many seeds as the crimson anthers. Crimson anther seeds produce dwarf plants, others rise high up. Monochaetum ensiferum facts are still more strange. Wants to investigate the case, and asks for a plant of the Melastomataceae just before flowering.

Has JDH a Rhododendron boothii from Bhutan with pistil bent the wrong way?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3548

To W. D. Fox   [17 May 1862]

Summary

Thanks WDF for interesting letter about turkeys. Would be grateful for information on fertility of the hybrids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [17 May 1862]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 133)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3555

To J. D. Hooker   [18 May 1862]

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Leschenaultia seems very odd. Will try with pollen left on for 48 hours. Illustrates diversity of structures for same purpose.

Bentham’s and Oliver’s good opinion of Orchids is reassuring.

Anxious to experiment on Melastomataceae; thinks it will give important results.

Wants Leschenaultia formosa to try whether viscid outside surface can be fertilised.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3558

To Alexander Goodman More   18 May [1862]

Summary

Asks AGM to experiment on Epipactis palustris.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Goodman More
Date:  18 May [1862]
Classmark:  Royal Irish Academy (A. G. More papers RIA MS 4 B 46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3560

To A. R. Wallace   24 [May 1862]

Summary

Quarterly Review piece written by Bishop Wilberforce with aid of Owen.

Other reviews mentioned.

Health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  24 [May 1862]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3570

To J. D. Hooker   30 May [1862]

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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

To W. E. Darwin   [31 May 1862]

Summary

Wants WED to forward dried Malaxis to G. C. Oxenden.

Has been dissecting Viola flowers.

[Letter from Emma Darwin to WED, verso p. 3.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [31 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3580

To Leonard Jenyns   24 May [1862]

Summary

Thanks LJ for Memoir of Henslow; thinks it will be invaluable as an example to other clergymen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  24 May [1862]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3569
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