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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

From H. G. Bronn   19 May 1862

Summary

Thanks for revisions in 2d ed. of Origin. Suggests correction regarding species numbers in the Tertiary.

Comments on pages of Orchids and problems of German translation.

Believes CD’s theory not yet proven, but that it will finally lead to truth.

Author:  Heinrich Georg Bronn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3561

From Henry Holland   19 May [1862]

Summary

Thanks for Orchids.

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3562

From Edward Cresy   19 May 1862

Summary

Comments on presentation copy of Orchids: bee Ophrys self-fertilisation; origin of nectar; odour of orchids. Book gives strong cases for special creationists.

Author:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3563

From H. W. Bates   19 May 1862

Summary

Miocene glacial period a remarkable discovery; if it is true, enlargement of Tertiary period necessary.

Received German monograph on Chilean Carabi that does not answer where isolated species came from.

HWB finds genital modifications of Chrysomela strong support for the theory.

Thanks for copy of Orchids.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3564

From C. C. Babington   22 May 1862

Summary

Thanks for copy of Orchids.

Author:  Charles Cardale Babington
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3566

From J. D. Hooker   23 May 1862

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Summary

Does not know Rhododendron boothii; is sending Rhododendron keysii, a remarkable form. Will send Melastomataceae anon.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3567

From A. R. Wallace   23 May 1862

Summary

Acknowledges Orchids with its disclosures of "wonderful adaptations".

Warns that CD aids critics by overstating the difficulties.

Did Owen write the article in the Quarterly Review? [Review of Origin by Samuel Wilberforce, Q. Rev. 108 (1860): 225–64].

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 106/7 (ser. 2): 2–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3568

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

From Joseph Beete Jukes   25 May 1862

Summary

JBJ explains his theory of atmospheric denudation of Irish river valleys, to be published [as "On the river valleys in the south of Ireland", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 18 (1862): 378–403], and suggests its application to the Weald. This slow process would make the Weald far older than CD’s 300 million years.

Thanks for Orchids.

Author:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3571

From G. C. Oxenden   26 May 1862

Summary

Reminisces about Andrew Knight, whom he knew as a young man.

Praises Orchids for its "analogies of Creation".

Will send lizard orchid.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3572

From J. D. Hooker   [29 May 1862]

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Summary

Sends two flowers of Vanilla and two Melastomataceae.

Has worked on Cameroon list ["Mountain flowering plants and ferns of the Cameroons", in Burton, Abeokuta and the Cameroons Mountains (1863) 2: 270–7]

and Genera plantarum.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3574

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

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

From G. C. Oxenden   31 May [1862]

Summary

Sends plants.

The disappearance of rare plants from localities where they have been abundant can be explained.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3581

From Thomas Campbell Eyton   [after 19 May 1862?]

Summary

Sends photograph. Asks CD for his.

Author:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 19 May 1862?]
Classmark:  DAR 163: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3364

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
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