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To ?   21 August [1862]

Summary

Thanks for monstrous floral specimen, but it is a common one.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne, Somerset, 2009
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3693F

From A. C. Ramsay   26 August 1862

Summary

Sends his paper [on glacial lakes, see 3450]. Falconer attacked it. Falconer thinks Himalayas confound the theory, but Hooker writes that it explains the absence of lakes there.

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 176: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3701

From W. E. Darwin   [1 August 1862]

Summary

Suggests sending plant specimens. Asks about visit of Emma and the boys.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Aug 1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3585G

To Hewett Cottrell Watson   8 [August 1862]

Summary

Asks HCW’s help with his experiments on Lythrum salicaria, for which he needs flowers of the rare Lythrum hyssopifolia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Date:  8 [Aug 1862]
Classmark:  Archives of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University (bMs 7.10.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3646

From G. H. Darwin   [after 5 August 1862]

Summary

Describes insects caught while visiting Lythrum.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 5 Aug 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 90.1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3671

From W. E. Darwin   1 August 1862

Summary

WED has been collecting Lythrum plants. Numerical proportions of the three forms.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3675

From J. O. Westwood   1 August 1862

Summary

Bee with adhering orchid pollinia lent to Charles Daubeny. Pollen-masses shaken off but if CD still interested he is welcome to specimen.

Author:  John Obadiah Westwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3676

From W. E. Darwin   2 August [1862]

Summary

Sends specimens of the three forms of Lythrum. Remarks on the numerical proportions of different forms.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3677

To W. E. Darwin   [2–3 August 1862]

Summary

Discusses Lythrum, "a really wonderful case"; asks WED to make observations and collect specimens; sends a diagram which shows what crosses he believes are fertile.

Would like George to watch bees visiting the flowers; wants some pods from different forms to compare shapes and count seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [2-3 Aug 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 70, DAR 210.6: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3678

From Asa Gray   4 August 1862

Summary

Gives J. T. Rothrock’s observations on the structure and fertility of the two forms of Houstonia. Mentions his own observations on Rhexia virginica and Gymnadenia tridentata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 67–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3679

From G. C. Oxenden   4 August [1862?]

Summary

Finds many beautiful Epipactis specimens.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1862?]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3680

From W. E. Darwin   5 August 1862

Summary

Has read CD’s long letter on Lythrum and agrees with it. Is examining the pollen of the different types.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 27.2 (ser. 2): 32 bis, DAR 162: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3683

From A. R. Wallace   8 August 1862

Summary

Muscular fibres of whale no larger than those of bee – evidence of a community of origin.

Problem of the abortive wings of ostrich in relation to conditions of their survival.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 106/7 (ser. 2): 4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3684

To Asa Gray   9 August [1862]

Summary

Believes Lythrum is trimorphic. Asks AG for seeds of plants he suspects are polymorphic.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  9 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3685

From Thomas White Woodbury   9 August 1862

Summary

Breeding cells of Ligurian bee are larger than those of common bee. Thanks CD for comb.

Author:  Thomas White Woodbury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3686

To W. B. Tegetmeier   12 August [1862]

Summary

WBT’s "too kind and flattering" article on Orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  12 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3687

From Asa Gray   18–19 August 1862

Summary

Notes and observations on orchids.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18–19 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 111, 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3688

To A. R. Wallace   20 August [1862]

Summary

Family illnesses.

On disposition of wild honeycomb gift.

Discounts the difficulty presented by ostrich wings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  20 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3689

From J. D. Hooker   20 August 1862

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Summary

Observations on Welwitschia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 52–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3690

From Charles Lyell   20 August 1862

Summary

Jamieson has revisited Glen Roy and confirmed his theory of glacier lakes.

A. G. More considers CD the most profound of reasoners.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1862
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 358; Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3691
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