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To ?   21 August [1862]


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


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]


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]


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]


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


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


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]


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]


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


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?]


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


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


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]


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


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]


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


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]


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



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


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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