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From E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung   16 October 1862

Summary

Discusses German editions of Origin and Orchids.

Sends publication dealing with leaves.

Relates amusing case of paternity confirmed.

Author:  E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3768

From H. W. Bates   17 October 1862

Summary

Still working on book and has completed 620 out of 700 pages.

Rewrote memoir [on mimicry in Amazon Lepidoptera] for Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. [23 (1862): 495–566].

Edwin Brown, HWB’s earliest naturalist friend, will have a hard time classifying Carabi as he is unable to travel.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3771

From J. D. Hooker   [18 October 1862]

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Does CD want Masdevallia?

Sends addresses of persons in S. America who would send Melastomataceae seeds.

Has ordered Matthieu Bonafous on maize [Histoire naturelle du maïs (1836)].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Oct 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3774

From B. J. Sulivan   18 October [1862]

Summary

Confirms arrangements for his trip to Down.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 276
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3775

From W. E. Darwin   21 October [1862]

Summary

Effect on seed production of differences in distance between Lythrum plants.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 162.1: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3777

From W. E. Darwin   23 October [1862]

Summary

Sends observations on Lythrum. Reports bad health of Maud Atherley.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3777F

From J. D. Hooker   25 October 1862

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Has sent Masdevallia and other plants.

J. J. F. W. v. Parrot’s Ararat [(1834), trans. W. D. Cooley, in The world surveyed in the XIXth century, vol. 1 (1845)] refreshing in its simple faith in the ark.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 64–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3780

From John Lubbock   25 October 1862

Summary

CD’s health is bad.

Would like to visit CD on Friday.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3781

From Asa Gray   27 October 1862

Summary

Sends Nesaea seeds for CD

and stamps for Leonard Darwin.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3785

From W. E. Darwin   28 October 1862

Summary

Distances between Lythrum plants.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162.1: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3786

From John Lubbock   30 October 1862

Summary

Hopes to visit tomorrow if CD is up to it.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3788

From W. E. Darwin   [5 October 1862]

Summary

Has found Lythrum, and sends some. Wants to know what CD thinks of frog discussion between Sandars and James. Asks CD to send objects for microscope demonstration. Means to go see the London Exhibition again. Has finished reading Orley Farm and returns it.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 Oct 1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3789F

From C. W. Crocker   31 October 1862

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Difficulties in beginning experiments upon retirement.

Describes his observations on insect pollination of Antirrhinum and the effect of excluding the pollinators.

Has been observing variant forms of Plantago

and comparing local orchids with CD’s observations.

Possibility of an intermediate-styled primrose.

His experiments at Kew and J. B. Lawes’s at Harpenden on deterioration of vegetables and cereals.

Author:  Charles William Crocker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 76 (ser. 2): 84a–d
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3790

From J. D. Hooker   2 November 1862

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Stupefied by CD’s five forms of Lythrum.

Asa Gray busy with Cypripedium. JDH offers some to CD if he wants to challenge Gray.

J. W. Dawson’s review of JDH’s paper on Arctic plants.

Louis Lucien Bonaparte’s views on Basque and Finnish language [Langue basque et langues finnoises (1862)] suggest to JDH that Basques are Finns left behind after the glacial period, like the Arctic plants!

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 66–7, 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3792

From J. B. Jukes   3 November 1862

Summary

The statement on p. 87 of Origin that birds break the eggs with their own beaks should be revised.

Author:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3794

From J. D. Hooker   7 November 1862

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JDH admits he wrote Gardeners’ Chronicle and Natural History Review articles on orchids [Gard. Chron. (1862): 789–90, 863, 910; Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 371–6].

JDH’s objections to CD’s idea of how Greenland was repopulated. Temperate Greenland has as Arctic a flora as Arctic Greenland – a fact of astounding force. Why should certain Scandinavian species be absent? Migration by sea-currents can no more account for the present distribution in Greenland than can special creation.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 68–9, 73–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3797

From Asa Gray   10 November 1862

Summary

AG has Cypripedium to send to CD.

Civil War and English feelings.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3799

From John Scott   11 November 1862

Summary

CD is mistaken in considering Acropera unisexual, with only male flowers [Orchids, pp. 203–10]. JS has successfully fertilised two A. loddigesii flowers. One is ripening. Dissection of the other shows the pollen accomplishes fertilisation without contacting any stigmatic surface. Abortive ovules found in flowers that did not become fertilised when pollinated. JS suggests Acropera has both unisexual male and hermaphrodite flowers.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3800

From J. D. Hooker   12 November 1862

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Samuel Haughton was the prejudiced reviewer of the Origin. JDH’s opinion of SH.

Has heard from a W. African collector that P. B. Du Chaillu’s accounts [Explorations and adventures in equatorial Africa (1861)] are all false.

R. F. Burton has impudently stolen credit for Gustav Mann’s Cameroon expedition.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 75–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3802

From Robert Swinhoe   12 November 1862

Summary

Sends CD a specimen of the domestic pigeon of China.

Discusses a race of ducks he believes are hybrids between the Muscovy and Chinese domestic duck.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 326
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3803
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