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From Hugh Falconer   12 November [1862]

Summary

Sends paper on affinities of Plagiaulax ["On Plagiaulax from the Purbeck beds", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 18 (1862): 348–69].

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3804

From J. D. Hooker   [15 and] 20 November [1862]

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Summary

Sends CD West Ireland soundings.

More detail on his review "a la Lindley" [see 3797].

Bates’s paper ["Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 495–566] is capital.

Andrew Murray’s article plays into CD’s hands through sheer ignorance.

JDH is on Royal Society Council.

Has no recollection of applying natural selection to Polynesians. None but a German would dig out such a passage if it exists [see 3812].

Has caused Tyndall to modify his pseudo-geology.

Has not seen Duke of Argyll’s review [Edinburgh Rev. 116 (1862): 378–97]. [The Duke] did not understand Orchids the least little bit, nor the Origin, when JDH saw him.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 and 20 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 71–2, 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3807

From John Scott   15 November [1862]

Summary

Appreciates CD’s acknowledging his letter and his comments on Acropera. Will send CD the Acropera capsule which is now maturing.

Experimenting on vegetable parthenogenesis.

Structure of Acropera.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3808

From Asa Gray   17 November 1862

Summary

Flower structure of Cypripedium insigne.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3811

From Adam Fitch   18 November 1862

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In reply to CD’s letter, "Peas" in Gardeners’ Chronicle [8 Nov 1862; Collected papers 2: 70] sends information on the duration of some of A. Knight’s crossed varieties.

Author:  Adam Fitch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 77: 166–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3813

From John Scott   [20 November – 2 December 1862]

Summary

JS does not fully accept natural selection.

Has never raised oxlips from cowslips or primroses; reports of such must be cases of crossing.

Discusses relative fertility of varieties, self-fertility of hybrids, and plans for experiments on enhanced hybrid fertility.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Nov – 2 Dec 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3815

From Edward Blyth   23 November 1862

Summary

EB has had his pension disallowed; is coming to England.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 204, DAR 205.2: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3821

From Asa Gray   24 November 1862

Summary

Gives reference to his observations on tendrils [Proc. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. 4: 98–9].

Notes cases in which the pollen of the fertilising plant affects the form of the fruit of the fertilised plant, e.g., gourds and maize.

Discusses the Civil War and the attitudes of the English press.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3823

From C. W. Crocker   24 November 1862

Summary

Answers on Begonia.

Snapdragon crossing experiments.

Thanks for offer of plants.

Author:  Charles William Crocker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3824

From H. W. Bates   24 November 1862

Summary

Gratified by CD’s approval of paper which was also praised by Hooker and Wallace. Only cares for one other opinion, that of C. Felder of Vienna. He finds ordinary entomologists are not scientific men. Asks for more criticisms; desires to publish paper in a widely circulating journal to advertise his book.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3825

From Daniel Oliver   25 November 1862

Summary

Informs CD of possible dimorphism of Epilobium angustifolium.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 111 (ser. 2): 61–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3828

From Richard Trevor Clarke   [after 25 November 1862]

Summary

Replies to CD’s inquiry about cross-breeds of strawberries [Collected papers 2: 70]. Has been crossing for years.

Author:  Richard Trevor Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 25 Nov 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3829

From J. D. Hooker   26 November 1862

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Returns Asa Gray letter. Gray has made a great blunder in his criticism of Oliver: he mistakes perpetuation of a variety for "propagation of variation". Confusion between "action of physical causes" and "effects of physical causes". Neither crossing nor natural selection has made so many divergent individuals, but simply variation. "If once you hold that natural selection can create a character your whole doctrine tumbles to the ground." CD’s failure to convey this, and the false doctrine that "like produces like" is at bottom of half the scientific infidelity to CD’s doctrine. There is something to the objection that CD has made a deus ex machina of natural selection since he neglects to dwell on the facts of infinite incessant variations.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 61–2, 77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3831

From Robert Monsey Rolfe, Lord Cranworth   28 November 1862

Summary

Sends cheque to CD for Down parish charities.

Author:  Robert Monsey Rolfe, 1st Baron Cranworth of Cranworth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3833

From Arthur Mellersh   30 November [1862]

Summary

He is going to S. America as captain of a ship. Offers to bring back fossils for CD and B. J. Sulivan.

He is going to domesticate the Patagonian bird "something like a guinea fowl" in Sussex. He shot the only Beagle specimen.

Author:  Arthur Mellersh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 171.1: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3836

From R. T. Clarke   [after 27 November 1862]

Summary

Sends strawberries.

Author:  Richard Trevor Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 27 Nov 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3837

From Mary Butler   [before 25 December 1862]

Summary

J. P. Thom [of Home News] must change his position because of his health. Asks if CD can help find him a new situation.

Author:  Mary Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 25 Dec 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 392
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3838

From T. H. Huxley   2 December 1862

Summary

Sends first three of his Lectures to working men [on our knowledge of the phenomena of organic nature (1863)]. Does not intend them to be widely circulated.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 296
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3841

From Robert Swinhoe   2 December 1862

Summary

Sends CD a Chinese breed of guinea-pig. Has heard it claimed that the domestic guinea-pig will not interbreed with the wild rock cavy and that, therefore, artificial selection has formed a new species.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3842

From Patrick Matthew   3 December 1862

Summary

Apologises for not writing last summer. Scientific progress is all but complete. Our civilisation will fall now that it has reached the peak of its development.

Author:  Patrick Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3843
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