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From Hugh Falconer   3 October 1862

Summary

Inquires whether previous letter was received by CD.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 164: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3750

From Hugh Falconer   4 October 1862

Summary

Although their views differ, HF is glad they can discuss those differences without offending.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 164: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3751

To Hugh Falconer   4 October [1862]

Summary

Explains that he returned the MS - part of a paper on fossil and living species of elephant (Falconer 1863) - to Falconer’s house in Park Crescent the previous Thursday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  4 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Maggs Bros, Autograph Letters & Historical Documents, Cat. 1345, 2003
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3751F

From Asa Gray   4 and 13 October 1862

Summary

Thinks Max Müller’s Lectures on the science of language [1861–4] will do a real service to CD and natural selection.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 and 13 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3752

To J. D. Hooker   6 October [1862]

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Thanks for opinion on Drosera. After working for a time on a subject he is absolutely incapable of judging its value.

Has found a case in Lythrum of a necessary triple alliance between three hermaphrodites; the strangest case of propagation recorded among plants or animals.

Asks for L. thymifolia to see how a trimorphic form passes or graduates into dimorphic.

Questions JDH on Linum perenne.

Has found 33 hybrids in one field between Verbascum thapsus and V. lychnitis. The perfect series of varieties would have justified running the species together, but every one of the intermediate forms is sterile.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3753

To John Murray   7 October [1862?]

Summary

Reports misprint in announcement of his book [Orchids].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 Oct [1862?]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (27 March 1985)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3753A

From Henry Johnson   8 October 1862

Summary

Doubts he has a chance of being elected F.R.S. because he is 58.

Will send a skull.

Author:  Henry Johnson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3754

From W. E. Darwin   9 October 1862

Summary

Discusses length of pistils, and measuring seeds and pods for botanical work.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1862
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3754F

From T. H. Huxley   9 October 1862

Summary

The BAAS meeting at Cambridge was exhausting.

Owen came to attack him but was beaten; his paper fell flat.

A "society for propagation of common honesty in all parts of the world" was established at Cambridge [THH’s "Thorough Club"?].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 294
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3755

From T. H. Huxley   10 October [1862]

Summary

Thanks for a contribution ["On the so-called ""auditory-sac"" of cirripedes", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1863): 115–16; Collected papers 2: 85–7]. Is sending a proof.

This year’s lecture to working men to be devoted to CD’s book.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 295
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3756

From W. E. Darwin   11 October [1862]

Summary

Sends comments on Lythrum.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3756F

From J. D. Hooker   [12 October 1862]

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Summary

Has sent two Impatiens flowers; curious to know what CD makes of the floral whorls and their vascular bundles.

Cassia is another genus that has different [coloured] anthers in same flower.

Continues to work on Welwitschia.

Feels as CD does about his work, which after a time seems flat and stale. He could never have done what CD did in his Orchids.

CD’s facts about Verbascum have horrible bearing on JDH’s practice of lumping species together.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Oct 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 59–60, 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3757

To Daniel Oliver   13 October [1862]

Summary

Requests Linum, for dimorphism study.

Reviewer of Orchids [Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 371–6]is correct about the organisation of the book; he wonders who the reviewer is.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  13 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 66, 37 (EH 88206049, EH 88206020)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3758

From B. J. Sulivan   13 October [1862]

Summary

If Wickham remains in town and CD is well enough, BJS thinks they might come about the 22d.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 277
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3759

To George Bentham   13 October [1862]

Summary

Asks for reference to GB’s summary of Targioni-Tozzetti’s book ["Historical notes on the introduction of various plants into the agriculture and horticulture of Tuscany: a summary of a work entitled Cenni storici sulla introduzione di varie piante nell agricultura ed orticultura Toscana by Dr Antonio Targioni-Tozzetti, Florence, 1850", J. Hortic. Soc. Lond. 9 (1855): 133–81]. [See Variation, 1st ed., 1: 306 n.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  13 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 715)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3760

To Charles Lyell   14 October [1862]

Summary

Further comments on Jamieson’s theory of the formation of the roads of Glen Roy; paper by Jamieson dealing with glaciation in Scotland ["On the ice-worn rocks of Scotland", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 18 (1862): 164–84].

Comments on paper by A. C. Ramsay on the glacial formation of lakes ["On the glacial origin of certain lakes", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 18 (1862): 185–204].

Criticises remarks by John Tyndall on glacial formation of Swiss valleys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.267), Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen. 112/2840–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3761

To J. D. Hooker   14 [October 1862]

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Thanks for Aldrovanda reference and Cassia.

Has wasted labour on Melastomataceae without getting a glimpse of the meaning of the parts.

Wants seeds, from their native land, of Heterocentron or Monochaetum.

Is beginning to change his view about rarity of natural hybrids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 [Oct 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3762

From B. J. Sulivan   14 October [1862]

Summary

Arranges to come to Down on the 21st if CD is well enough.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3763

To H. W. Bates   15 October [1862]

Summary

Asks for news of HWB and his book.

There has been sickness in CD’s family; one of the boys [and Emma] had scarlet fever.

Has had a letter from Edwin Brown of Burton who is working on classification of Carabi.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  15 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3764

From George Bentham   15 October 1862

Summary

Sends CD the reference for GB’s summary of Targioni-Tozzetti’s work [see 3760].

Hopes for a communication to the Linnean Society from CD "this winter".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3765
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