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To J. D. Hooker   [18 September 1862]

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Thanks for JDH’s letter [3725].

Has become interested in experimenting on Drosera.

Observations on the ovaria of Cruciferae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 Sept 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3729

From Alphonse de Candolle   18 September 1862

Summary

Praises Orchids.

He has finished his work on Quercus.

H. Lecoq has worked on hybridism,

and P. Duchartre on orchid polymorphism.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161.1: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3730

From J. D. Hooker   20 September 1862

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Asks his opinion of A. C. Ramsay’s glacial lake theory. Encloses Julius Haast’s communication on glacial phenomena.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 58, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Director’s Correspondence 174 (New Zealand letters, 1854–1900): 273)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3731

To W. D. Fox   20 [September 1862]

Summary

Would like to go to Cambridge [for BAAS meeting]. Reminisces about his student days.

Pleased that WDF likes his book [Orchids]. At one time CD agreed with Lyell that he was an ass to publish it.

Working on dimorphism and sensibility of other plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  20 [Sept 1862]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 135)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3732

From W. B. Clarke   20 September 1862

Summary

Acknowledges presentation copy of Orchids.

Asks advice on what to do with all his fossils. Sending various specimens.

Author:  William Branwhite Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3733

From Emile M. J. M. P. Goubert   20 September 1862

Summary

Offers to exchange fossils with CD. He has very good series of French and German fossils.

Author:  Emile M. J. M. P. Goubert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3734

To J. D. Hooker   21 [September 1862]

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Thanks for Haast’s observations. Particularly glad to get geological evidence of glacial action (in Southern Hemisphere).

Thinks Ramsay’s theory to large extent true, but thinks that in a much disturbed country some lakes would have been formed in depressions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [Sept 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3735

From Asa Gray   22 September 1862

Summary

Last chapter of Orchids opens up a "knotty sort of question about accident or design".

Changes in orchid flowers as they age.

Thinks CD may find trimorphism in Nesaea verticillata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 118, 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3736

From Hugh Falconer   24–7 September [1862]

Summary

Encloses MS ["On the American fossil elephant", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1863): 43–114]. Shows persistence of specific characters through glacial period.

Eocene monkeys mistakenly described as pigs.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24–7 Sept [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3737

To J. D. Hooker   26 September [1862]

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Encloses MS on observations and experiments on Drosera. JDH’s opinion will help him decide whether to pursue subject in some future year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Sept [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 60.2: 88, DAR 115: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3738

To A. G. More   26 September [1862]

Summary

Describes experiment on role of labellum in fertilisation of orchids. Asks for information.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Goodman More
Date:  26 Sept [1862]
Classmark:  Royal Irish Academy (A. G. More papers RIA MS 4 B 46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3739

From G. C. Oxenden   27 September [1862]

Summary

Thinks "ozonised fluid" is a pure solution of permanganate of soda. Sends dosage.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Sept [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3740

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   27 September [1862]

Summary

J. C. Wickham and Arthur Mellersh are in town and BJS wonders whether there is any chance CD might join them.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Sept [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3741

From A. R. Wallace   30 September 1862

Summary

Acknowledges 3d edition of Origin.

Praise of Herbert Spencer’s First Principles [1862].

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 106/7 (ser. 2): 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3742

From Henry Johnson   30 September 1862

Summary

HHJ’s paper ["On the distorted skulls found at Wroxeter (Salop)", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 12 (1862–3): 149–50].

He has been approached about becoming F.R.S., but would like to know how expensive it would be.

Requests a photograph.

Author:  Henry Johnson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3743

From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [April – May? 1862]

Summary

Asks for an order to buy a CD photograph for Mr Tait.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Apr–May? 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 105 (ser. 2): 9–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3745

To Hugh Falconer   1 October [1862]

Summary

Extreme interest in MS of HF’s paper on the American fossil elephant [Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 3 (1863): 43–114].

Pleased HF does not believe in immutable species. Significance of proboscidean group verging towards extinction. Comments on natural selection preserving type despite variability. Natural selection solves problem of how every part of each creature has become adapted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  1 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3746

To Charles Lyell   1 October [1862]

Summary

Mentions a discussion of man by Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire in his Histoire naturelle générale [1854–62].

Mentions a book by Friedrich Rolle [Ch. Darwin’s Lehre von der Entstehung der Arten (1863)].

Cites evolutionary statements on elephants by Hugh Falconer and notes Falconer’s objection to natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  1 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.282)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3747

To A. G. More   1 October [1862]

Summary

Thanks for information. Asks for more information about labellum of orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Goodman More
Date:  1 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Royal Irish Academy (A. G. More papers RIA MS 4 B 46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3748

From B. J. Sulivan   2 October [1862]

Summary

Hopes to visit CD with Mellersh and Wickham the week after next.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 276
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3749
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