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From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   21 [January 1863]


Will be glad to have CD.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 [Jan 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B15–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3399

From J. D. Hooker   [12 January 1863]



Huxley’s lectures [Man’s place in nature (1863)]; he would be a scientific H. T. Buckle, if he were more careful.

Asks CD what the evidence is for inheritance of acquired characteristics.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Jan 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3892

From Hugh Falconer   3 January [1863]


Describes an astounding "sort of mis-begotten-bird-creature", the Archaeopteryx, a grand Darwinian case.

His elephant paper is out in Natural History Review [(1863): 43–114].

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3899

From J. D. Hooker   6 January 1863



Falconer’s elephant paper.

Owen’s conduct.

Falconer’s view of CD’s theory: independence of natural selection and variation.

JDH on Tocqueville,

the principles of the Origin,

and the evils of American democracy.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 88–91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3902

From John Lubbock   6 January [1863]


Is pleased by CD’s praise of his article.

Hugh Falconer’s is certainly interesting.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3903

From John Scott   6 January 1863


Sends Primula scotica and P. farinosa.

So far cannot fertilise Gongora atropurpurea although it is similar to Acropera luteola.

Experimenting on intergeneric hybrids to test CD’s view that sterility is not a special endowment.

Scott’s personal history.

Acropera capsule grows.

Plans for experiments CD has suggested on Primula, peloric Antirrhinum, and Verbascum.

Asks about Gärtner’s experiments on maize.

Aware of Anderson-Henry’s failures.

Through kindness of J. H. Balfour and James McNab, enjoys facilities for research. JS is in charge of the propagating department. Balfour almost engaged him to be superintendent of the Madras Horticultural Garden.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 81, 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3904

From Hugh Falconer   8 January [1863]


Comments on his elephant paper

and CD’s observations on dimorphism in Melastomataceae.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3908

From Hugh Falconer   9 January 1863


Answers CD’s query on the free digits of Archaeopteryx.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 164: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3909

From George Varenne Reed   12 January 1863


Sorry CD considers Horace Darwin unfit for school.

Author:  George Varenne Reed
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 176: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3912

From Alfred Russel Wallace   14 January [1863]



Is sending information about Timor fossils to be forwarded to Hugh Falconer.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3915

From J. P. Thom   14 January 1863


Thanks for a gift of £20.

Author:  J. P. Thom
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 178: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3916

From J. D. Hooker   [15 January 1863]



JDH on Asa Gray’s sanguine view of the Civil War and slavery.

Wishes to discuss variation with CD, a subject that Huxley does not understand.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15 Jan 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3919

From George Bentham   16 January 1863


CD’s paper [on Linum] is announced for reading at the Linnean Society on 5 February.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3920

From John Scott   16 January 1863


Experiments to cut Laelia stigma from rostellum and then to fertilise rostellum are baffled by "a latent instinctive power". Somehow the pollen-tubes find their way to the style.

Suggests CD study variation in ferns.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3921

From Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussure   17 January 1863


His work on Mexico has some geology, which might interest CD.

He is currently at work on the "filiation des genres des espèces et des moeurs des guepes [hornets]".

Author:  Henri Louis Frédéric (Henri) de Saussure
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3923

From H. W. Bates   17 January [1863]



Has sent copy of his paper to Asa Gray.

Melastomad flowers are strikingly neglected by pollinators.

Murray has ordered many illustrations for HWB’s Naturalist on the river Amazons.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 205.8: 67 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3925

From Hugh Falconer   18 January [1863]


Jaw with teeth found associated with Archaeopteryx fossil. Waterhouse pronounces it a fish’s jaw.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3926

From Thomas Rivers   21 January 1863


Sends some trees to CD.

Would be pleased to receive the copy of Origin offered by CD as gift.

Will give CD any tree or shrub he may want.

Refers to curious strawberry hybrids noticed in Journal of Horticulture [I. Anderson-Henry, "Crossing strawberries", J. Hortic. n.s. 4 (1863): 45–6].

Author:  Thomas Rivers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 176: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3933

From Daniel Oliver   22 January 1863


The number of "aquatic" flowers is reduced if one considers only those that expand under water.

Lecturing at Norwich.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 173: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3937

From Francis Boott   23 January 1863


His son wants CD’s opinion about a cub supposed by Frank Buckland to be progeny of a lioness and mastiff.

Lyell working at last proofs [of Antiquity of man]; he is scornful of Owen.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3938
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