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From James Anderson   18 June 1863



Sends a capsule of Dendrobium cretaceum. [See Orchids, 2d ed.]

Author:  James Anderson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 June 1863
Classmark:  DAR 70: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4215

From J. D. Hooker   19 June 1863



Has heard from Julius von Haast that some of his letters were lost before leaving New Zealand. Haast’s enclosure for CD has been forwarded.

Haast and James Hector have both sent accounts of their travels in New Zealand.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 June 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4216

To George Bentham   19 June [1863]


GB’s address [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1863): xi–xxix] pleased him as much as Lyell’s book [Antiquity of man] disappointed him on species question. GB has done a "real good turn to the right side".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  19 June [1863]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 709–10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4217

To Charles Thomas Whitley   20 June [1863]


Recalls the long walks in Cambridge with the "expectant senior wrangler". Cannot accept invitation (related to meetings of the BAAS) because of continuing bad health, his own and that of his children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Thomas Whitley
Date:  20 June [1863]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4217A

From William Allport Leighton   [before 21 June 1863]



His observations of varieties of Verbascum.

Reference to Abbé Correa in the Life of Sir J. E. Smith.

Author:  William Allport Leighton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 21 June 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 108: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4217F

To J. D. Hooker   23 [June 1863]



Herbert Spencer’s work disappointing – "all words & generalities".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 [June 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4218

From Jacques Boucher de Perthes    23 June 1863


Sends his tranformist book [De la création: essai sur l’origine et la progression des êtres, 5 vols. (1838–41)]; his admiration for CD’s work.

Author:  Jacques Boucher de Crèvecoeur de Perthes (Jacques Boucher de Perthes)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 June 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4219

To Charles Loring Brace   24 June [1863]


Discussion of, and thanks for, CLB’s new work, Races of the Old World [1863]. Special interest in p. 388 on colour and constitution; CD mentions questions sent previous year to surgeons serving in tropical countries regarding diseases and colour of hair and skin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Loring Brace
Date:  24 June [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.310)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4220

To J. D. Hooker   25 [June 1863]



CD describes first observation of gyratory motion of tendrils: explains its adaptive function is to find objects to hold on to.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 [June 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4221

To Asa Gray   26 June [1863]


Thanks AG for references about phyllotaxy

and information on marriage laws.

Has been looking for dimorphism in Phlox and Euonymus.

Has observed the irritability of tendrils of Echinocystis with great interest. Was also struck by the rotating movements of the leading shoots, which he proposes to investigate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  26 June [1863]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4222

From W. E. Darwin   27 June [1863?]


Spoke to Rosas, and gave him CD’s paper.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 June [1863?]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4222F

To T. H. Huxley   27 June [1863]


Has caught a frog and examined its possibly rudimentary toe. Asks THH if he will dissect it.

Has heard THH is abused in Edinburgh Review and in Anthropological Review [reviews of Man’s place in nature, Edinburgh Rev. 117 (1863): 541–69 and Anthrop. Rev. 1 (1863): 107–17].

Owen on heterogeny and the aye-aye.

Has been very ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  27 June [1863]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 225)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4223

From J. D. Hooker   [2]9 June 1863



JDH and Oliver impressed with CD’s observations on gyratory motion of plants.

CD pleased with Bentham’s Linnean Society address on the reception of Darwinism [J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. 7 (1863): xi–xxix].

JDH’s social "dogma": "Brains x Beauty = Breeding + wealth".

[Dated 9 June by JDH.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2]9 June 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 147–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4224

From W. B. Tegetmeier   29 June – 7 July 1863


Progress of pigeon and poultry breeding experiments. No loss of fertility observed yet.

Blue-eyed cats and deafness.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June – 7 July 1863
Classmark:  DAR 178: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4233

To Arthur Rawson   6 June [1863]


CD thanks the sender of a Cypripedium. He finds its pollination contrivances interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Rawson
Date:  6 June [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5563
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