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To Roland Trimen   27 August [1863]


Discusses methods of pollination in orchids.

Thinks RT should investigate Physianthus to see if it requires insect aid for fertilisation as the Asclepiadaceae do.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  27 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4279

To [Gardeners’ Chronicle]   [after 27 August 1863]



[Roland] Trimen of the Cape of Good Hope sends evidence that a moth [Achaea chamaeleon] is capable of perforating the skin of a peach with its delicate proboscis. Have any readers observed moths or butterflies sucking any fruit of which the skin was not previously broken?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [after 27 Aug 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 70: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4279F

To J. D. Hooker   [28 August 1863]



Admits, at last, that New Zealand must have been connected to some continent, but not Australia.

Climbing plants: asks for more plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Aug 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4280

From John Goodsir   28 August [1863]


The phial of fluid sent by CD is acid. Sends his microscopical examination.

Author:  John Goodsir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4281

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 29 Aug 1863]


On the cruelty of setting steel traps to catch vermin. Requests suggestions for putting an end to the practice. [This item is mentioned in Correspondence 11: 781 n.6. (Appendix IX)]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 29 Aug 1863]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 29 August 1863, pp. 821–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4282

From John Brodie Innes   29 August [1863]


Duke of Argyll has been dubbed "Duke Darwinii" by papers.

Large number of toads have been found in railway cuttings; wishes a scientific observer had taken pains to explain where they came from.

Comments on Scottish schools and on the morals of the adult poor.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 167: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4283

From Hugh Falconer   29 August 1863


HF will send E. Suess’s paper [Edouard Suess, "Über die Verschiedenheit und die Aufeinanderfolge der tertiären Landfaunen in der Niederung von Wien", Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien (Math–nat. Klasse) 47 (1863): 306–31] which deals directly with natural selection.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug 1863
Classmark:  DAR 164: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4284

From George Busk   [c. 27 August 1863]


Discusses and suggests treatments for CD’s stomach complaint. Recommends he consult William Brinton.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 27 Aug 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 378
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4315

From Henrietta Emma Darwin    [1 August 1863]


A memorandum describing the expressive behaviour of a cat with added notes by CD.

Author:  Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Aug 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 189: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4260F
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