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From J. T. Moggridge   29 May [1867]



Wrote to J. B. E. Bornet on CD’s behalf, declining the offer of seeds of Draba. But now Bornet writes that he is sending seeds to CD anyway [see 5592].

Corrects his previous description of the fertilisation of Indigofera.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 157a: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5555A

From Frederick F. Geach   June 1867


Encloses observations on Malays who have not had communication with Europeans [in answer to CD’s queries about expression].

Author:  Frederick F. Geach
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 165: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5557

From Fritz Müller   2 June 1867


Discusses dimorphism in plants, especially the Rubiaceae.

Gives observations on orchids; notes varying degrees of self-sterility and a varying success at crossing distinct species.

Mentions local ferns he is collecting

and considers the phenomenon of apparently mimetic plants.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 110: B113–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5559

From J. J. Moulinié   2 June 1867


Has received the first four sheets of Variation. Reinwald has received the stereotypes and is ready for printing.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 267
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5560

From G. H. Darwin   [3 June 1867]


Has asked a classics scholar about a word for Pangenesis. He suggests "atomogenesis".

Is getting in rather a fright about the coming exams.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5561

From Edward Cresy   6 June 1867


Returns Hooker’s paper [unidentified].

Author:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 248
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5564

From Charles Kingsley   6 June 1867


Criticises the Duke of Argyll’s book [Reign of law (1867)], particularly on sexual selection.

But CD overlooks God’s intention to instruct man by nature’s beauty.

Criticism of anonymous article in North British Review [by Fleeming Jenkin, 46 (1867): 277–318].

CK supports large sports in response to large environmental changes.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5565

From J. D. Hooker   18 June 1867



Has been reading [H. C. Fleeming Jenkin’s] review in North British Review. Would answer it if not so lazy.

Has read Mount Sorel [A. Marsh-Caldwell (1845)] and Disraeli’s life of Lord G. Bentinck [1852]. Bad science, bad literature, bad politics.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 167–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5570

From J. W. Salter   18 June 1867


Offers to send parts of J. Syme, English botany [1863–86] in appreciation of CD’s aid.

Comments on CD’s species theory.

Will exhibit Cambrian fossil at next meeting of Geological Society.

Author:  John William Salter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5571

From Ernst Haeckel   28 June 1867


Is engaged to marry Agnes Huschke. Will make wedding trip to Switzerland and Italy in autumn; therefore cannot visit CD as hoped.

Discusses present research. Comments on Protoamoeba with respect to origin of life. Says it makes question of common or separate origin of phyla unimportant.

CD to receive honorary diploma from Imperial Zoological Botanical Society in Vienna.

Sends photograph of Viennese botanist, August Kanitz.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5576

From J. D. Hooker   4 July 1867



Has been too busy to write. Is leaving for Switzerland that evening.

A friend, who ran away from home as a boy, has two sons who have done the same several times. Is the case worth investigating for CD?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 July 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 169–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5577

From J. P. M. Weale   7 July 1867


Has distributed CD’s questions on expression. Observations on the natives.

Floral structure encouraging cross-pollination in Polygala.

Author:  James Philip Mansel Weale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1867
Classmark:  DAR 181: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5581

From James Paget   9 July 1867


Will seek answers to CD’s questions on expression. Observing patients’ blushing. Is CD interested in the platysma during screaming under chloroform?

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 July 1867
Classmark:  DAR 174: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5582

From Charles Lyell   16 July 1867


Curious to read what CD will say on man and his races.

Has CD seen Ludwig Rütimeyer’s Ueber die Herkunft unserer Thierwelt (Rütimeyer 1867c)?

Discusses J. F. W. Herschel’s theory of active volcanoes existing at the junction of continents and the sea.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July 1867
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5582F

From Salt & Sons   17 July 1867


Discusses proposed sale of house and provision for Wynne, the gardener, and his wife.

Author:  Salt & Sons
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 July 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5583

From Fritz Müller   17 July 1867


Thanks CD for sending F. H. G. Hildebrand’s book on fertilisation [Die Geschlechter-Vertheilung bei den Pflanzen (1867)]

and J. D. Hooker’s "Lecture on insular floras".

Describes work on Rubiaceae, Oxalis,

and on crossing orchids. Lists crosses made.

As for CD’s query concerning sexual differences among invertebrates, he gives the case of the local amphipod, Brachyscellus diversilor. Male differs in shape of antennae and coloration.

Also mentions local fish in sea near Sta Catharina which emits melodic tone to attract females.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 July 1867
Classmark:  Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 130–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5583A

From J. D. Hooker   [27 July 1867]



Back from Switzerland. Mrs Hooker much improved.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 July 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 171
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5586

From J. D. Hooker   30 July [1867]



Plans to come to Down on Saturday.

Returned Adam Bede two years ago.

Wishes CD would return Tylor’s Early history of mankind

and his own Himalayan journal with his notes, "both of which I have lent, i.e., lost".

Lyell well and full of "Insular" difficulties which he will propound.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 172–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5588

From Hermann Julius Meyer   30 July 1867


Sends fourth volume of A. E. Brehm’s Thierleben. First three sent at V. O. Kovalevsky’s request. Asks CD’s support for an English edition, since this is the first extensive popular work based on CD’s theory.

Author:  Hermann Julius Meyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5590

From Edouard Bornet   [before 20 August 1867]


Sends ten different forms of Draba and Jordan’s instructions on when to sow seeds.

Reports sterility of a cross of two varieties of Papaver.

Thanks CD for a memoir.

Author:  Jean-Baptiste-Édouard (Édouard) Bornet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 20 Aug 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 256
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5592
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