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To F. H. Hooker   31 January [1868]


Thanks for congratulations on George’s attaining Second Wrangler.

George will try for a fellowship at Trinity.

CD believes real education begins after school days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Harriet Hooker
Date:  31 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (13 September 1984)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10822

To George Henry Kendrick Thwaites   31 January [1868]


Asks GHKT about eyes of screaming elephants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  31 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.325)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2670

To Henry Hennessy   10 January [1868]


Thanks for papers.

Discusses case of the Asturian plants and HH’s view of their introduction through the agency of man. Although botanists question whether plants are thus introduced, those working closely on insular floras are admitting this view more and more.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hennessy
Date:  10 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (24 June 1987)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4744A

To John Scott   [after 8 January 1868]


Supports relocating the Calcutta Botanic Garden to a site near the Himalayas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  [after 8 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 116v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5352

To Roland Trimen   2 January [1868]


CD seeks information on the variation of ocelli within species of butterflies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  2 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 62)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5772

To Friedrich Hildebrand   5 January [1868]


Congratulates FH on graft-hybrid of potato. Importance of FH’s discovery to be discussed in Variation [2d ed., 1: 420].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  5 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Klaus Groove (private collection) (Original sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5777

To J. D. Hooker   6 January [1868]


Thanks for plant names.

H. C. Watson a renegade about natural selection. Discusses HCW’s views.

F. Müller’s letter enclosed.

Friedrich Hildebrand’s experiments are splendid for Pangenesis [Die Geschlechter-Vertheilung bei den Pflanzen (1867)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 39–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5779

To John Murray   9 January [1868]


CD exasperated by Dallas’ delay in finishing index [for Variation]. "I am prepared to throw the Index overboard."

Thinks JM should reconsider publishing a translation of Brehm’s Thierleben. It is excellent and would "sell largely".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 178–179)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5781

To W. S. Dallas   [14 January 1868]


CD was frustrated by the delay [in producing index for Variation], but was quite mollified by WSD’s note; is sorry the work turned out so badly for him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sweetland Dallas
Date:  [14 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5783

To Roland Trimen   16 January [1868]


Thanks RT for drawings of ocelli, especially for the description of ocelli of S. African Saturniidae. Would like to know of any cases in which the ocelli are confined to the male, to illustrate better the case of the peacock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  16 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5790

To J. B. Innes   20 January [1868]


CD thanks JBI for contribution to Down school.

George [Darwin] has passed his examination at Cambridge;

Henrietta has been poorly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  20 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5792

To Albert Gaudry   21 January [1868]


Thanks AG for his essay on geology and Athenian history [see 5784].

Comments on French rejection of evolution. "How strange that the country of Buffon, Geoffroy and especially Lamarck should now cling to species as immutable creations."

Variation will soon appear in French.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  21 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5794

To J. P. M. Weale   23 January [1868]


Thanks for information on expression.

Poor progress of civilisation in South Africa. CD’s doubts and fears about democracy.

JPMW’s views on glaciation in S. Africa will discredit him unless supported by clearest evidence.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Philip Mansel Weale
Date:  23 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5795

To George Howard Darwin   24 January [1868]


Congratulations on GHD’s brilliant tripos success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5796

To Francis Galton   25 January [1868?]


FG’s congratulations [on publication of Variation] have given CD pleasure.

Trusts that FG is well again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  25 Jan [1868?]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5800

To Benjamin Dann Walsh   27 January [1868]


Is sending a copy of Variation [to be published in a few days]. It cost more labour than it is worth.

George Darwin is Second Wrangler.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  27 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5803

To J. D. Hooker   27 [January 1868]


Grieved by Wollaston’s troubles. Offers contribution of £100. "How foolish men are in their investments."

Delight about George’s success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 [Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5804

To Julius von Haast   28 January [1868]


Thanks JvH for J. Stack’s answers [to queries about expression]. Though few, they are the best and clearest he has received. Sends a corrected printed version of queries.

Belatedly thanks JvH for his splendid report on glaciers [missing].

CD lives "in constant state of overwork and fatigue".

Everyone astonished by Dinornis photos.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Date:  28 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (Haast family papers, MS-Papers-0037-051-3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5808

To Edward Cresy   29 January [1868]


Thanks for note about George Darwin’s gaining Second Wrangler.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  29 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 326
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5813

To J. M. Herbert   30 January [1868]


Thanks JMH for his congratulations.

Recalls gift of microscope [from JMH in 1831]. [See 99].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  30 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5815
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