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From William Sweetland Dallas   8 January 1868


Has sent off last portion of index [to Variation]. Hopes CD will be pleased with it. Will never undertake such labour again. He fears it has been an unfavourable way to make CD’s acquaintance. Trusts to CD’s goodness not to hate his name for the rest of his life.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5780

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

From John Murray   10 January [1868]


CD’s anxiety about the index [of Variation] will be relieved somewhat when he learns it has at last been set up.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 353
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5782

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

From Albert Gaudry   11 January 1868


Sends an article ["Des lumières que la géologie peut jeter sur … l’histoire ancienne des Athéniens"] extracted from his work [Animaux fossiles et géologie de l’Attique (1862–7)]. CD’s letters have been an encouragement.

Hopes the belief in transformation will gradually be accepted. For himself the idea in no way undermines his idea of spirituality and his respect for human dignity.

Hopes to continue his work on the genealogical relationship (enchaînement) of fossils.

Author:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5784

From Roland Trimen   13 January 1868



Variations in the ocelli of Lepidoptera.

Encloses six pages from his catalogue of S. African butterflies [Rhopalocera Africae australis, 2 pts (1862, 1866)].

Author:  Roland Trimen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 40–2, 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5785

From Asa Gray   14 January [1868]


Has read sheets of Variation up to Pangenesis.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5786

From J. D. Hooker   15 January 1868



Sends a pamphlet by W. R. Greg [Malthus: re-examined by the light of physiology (1868)].

Many Cucurbitaceae have smaller male than female flowers.

Has written to H. C. Watson on the counterbalance [to variation] of crossing and uniform conditions. Watson has forgotten the argument.

Has written to F. Müller on abnormal Solanum.

Does not understand Hildebrand on potatoes.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 47: 193, 195
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5787

From W. S. Dallas   15 January 1868


Thanks CD for cheque for £5.5.0 supplementing fee from J. Murray’s. Will return it if Murray provides an additional amount. Is glad CD is so well pleased. Sends notes for errata.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5788

From J. D. Hooker   [before 6 January 1868?]



Discusses Balanophora with conspicuous male flowers and absent female perianth.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 Jan 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5789

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

From John Brodie Innes   16 January 1868


Sends school subscription to CD as treasurer. Hopes Henrietta will assist in teaching there.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5791

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

From Henry Lee   21 January 1868



Table of numbers of trout taken for ova; includes males counted. [See Descent 1: 308].

Author:  Henry Lee
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5793

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

From Charles Pritchard   24 January 1868


Congratulations on success of CD’s son [George].

Author:  Charles Pritchard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 174: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5797

From the Commission générale des Ordres Royaux   24 January 1868


CD made a knight of the Royal Orders.

Author:  Commision générale des Ordres Royaux
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 230: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5797A

From J. D. Hooker   [25 January 1868]



T. V. Wollaston’s financial misfortunes.

CD’s son George’s success [at Cambridge].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 187–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5798
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