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To ?   [before 1 July 1868]


Sends a copy of George Bentham’s Anniversary address to the Linnean Society of London (Bentham 1868).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 1 July 1868]
Classmark:  Deutsches Museum Archive, Munich (Pamphlet HS-Nr. 04130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6262F

From Julia Margaret Cameron   [before 10 July 1868]


On the rental by the Darwins of a house at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.

Author:  Julia Margaret Cameron
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 10 July 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6270

From J. M. Cameron   10 July 1868


More on the rental by the Darwins of a house at Freshwater Bay.

Author:  Julia Margaret Cameron
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6271

From J. D. Hooker   12 July [1868]



Sketches out subjects he intends to speak on at Norwich [BAAS meeting]: museums, CD’s work in botany, Pangenesis, early history of mankind.

Asks about CD’s "book on man" [Descent].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 220–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6272

From George Cupples   13 July 1868


Offers deerhound puppy.

Asks for photograph.

Encloses letter from George Cupples of notes, with excerpts from letters from Peter Robertson and John Wright, relating to difference in size between male and female deerhounds. Reports on weight statistics of ten [deerhound] puppies being observed.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 83: 129–32; DAR 161: 285
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6274

To Charles Lyell   14 July 1868


Comments favourably, though often differing, on articles by G. H. Lewes.

Discusses claim of Agassiz [in A journey in Brazil (1868)] that he found evidence of glaciers in Brazil. Suggests sponsoring an expedition to test these claims.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 July 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.352)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6275

To J. D. Hooker   14 July 1868


Thinks JDH would be wise not to touch on Pangenesis; it has very few friends. Bentham is doubtful, Carus against, and Alphonse de Candolle likes it least in the book. CD still convinced it will be hereafter looked on as "best hypothesis of generation inheritance & development". If JDH means to cut up Pangenesis he has no word to say in opposition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 94: 76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6276

From Alphonse de Candolle   15 July 1868


Corrects himself on Robinia pseud-acacia: its spines are stipules, which explains hereditary fixity.

AdeC’s observations on movement of scalp muscles.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6277

To Inland Revenue   [17–21 July 1868?]


Cannot fill out a return [for foreign revenue?] until his return home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Inland Revenue
Date:  [17–21 July 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6278

To J. D. Hooker   [18 July 1868]


Looks forward to seeing JDH and hearing about address.

Feels better already.

Disappointed in house [they have taken at Freshwater].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 July 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 78–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6279

From Ernst Haeckel   17 July 1868


Comments on CD’s health.

Has received gold medal from Dutch Academy of Science for Zur Entwicklungsgeschichte der Siphonophoren [1869].

His Entstehung des Menschengeschlechts [1868] has been sharply attacked by the clergy.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6280

From Edward Blyth   20 July 1868


Reports on newly discovered Sclater’s pea-fowl from Cochin China.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6281

To Alphonse de Candolle   20 July [1868]


Thanks AdeC for correcting an error about thorns, which CD might have quoted.

CD will be cautious in regard to the muscles of the scalp. [Descent 1: 20].

His health has failed again "in the usual manner" and he has been ordered to do no work.

Repeats how interested and pleased he was by AdeC’s last long, remarkable letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  20 July [1868]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6282

From T. H. Huxley   20 July 1868


Prof. Kühne would like to visit CD.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 221.4: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6283

From G. H. K. Thwaites   22 July 1868


GHKT is going to procure some local smoke-coloured fowls and investigate them for CD.

Encloses letter on expression queries from S. O. Glenie.

Author:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 178: 124; DAR 165: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6285

From Louis Agassiz   22 July 1868



LA clarifies his opposition to CD’s views, which does not blind him to the great value of CD’s original researches.

Answers CD’s questions regarding sexual coloration of Amazonian fishes and the protuberances on the head of male Geophagus and Cichla during the spawning season [see Descent, pp. 520, 529].

Author:  Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: B78–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6286

To T. H. Huxley   23 July [1868]


Has come to Freshwater for five weeks for his health. Sends regrets to Prof. Kühne at not being able to see him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  23 July [1868]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 241)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6287

From J. D. Hooker   25 July 1868



Asks for information on how many languages Origin has appeared in, how many English and American editions it has gone through, and its reception abroad. Wants to disprove statement that the theory is "fast passing away".

Baby ill, scarcely any hope of recovery.

Some botanical books have come for CD.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 225–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6288

To Horace Darwin   26 [July 1868]



Writes to express his pleasure at Leonard’s success [second in the Woolwich Academy entrance examination].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  26 [July 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6289

From G. H. Lewes   26 July 1868


Replies to CD’s letter [missing]. He does intend to treat of Pangenesis "as the most remarkable hypothesis yet put forth".

His articles in Fortnightly Review have grown in number so that he plans to make a book of them. Asks CD to send him notes of his objections.

Author:  George Henry Lewes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: D7–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6290
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