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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 ?   6 April 1868


Gives details of some points that occurred to him while reading Variation, including observations on horses, cattle, silkworms, and hereditary baldness and disease.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 159: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6097

To ?   [after June 1868]


Testimonial for James Archer, who leaves CD’s service after six months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5747

To Reviewer   [February–April 1868?]


Suggests, if further notice is to be taken of Variation, that the reviewer grapple with the subject of Pangenesis. Thanks him for his fair and friendly spirit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reviewer
Date:  [Feb–Apr 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5829

To Henry Austin Bruce   24 August [1868?]


Thanks correspondent for information. CD does not care much for more cases of striped asses,

but is pleased at the interesting case of the affectionate jackal that licks like a domestic dog.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare
Date:  24 Aug [1868?]
Classmark:  Sir Brooke Boothby (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6330

To T. C. Eyton   25 August [1868]


Thanks TCE for copy of his book [Osteologia avium (1867)].

Recalls visits to Eyton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  25 Aug [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.353)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6331

To Eduard Koch   27 August 1868


Would like to see reviews of book [Variation].

Health has lately been indifferent.

Cannot at present pledge to give [EK?] translation rights to next book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Koch
Date:  27 Aug 1868
Classmark:  Interlibrium (Cat. 276)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6332

From B. D. Walsh   29 August 1868


On the delay in receiving CD’s new book [Variation] and his delight in a borrowed copy.

Encloses a Prospectus on his new periodical "American Entomologist" devoted to economic entomology.

Comments on the talents of his young partner, C. V. Riley.

Requests photographs for Riley of CD and Westwood.

Dr J. L. Le Conte has not yet received the request that he furnish CD with information about the stridulatory organs of Coleoptera.

Author:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug 1868
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology: Charles Valentine Riley papers, Scrapbook no. 9, p. 61); DAR 47: 180; DAR 193: 54; Field Museum (pasted into C. V. Riley’s personal copy of his own 1st Annual Report of the Missouri State Entomologist)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6332A

To J. J. Moulinié   29 August [1868]


Hopes JJM can visit tomorrow and stay the night.

Would like to ask Carl Vogt if he is still in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  29 Aug [1868]
Classmark:  Bibliotheque de Genève (Ms. fr. 1557, ff. 213–14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6332F

From J. D. Hooker   30 August 1868



The newspapers’ pother about his mild theology.

Tyndall’s reference to JDH and CD as the two "modestest" men in science.

Huxley offended the clergy twice without cause or warrant.

William Hooker ill.

Astronomers do not like JDH’s reference to them.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 229–32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6333

From A. R. Wallace   30 August [1868]


On triumph of "Darwinianism".

Discussion of their differences on subject of protection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B65–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6334

From J. B. Innes   31 August 1868


JBI has been charmed with Variation. Does not think there is really any theological difficulty in the "predestination of variation".

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6335

From Edward Blyth   31 August 1868


EB is moving to Wiltshire for a week.

Tells CD of animals acquired, or about to be acquired, by the Zoological Garden.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6336

From G. D. Hinrichs   31 August 1868


Explains "Pantogen".

Summarises his papers.

Asks for help in finding a publisher.

Criticises d’Archiac’s review of Origin [in Paléontologie stratigraphique 2 (1864)].

Author:  Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 221
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6337

From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [24 September – 10 October 1868]


Has talked with J. J. Sylvester [Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich] and thinks Leonard [Darwin] should call on him.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24 Sept – 10 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B60–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6339

To the Traffic Manager, South Eastern Railway   [c. September 1868]


Wishes correspondent to investigate immediately the loss of two boxes in transit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  South Eastern Railway
Date:  [c. Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6341

To J. D. Hooker   1 September [1868]


Athenæum [Owen’s?] attack on JDH [BAAS address] and CD. False statement that CD’s sole groundwork is from pigeons.

Agrees with JDH on foolishness of Red Lion Club.

Huxley’s want of judgment.

JDH’s argument about astronomy and astronomers.

Pall Mall Gazette [8 (1868): 593, 595–6] and Morning Advertiser on JDH’s address.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 89–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6342

To J. J. Weir   1 September 1868


Invites JJW to visit Down. Will try to get A. R. Wallace and H. W. Bates also.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  1 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 148: 319
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6343

To G. H. K. Thwaites   2 September 1868


Thanks GHKT and S. O. Glenie for information about fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  2 Sept 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.354)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6344

To J. B. Innes   2 September 1868


Surprised and pleased JBI liked his "big book" [Variation].

Luckily, naturalists do not seem to think he has committed suicide with the work.

CD wants to turn over the school accounts to John Robinson [curate of Down]. Writes of other parish news.

Will vote in person for Sir John Lubbock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  2 Sept 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6345
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