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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

From W. S. Dallas   9 June 1868


F. Müller’s corrections warrant stating that the English translation has "additions and corrections by the author".

Is gratified to hear his index [to Variation] is considered a good one.

Ernst Haeckel’s book [Generelle Morphologie (1868)], though speculative, strikes him as "one of the most remarkable books of our time".

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6238

From John Wright   11 June 1868


Preference of females for particular males certainly exists occasionally.

On the proportion of males to females in horses and in dogs.

Author:  John Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 83: 163–4, DAR 85: B38, DAR 86: A95–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6240

From J. B. Innes   13 June 1868


Writes about difficulties in which S. J. O. Horsman, curate at Down, has involved himself and others. Horsman has said he would resign. JBI offers to give up his interests in the living at Down.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6241

From W. B. Dawkins   15 June 1868


Variation in recent leonine skeletons.

Miocene fauna of Europe.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6244

From J. D. Hooker   16 June 1868



Will get name of grass [see 6243] from Gen. William Munro.

Has heard from Charles Wheatstone that CD has Prussian Order of Merit. Rejoices because it is the only distinction worth a fig.

Went to Handel festival; heard Messiah.

Went to poor old N. B. Ward’s funeral.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 216–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6247

From Fritz Müller   17 June 1868


Again thanks CD for trouble in arranging for translation of Für Darwin.

Sends addition answering critics of his idea of insect metamorphosis [see Möller ed. 1915–21, 1: 259].

Agrees with Charles Lyell’s suggested English title "Facts and arguments in favor of Darwin", although perhaps more accurate to call it "Darwinism tested by Carcinology" or "Carcinology as bearing on the origin of species".

Says any profit should go to CD for his trouble and expense with the translation.

Thanks for seeds of Eschscholtzia.

Gives observations on number of climbing plants, including Dilleniacea, Marantacea, Catasetum.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 June 1868
Classmark:  Möller 1915–21, 2: 141–3; W. S. Dallas trans. 1869, pp. 119–21 n.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6248A

From J. J. Weir   [before 18 June 1868]



Coloration of linnets.

Sexual behaviour of black hen bullfinch.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 18 June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 141–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6249

From J. B. Innes   18 June [1868]


Further discussion of the difficulties with S. J. O’H. Horsman [curate at Down].

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 167: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6251

From John Lubbock   19 June [1868]


JL’s Royal Institution lectures.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6252

From Osbert Salvin   20 June 1868


Shot a sandpiper in Norway, the hind toe of which was clasped by a freshwater bivalve.

Sends replies to CD’s queries about sex ratios in humming-birds.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 18, DAR 205.3: 288 (Letters), DAR 84.2: 79-82, 85–6, DAR 86: C22, C24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6253

From J. D. Hooker   22 June 1868



The grass [see 6243] is Sporobolus elongatus, common in the tropics.

Visit to Oxford with X Club.

On his forthcoming address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 218–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6254

From Ernst Haeckel   22 June 1868


Thanks CD for article by G. H. Lewes ["Mr Darwin’s hypotheses, pt 1", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 3 (1868): 353–73]. Comments on article.

Describes hybridisation experiment carried out on rabbits and hares by Dr Conrad.

Encloses description of Monera

and a phylogenetic table of vertebrates.

Mentions work on Medusae.

The controversy over CD in Germany.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6255

From Oskar Schmidt   22 June 1868


Has received copy of Variation.

Sends copy of his book [Die Spongien der Küste von Algier (1868)]. Comments on it.

Author:  Eduard Oskar (Oskar) Schmidt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6256

From George Cupples   22 June 1868


Weighing ten deerhound puppies for CD each week.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6257

From H. B. Tristram   1 July 1868



On the coloration of 26 species of Saharan birds.

Author:  Henry Baker Tristram
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 93–4, 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6262

From Edward Blyth   2 July 1868


Has examined three races of the mouflon sheep and remarks on the extent of variation in them.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 217
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6263

From Alphonse de Candolle   2 July 1868


Offers notes and reflections on Variation.

Not convinced by Pangenesis, particularly its dependence on the Cytisus [graft hybrid] examples [ch. 27 and ch. 11].

What a book could be written on the application of natural history to man! Gives examples of inheritance in man.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6264

From William Pole   3 July 1868


In Variation CD mentions colour-blindness in women. WP does not believe there are any proven cases.

Author:  William Pole
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 174: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6266

From Friedrich Hildebrand   3 July 1868


Thanks CD for mentioning his Corydalis and Primula experiments in Variation.

Has become Professor of Botany at Freiburg.

Encloses specimen of Corydalis cava.

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6267
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