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From Dyson Lacy   [before 13 August 1868]

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Answers to CD’s queries on expression in natives of Queensland, Australia.

[Forwarded by Edward Wilson to CD.]

Author:  Dyson Lacy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 13 Aug 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 186: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6374

From A. R. Wallace   18 September [1868]

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Submits a 15–point argument against CD’s views on the coloration of female birds and insects.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A14–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6375

From John Murray    18 September [1868]

Summary

JM will send another copy of Variation to B. D. Walsh.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6376

From T. H. Farrer   20 September 1868

Summary

Sends an addition to Lobelia paper; admires adaptations for fertilisation.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6381

From Edward Blyth   21 September 1868

Summary

Discusses the top-knot turkey and the occasional appearance of the top-knot in a breed of cream-coloured turkeys.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6383

From John Murray   22 September [1868]

Summary

Lost copy of Variation sent to B. D. Walsh has been traced as far as New York.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 361
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6385

From Charles William Nunn   23 September 1868

Summary

Sends an ear of wheat that has an oat kernel growing on it.

Author:  Charles W Nunn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 172: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6387

From James Croll   23 September 1868

Summary

Sends two papers; glad CD appreciates two he has already sent. Cannot send two others on glaciers (Philosophical Magazine, 1866 and 1867).

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6388

From T. H. Farrer   24 September 1868

Summary

Wonderful how every flower one looks at is explained by, and throws light on, the fertilising process.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6391

From J. D. Hooker   [28 September 1868]

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The wheat and oat specimen has been examined "in congress" by Oliver, Bentham, Asa Gray, and JDH. No organic connection of any kind.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6396

From J. B. Innes   28 September 1868

Summary

The election of 1868.

Remarkable deflection of the plummet observed east of Forres.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6397

From Tristram Charles Sawyer Speedy   29 September 1868

Summary

Sends some answers to CD’s queries on expression, based on his observations of Abyssinians.

Author:  Tristram Charles Sawyer Speedy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6398

From H. W. Bates   29 September 1868

Summary

Informs CD of K. G. Semper’s desire to meet him and to discuss new information on volcanic phenomena, geographical distribution, etc.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6399

From George Rolleston   30 September 1868

Summary

CD’s doctrines apply to man’s mental organisation, but the soul is a different matter. Cites Dean Henry Alford, M. J. Berkeley, and Prof. [J. F.?] Ferrier.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 176: 208
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6401

From George Bentham   [after 29 September 1868]

Summary

Asks CD to sign enclosed certificate first, as he does not know T. H. Farrer personally. [On top part of first two pages of a letter to Hooker from H. C. Rothery about Farrer’s nomination for Linnean Society]

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 29 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6405

From Edward Blyth   1 October 1868

Summary

Gives CD a reference to one of his papers ["Remarks on the modes of variation of nearly affined species or races of birds", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 19 (1850): 221–9]

and discusses moulting in birds.

Quotes instance of an action by an elephant that apparently displays considerable intelligence.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6406

From George Robert Crotch   2 October [1868]

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Bibliographical references on [stridulation in] Coleoptera. Finds no idea of sex has occurred to authors [i.e., they do not find the stridulating organs differing according to sex; cf. Descent 1: 378–85].

Author:  George Robert Crotch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6407

From A. R. Wallace   4 October 1868

Summary

Sexual differences in coloration. Sexual selection versus natural selection as explanations. ARW continues to argue against sexual selection, saying that natural selection, in keeping the female dull for protection, would account for differences in sexual colouring more effectively than inheritance and partial transmission of sexually selected male colours. Colours of female birds of paradise. Protective coloration. Disagrees with CD on coincidence of hidden nests and bright colours of females.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: B68–69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6408

From Edward Blyth   4 October 1868

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Replies to CD’s questions on sexual differences in birds.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 100–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6409

From J. D. Hooker   3 October 1868

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Encloses copy of H. Barkly’s answer to JDH’s inquiry on the Seychelles Island crocodile.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 238–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6410
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