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To W. S. Dallas   11 November [1868]

Summary

A letter strongly recommending him for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sweetland Dallas
Date:  11 Nov [1868]
Classmark:  Geological Society (LDGSL 286/8); DAR 96: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6457

From G. H. Lewes   12 November 1868

Summary

Disappointed that he missed CD. Hopes still to see him in the flesh.

Has CD seen August Weismann’s inaugural address [see 6297]?

Author:  George Henry Lewes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: D11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6458

To G. H. Lewes   [13 November 1868]

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Summary

Arranges to call on GHL.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Lewes
Date:  [13 Nov 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6459

To Friedrich Hildebrand   14 November [1868]

Summary

Suggests FH’s graft-hybrid potatoes should remain with FH.

Sends addresses of Alfred Russel Wallace and Alexander Wallace for August Weismann.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  14 Nov [1868]
Classmark:  Eilo Hildebrand (collection of facsimiles). (Original, previously owned by Klaus Groove, sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6459F

From T. H. Huxley   13 November 1868

Summary

CD is welcome to come for breakfast on Sunday.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 315
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6460

To Friedrich Hildebrand   16 November 1868

Summary

Thanks for Botanische Zeitung notice of CD’s paper ["On the character and hybrid-like nature of the offspring from the illegitimate unions of dimorphic and trimorphic plants", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 393–437]. FH writes clearest style of all German authors.

Asks that August Weismann be told about papers by Wallace and Bates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  16 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Eilo Hildebrand (collection of facsimiles) (Original, previously owned by Klaus Groove, sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6461

To John Higgins   16 November 1868

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of £259 11s. 10d.

Obliged for JH’s good account of Francis Hardy’s management of Beesby Farm.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  16 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Dominic Winter Auctioneers (dealers) (10 April 2019, lot 138)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6461F

From G. H. Lewes   [17 November 1868]

Summary

Asks CD to propose him for Linnean Society.

Would like to have Lyell put his objections to GHL’s papers [Fortn. Rev. 9 (1868): 353–73, 611–28; 10 (1868): 61–80, 492–509] in the form of notes, so he can have them before him when he recasts his papers into a book.

Author:  George Henry Lewes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Nov 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 106: D3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6462

From W. S. Dallas   17 November 1868

Summary

Thanks CD for kind and flattering testimonial.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6463

To Albert Gaudry   17 November 1868

Summary

Thanks AG for Animaux fossiles et géologie de l’Attique [1862–7]. Refers to Lyell’s quotation from AG as "one of the most striking I have ever read on the affiliation of Species".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  17 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6464

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   17 November 1868

Summary

Is interested to know whether there are differences in the period of development of horns in sheep in those breeds in which horns are common to both sexes, and in those in which horns are confined to males.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  17 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Hudson Rogue Co (Catalogue 9); Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 21 November 1868, p. 1218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6464A

To G. H. Lewes   18 November 1868

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Will propose GHL for the Linnean Society.

Writes of his objections to GHL’s views.

Considers Weismann’s remarks on the importance of the nature of the organism as well as conditions of life in determining variability have much truth.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Lewes
Date:  18 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 185: 44, 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6465

To Ernst Haeckel   19 November 1868

Summary

Congratulates EH on birth of child.

Mentions projected translation of Generelle Morphologie.

Comments on EH’s last book [Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte]. Criticises EH’s statements on palaeontology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  19 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 1–52/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6466

From Alfred Tylor   19 November 1868

Summary

On corals and coral-formation.

Author:  Alfred Tylor
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 178: 198
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6467

From Friedrich Rolle   20 November 1868

Summary

Has little information about hens with spurs. Encloses information from Robert Oettel and C. F. Friderich, and from J. F. Blumenbach’s Vergleichende Anatomie [1805]. Recommends various German publications.

Author:  Friedrich Rolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 176: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6468

From Edward Blyth   20 November 1868

Summary

Describes his tour of the Netherlands. Reports on some of the specimens he saw on his trip.

Discusses the coloration of hair in aged monkey

and sexual differences in bird species.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 83: 149, DAR 84.1: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6469

From T. H. Farrer   21 November 1868

Summary

Thinks CD’s views of insect agency and crossing might explain structure and variations of papilionaceous flowers. Lists five points. Asks CD’s opinion.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 49; Linnean Society of London, MS Case 6B, No. 299
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6470

From J. D. Hooker   24 November 1868

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On H. C. Watson’s false and contemptuous criticism of [J. D. Hooker and T. Thomson] Flora Indica [1855].

W. B. Carpenter’s deep-sea dredgings.

James Croll’s last paper ["On geological time", Philos. Mag. 35 (1868): 363; 36 (1868): 141, 362].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 240–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6471

To Friedrich Rolle   24 November 1868

Summary

Thanks for information on fowls.

Glad to see extracts from Blumenbach about sexual differences in fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Rolle
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Frankfurt (SNG-Archiv: Malakol.: Nachlass Rolle)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6472

To James Croll   24 November 1868

Summary

Comments on glaciers in North America.

Asks if glacial periods have occurred alternately in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Relevant to his glacial discoveries in South America: "it would have been an immense relief to my mind if I could have assumed … this". CD wishes to discuss subject in new edition of Origin [5th].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Croll
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 143: 353
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6473
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