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To B. D. Walsh   21 September 1868


Thanks BDW for pamphlets [by S. H. Scudder and J. D. Caton].

His information about Cicada is of extraordinary interest. Discusses stridulation organs which certainly sometimes differ in the sexes. CD would be curious to know if "dumb" Cicada can breed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  21 Sept 1868
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6382

From Edward Blyth   21 September 1868


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]


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

To A. R. Wallace   23 September [1868]


On their differences concerning sexual selection and protection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  23 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 153–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6386

From Charles William Nunn   23 September 1868


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


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

To T. H. Farrer   24 September [1868]


Informs THF that Annals and Magazine of Natural History will publish his paper [see 6384].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  24 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6389

To Gaston de Saporta   24 September 1868


Discusses GdeS’s studies on fossil plants;

response to Origin in France.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  24 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 147: 419
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6390

From T. H. Farrer   24 September 1868


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

To C. W. Nunn   25 September [1868]


Thanks CWN for specimen. CD has sent it to Hooker for examination.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles W Nunn
Date:  25 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.355)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6392

To J. D. Hooker   25 September 1868


Sends an ear of wheat with two florets of oats growing out of it. Expects it will all turn out a humbug.

Berkeley’s address in Gardeners’ Chronicle [(1868): 920, also Rep. BAAS 38 (1868): 83–7] praises CD tremendously.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 94: 93–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6393

To G. H. K. Thwaites   28 September [1868]


Asks him to thank E. L. Layard for trouble taken.

Says Zoological Society "very foolishly" wants no specimens of domestic varieties [from Ceylon].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  28 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.343)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6395

From J. D. Hooker   [28 September 1868]



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


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


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


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


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

To Henry Michael Jenkins   [after 1 October 1868]


Feels there is little he could say as a testimonial for HMJ.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Michael Jenkins
Date:  [after 1 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6402

From George Bentham   [after 29 September 1868]


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


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
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