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From Robert Bateman   [28 January 1862]


For his father [James Bateman], he sends three more species of orchids and names of others described by CD.

Author:  Robert Bateman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3357

From John Brodie Innes   2 January [1862]


Quiz has been sent off to Down.

JBI will leave for Scotland on Monday.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 167.1: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3370

From Joseph Dalton Hooker   [1 January 1862]



Sends plant specimens. William Borrer will be glad to send seeds.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3373

From John Lubbock   6 January 1862


Sends paper [on ancient Swiss lake-habitations, Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 26–51] for CD’s opinion.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3376

From Henry Walter Bates   6 January 1862


Sends CD ch. 2 of his book [The naturalist on the river Amazons] for suggestions, having accepted CD’s recommendations concerning ch. 1.

Effects of climate on dress in ch. 1 similar to, but independent of, notions expressed by CD in his Journal of researches [p. 381].

On geology, book deals with distribution and theory of deltas of the Amazon.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3377

From Société Impériale Zoologique d’Acclimatation   10 January 1862


Announces a meeting of the Society to elect its officers.

Author:  Société Impériale Zoologique d’Acclimatation
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 96: 11v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3379

From H. W. Bates   11 January 1862


Grieved to hear of CD’s illness; begs him not to give moment’s thought to his MS until health has returned.

Plans to exhibit mimetic butterflies at Linnean Society.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3381

From Thomas Henry Huxley   13 January 1862


Against all predictions his Edinburgh lecture was well received [Evidence as to man’s place in nature (1863)].

Took his old line about problem of infertility of hybrids as a test of CD’s views.

Report [from a newspaper] not quite right about what he said, but they have not refuted his statement that some form of progressive development theory is certainly true, nor that man and the apes come from same stock. Owen has gone in for progressive development in second edition of the Palaeontology [1861].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3383

From Charles Carter Blake   13 January 1862


Thanks for note on his Macrauchenia paper [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 7 (1861): 441–3].

Asks for references to descriptions of certain bones found in South America.

Lists four fossil New World monkeys; is CD aware of any others?

Author:  Charles Carter Blake
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 198
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3384

From C. E. Brown-Séquard   13 January 1862


Apologises for not answering CD sooner about where he will publish review [of Origin]. Review is to appear in his own journal, but will postpone publishing it until the French translation of 3d ed. appears. Expresses substantial agreement with CD’s views.

Author:  Charles Édouard Brown-Séquard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3385

From John Hutton Balfour   14 January 1862


Thanks for Primula paper [Collected papers 2: 45–63]; will examine some [Edinburgh] Botanic Garden samples in its light.

Huxley visiting Edinburgh and spoke on man’s zoological relations with monkeys [see Man’s place in nature (1863)]. JHB disagrees with his views.

Author:  John Hutton Balfour
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3387

From Henry Holland   [3–14] January [1862]


Condolences on death of Charlotte Langton [née Wedgwood].

Is waiting to hear from Lord Tankerville [see 3339].

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3–14] Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 238
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3388

From Henry Holland   15 January [1862]


Has read CD’s Primula paper.

Regrets to hear that CD and family are victims to the influenza epidemic.

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3390

From William Branwhite Clarke   16 January 1862


Answers CD’s questions on Australian flora, bees, geology.

Author:  William Branwhite Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3392

From Charles Cardale Babington   17 January 1862


Thanks CD for his Primula paper [Collected papers 2: 45–63].

Asks if CD has observed the true oxlip (Primula elatior).

Comments on Hottonia and Stellaria graminea. [See Forms of flowers, pp. 72, 313.]

Author:  Charles Cardale Babington
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 58–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3393

From J. D. Hooker   [25 January 1862]



Will send an Arethusa; offers other specimens.


Falconer contradicts Sumatra and Ceylon elephant story.

Lyell as rabid as ever about America.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 6–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3394

From J. D. Hooker   [19 January 1862]



JDH castigates the Americans after the Trent affair. The value of an aristocracy. How will CD answer Asa Gray’s letter?

His "remarkable plant" [Welwitschia mirabilis] exhibited at Linnean Society.

Genera plantarum is in press.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 8–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3395

From T. H. Huxley   20 January 1862


The Witness attacks THH’s lecture.

Assures CD he spoke more favourably of his doctrines than the reports show.

Agrees with CD’s arguments on sterility of hybrids and predicts physiological experiments will produce physiological species sterile inter se. Has come even closer to CD’s view especially since Primula paper. Will soon be more Darwinian than CD.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3396

From Conrad Martens   20 January 1862


He will send CD one of his sketches to add to the two CD has kept since Beagle days.

Asks for FitzRoy’s address.

Author:  Conrad Martens
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171.1: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3398

From Henry Holland   [21 January 1862?]


Has received a satisfactory answer from Lord Tankerville.

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [21 Jan 1862?]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3400
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