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From Henry Holland   [c. April 1862]


Louis Pasteur’s memoir "is a very able and convincing one" ["Mémoire sur les corpuscles organisés qui existent dans l’atmosphère", Ann. Sci. Nat. (Zool.) 3d ser. 16 (1861): 5–98].

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Apr 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3490

From George Busk   1 April 1862


E. A. Parkes informs him there will be difficulty about the Army returns [on CD’s Query to Army surgeons, see Freeman, Works of Charles Darwin, p. 111] owing to official obstructions by Director General. [Enclosed letter from Parkes to GB says that the Director General does not think that Army surgeons could be asked to collect information systematically for CD, but perhaps some informal, voluntary arrangement could be made.]

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 377, DAR 174.1: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3492

From J. D. Hooker   [7 April 1862]



Will hope to be able to send Vanilla flowers in a day or two.

How is CD after his tremendous effect on the placid Linneans? ["Sexual forms of Catasetum", Collected papers 2: 63–70; read 3 Apr 1862.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Apr 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3495

From Alfred Russel Wallace   7 April 1862


Cannot accept invitation at present.

Is sending a wild honeycomb from Timor.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 106/7 (ser. 2): 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3496

From Edward Newman   6 April 1862


Has several specimens illustrating dimorphism in insects that he would be happy to leave where CD could examine them.

Discusses the ant genera Formica and Atta, and the origin of the two forms of workers commonly found in the species of these genera.

Author:  Edward Newman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 172.2: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3497

From Edmund Alexander Parkes   8 April 1862


Suggests CD use a tabular form for Army doctors to write their observations on, and suggests it be limited to malaria, yellow fever, and dysentery.

Author:  Edmund Alexander Parkes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 174.1: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3498

From Daniel Oliver   10 April 1862


Now believes flowers of Fumariaceae must be self-fertilised.

Planning a piece on dimorphism in the Natural History Review ["On the two forms, or dimorphic condition, in the species of Primula … by Charles Darwin", n.s. 2 (1862): 235–43].

Observations on Campanula dimorphism.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 173.1: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3502

From Andrew Murray   12 April 1862


AM did not borrow a Samuel Scudder pamphlet from CD; in fact he was not aware of its existence.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171.2: 325
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3505

From J. D. Hooker   [15 April 1862]



Is it convenient for him and Willy to come to Down from Thursday to Sunday?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15 Apr 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3506

From John Lubbock   17 April 1862


JL is going on a geological excursion with Joseph Prestwich and John Evans.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3510

From H. W. Bates   [17 April 1862]


Accepts CD’s invitation.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Apr 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3511

From C. W. Crocker   22 April 1862


Certain there are three forms of Primula sinensis.

Author:  Charles William Crocker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3514

From Daniel Oliver   23 April 1862


Distinguishes two kinds of floral dimorphism: that affecting sexual organs and that affecting outer envelopes.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 173.1: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3515

From Thomas Gold Appleton   24 April [1862]


Sends letter via his brother visiting England. Awaits continuation of CD’s "wonderful book", which excites much interest.

Comments on Civil War which he expects will end slavery.

Author:  Thomas Gold Appleton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3517

From Berthold Carl Seemann   24 April 1862


Encloses a passage from his book, The botany of the voyage of H.M.S. "Herald" [1852–7].

Discusses possibility of publishing work on flora of Hawaiian Islands.

Author:  Berthold Carl Seemann
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 130, DAR 50: E28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3518

From E. A. Parkes   28 April 1862


The Director-General of the Army Medical Department [J. B. Gibson] agrees to have CD’s circular distributed to Army surgeons in India and the West Indies, with reply being voluntary. [See Descent 1: 244–5 n.]

Author:  Edmund Alexander Parkes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 174.1: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3521

From H. W. Bates   30 April 1862


Discusses insects of south temperate S. America and New Zealand, especially with respect to the distribution and origin of Chilean Carabi, and has sent for a German monograph to learn about the eleven species he has found.

He refers to Chilean poverty in butterflies; scanty New Zealand insect fauna.

An analysis of south temperate insects is desirable, but the small English collections make him afraid to undertake it.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 47: 175, DAR 160.1: 67–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3523

From Daniel Oliver   14 April 1862


Discusses primrose ovules,

Atlantis paper [Nat. Hist. Rev. (1862): 149–70],

plant migrations;


Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 54–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3722

From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [April – May? 1862]


Asks for an order to buy a CD photograph for Mr Tait.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Apr–May? 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 105 (ser. 2): 9–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3745
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