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From Armand de Quatrefages   [after 11 July 1862]

Summary

Their views on transformism differ a great deal, as CD says, but perhaps not as much as CD thinks. Sending his [Physiologie comparée: métamorphoses de l’homme et des animaux (1862)].

Author:  Jean Louis Armand (Armand de Quatrefages) Quatrefages de Bréau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 11 July 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 175: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3524

From E. A. Darwin   1 July [1862]

Summary

Asks for a note to the Geological Society, since the museum did not have the book Carlyle wanted.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 105 (ser. 2): 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3635

From John Murray   [1 July – 23 August 1862]

Summary

Account of Orchids.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 July – 23 Aug 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 525
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3635F

From J. D. Hooker   2 July 1862

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Summary

Will see to Masdevallia and Bonatea.

Domestic matters.

Lyell’s health.

CD’s eczema.

Hopes CD will solve the mystery of Melastoma.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 44–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3636

From Asa Gray   2–3 July 1862

Summary

Discusses dimorphic plants and the occurrence of "precocious fertilisation" in the bud.

Gives some comments on design in nature in the light of the translator’s commentary in the French edition of the Origin.

Reports the recent events of the Civil War.

[Note on verso of envelope:] Utricularia vulgaris is "about as neatly contrived for cross-fertilisation by insects as almost any orchid".

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2-3 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 165: 110a, 112–12a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3637

From E. A. Darwin   2 July [1862]

Summary

Never mind the letter to the Geological Society; the museum got the book for Carlyle.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 105 (ser. 2): 7–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3638

From Frederick Currey   3 July 1862

Summary

G. B. Wollaston [in "British Orchideae", Phytologist n.s. 1 (1855–6): 225–7] says Ophrys arachnites is a hybrid, which contradicts CD, who says it is a new species.

Author:  Frederick Currey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 306
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3639

From William Alexander Wooler   5 July 1862

Summary

Believes, contrary to CD, that when anthers arise from petals the development of the pollen is affected by the amputation of the petal.

Believes interbreeding can be used to combine desirable characters, but that, carried beyond narrow limits, it leads to deterioration of the breed.

Has been experimenting on crossing polyanthus.

Author:  William Alexander Wooler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 181: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3642

From Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny   5 July 1862

Summary

Sends concluding part of his recent lecture on orchids so CD may see how his inquiries were represented in one of the great centres of clerical influence.

Asks whether insects are attracted to one species of orchids more than another.

Author:  Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162.1: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3643

From George Maw   7 July 1862

Summary

Thanks CD for sending Orchids.

Reports observations by his uncle relating to the successful breeding of a male mule with a horse.

Author:  George Maw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171.1: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3644

From W. E. Darwin   8 July [1862]

Summary

WED reports on studying the pollen of grass and Valerian through his microscope.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July [1862]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3644F

From G. C. Oxenden   8 July 1862

Summary

Has not found insects visiting Epipactis palustris either at night or in the day.

Reality of hybrid plants and birds in nature is controversial.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 173: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3647

From G. C. Oxenden   8 July [1862]

Summary

Has misplaced CD’s forwarding address.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3648

From J. D. Hooker   10 July 1862

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Summary

JDH’s trip to Switzerland with his wife.

Has seen Oswald Heer’s fossils, including a leaf, apparently dicotyledonous, from the Lower Lias in Jura.

Value of insect and crustacean fossils for systematic determination.

JDH "impressed with identity of physical features and what wonderful analogy of biological [features] between Alps and Himalayas".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 46–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3651

From E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung   11 July 1862

Summary

Relates death of H. G. Bronn.

Discusses publication of German edition of Orchids [1862].

Author:  E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3654

From M. T. Masters   12 July 1862

Summary

Will be sending information on peloric plants from his father [William Masters] soon.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171.1: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3655

From W. E. Darwin   14 July 1862

Summary

Sends observations on Valeriana officinalis.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 23, 41–2, 81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3657

From Friedrich Hermann Gustav Hildebrand   14 July 1862

Summary

Offers to translate Orchids, since H. G. Bronn has died.

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3658

From Asa Gray   15 July [1862]

Summary

Observations on Platanthera.

Possibility of trimorphism in Mertensia.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 116, DAR 165: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3659

From Bernard Peirce Brent   15 July 1862

Summary

Continues breeding guinea-pigs to test effects of warmth on gestation period. Concludes period is ten weeks and warmth has no influence. Offers CD the specimens.

Awaits Variation.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160: 301
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3660
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