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From Asa Gray   [25 February 1868 or later]


Discusses arrangements for American edition of Variation.

Observations on apparently inherited instinct in a dog.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Feb 1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2563

From William Blenkiron Jr   [c. February 1868?]



Answers for father, who is ill, on difference between manes of stallions and mares.

Author:  William Blenkiron, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Feb 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5340

From Edward Blyth   [after 3 February 1868]


Recommends J. Scott’s paper on crossing varieties of Verbascum.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 3 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5750

From Daniel Oliver   [before February 1868]


Notes on the taxonomy of Primula.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 108: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5824F

From C. S. Bate   [17 February 1868]



On the proportion of sexes in crabs; coloration and structural differences.

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A61–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5826

From J. Daly   [before 9 February 1868]


Corrections [incorporated in 2d issue of Variation].

Author:  J Daly
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 9 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 195.1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5827

From J. D. Hooker   1 February 1868



Amazed that Hugo von Mohl and E. M. Fries are not foreign members of Royal Society; Thomson going over the whole matter.

Candolle’s contribution to botany.

Lubbock shocked about Wollaston.

CD’s answer to Greg was capital.

Comments on Variation.

Charles Murchison’s work on Falconer’s Memoirs [Palaeontological memoirs and notes of the late Hugh Falconer (1868)] and JDH on Falconer.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 191–4; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence 19, f. 200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5831

From William Bowman   1 February 1868


Thanks CD for the gift of his new work [Variation].

Author:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1868
Classmark:  Sir John Paget Bowman (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5832

From Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff   3 February 1868


His Majesty the King of Prussia has conferred upon CD the Order, Pour le Mérite, for Sciences and Arts.

Author:  Albrecht Bernstorff, Graf von Bernstorff
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5836

From William Darwin Fox   3 February [1868]


Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.

Thanks CD for Variation.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5837

From Edward Wilson   4 February 1868


Sends some Australian boiled beef for CD to sample.

Congratulations on George Darwin’s success at Cambridge.

Author:  Edward Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5838

From John Edward Gray   4 February 1868


Discussion of the pig in light of CD’s Variation.

Work of Hermann von Nathusius [Die Racen des Schweines (1860)].

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5839

From Ernst Haeckel   [before 6 February 1868]


Describes his lectures on CD’s theory.

Thanks CD for copy of Variation. Comments on book.

Describes work of two protégés in Jena: Nicolas von Miklucho[-Maclay] and Anton Dohrn.

His cousin, Wilhelm Bleek, is sending an article about the origin of language.

Asks to keep book a few months longer but will return it if CD needs it [Webb and Berthelot, Histoire naturelle des Îles Canaries, vol. 3, pt 1: Géographie botanique (1840)].

Describes research on Siphonophora.

Describes life in Jena. Mentions alpine accident during wedding trip.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5840

From John Murray   6 February [1868]


Advance sale of Variation has exhausted the 1500 copies printed. Murray sends note for £300 author’s payment. Wants to print 1250 more immediately.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 354
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5844

From Edward Blyth   6 February 1868


Discusses the origin and characters of sheep breeds, particularly the merino.

Reports observations on reversion to wild type in canary mules

and lists some animals that show a unique development restricted to one side of their bodies.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5845

From J. E. Gray   6 February 1868


Would like a look at Nathusius.

Edward Blyth’s inability to recognise cats’ skulls.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5846

From W. S. Dallas   6 February 1868


Forwards a letter from Secretary of Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Hopes CD will honour them by accepting.

Has heard nothing of Variation.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5847

From Alfred Russel Wallace   7 February 1868


Thanks for Variation.

Reports work on his travel book [The Malay Archipelago (1869)].

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: B48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5848

From William Baird   7 February 1868



Colour differences in annelids and entozoa.

Author:  William Baird
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5849

From Edward Cresy   7 February 1868


Thanks for loan of Variation. "The Saturday Sadducees" do not believe there are a hundred people who understand the argument. EC fancies he does.

Author:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5850
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