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From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [24 September – 10 October 1868]


Has talked with J. J. Sylvester [Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich] and thinks Leonard [Darwin] should call on him.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24 Sept – 10 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B60–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6339

From William Ogle   2 September 1868


Returns a pamphlet on Salvia [F. Hildebrand, "Über die Befruchtung der Salviaarten" (1865) Jahrb. Wiss. Bot. 4 (1866): 451–78].

Author:  William Ogle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 173: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6346

From Henry Fletcher Hance   3 September 1868


Sends CD an article [missing] on the early domestication and culture of the goldfish.

Author:  Henry Fletcher Hance
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6348

From J. D. Hooker   5 September 1868



Has met A. J. Gower, Consul at Nagasaki, Japan, who knows all about the Ainus. JDH has given away all the copies of CD’s Queries about expression.

Nettled by Pall Mall Gazette review of BAAS address [see 6342].

Owen is indeed an ass. Carlyle’s comment on Owen’s smile.

The Asa Grays at Kew.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 233–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6349

From A. R. Wallace   5 September [1868]


Accepts invitation.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6350

From H. B. Tristram   5 September 1868



Sexual differences in plumage of birds; various species compared.

Author:  Henry Baker Tristram
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 95–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6351

From Gaston de Saporta   6 September 1868


Strong support for theory of descent.

Observations on palaeobotany of S. France. Most woody angiosperm genera date far back. Magnolia type unchanged. Intermediate fossil species. Ancient species of Quercus persists as variety of modern species. Fossil evidence of ice age.

CD’s works have been an inspiration in France.

Author:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6352

From Emanuel Bonavia   [before 7 September 1868]


Peloric forms of flowers: Clitoria Ternatea.

Author:  Emanuel Bonavia
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 7 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 26 September 1868, p. 1013
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6352F

From M. T. Masters   7 September 1868


Thanks for Emanuel Bonavia’s letter on a Laburnum monster.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 171: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6354

From J. J. Moulinié   7 September 1868


Pleased to have met the Darwins.

Sends his photograph.

Printers are past the index in vol. 2 of Variation.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 171: 271
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6355

From Edward Blyth   8 September 1868


Thanks CD for invitation to Down.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6358

From Fritz Müller   9 September 1868


Will repeat CD’s experiments on dimorphic and trimorphic plants.

Auditory organs of Orthoptera; stridulation in lamellicorn beetles.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A92, Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 146–7.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6359

From H. W. Bates   10 September 1868


Because of work on the first number of the new Royal Geographical Society magazine, a manual of geography, and other things, HWB finds he must decline CD’s invitation.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6360

From T. H. Farrer   10 September 1868


Sends a paper he has written [on scarlet runner].

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6361

From A. R. Wallace   [11 September 1868]


ARW’s wife will accompany him to Down.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 426b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6362

From T. H. Huxley   12 September 1868


BAAS Norwich meeting. Hooker [President] came out in great force. "Darwinismus" spread over the sections and crept into everything. CD will have rare happiness of seeing his ideas triumph during his life.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 314
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6363

From A. R. Wallace   [14 September 1868]



On sounds produced by Euchirus longimanus beetle. Sends a pair by post.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A25–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6364

From A. B. Meyer   15 September 1868


Sends essay by Karl Bettelheim.

Describes preparations for scientific journey.

Author:  Adolf Bernhard Meyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 171: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6366

From Asa Gray   17 September 1868


Reached Kew last evening.

Hooker is in Scotland for two or three days.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6370

From John Syer Bristowe   17 September 1868


Reports a case of peculiar colouring in grapes, each with well-defined segments of purple.

Author:  John Syer Bristowe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 311
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6371
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