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To John Price   [8 September – 13 October 1863]


Comments on JP’s work [Old Price’s remains (1863–4)].

Anglo-American relations. Progress of the Civil War.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Price
Date:  [8 Sept – 13 Oct 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4286

To J. B. Innes   1 September [1863]


Family and local news, and memories of old times.

CD’s youngest son, Horace, is too delicate to go to school.

CD has had a bad summer, is still ill, can do very little work – "Botany … is all that I am good for".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  1 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4287

From Asa Gray   1 September 1863


Sees difficulties in adhering to the concept of design in nature.

Is surprised at Hooker’s and Daniel Oliver’s ignorance regarding spontaneous movements of tendrils.

CD should continue his work on climbing plants, "it will be fruitful in your hands".

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 108; DAR 165: 139, 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4288

From J. J. Aubertin   3 September 1863


Thanks CD for his letter and geological report on the stones JJA sent.

Encloses postage stamps for CD’s son.

Author:  John James Aubertin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 159: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4289

From J. B. Innes   4 September [1863]


Explains "Duke Darwinii" reference [in 4283].

Family news.

Writes of Scottish immorality and pious talk.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 167: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4290

From John Lubbock   4 September 1863


Has returned from trip to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Has been made President of the Ethnological Society.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 170: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4291

To W. D. Fox   4 [September 1863]


His bad health has caused him to return to Malvern.

Emma cannot find the gravestone of their child, Anne. Asks WDF whether he can remember its location.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 [Sept 1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 140)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4292

To Hugh Falconer   4 [September 1863]


Sends address.

Comments on BAAS meeting at Newcastle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  4 [Sept 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4293

From Edward Levett Darwin   7 September 1863


Glad to find they are cousins.

Sends his book [High Elms (pseud.), The game-preserver’s manual (1858)].

Author:  Edward Levett Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 99: 17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4295

From W. D. Fox   7 September [1863]


Gives directions to CD’s daughter’s [Anne’s] grave.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4296

From W. F. Kirby   8 September [1863]



Describes some cases of geographical distribution of butterflies. Raises the perplexing question of the distribution of Pyrameis atalanta in Europe and P. calliroe in the Canaries.

Author:  William Forsell Kirby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 205.3 (Letters): 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4297

From Hugh Falconer   10 September 1863


Is having E. Suess’s essay [see 4284] translated; will forward it as soon as it is done.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 164: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4298

From the secretary of the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand   14 September 1863


CD elected an honorary member of the Society.

Author:  Philosophical Institute of Canterbury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4298A

From Edward Blyth   21 September 1863


Sends some original observations on British ferns [not found].

Has secured a small pension and hopes to acquire a house near Kew.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 206
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4300

From John Scott   21 September [1863]


Sends Primula MS, which CD has promised to communicate to Linnean Society [see 4213].

Will soon send results on peloric Antirrhinum.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4301

From G. H. K. Thwaites   24 September 1863



Sends information on the flowers of Cassia roxburghii; will send flowers of all the species of Cassia for CD to study with a view to discovering the law which operates to bring about the differences.

Author:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 48: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4303

From Joanna B. Horner   24 September 1863


News of C. J. F. Bunbury and the Lyells.

Author:  Joanna Baillie Horner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 269
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4305

From J. D. Hooker   15 September 1863



Pleased CD accepts continental extension for New Zealand, whose flora has many genera like Rubus with great diversity and connecting intermediates. Suggests geological uplifting creates more space, hence opportunities for preservation of intermediates. Sees clash with CD on causes of extreme diversity of form in a group.

JDH’s attitude toward democratisation of science.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 163–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4306

From A. R. Wallace   26 September 1863



Encloses flowers of Melastoma from Singapore.

Acclimatisation of plants.

Striped horses in London.

Bees’ cells; has been promised information from the East.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 47: 146–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4308

From J. D. Hooker   [28 September 1863]



Grieves over the death of his second daughter [Maria Elizabeth].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Sept 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4309
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