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From Robert Monsey Rolfe   [20 November 1863]


Sends annual cheque for Down parish charities.

Author:  Robert Monsey Rolfe, 1st Baron Cranworth of Cranworth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4316

From J. D. Hooker   [1 or 3 November 1863]



Anxious to see Haast’s letter.

JDH’s views on Poles and Franco-Prussian conflict.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 or 3] Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 173–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4325

To Daniel Oliver   [before 27 November 1863]


Recommends Wyman’s short notice ["Report on Dr Jeffries Wyman’s experiment on the cause of contractility in vegetable tissues"] in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 3 (1852–7): 167.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  [before 27 Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 53 (EH 88206036)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4327

To John Scott   7 November [1863]


Has read JS’s paper [MS of "Observations on the functions and structure of the reproductive organs in the Primulaceae", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 78–126] which has interested him greatly. Will communicate it to the Linnean Society if JS carries out a few corrections.

Would like to hear about his Verbascum and Passiflora experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  7 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4332

From E. A. Darwin   9 November [1863]


Moncure Conway wants to call on CD.

EAD has seen the extract from Mill’s [System of] Logic which Carpenter read when arguing CD should have the Copley. Has CD seen it?

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4334

To J. D. Hooker   10 [November 1863]



Pleased with JDH’s account of his French tour.

Doctor Brinton, recommended by Busk, does not believe CD’s brain or heart affected. Feels he is going steadily downhill. If so, hopes his life will be short.

Sends Haast’s letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 [Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 208
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4335

From George Clendon Jr   10 November 1863



Suggests a possible explanation of the supposed paucity of intermediate forms in fossil formations.

Author:  George Clendon, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 47: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4336

From Friedrich Hildebrand   10 November 1863


Pleased CD has had his [FH’s] orchid paper published [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 12 (1863): 169–74].

Extension of CD’s Primula heterostyly work.

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 166: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4337

To J. D. Hooker   [13 November 1863]



Sends Haast’s report; JDH may use any and all of the details in the letter.

Asks identity of a reviewer of Lyell’s Antiquity of man [Edinburgh Rev. 118 (1863): 254–302].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [13 Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4341

To J. D. Hooker   16 [November 1863]



CD has a Wedgwood vase of his father’s for JDH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 [Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4342

To J. D. Hooker   [22–3 November 1863]



Tendril-bearing plants seem to CD "higher" organised with respect to adaptive sensibility than lower animals.

Wishes to encourage John Scott.

Death of JDH’s daughter makes CD cry over his own dead daughter Annie.

Sedgwick’s scientific merit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [22–3 Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4345

From Asa Gray   23 November 1863


CD’s poor health.

Agassiz’s attempt to do away with Darwinism.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4346

To Roland Trimen   25 November [1863]


CD’s doctor [J. M. Gully] has ordered him to do nothing for six months.

Thanks RT for orchid specimen.

Dares not look at Oxalis flowers.

Regrets RT cannot get seed, especially from his trimorphic flowers.

Asks for bulbs of two or three forms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  25 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4347

To J. D. Hooker   27 [November 1863]



On Wedgwood vases for JDH.

Willy Hooker’s scarlet fever.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 [Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 212; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Asa Gray correspondence: 333)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4348

From Daniel Oliver   27 November 1863


Discusses the contraction of hygroscopic bundles in seed-pods,

and a paper by Hugo von Mohl ["Über dimorphe Blüthen", Bot. Ztg. (1863): 309–15, 321–8] in which he discusses Oxalis and determines that Fumaria is a necessarily self-fertilising plant.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 173: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4349

To Daniel Oliver   28 [November 1863]


Fertile flowers of violets, except Viola tricolor, require insect visits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  28 [Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 54 (EH 88206037)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4350

To Hurst & Blackett   15 November [1863]


Offers letters to Eliza Meteyard for her book [The life of Josiah Wedgwood (1865–6)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hurst & Blackett
Date:  15 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection: FF8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4672
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