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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

To the Traffic Manager, South Eastern Railway   [c. September 1868]


Wishes correspondent to investigate immediately the loss of two boxes in transit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  South Eastern Railway
Date:  [c. Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6341

To J. D. Hooker   1 September [1868]


Athenæum [Owen’s?] attack on JDH [BAAS address] and CD. False statement that CD’s sole groundwork is from pigeons.

Agrees with JDH on foolishness of Red Lion Club.

Huxley’s want of judgment.

JDH’s argument about astronomy and astronomers.

Pall Mall Gazette [8 (1868): 593, 595–6] and Morning Advertiser on JDH’s address.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 89–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6342

To J. J. Weir   1 September 1868


Invites JJW to visit Down. Will try to get A. R. Wallace and H. W. Bates also.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  1 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 148: 319
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6343

To G. H. K. Thwaites   2 September 1868


Thanks GHKT and S. O. Glenie for information about fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  2 Sept 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.354)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6344

To J. B. Innes   2 September 1868


Surprised and pleased JBI liked his "big book" [Variation].

Luckily, naturalists do not seem to think he has committed suicide with the work.

CD wants to turn over the school accounts to John Robinson [curate of Down]. Writes of other parish news.

Will vote in person for Sir John Lubbock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  2 Sept 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6345

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

To W. B. Tegetmeier   3 September [1868]


Would like information on the first plumage of poultry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  3 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6347

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

To Miles Joseph Berkeley   7 September 1868


Appreciates MJB’s address [Rep. BAAS 38 (1868): 83–7]. Has had great respect for MJB’s knowledge since his undergraduate days at Cambridge.

Agrees that Pangenesis gemmules probably do not develop into free cells, but penetrate other cells in a manner analogous to fertilisation, and modify their development.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  7 Sept 1868
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6353

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

To W. B. Tegetmeier   8 September [1868]


Asks about the differences in colour of plumage of adult male, female, and young birds. Suggests pile game as subject.

Asks about relative proportion of sexes in ducks and fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  8 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.273)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6356

To H. D. Tristram   8 September 1868


Thanks for answers to questions, but declines loan of specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Baker Tristram
Date:  8 Sept 1868
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 9485)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6356F

To J. D. Hooker   [8–10 September 1868]


Has written to A. J. Gower.

Sends more copies of Queries about expression.

Pall Mall Gazette article [see 6342] is monstrous to say religion did not attack science. Should scientific men ignore whole subject of religion?

Sends French journal with article on JDH and one (weak) by Agassiz on geographical distribution.

M. J. Berkeley has sent his address [Rep. BAAS 38 (1868): 83–7].

CD differs with JDH on Owen; could hardly bear to shake hands with him.

Wallaces, Blyth, Jenner Weirs are coming to stay on Sunday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [8–10 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 91–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6357
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