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To T. H. Farrer   10 October [1880]

Summary

Thanks THF for notes on Abinger excavation. Asks for more castings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Oct [1880]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12749

To T. H. Farrer   13 October 1880

Summary

THF’s copybook has cleared up all points. The castings are invaluable. Encloses further queries [missing].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12755

To T. H. Farrer   13 October [1880]

Summary

Is worried about brick particles in worm-castings. Asks THF for castings from a site where possible error would be avoided.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Oct [1880]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12756

To T. H. Farrer   20 October 1880

Summary

Has started experiment to see whether particles of stone become rounded in the gizzards of worms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  20 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12766

To T. H. Farrer   30 December 1880

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Summary

Statement of money transactions with James Torbitt and record of year’s success enclosed. Torbitt desires him to return £90. He is doubtful of being able to continue this spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  30 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12956

To T. H. Farrer   18 January 1881

Summary

Asks THF to obtain sample of chalk immediately below vegetable mould at Abinger.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  18 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13016

To T. H. Farrer   28 August 1881

Summary

More on W. Graham’s book, The creed of science. Chance and design. Happiness.

E. A. Darwin’s death [26 Aug 1881].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  28 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13299

To T. H. Farrer   10 January 1882

Summary

Requests that THF forward an enclosure if he thinks it proper. James Torbitt’s blunder in using the pollen of a diseased variety accounts for the bad varieties raised last year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Surrey History Centre (T. H. Farrer papers 9609/4/1/16 (part) by permission of Emma Corke)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13608A

To T. H. Farrer   19 May [1868]

Summary

Thanks THF for correcting the error in Orchids.

Asks him to find out what insects visit the fly orchid and for what purpose.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  19 May [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6185

To T. H. Farrer   5 June 1868

Summary

"I have seen the action on Ophrys exactly as you describe and am thoroughly ashamed of my inaccuracy."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  5 June 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6230

To T. H. Farrer   15 September [1868]

Summary

Comments on THF’s MS [on fertilisation of scarlet runners]. Suggests publication, though CD anticipated main features ten years before. Is amused at the caution with which THF put his case that the final end [of the contrivances] was crossing distinct individuals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  15 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6365

To T. H. Farrer   19 September [1868]

Summary

Will send THF’s paper [on scarlet runners] to Annals and Magazine of Natural History with a note recommending publication [see 6384].

Suggests books on Lobelia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  19 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms299/5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6379

To T. H. Farrer   24 September [1868]

Summary

Informs THF that Annals and Magazine of Natural History will publish his paper [see 6384].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  24 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6389

To T. H. Farrer   29 October [1868]

Summary

Suggests THF write a paper on violets. Asa Gray, once a sceptic, now declares he is convinced whole structure of a flower is adapted for a cross with another individual.

Urges THF not to give up Pangenesis lightly. "It has thrown light on my mind in regard [to] a great series of complex phenomena."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  29 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6435

To T. H. Farrer   26 November 1868

Summary

Advises THF that best plan is to investigate the part certain structures play with all plants or orders, instead of describing means of fertilisation in particular plants. Naturalists value observations far more than reasoning.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  26 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6475

To T. H. Farrer   6 May [1869]

Summary

Dislikes the use of the term "degradation" as applied to the closed flowers of Viola species. Species with such self-fertilising flowers also have flowers adapted for crossing. The development of closed flowers adapted to ensure a sufficient stock of seed is progressive.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  6 May [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6730

To T. H. Farrer   10 August [1869]

Summary

THF’s view, if confirmed, pleases CD in that what appears a mere morphological character is found to be of use. Carl Nägeli has been attacking him on this head.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6859

To T. H. Farrer   10 October [1869]

Summary

Sympathises with THF at being forestalled by Delpino, but urges him to publish confirmation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6930

To T. H. Farrer   20 October [1869]

Summary

Comments on notes made by THF on Passiflora and Tacsonia. Suggests he examine more species. Recalls his own observations on P. princeps and Tacsonia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  20 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6945

To T. H. Farrer   [27 November 1869]

Summary

Encloses extract from a letter from Fritz Müller about humming-birds visiting Passiflora, "as a caution about Passiflora in contrast with Tacsonia".

[Signed with CD’s name by Emma Darwin.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  [27 Nov 1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7013
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