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To ?   8 December [1861–8]


Thanks for information on inheritance of mental peculiarities in cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 Dec [1861-8]
Classmark:  Dr Jeremy J. C. Mallinson (private collection); sold at Sotheby’s (dealers), 11 December 2017, lot 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770J

To ?   7 May [1861–8?]


CD is obliged for the offer, but he is "too much occupied to contribute to any periodicals".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 May [1861-8]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3141

To ?    [before 25 May 1861]


Is obliged to Mr Bennett for information, the same relayed through Consul General Mr Crowe.

CD is interested in information that provides insight into the colour of the aboriginal horse and the possibility that the offspring of a cross between differently-coloured breeds revert to the colour of the aboriginal parent. He has examined crosses between pigeons for this purpose and would welcome any analogous facts resulting from crossing of distinct breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 25 May 1861]
Classmark:  The Field, the Farm, the Garden, the Country Gentleman’s Newspaper 17 (1861): 451
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3156A

To ?   11 June [1861–8]


CD regrets he has to turn down an invitation because of his ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  11 June [1861-8]
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3179F

To ?   20 June [1861–8]


Sends a copy of the paper [with A. R. Wallace, "On the tendency of species to form varieties" (1858), Collected papers 2: 3–19] about which his correspondent asked; CD’s parts were written years ago and not intended for publication; he gave permission for publication of the extracts. Wallace’s paper seems to him excellent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 June [1861-8]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13879

To ?   24 August [1861–8]


Thanks correspondent for a remarkable instance of inheritance [not specified].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Aug [1861-8]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13880

To ?   25 November [1861–8]


Has read correspondent’s notice on bent cleavage. Refers him to observations on the same fact in South America, p. 160. CD has also suggested a conjectural explanation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  25 Nov [1861-8]
Classmark:  Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI MS F/1/M)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13881

To ?   31 December [1861–8]


"As I have never especially attended to Conchology I am sorry to say I cannot tell you the name of the enclosed shell which I now return–"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 Dec [1861-8]
Classmark:  J. David Archibald (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13881A

To William Samuel Symonds   26 March [1861]


Thanks correspondent for book on old bones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.242)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3099

To C. W. Crocker   1 June [1861]


Suggests procedures for breeding experiments with hollyhocks. Recommends C. F. v. Gärtner [Bastarderzeugung (1849)]. [See also 3151]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles William Crocker
Date:  1 June [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.251)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3170

To W. E. Darwin   1 [June 1861]


Writes about dealings through John Lubbock regarding [a banking partnership for] WED.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  1 [June 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3171

To John Lubbock   1 June [1861]


William Darwin can go to Southampton any time should the banking proposition come to anything. CD is sure he would work hard.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  1 June [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 42 (EH 88206486)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3172

To P. L. Sclater   2 June [1861]


Discusses feral rabbits of Porto Santo. Arranges for care of rabbits while the Darwins visit Torquay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  2 June [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.252)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3173

To A. G. More   2 June [1861]


Asks for specimens of Aceras.

Mentions orchid species he has seen. Asks AGM to make observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Goodman More
Date:  2 June [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Irish Academy (A. G. More papers RIA MS 4 B 46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3174

To A. G. More   4 June [1861]


Sends queries concerning insect fertilisation of Epipactis palustris.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Goodman More
Date:  4 June [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Irish Academy (A. G. More papers RIA MS 4 B 46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3175

To Asa Gray   5 June [1861]


AG’s review of John Phillips’ book [Life on earth (1860), in Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 31 (1861): 444–9].

Thinks his experiments will explain Primula dimorphism.

Insect fertilisation of orchids.

Wishes that the "greatest curse on Earth", slavery, were abolished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  5 June [1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3176

To John Lubbock   6 June [1861]


Arrangements for a meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  6 June [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.7: 3 (EH 88205928)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3177

To W. E. Darwin   6 [June 1861]


Writes regarding the possibility of banking partnership for WED; second note arranges a meeting between the involved parties in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  6 [June 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 69–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3178

To John Lubbock   [8 June 1861]


Asks to meet JL for a final talk about the banking partnership for William Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [8 June 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.7: 2 (EH 88205927)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3179

To J. D. Hooker   17 [July 1861]



Orchids from Kew.

JDH’s income problems.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 [July 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3210
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