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To J. D. Hooker   30 May [1862]



Has received Melastoma and Vanilla.

Has seen again the two sets of plants of Heterocentron raised from two lots of pollen from same flower – a marvellous difference in stature.

"But oh Lord what will become of my book on variation: I am involved in a multiplicity of experiments."

Observations on Viola.

CD’s fancied dimorphism of Oxalis is all a confounded mistake; only great variability in length of pistils.

Found Henslow’s life [L. Jenyns, Memoir of the Rev. J. S. Henslow (1862)] interesting but fears the public will think it dull.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3575

From G. C. Oxenden   30 May [1862]


Awaits instructions for sending lizard orchid.

Asks for a coloured plate of Malaxis paludosa so that he can find specimens for CD.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3577

From George Dickie   30 May 1862


Reports observations on Listera cordata in accordance with CD’s wishes.

Agrees with what CD says about adaptations [in Orchids, p. 28–31], but cannot comprehend how they can be explained by natural selection.

Author:  George Dickie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162.2: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3578

From J. B. Jukes   30 May 1862


Elaborates his denudation theory: marine denudation works horizontally, atmospheric works vertically.

Answers point in CD’s letter on Sydney Harbour, N. S. W.

Who is the "goose" who reviews CD’s books in the Athenæum [review of Orchids, 24 May 1862]?

Author:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3579

To W. E. Darwin   [31 May 1862]


Wants WED to forward dried Malaxis to G. C. Oxenden.

Has been dissecting Viola flowers.

[Letter from Emma Darwin to WED, verso p. 3.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [31 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3580

From G. C. Oxenden   31 May [1862]


Sends plants.

The disappearance of rare plants from localities where they have been abundant can be explained.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3581

From Thomas Campbell Eyton   [after 19 May 1862?]


Sends photograph. Asks CD for his.

Author:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 19 May 1862?]
Classmark:  DAR 163: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3364

To W. E. Darwin   [8 May 1862]


Hooker has written about WED’s going to Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [8 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3525

From G. C. Oxenden   [before 30 May 1862]


Has looked for [Ophrys] arachnites for CD, but it is too early in the season.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 30 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 173.1: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3526

From J. D. Hooker   [17 May 1862]


Discusses Leschenaultia, finds no stigmatic surface in the indusium.

Gives information on where to obtain paper for drying plants and where to obtain a microscope.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 28 (EH 88206079)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3527

To J. B. Innes   1 May [1862]


Quiz has had to be killed because he became vicious.

Horace Darwin strangely ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  1 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3528

To J. D. Hooker   1 May [1862]



Asks JDH to look at stigma of Leschenaultia biloba; it seems certain there is no stigma within the bud. Case would be important.

Singular case of peculiar structure now remodified into the functional condition of a Campanula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3529

From J. D. Hooker   [16 May 1862]


Has dissected Leschenaultia biloba flowers. Finds no stigmatic surface in the indusium. Describes what is the apparent stigma but has found no pollen-tubes to confirm it as the real one.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 27 (EH 88206079))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3530

To John Murray   2 May [1862]


Has returned last page of index [of Orchids]. Hopes JM will reconsider price – 10s seems high. Suggests two reviewers likely to be favourable. Sends list for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 May [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 118–119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3531

To H. W. Bates   4 May [1862]


Thanks for letter and "valuable" extracts.

If S. American Carabi differ more from other species than do those from other distant locations (e.g., Siberia, Europe, etc.), CD agrees that difference would be too great to have occurred in the recent glacial age; CD also rejects independent origin. Plants seem to migrate more readily than animals. HWB should not underrate length of glacial period; CD also believes they will be driven to an older glacial period.

Sorry about news of British Museum – hopeless to contend against anyone supported by Owen.

CD dearly wishes HWB could find a situation in which he could give time to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  4 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection).
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3532

From J. B. Innes   5 May [1862]


About Quiz and [Horace Darwin’s] health.

Asks whether CD has tried W. B. Tegetmeier’s beehives.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 167: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3534

From T. H. Huxley   6 May 1862


Glad to receive CD’s pat on back for address.

Wants to know what CD thinks of the argument on geological contemporaneity.

On his poor health.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 293
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3535

From J. D. Hooker   [5 May 1862]



Household problems – stolen silver, maids. His house for some months has had reputation for being not a little disreputable.

On Cameroon plants.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 33, 134a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3537

From Hugh Falconer   7 May [1862]



Wanted to talk with CD about the astonishing new Pliocene fossil discoveries in North America reported by Leidy. One horse fossil’s dentition, if it could be believed, would be of great interest to CD’s views.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 380
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3538

To Hugh Falconer   [8 May 1862]


Will try to call tomorrow. What HF tells him about horses makes him eager to come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [8 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3539
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