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From George Bentham   10 December 1876

Summary

Sends specimens of Boronia.

Discusses the section on diclinous trees and herbs in CD’s new book [Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 411–13]. CD’s theory that diclinism preceded hermaphroditism seems confirmed.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10708

From George Bentham   13 December 1876

Summary

Believes Aegiphila to be exclusively American.

Contrasts fertilisation of Australian Acacia with Brazilian Mimosa.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10718

From George Bentham   10 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers. Comments on the chapter on cleistogamic flowers; offers some corrections.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11046

From George Bentham   [after 12 July 1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query on "bloom".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11051

From George Bentham   2 December [1856]

Summary

Cites cases of leguminous plants whose cleistogamic flowers produce more seed than perfect flowers. [See Forms of flowers, p. 326.]

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 111: A75–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11267

From George Bentham   7 August 1878

Summary

CD’s election to the French Academy delights GB. Nationalistic prejudices have at last been overcome; congratulates him on what is now universal adoption of his views.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1878
Classmark:  DAR 160: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11642

From George Bentham   15 February 1880

Summary

Has been at work on Orchideae for Genera plantarum and has found CD’s Orchids wonderfully useful. Comments on some problems of botanical terminology.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 160: 171
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12482

From George Bentham   28 December 1880

Summary

Pleased to sign certificate for Francis Darwin.

Has never underrated importance of [plant] physiological studies, especially when carried out as FD has been doing.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 160: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12947

From George Bentham   [16 or 17 December 1857]

Summary

Returns CD’s lists [sent with 2184]. Confusion in genera of Silene is great in continental botanic gardens. One would have to know whether C. F. v. Gärtner had the right names for species in his experiments.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 or17 Dec 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2186

From George Bentham   26 November 1861

Summary

Remarks about Labiatae, Linum, Oxalis and Viola occasioned by hearing CD’s paper ["Two forms of Primula", read 21 Nov 1861, Collected papers 2: 45–63].

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1861
Classmark:  DAR 111: 73–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3331

From George Bentham   29 November 1861

Summary

Lists pairs of Oxalis species with differing proportions of stamens and styles.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1861
Classmark:  DAR 109 (ser. 2): 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3332

From George Bentham   15 May 1862

Summary

Thanks CD for his book [Orchids]. CD has opened a new field for observation and a new unexpected track to explore phenomena that had before appeared "irreconcilable with ordinary opinion and method shown in the organic world".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3554

From George Bentham   15 October 1862

Summary

Sends CD the reference for GB’s summary of Targioni-Tozzetti’s work [see 3760].

Hopes for a communication to the Linnean Society from CD "this winter".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3765

From George Bentham   16 January 1863

Summary

CD’s paper [on Linum] is announced for reading at the Linnean Society on 5 February.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3920

From George Bentham   [c. 14 April 1863]

Summary

Asks CD whether he knows of "anything worth looking at" that has appeared abroad on his theory of the origin of species.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 14 Apr 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4096

From George Bentham   21 April 1863

Summary

Has not yet read the pamphlets [selection of reviews of Origin, sent by CD at GB’s request]. Though GB does not go so far as Hooker in accepting all of CD’s hypotheses and does not feel up to a thorough discussion of his views, he hopes in his Linnean Anniversary Address [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1863): xi–xxix] to speak on the present state of the [species] question.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4118

From George Bentham   21 May 1863

Summary

Returns CD’s pamphlets.

Wishes CD would work out further what keeps certain species immutable for great periods.

Feels himself a convert, but cannot go all lengths with CD.

Feels some reviewers distort CD’s argument.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4172

From George Bentham   10 July 1864

Summary

Sends specimens of two species of Aegiphila [see Forms of flowers, p. 123]. Discusses similar forms in other plants.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 July 1864
Classmark:  DAR 110: B107–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4556

From George Bentham   25 September 1866

Summary

Replies to CD’s two memoranda, GB explains: 1. That he never said thistles do not produce seeds, but rather that the infinite majority of new plants are propagated from buds

2. That book-borrowing rules of the Linnean Library are not so stringent as the Librarian makes out.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1866
Classmark:  DAR 160: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5218

From George Bentham   4 October [1866]

Summary

Is unable to fix a day for luncheon until later.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5231
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