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CD’s notes arising from conversations with J. D. Hooker   8 December 1844


[Notes on conversations with J. D. Hooker.] Geographical distribution; diffusion and distribution of species. Island and mountain floras; means of migration (high-roads, icebergs).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 35–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-798

To Solicitor?   1 October 1844


CD and Emma request transfer of some shares to E. A. Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Solicitor
Date:  1 Oct 1844
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 977)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-779

To J. D. Hooker   22 [January 1844 – March 1882]


Discusses books returned

and invites him to Down for a few days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 [Jan 1844 - Mar 1882]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 and 28 May 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13816A

To G. R. Waterhouse   10 [June 1844 – March 1845]


Invites GRW and his family to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  10 [June 1844 - Mar 1845]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13852

To Josiah Wedgwood III   [May 1844]


Family financial matters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  [May 1844]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1028)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13855

To Hugh Falconer    [December? 1844]


Returns notes on mule yaks [see Natural selection, p. 438]

and sends queries on silkworms.

A bed is ready any time HF will come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [Dec? 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1691

From George Robert Waterhouse    [April 1844]



Regularly attends Owen’s lectures. Owen at pains to show groups are not linked. Thus makes Lepidosiren appear fish-like.

GRW thinks embryology will become chief guide to insect classification. But contradictions between classification based on embryological and adult characters do occur.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Apr 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 48: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2026

To W. A. Leighton   25 November [1844?–6]


Thanks for procuring cuttings of weeping yew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  25 Nov [1844-6]
Classmark:  Fraser’s Autographs (dealer) (May 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-653F

To E. A. Darwin   [before 1 October 1844]



Writes about canal shares EAD holds as trustee.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Oct 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-678

From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [May 1844 – 1 October 1846]


Sends calculations of angles of elevation [of sea-bottom, for South America?].

Swale has sent Lady Willoughby’s diary, which EAD will forward to CD.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [May 1844 – 1 Oct 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 39: 28–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-727

To Geological Society of London   [3 January 1844]


Asks that A. d’Orbigny’s geological map of S. America be sent to him with a card of the Society’s evening meetings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  [3 Jan 1844]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/8/92)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-728

To J. D. Hooker   [11 January 1844]



Queries on ratios of species to genera on southern islands. CD’s observations on distribution of Galapagos organisms, and on S. American fossils, and facts he has gathered since, lead him to conclusion that species are not immutable; "it is like confessing a murder".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [11 Jan 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-729

To Henry Denny   20 January [1844]


Discusses sending HD lice specimens. Asks him to check with G. R. Waterhouse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Denny
Date:  20 Jan [1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-731

To Ernst Dieffenbach   25 January 1844


Delighted to be able to contribute Infusoria to ED’s "great countryman Ehrenberg". Includes a list of eight substances from his collection described in detail, which Ehrenberg might find useful in his researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  25 Jan 1844
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealers) Cat. 574 1965.11.11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-732

To J. D. Hooker   [27 January 1844]



C. G. Ehrenberg would like some earth from Galapagos, Tierra del Fuego, and the Falklands; wishes to hunt for Infusoria.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [27 Jan 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-733

From J. D. Hooker   29 January 1844



Remarks on geographical divisions of the flora of the Southern Hemisphere.

JDH beginning Galapagos plants. Value of studying insular floras with respect to inquiries about adaptation of species.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 5–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-734

To Henry Denny   5 February [1844]


Dicussion of some specimens from the Beagle voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Denny
Date:  5 Feb [1844]
Classmark:  Jeremy and Helen Evans (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-734F

To J. D. Hooker   [3–17 February 1844]



Thanks for information for Ehrenberg.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [3–17 Feb 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-735

To Charles Wicksted   13 February [1844?]


Inquires about the habits of a litter of foxhounds whose sire was particularly good at recovering the scent in paths or roads.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Wicksted
Date:  13 Feb [1844?]
Classmark:  George Clive (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-735A

To J. D. Hooker   23 February [1844]



Has just completed Volcanic islands.

Sends queries on Galapagos flora in particular and island floras in general; also on relationship of wide-ranging species to wide-ranging genera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Feb [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-736
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