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To John Gould   [c. October 1846]


Recommends Ernst Dieffenbach for expedition to Guatemala.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [c. Oct 1846]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 4251: 329
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13812

To John Gould   6 October [1861]


Thanks for JG’s book [An introduction to the Trochilidae, or family of humming-birds (1861)], which he has read carefully. Hopes someday to use the information on the close alliance of species in large genera.

CD repudiates hybridity of birds in nature.

Intends to extract the cases of "races" or doubtful species. They show that "determination of species is not a simple affair".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  6 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (Add 4251/330)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3278

To John Gould   [February 1838]


The publishers [of Zoology] have agreed to 50 plates [for Birds]. Asks JG to decide which are most worthy of being done. Also asks him to see whether Bayfield will undertake [to colour] the birds (and quadrupeds) at something under 5d each.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [Feb 1838]
Classmark:  William Patrick Watson (dealer) (April 2014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-401

To John Gould   [13 April 1838]


Gives best wishes for Gould’s trip to Australia.

Notes on Synallaxis behaviour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [13 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  Dr Daniel C. Devor (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-408F

To [John Gould?]   [before 10 May 1866?]


Asks for the name of a hummingbird.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [before 10 May 1866?]
Classmark:  Jeff Weber (dealer) (October 2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5075F

To John Gould   [after 1 December 1840]


Feels he cannot keep the gift of Gould’s "magnificent work" or take out a subscription now that he is a married man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  [after 1 Dec 1840]
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (12 December 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578F
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