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To George Cupples   29 May [1868]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cupples
Date:  29 May [1868]
Classmark:  19th Century Shop (dealer) April 2016
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6214F

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  • … 2016 Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 May [1868] George Cupples Darwin, C. R. Cupples, George …

From Sven Nilsson to J. D. Hooker   25 October 1868

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His correspondents in Lapland will provide CD with the information on reindeer horns. Refers him to Linnaeus, Amoenitates academicae, vol. 4.

Author:  Sven Nilsson
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 172: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6430

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  • 1868 Professor! I have written to two of my friends who have personal knowledge of Lapland, to obtain the information that M r . Darwin wanted about Reindeer Antlers &c    …
  • 1868. Monsieur le Professeur! J’ai écrit à deux de mes amis qui ont des connaissances personnelles à la Lapponie, pour avoir les renseignements qu’a souhaitté M r . Darwin, sur les Cornes du Renne &c    …

From J. J. Weir   31 July 1872

Summary

On variegated leaves; a feature not inherited consistently.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8440

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  • 1868 produce this effect? My friend has lived in the house some 20 years & therefore the observation is trustworthy, & I have personally taken the greatest interest in examing the spot from time to time Yours very truly | J Jenner Weir C Darwin Esq r

From G. R. Gray   8 April 1868

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Difference between sexes of Ibis rubra; change in plumage.

Author:  George Robert Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6105

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  • 1868 Dear Sir I must trouble you with a line to say that the difference between the sexes of the Ibis rubra is, that the female is smaller than the male. — It is stated, that the bird is three year old, before it assumes the Scarlet plumage. Yours faithfully | G.  R.  Gray C.  Darwin, …

From Charles Pritchard   24 January 1868

Summary

Congratulations on success of CD’s son [George].

Author:  Charles Pritchard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 174: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5797

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  • Darwin, Accept my most hearty congratulations on your Son’s grand Success. Your delight & that of M rs Darwin must indeed be enviably great. Omnes omnia bona dicere. May your Son’s entire career be after the model of this beginning Believe me | My dear M r Darwin | Yours sincerely | C.  Pritchard Jan 24. 1868 | …

To John Power   3 December 1878

Summary

Petition Cambridge University that candidates for an Honour degree may be relieved from the obligation of passing an examination in Greek.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Power
Date:  3 Dec 1878
Classmark:  Cambridge University Reporter, 7 December 1878, pp. 206–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11768G

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  • 1868, CD had been concerned that Horace Darwin , who intended to study for a science degree, might not pass the Little-Go as he was ‘backward’ in classics (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter to R. C. …

From F. F. Hallett   21 May 1875

Summary

Insists that he, not Le Couteur, was the first to recognise and exploit variation within wheat varieties. Disturbed he was not acknowledged in Variation.

Author:  Frederic Francis Hallett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9988

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  • 1868 and above all at having what I had discovered attributed to another. On the inside I send rough sketch showing my system of selection— and am | Dear Sir, | Yours faithfully | Fred r . F.  Hallett [DIAG HERE] Chas Darwin Esq | MA.  FRS | &c & …

From E. L. Layard   [September–October 1856]

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Preference of stallions for hybrid mares.

Author:  Edgar Leopold Layard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Sept–Oct 1856]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 185–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1897

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To J. D. Hooker   6 October [1858]

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Abstract growing to inordinate length.

Writing in support of S. Passell as assistant at Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 248
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2335

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To George Moultrie Salt   5 February [1868]

Summary

Forwards a letter from John Horner of Market Drayton, Shropshire, concerning £2000 he considers due to him from CD under the terms of the will of Sarah Bayley.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Moultrie Salt
Date:  5 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5839G

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  • 1868 Dear Sir By the death of Mrs T. Bayley a sum of £2000 [illeg] 3 per cent standing in the names of R. W. Darwin dec d . C. …

From William Herbert to J. S. Henslow   5 April 1839

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Replies to CD’s questions on plant hybridisation and laws of inheritance. Rejects predominant transmission of characters by established forms. Males show predominance, but congeniality of parents’ constitution to climate and soil more important. No correlation between hybridisation and variability, cultivation, and geographical distribution. Rejects reversion.

Describes experiments in Hippeastrum in which pollen from another species proved more fertile than plant’s own pollen.

Did not intend to say that crossing is inimical to fertility.

Author:  William Herbert, dean of Manchester
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  5 Apr 1839
Classmark:  DAR 185: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-503

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From Alexander Shaw to Marion Bell   27 November 1868

Summary

Asks MB to forward information to CD regarding works dealing with expression, in particular refers to Sir Charles Bell’s work The nervous system [3d ed. (1836)].

Author:  Alexander Shaw
Addressee:  Marion Bell
Date:  27 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6480

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  • r 1868 My Dear Marion Will you inform Mr Darwin that the Footnote in the 3 d Ed n .  of the “Expression”, referring to the “Nervous System” p.  175, has reference to Sir Charles’ Work—“On the Nervous System of the Human Body” &c.   …

From A. R. Wallace   4 October 1868

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Sexual differences in coloration. Sexual selection versus natural selection as explanations. ARW continues to argue against sexual selection, saying that natural selection, in keeping the female dull for protection, would account for differences in sexual colouring more effectively than inheritance and partial transmission of sexually selected male colours. Colours of female birds of paradise. Protective coloration. Disagrees with CD on coincidence of hidden nests and bright colours of females.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: B68–69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6408

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  • r . 4th.  1868. Dear Darwin I should have answered your letter before, but I have been very busy reading over my MSs.  the last time before going to press, drawing Maps &c & …

From William Masters   8 May 1860

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Observations on hybrids from crossed cabbage varieties.

Author:  William Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1860
Classmark:  DAR 76 (ser. 2): 166–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2792

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell   3 April [1856]

Summary

Reminds WBDM of his promise of information about the quartz boulders and an iceberg with fragment of rock seen in southern ocean.

Sends other questions [on separate sheet (missing)] which WBDM will think ridiculous, but all bear on plants and animals under domestication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell
Date:  3 Apr [1856]
Classmark:  Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (MS-Papers-0083-268)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1848

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To George Gabriel Stokes   [12 February 1863?]

Summary

Thanks GGS for calculation [to determine the chances of the same peculiarity recurring in a family, see Variation 2: 5]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  [12 Feb 1863?]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 7656: D76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4085

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From Leonard Blomefield   12 March 1877

Summary

Congratulates CD on testimonials from the savants of Germany and the Netherlands [Nature 15 (1877): 356, 410–12] and generally on his contributions to biology.

Asks if and when CD’s "Variability of organic beings in a state of nature", as projected in 1868 [see Variation 1: 4] is to appear.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 168: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10889

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To Laurence Edmondston   2 August [1857]

Summary

Thanks for rabbit.

Are there dun-coloured ponies in Shetlands? Are they striped?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Laurence Edmondston
Date:  2 Aug [1857]
Classmark:  L. D. Edmondston (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2131

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From Thomas Hutton   8 March 1856

Summary

TH believes that the progeny of hybrid crosses, in which a domesticated or "artificial" race is involved, tend to resemble the more "natural" of their parents [see Natural selection, p. 486].

Provides some information on local hybrid domestic geese [see Natural selection, p. 439] and pigeons.

Author:  Thomas Hutton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar 1856
Classmark:  DAR 166: 283
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1838

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To Thomas Rivers   11 January [1863]

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Thanks for "rich and valuable" letter [missing].

Has read TR’s paper in Gardeners’ Chronicle ["Seedling fruits – plums", (1863): 27] – "a treasure to me".

Questions about seedling peaches that approach almonds.

Asks whether TR has ever observed varieties of plants growing close to other varieties for several generations without being affected by crossing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Rivers
Date:  11 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3910

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  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975. Variation : The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
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