JvH will help with expression queries. Considers CD's investigation highly important and original. Sends list of men to whom he is sending copies of the questions.
Christchurch N Z.
12 May 1867
My dear M
I have had the pleasure of receiving your valued letter of the 27
1.) Fenton Chief Judge of the Native Court in Auckland
3) W. Buller FL.S. ornothologist, a Native Judge in Wanganui
4) The Rev
I do not know if you have written to D
Unfortunately I shall not be able to furnish you with any observations of mine, as I am not within reach of the natives, but I am certain that these Gentlemen will be able to give all the necessary information. I told them to send their answers either direct to you or to me for transmission.— Hooker's second volume of the Handbook of the N. Z. flora came by last mail & you may imagine with what avidity I went through it— The two volumes form a most excellent compact work and which will be of far greater use to the Colony, than we can at present conceive, as it will awake the minds of many colonists to look round them in their country of adoption & read the book of Nature, instead of solely money-grubbing. I think one of the greatest triumphs of modern Science has been to popularise it and thus open the lofty halls of knowledge also to those, whose ordinary occupations would formerly have prevented them from entering.
I am expecting your new work with great impatience from my London agent & trust that your health will allow you to work for many years without interruption In a few weeks I shall have the pleasure of sending you another little work of mine, which will make you acquainted with the head waters of the Rakaia, one of our large alpine rivers.
With best wishes believe me my dear M
Three of my correspondents have already written & will answer your questions most conscienciously.—
FRS etc etc
Down Bromley Kent.
- f1 5534.f1See letter to Julius von Haast, 27 February .
- f2 5534.f2Haast refers to Francis Dart Fenton, chief judge of the Native Land Court in Auckland; the missionary William Colenso of Hawke's Bay; Walter Lawry Buller, resident magistrate in Wanganui; and James West Stack, whose Christchurch mission house was built on land gifted from the Kaiapoi Reserve (DNZB). Buller was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1858 (List of the Linnean Society of London). In a letter to Haast dated 20 May 1867, Stack agreed to provide answers to CD's questions, and commented that he believed that the biblical account of creation and CD's theory would one day be reconciled (Reed ed. 1935, pp. 63--4).
- f3 5534.f3Haast refers to James Hector, director of the meteorological department of the New Zealand Institute, of the Colonial Museum, and of the botanical garden in Wellington, New Zealand (DNZB). There are no extant letters to or from Hector in this period.
- f4 5534.f4Haast refers to Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell, fellow of the Geological Society of London since 1858 (List of the Geological Society of London).
- f5 5534.f5Stack's replies to CD's questionnaire are enclosed in the letter from Julius von Haast, 4 December 1867; no replies from the other observers have been found in the Darwin Archive--CUL. CD wrote to Mantell with further enquiries, possibly in 1869 (see letter to W. B. D. Mantell, [1869?] (Calendar no. 6520)), and cited him for the information given on ideas of female beauty in Descent 2: 369. Only Stack is cited in Expression for giving information on the New Zealand Maori population (Expression, p. 20).
- f6 5534.f6J. D. Hooker 1864--7.
- f7 5534.f7Variation.
- f8 5534.f8Haast explored the headwaters of the Rakaia in 1866 (H. F. von Haast 1948, pp. 463--75). His Report on the headwaters of the Rakaia was printed in 1866 by direction of the Provincial Government, Christchurch (J. F. J. von Haast 1866; see Correspondence vol. 14, letter from Julius von Haast, 17 July 1866). The report has not been found in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL; see also the letter from Julius von Haast, 4 December 1867.