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To George Bentham   8 December 1876

Summary

Asks GB to send him flowers of the two forms of Boronia pinnata, as he is republishing his papers on dimorphic plants [Forms of flowers].

Sends copy of Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  8 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (GEB/1/3: Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, (1830–1884) 717)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10706

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

To George Bentham   12 December 1876

Summary

Has examined the specimens of Boronia pinnata. No evidence of two distinct bodies of individuals.

Asks whether extra-American species of Aegiphila are heterostyled.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  12 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (GEB/1/3: Correspondence, Vol 3, Daintree–Dyer, (1830–1884) 720)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10714

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

To George Bentham   12 July 1877

Summary

Thanks GB for corrections to chapter on cleistogamic flowers [Forms of flowers].

Asks for his opinion on "bloom"-producing plants in different climates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  12 July 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–84, GEB/1/3: f. 721)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11049

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

To George Bentham   10 August [1878]

Summary

GB’s note has given him more pleasure than his election to the French Academy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  10 Aug [1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 718)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11649

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

To George Bentham   16 February 1880

Summary

CD pleased to be of use to GB. He remembers his own work on orchids with pleasure. Thinks GB will be able to improve CD’s terminology for orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  16 Feb 1880
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830-1884, GEB/1/3: f. 722)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12485

To George Bentham   27 December 1880

Summary

Asks GB to sign certificate for Francis Darwin [candidate for Royal Society].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  27 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830-1884, GEB/1/3: f. 723)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12942

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

To George Bentham   27 January [1858]

Summary

Asks GB to vote for "a distant connexion of mine" at Athenaeum, and to mention this to Hooker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  27 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Bentham, George letters: 676
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13778

To George Bentham   26 November [1856]

Summary

Asks GB for help in clearing up his problems about Leguminosae, in connection with his "wild bit of speculation on the crossing of plants" [see Natural selection, p. 71].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  26 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 684)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2003

To George Bentham   30 November [1856]

Summary

Thanks GB for information on Leguminosae, especially about those with apetalous flowers and almost without anthers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  30 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 685)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2005

To George Bentham   3 December [1856]

Summary

Thanks GB for information on apetalous flowers. "The whole order [Leguminosae] will remain my detestable enemies."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  3 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 687)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2010

To George Bentham   1 December [1857]

Summary

Thanks GB for his help on naturalised plants; comments on spreading of plants.

Wants to quote GB on the names of species and varieties of Silene on which C. F. von Gärtner experimented.

Thinks GB will be disappointed in his book [Natural selection]. "It will be grievously too hypothetical."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  1 Dec [1857]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Bentham, George letters: 682–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2177

To George Bentham   15 December [1857]

Summary

For his studies on fertility of crosses, asks GB to mark a list of pairs of Cucubalus as to whether they are varieties of the same species, or distinct species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  15 Dec [1857]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Bentham, George letters: 681
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2184
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