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From Emma Darwin to John Scott   19 November [1863]

Summary

CD agrees about reversion.

The discovery of crossing in cryptogams is very interesting.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  19 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4343

From John Scott   7 January [1864]

Summary

Has finished correcting Primula paper [see 4332].

Has presented paper on monoecious spikes of maize [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 213–20].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 98, 99 f.3; Edinburgh Courant, 19 December 1863, p. 8.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4382

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   9 January 1864

Summary

CD thinks JS’s Primula paper is fit for publication; he will send it on to the Linnean Society.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  9 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 93: B29–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4383

From John Scott   [13 January 1864]

Summary

Glad CD is sending his Primula paper to Linnean Society.

Sends promised Linum seeds.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Jan 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4385

From John Scott   12 [February 1864]

Summary

Regrets sending his MS missing two pages.

Has proofs of his paper on the monoecious spikes of maize [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 213–20].

J. H. Balfour objected to notion of maize descent from a hermaphrodite.

Reading of JS’s paper on Selaginella hybrid [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 192–9] deferred until March. Believes it is first example of experimentally produced hybridity in higher cryptogams.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 [Feb 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4386

To John Scott   6 February [1864]

Summary

JS’s Primula paper was read at the Linnean Society and praised warmly by G. Bentham. Hooker was not present.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  6 Feb [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B33–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4402

To John Scott   9 February [1864]

Summary

Bentham so impressed with JS’s paper that he is invited to become Associate Member of Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  9 Feb [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B17–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4405

From John Scott   10 March 1864

Summary

Has left his position at Edinburgh Botanic Garden.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1864
Classmark:  DAR 177: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4423

From John Scott   19 March 1864

Summary

On fertilisation of Gongora.

His work on peloric Antirrhinum, Passiflora, and Verbascum, done at CD’s suggestion, is at CD’s disposal.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar 1864
Classmark:  DAR 177: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4432

From John Scott   28 March 1864

Summary

Surprised at CD’s account of Bryanthus.

H. Crüger’s approach to Gongora fertilisation is beset with difficulties.

Reports his work on self-sterility of Oncidium.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1864
Classmark:  DAR 177: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4438

To John Scott   9 April 1864

Summary

Regrets that JS has left the [Edinburgh] Botanic Garden and that [J. D.] Hooker is not in a position to secure a foreign appointment for him. Offers financial assistance on the grounds of science.

Has sent JS a copy of the Reader.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  9 Apr 1864
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4458F

From John Scott   14 April [1864]

Summary

Thanks for CD’s consoling letter. His mind cannot concentrate after losing his position, and he feels "an inward dread of life’s future". Would have been glad to work for CD. Understands why Hooker cannot recommend him.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4463

From John Scott   5 May [1864]

Summary

Encloses MS of his paper ["On individual sterility of Oncidium", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 162–7].

His next will be on Passiflora, Disemma, and Tacsonia [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 197–206].

When he receives proofs of his Primula paper he will add CD’s case about equal-styled cowslip.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4485

From John Scott   16 May [1864]

Summary

Thanks for communicating Oncidium sterility paper [see 4485] to Linnean Society.

Surprised that CD’s seedlings of non-dimorphic cowslip breed true.

Surprised also that the red primrose he sent reverts to wild form. He had reasoned from red’s infertility with yellow that it was an established variety. Tries to correlate inheritance of colour and sterility between varieties.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 May [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4498

To John Scott   20 May [1864]

Summary

Corrects his former account of cowslips.

The delay in the publication of JS’s Primula paper.

Delights in JS’s experimentation on Verbascum which confirms [C. F.] Gärtner’s statements.

Should be pleased if JS would accept offer of help.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  20 May [1864]
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4504G

To John Scott   21 May [1864]

Summary

Encloses an extract from a letter received from [J. D.] Hooker which suggests a job opportunity in India. Advises careful reflection about the risks and the need for a character recommendation. Would like to support the costs of the voyage and initial living expenses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  21 May [1864]
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 67–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4505F

DCP-LETT-4509F

Summary

Testifies to JS’s years at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and his zealous pursuit of botany. His valuable observations and experiments were published.

Author:  John Hutton Balfour
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  
Classmark:  unknown
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4509F

From John Scott   28 May [1864]

Summary

Discusses the negative testimonial provided him by James McNab.

Sends testimonial from J. H. Balfour.

Would be glad if offered the sort of colonial opportunity Hooker suggests.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 107; Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4513

From John Scott   8 June 1864

Summary

Discusses cost of trip to India and CD’s offer to advance sum. Thanks Hooker for assistance. Would prize a scientific testimonial from CD.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 June 1864
Classmark:  DAR 177: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4524

From John Scott   10 June [1864]

Summary

Sends Passiflora paper [see 4485].

Sends seeds of peloric Antirrhinum crossed by normal form and sends results of his experiments [table of crosses].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 June [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 51: B22; DAR 177: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4526
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