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From Robert Swinhoe   12 November 1862

Summary

Sends CD a specimen of the domestic pigeon of China.

Discusses a race of ducks he believes are hybrids between the Muscovy and Chinese domestic duck.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 326
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3803

From Robert Swinhoe   2 December 1862

Summary

Sends CD a Chinese breed of guinea-pig. Has heard it claimed that the domestic guinea-pig will not interbreed with the wild rock cavy and that, therefore, artificial selection has formed a new species.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 177: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3842

From Robert Swinhoe   14 April 1863

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Difference in plumage of Ardeola, a species of heron, in summer and winter. [See Descent 2: 190.]

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4094

From Robert Swinhoe   29 July 1863

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Describes the similarity in plumage changes between Japanese and Chinese birds on the one hand and British and continental birds on the other. Suggests the changes are due to the warm gulf streams around both islands.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1863
Classmark:  DAR 47: 176–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4257

From Robert Swinhoe   14 August 1863

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Sends two interesting cases: a flamingo with barnacles covering its legs

and castrated wild asses of Kutch.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Aug 1863
Classmark:  DAR 205.2 (Letters): 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4268

From Robert Swinhoe   4 April 1864

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Reports on a strange breed of sheep at Aden,

a Brazilian plant naturalised in Ceylon,

the Australian Casuarina equisetum spreading in Taiwan,

and an excrescence on wing of several thrushes of Taiwan similar to a growth on wing of a Syrian species.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 205.2 (Letters): 254–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4449

From Robert Swinhoe   [before 1 October 1865?]

Summary

Reports that dogs caught in the act of sodomy have been attacked by their fellows, who mutilate the offender’s genitals.

Gives a description of the nature and occurrence of the wild Bos of Formosa.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Oct 1865?]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4727

From Robert Swinhoe   28 March 1866

Summary

Sends CD comb of the Chinese honey-bee, as requested.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1866
Classmark:  DAR 177: 329
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5041

To Robert Swinhoe   [September 1866]

Summary

Hooker’s lecture to BAAS ["Insular floras"] was capital,

but hears Wallace’s paper [Address to Anthropology Section, Rep. BAAS 36 (1866): 93–4] was best.

Pleased RS continues zealous work for natural history.

CD considers the report that N. American antelopes’ horns are intermediate between hollow and solid horns of ruminants to be one of the more curious facts he has lately heard of with respect to higher animals [C. A. Canfield, "On the habits of the prongbuck", Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1866): 105–11].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Swinhoe
Date:  [Sept 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 329r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5202

To Robert Swinhoe   [27 February 1867]

Summary

CD’s queries on expression as reprinted in Notes and Queries on China and Japan 1 (1867): 105.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Swinhoe
Date:  [27 Feb 1867]
Classmark:  Notes and Queries on China and Japan 1 (1867): 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5423F

From Robert Swinhoe   5 August 1867

Summary

Will do his best to get observations on expression among the Chinese.

Reports observations on hedgehogs collecting fruit with their spines.

Discusses the domestic pig of Formosa, its wild ancestors, and its capacity to breed with other races.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5598

From Robert Swinhoe   4 August 1868

Summary

Discusses a domestic oriental fowl.

Is having problems getting answers to CD’s queries on expression as Chinese facial expressions are limited and controlled. Answers as well as he can. [See Expression index.]

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6303

From Robert Swinhoe   16 October 1869

Summary

Has a book of photographs of Japanese that CD might be interested in for his work on expression.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 177: 332
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6940

From Robert Swinhoe   2 February 1870

Summary

Sends a copy of Notes and Queries for Francis Galton, as it contains a reply to Galton’s circular on hereditary genius.

RS much refreshed by his trip to Down.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 177: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7095

From Robert Swinhoe   10 February 1870

Summary

Asks who the gentleman is who is studying cattle skulls; RS has some that he would like examined.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 177: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7102

From Robert Swinhoe   14 March 1871

Summary

Is leaving for Ningpo; asks CD for another copy of his [Queries about expression], which he will try to answer.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7580

From Robert Swinhoe   26 March 1873

Summary

Discusses expression among the Chinese. Reports certain physical characters and the practice of certain unusual customs.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8824

From Robert Swinhoe   14 January 1874

Summary

Wants CD to propose him for the Royal Society.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 177: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9242

From Robert Swinhoe   9 February 1874

Summary

Matters of etiquette concerning his certificate for the Royal Society.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 177: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9277
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