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To John Lubbock   12 [August 1857]

Summary

Invites JL to dine and meet J. S. Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  12 [Aug 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 19 (EH 88206468)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2396

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From Walter White   26 October 1857

Summary

Writes concerning library books requested by CD.

Author:  Walter White
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1857
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 19 (EH 88206071)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2159

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  • … White, Walter Darwin, C. R. …
  • … very respectfully | W.  White C.  Darwin Esq M r Weld is confined to bed by a weakening …
  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To W. E. Darwin   21 [July 1857]

Summary

Writes of WED’s recent excursion to Manchester and his future educational plans.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  21 [July 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2097

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From Asa Gray   [August 1857]

Summary

States he has "misgivings about the definiteness of species". Believes there is some inherent tendency for plants to originate varieties. Cross-fertilisation is likely in most cases but sees difficulties with plants like Adlumia.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Aug 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 100, 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2129

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  • … Gray, Asa Darwin, C. R. …
  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [after 28 February 1857]

Summary

Reports that he fertilised a single pale red carnation with the pollen of a crimson Spanish pink, and a Spanish pink with the pollen of the same carnation. He got seed from both crosses and raised many seedlings. There was no difference between the seedlings from reciprocal crosses, not one plant set a single seed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [after 28 Feb 1857]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 7 March 1857, p. 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2061

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  • Darwin, C. R. Gardeners’ Chronicle …

From James Tenant   31 March 1857

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Summary

Sends account of his successful experiments in feeding wheat seeds to minnows.

Author:  James Tenant
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1857
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2069

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To Charles Lyell   13 April [1857]

Summary

CD returns a letter from Wollaston.

Although opposed to the Forbesian doctrine [of continental extension] as a general rule, CD would have no objection to its being proved in some cases. Does not think Wollaston has proved it; nor can anyone until more is known about the means of distribution of insects – but the identity of the two faunas is certainly interesting.

His health is very poor and his "everlasting species-Book" quite overwhelms him with work. It is beyond his powers, but he hopes to live to finish it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  13 Apr [1857]
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.109/702)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2077

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To John Lubbock   14 [July 1857]

Summary

Thanks JL for saving him from "a disgraceful blunder". Following their conversation he has divided the New Zealand flora as JL suggested and finds genera with four or more species are more variable than those with three or less. It will take several weeks to go back over all his material.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  14 [July 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 18 (EH88206467)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2123

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From Henry Coe   14 November 1857

Summary

More on kidney bean crosses.

Author:  Henry Coe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 161: 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2171

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To John Lubbock   [6 March 1857]

Summary

Voting to elect JL [a member of Athenaeum].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [6 Mar 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2392

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From Charles Lyell   [16 January 1857]

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Enumerates fossil mammals known in Secondary strata.

Lack of angiosperm plants in rocks older than Chalk is no reason to anticipate rarity of warm-blooded quadrupeds.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Jan 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 394
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2039

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To J. S. Henslow   25 September [1857]

Summary

Thanks JSH for his magnificent present. Hopes Hooker will bring the specimens.

Have water-fowl ever been seen at Ipswich on Mr Ransome’s great tank?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  25 Sept [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A58–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2329

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  • Darwin, C. R. Henslow, J. S. …
  • … the great tank of M r . Ransome’s. Ever my dear Henslow | Your’s most truly | C.  Darwin

To Laurence Edmondston   19 April [1857]

Summary

Thanks for pigeon.

Are there Shetland birds chequered with black marks, as Carl Julian Graba states are in Faeroes [Reise nach Färö (1830)] and Col. King in the Hebrides?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Laurence Edmondston
Date:  19 Apr [1857]
Classmark:  L. D. Edmondston (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2079

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  • Darwin, C. R. Edmondston, Laurence …

To William Sharpey   2 June [1857]

Summary

Supports nomination of John Lindley for award of Royal Medal of the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  2 June [1857]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Lowell Autograph File 84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2100

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To J. S. Henslow   18 October [1857]

Summary

Sends details on Myosotis sports. Feels sure he could make any flower in some degree monstrous in four or five generations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  18 Oct [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A45–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2154

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To C. S. Bate   29 November [1857]

Summary

Asking for specific information about reproduction in barnacles.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Spence Bate
Date:  29 Nov [1857]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (22 October 2014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2175F

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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

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  • Darwin, C. R. Bentham, George …
  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

From Thomas Glover   26 October 1857

Summary

Describes his work, which demonstrates that hybrids of Cactus are fertile.

Author:  Thomas Glover
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1857
Classmark:  DAR 165: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2160

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  • … Glover, Thomas Darwin, C. R. …
  • Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To T. C. Eyton   22 [July 1857]

Summary

Sends TCE West African dog’s skin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  22 [July 1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2126

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  • Darwin, C. R. Eyton, T. C. …
  • r . Daniell that it was a very characteristic specimen of the pure native dog of Sierra Leone &c. Dear Eyton | Yours very sincerely | C.  Darwin

To Syms Covington   22 February 1857

Summary

Sends news of his family, Sulivan, and FitzRoy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  22 Feb 1857
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, p. 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2056

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