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To Hugh Falconer   [7 March 1857]

Summary

Thinking about HF’s paper on Plagiaulax [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 13 (1857): 261–82]. Owen might answer that all Purbeck mammals are marsupials.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [7 Mar 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3791

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To T. H. Huxley   4 January [1857]

Summary

Congratulations [on Mrs H’s delivery].

Balanus balanoides positively identified by CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  4 Jan [1857]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2037

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To W. B. Tegetmeier   18 February [1857]

Summary

Has some fowls from Sir James Brooke, which WBT might like to display at Zoological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  18 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2054

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From Asa Gray   [c. 24 May 1857]

Summary

Discusses difficulties involved in deciding which genera are protean in the light of some comments by H. C. Watson.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 24 May 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2104

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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. …

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [before 29 September 1857]

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Suggests CD use the common origin of the French "chef" and the English "head" or "évêque" and "bishop" to illustrate the parallels between extinction and transitional forms in language and palaeontology [see Natural selection, p. 384].

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 29 Sept 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 48: A80–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2070

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  • … Wedgwood, Hensleigh 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 Edward Sabine   16 March [1857]

Summary

Would rather not serve on Royal Society committee [for a North American exploring expedition]. Suggests subjects for geological investigation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  16 Mar [1857]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (MM4: 39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2241

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To W. B. Tegetmeier   11 February [1857]

Summary

CD is sending two pairs of Persian fowl, from Hon. C. Murray.

Thanks WBT for various offers: a drake, a young silk fowl, a rumpless chick.

The German pouters are not old-fashioned ones but fancy birds, probably crosses since they do not breed true.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  11 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2051

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  • Darwin, C. R. Tegetmeier, W. B. …
  • … Yours very sincerely | C.  Darwin I hope you may prove right that M r . B. ’ affairs are …

To John Innes   [after 16 February 1857]

Summary

Recommends he read passages on bees by C. T. E. von Siebold [in On the true parthenogenesis in moths and bees (1857)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  [after 16 Feb 1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.149)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2025

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

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [18 June 1857]

Summary

Is glad WBT is investigating "the tail question"; hopes he will work out "down & colour point". Is much interested in runts, which seem to vary more than other breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [18 June 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2108

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  • Darwin, C. R. Tegetmeier, W. B. …
  • … by chance from M r . Gulliver. — My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C.  Darwin P.S.  I …

To T. C. Eyton   2 November [1857]

Summary

Has TCE observed whether hybrids of Chinese and common forms [of geese] were wilder, or less tame, than both parents?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  2 Nov [1857]
Classmark:  Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2164

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  • Darwin, C. R. Eyton, T. C. …
  • Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Natural selection : Charles Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To J. D. Hooker   25 June [1857]

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Seedling leaves of gorse look like clover leaves. This is like young lions being striped. Thus, laws of animal embryology apply to plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 June [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2112

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  • Darwin, C. R. Hooker, J. D. …
  • r . Lane & wife & mother-in-law Lady Drysdale are some of the nicest people, I have ever met. I return home on 30 th . — GoodBye— My dear Hooker | Ever yours | C.  Darwin

From Henry Doubleday   5 February 1857

Summary

The variations of Peronea caused A. H. Haworth and J. F. Stephens to create 30 or 40 species based on colour and markings. HD was first to be convinced these would be reduced to two.

Discusses species that closely resemble one another;

cites species that differ in variation in different localities;

in some double-brooded species the broods differ markedly in size and colour.

Encloses his list of varieties of Peronea.

Author:  Henry Doubleday
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1857
Classmark:  DAR 162: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2047

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  • … Doubleday, Henry 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. …

From Henry Doubleday   26 January 1857

Summary

Sends specimens of Tortrix, which illustrate the extraordinary variation of markings in two or three species. In every family of Lepidoptera there seem to be species extremely prone to vary and in some localities they vary more than in others.

Author:  Henry Doubleday
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1857
Classmark:  DAR 162: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2044

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  • … Doubleday, Henry 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 Hugh Falconer   23 November 1857

Summary

Can HF ask Col. E. Dickie [probably Col. Edward John Dickey] enclosed questions about Indian horses? [Questions relate to striped markings on the Kutch breed of horses.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  23 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 144: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2175

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

To W. B. Tegetmeier   25 [June 1857]

Summary

Needs only one nearly-hatched chick.

Has all published numbers of Poultry book [1856–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  25 [June 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2111

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  • Darwin, C. R. Tegetmeier, W. B. …
  • C.  Darwin At last just before leaving home I got all the published numbers of the Poultry Book & shall soon study them. — At some future time I shall be glad of skull of the G.  Bankiva again. — Do you think it w d . be any use my writing to M r

To William Sharpey   9 April [1857]

Summary

Recommendations of books of general interest [for the Royal Society library]. These include [Louis] Agassiz’s works, [William] McGillivray’s [History of] British birds, and David Low’s [On the domesticated animals of the British Islands].

Comments on current candidates for the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  9 Apr [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 128 (photocopy)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2073F

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  • Darwin, C. R. Sharpey, William …
  • C.  Lyell, forwarded to me, says I am on Government Grant Committee, of which I have never heard; & both wish me to attend at next meeting in respect to M r Beckles grant. — This I cannot do, therefore I have written separate note, if you will be so kind as to read it to Committee. — Your’s very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

To W. B. Tegetmeier   23 June [1857]

Summary

CD anxious to examine rumpless chick 24 hours before hatching.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  23 June [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2110

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To J. D. Hooker   21 November [1857]

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Mrs J. S. Henslow’s illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Nov [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2174

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To J. D. Hooker   20 January [1857]

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CD will advise Daniell not to apply for Royal Society grant.

CD’s experiment: fish fed seeds, which germinated when voided.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Jan [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2042

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  • Darwin, C. R. Hooker, J. D. …
  • C.  Darwin I have written to Sharpey & marking letter “Private” have told him what you say of D r . …

To John Tyndall   4 February [1857]

Summary

CD is "as ignorant of mechanics as a pig", but glaciers have interested him greatly. Hopes to hear that JT’s experiments with ice will explain the freezing together of ice below the freezing point.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 2 (EH 88205940)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2046

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