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From George Robert Waterhouse   10 February 1858

Summary

Bees’ cells. Observations on Osmia atricapilla.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 181: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2213

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  • … Waterhouse, G. R. Darwin, C. R. …
  • 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. …

From G. R. Waterhouse   13 February 1858

Summary

GRW’s observations of and ideas on bees’ and wasps’ cells.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 181: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2216

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  • … Waterhouse, G. R. Darwin, C. R. …
  • Darwin I do very much wish that you could see the Wasp’s nest alluded to by M r . Smith, and especially some other nests which accompanied it— I must own I was startled by it at first—it is composed of ten cells (two rows of 5, arranged side by side, thus:— [DIAGRAM HERE] d c

To Louis Agassiz   21 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks LA for presentation copy of Contributions [to the natural history of the United States of America, vol. 1, pt 1: Essay on classification, and vol. 1, pt 2: North American Testudinata (1857)]. Flattered; CD sees there is much of highest interest to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Date:  21 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Am 1419: 279)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2217

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To W. E. Darwin   27 [February 1858]

Summary

CD intends to enter WED at Christ’s College.

Thanks him for inquiries made about horses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  27 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2227

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  • Darwin, C. R. Darwin, W. E. …
  • r Mayor? — —I sent off Harding this morning. — I am particularly obliged for your enquiries about Horses; you need not ask questions only keep your eyes open. — Please answer me, was the “Belgiman” a large massive Cart-Horse & was its colour chesnut? Parslow is going to take the mare to see if a man will buy her this evening. — A grand new Pianoforte has just arrived. — I am not very brisk, so no more my dear old man | Your affect. Father | C.  Darwin

From H. C. Watson   23 February [1858]

Summary

Believes that botanists tend to mark more varieties in large than in small genera, but notes that where many varieties of a species exist these varieties may well be passed over, whereas similar varieties of another species which are fewer in number may well be recorded.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 98: A21–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2223

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To William Erasmus Darwin   11 [February 1858]

Summary

Writes of domestic matters

and asks WED to observe cart-horses for traces of dark stripes on spine and cross-stripes on shoulder.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  11 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2215

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  • Darwin, C. R. Darwin, W. E. …
  • r Wilson’s, I shall like to hear how you get on with Mathematicks & Classics. My dear old fellow | Yours affect | C.  Darwin
  • 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. …

From Edward Blyth   22 February 1858

Summary

Gives some observations on birds; has forwarded a box of specimens.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 160: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2221

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  • … Blyth, Edward 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 Asa Gray   21 February [1858]

Summary

Asks whether botanists tend to record varieties more carefully in large genera or small genera.

Wants information on the ranges of varieties of a species compared to the range of the species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  21 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2218

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  • Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa …
  • 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   [17 February 1858]

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General success of survey makes CD very concerned about sources of error. Wants to meet JDH for an important talk about big genera. Arranges meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [17 Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2209

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To J. D. Hooker   4 [February 1858]

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Returns books by Candolle and Robert Brown.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2210

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To Charles Cardale Babington   22 February [1858]

Summary

CD and J. D. Hooker have differed on the following question and agreed to ask several botanists: would a good botanist describing a local flora record varieties as readily in large as in small genera?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Cardale Babington
Date:  22 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 8182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2220

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To W. D. Fox   22 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks for Hewitson [British oology].

Has found more variability in birds’ nests than he expected.

Interested in WDF’s note about turkey terrified by a frog [see Natural selection, p. 488 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  22 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2219

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

To W. D. Fox   28 February [1858]

Summary

WDF’s nephew has forgotten to mention the most important element, whether the lizards’ eggs floated and stayed alive on sea-water.

Thanks for facts about turkeys and terrier [see Natural selection, p. 481 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  28 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2229

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To George Henry Kendrick Thwaites   7 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks GHKT for letter on plant acclimatisation and variation among alpine and lowland forms in Ceylon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  7 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.150)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2211

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  • Darwin, C. R. Thwaites, G. H. K. …
  • 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. …

From William Balfour Baikie   11 February 1858

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Describes some species of fauna peculiar to Fernando Po. The ocean currents make it unlikely that animals have been floated to the little islands [off the west coast of Africa].

Author:  William Balfour Baikie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2214

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From Frederick Smith   26 February 1858

Summary

Identifies an ant described by CD and discusses the predatory habits of Formica sanguinea.

Describes some wasps’ nests.

Author:  Frederick Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 177: 191 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2226

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  • … Smith, Frederick (a) 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 J. D. Hooker   28 February [1858]

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JDH has confirmed CD’s opinion on the affinities of species in great genera. Is looking at large genera in several local Floras to find the "range & commonness of varying species".

Has been "beyond measure interested" in the construction instincts of the hive-bee.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 225
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2228

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

To Thomas Henry Huxley   24 February [1858]

Summary

Congratulations on birth of THH’s daughter [Jessie].

On aboriginal dun colour of horses.

Examples of inaccuracies and perpetuation of errors [on hybrids] by "compilers, of which I am one".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 107)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2224

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  • Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • 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   9 February [1858]

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Six volumes of Candolle’s Prodromus confirm rule that small genera vary less than large. Labiatae an exception to rule.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2212

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  • Darwin, C. R. Hooker, J. D. …
  • Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Lindley, John. 1846b. The vegetable kingdom. London: the author. 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. …

From J. D. Hooker   [25] February 1858

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Botanical practice can confuse CD’s compilations. Many small genera would have been species had the whole natural order [family] been known.

JDH’s low opinion of Buckle;

high opinion of Mrs Farrer.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25] Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 100: 115a–d
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2225

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