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From C. C. Babington   3 March 1858

Summary

States his belief that there is a tendency to note varieties in the larger genera rather than in the very small ones.

Author:  Charles Cardale Babington
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1858
Classmark:  DAR 98: A146–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2231

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To ?   26 March [1858?]

Summary

Returns the Greenland catalogue, which he has kept too long.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 Mar [1858?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2246

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To W. B. Tegetmeier   7 March [1858]

Summary

Wrote some weeks ago about Burmese fowl-skins; is willing to send them, carriage paid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  7 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (15 July 2015, lot 176)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1504F

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From H. C. Watson   23 March 1858

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Discusses the ranges of species in large and small genera; difficulties involved in limiting the discussion to Britain.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1858
Classmark:  DAR 98: A23–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2245

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  • … Watson, H. C. 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 Trenham Reeks?   10 March [1858]

Summary

Asks whether correspondent can assist in determining value of slate slabs with relief figures executed for Josiah Wedgwood [I].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Trenham Reeks
Date:  10 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  British Geological Survey Archives (GSM 1/501)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2236

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To Richard Kippist    10 March [1858]

Summary

In great want of two books, which he had borrowed previously: Boreau Flora du Centre de la France and A. E. Fürnrohr, Naturhistorische Topographie von Regensburg, Bd 2 Flora Ratisbonensis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Kippist
Date:  10 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  James Cummins, Bookseller (dealer) (15 November 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2238

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To John Lubbock   30 [March? 1858]

Summary

Comments and criticisms on JL’s paper [possibly: "On the development of Chloëon dimidiatum", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 24 (1863): 61–78].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  30 [Mar? 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 23 (EH 88206472)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2397

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From H. C. Watson   [after 23 March 1858]

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Extracts from MS of vol. 4 of HCW’s Cybele Britannica [1847–59] showing the diversity of views on species among botanists.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 23 Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 16–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1808

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  • … Watson, H. C. 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   5 [March 1858]

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C. C. Babington agrees with JDH that botanists tend to note varieties more in large genera than in very small ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 [Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 226
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2235

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To C. C. Babington   4 March [1858]

Summary

Notes views of Hooker and George Bentham on monotypic forms.

Has tabulated several floras and finds that large genera show preponderance in numbers of varieties. Now sees his results are quite worthless.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Cardale Babington
Date:  4 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 8182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2233

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To the Secretary, Royal Society   22 March 1858

Summary

Recommends Leonard Horner’s "Account of some recent researches near Cairo" for publication in Philosophical Transactions [R. Soc. Lond. 148 (1858): 53–9]. Believes all the details and sections should be published in full because of importance of investigations leading to the conclusion that man has existed in Egypt for over 13000 years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Secretary, Royal Society
Date:  22 Mar 1858
Classmark:  The Royal Society (RR3: 147)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2244

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  • Darwin, C. R. Secretary, Royal Society …

To Frederick Smith   [before 9 March 1858]

Summary

Four queries regarding the habits of bees and ants with answers by FS interlined between each query.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick Smith
Date:  [before 9 Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR Pamphlet collection (bound with Smith, Frederick (a) 1854)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2235A

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  • Darwin, C. R. Smith, Frederick (a) …
  • 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   10 [March 1858]

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Heartened that tabulations of small and large genera done in different ways yield good results. JDH has done some tabulations but has not followed CD’s method of getting equal numbers of small and large genera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 [Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 227
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2237

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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 the Secretary, Royal Society   5 March 1858

Summary

C. P. Smyth’s observations on geology and natural history of Tenerife are not precise enough to warrant publication in Philosophical Transactions. Suggests CPS draw up an abstract, for the Proceedings, of specific points actually observed, rather than conclusions arrived at on insufficient grounds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Secretary, Royal Society
Date:  5 Mar 1858
Classmark:  The Royal Society (RR3: 255)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2234

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  • Darwin, C. R. Secretary, Royal Society …

From J. D. Hooker   18 March 1858

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Continued objections to methods and conclusions of CD’s survey.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Mar 1858
Classmark:  DAR 100: 115e–f
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2243

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To J. D. Hooker   16 [March 1858]

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Thanks JDH for his objections; will respond by sending fair copy of MS when written.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 [Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2242

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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 J. D. Hooker   31 March [1858]

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Writing section on large and small genera [for Natural selection, ch. 4].

Huxley supersedes Owen on parthenogenesis.

Buckle’s History of civilisation in England extremely interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2248

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To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1858]

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JDH’s "objection" that small local genera do not vary and mundane ones do, is exactly CD’s point. Local floras useful to test idea that varieties are incipient species. Same genus in different countries cannot be lumped.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2239

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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 George Busk, Linnean Society   30 March [1858]

Summary

Expresses his strong opinion that Huxley’s paper ["Agamic reproduction and morphology of Aphis", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 22 (1858): 193–220, 221–36] should be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk; Linnean Society; under secretary
Date:  30 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (SP.585c)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2247

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  • Darwin, C. R. Busk, George Linnean Society under secretary …

From J. D. Hooker   [14 March 1858]

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Summary of JDH’s objections to CD’s survey of floras and conclusion that large genera vary more than small.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 182–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2240

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  • … Hooker, J. D. 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. …
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