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From G. R. Waterhouse   17 April 1858

Summary

Bees’ cells; GRW thinks hexagonal shape is accidental. Encloses notes on cells of Icaria.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1858
Classmark:  DAR 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2258

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To Emma Darwin   [28 April 1858]

Summary

CD recounts an idyllic stroll and nap – "as pleasant a rural scene as ever I saw, and I did not care one penny how any of the beasts or birds had been formed".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [28 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2261

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  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma …

To W. E. Darwin   [26 April 1858]

Summary

Has been at Moor Park since Tuesday. Is passing his time watching ants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [26 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2265

Matches: 2 hits

  • Darwin, C. R. Darwin, W. E. …
  • 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 Emma Darwin   [25 April 1858]

Summary

Concerned about ED’s headaches, CD writes an affectionate letter.

Believes he has found a rare slave-making species of ant.

Is reading novels: Beneath the surface and Three chances.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [25 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2413

Matches: 1 hit

  • Darwin, C. R. Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma …

To A. A. Gould   6 April [1858]

Summary

Thanks AAG for procuring an authoritative answer from T. M. Brewer on the habits of the [American] cuckoo. Surprised William Yarrell erred so much.

Wishes AAG had time to give an account of Japanese shells, which would be interesting from the geographical point of view.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Augustus Addison Gould
Date:  6 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2448

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From Asa Gray   [before 3 April 1858]

Summary

List of close species taken from AG’s Manual of botany [1848].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2249

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To Charles Lyell   26 April [1858]

Summary

Comments on letter from Georg Hartung to CL dealing with erratic boulders.

Discusses migration of plants and animals.

A letter from Thomas Thomson on heat endured by temperate plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  26 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.151)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2262

Matches: 2 hits

  • Darwin, C. R. Lyell, Charles …
  • 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 Leonard Jenyns   18 April [1858]

Summary

Thanks LJ for his MS [of "Variation of species", Rep. BAAS 26 (1856): 101–5].

Will read it at his hydropathic establishment [Moor Park], where he is going for a rest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  18 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2259

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  • Darwin, C. R. Jenyns, Leonard Blomefield, Leonard …

To Asa Gray   4 April [1858]

Summary

Discusses the variation of species in large and small genera.

Thanks AG for his list of close species.

Laments the slow progress he makes with his book [Natural selection].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  4 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2252

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  • Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa …
  • 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   16 April [1858]

Summary

Asks WDF for facts about stripes in horses and ponies.

Health has been very bad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  16 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2256

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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 Leonard Jenyns   9 April [1858]

Summary

Asks LJ to lend him a copy of his paper ["Variation of species", Rep. BAAS 26 (1856): 101–5] and any notes or references he has. Although CD has a large accumulation of facts, it is impossible to see and consider too many.

His health is poor.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  9 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2253

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  • Darwin, C. R. Jenyns, Leonard Blomefield, Leonard …

To Leonard Jenyns   [28 April 1858]

Summary

Returns MS [of "Variation of species"]; several facts were new to him, especially interested in wagtails.

Wishes he could swallow Florent Prévost on sparrows ["Du régime alimentaire des oiseaux", C. R. Hebd. Acad. Sci. 46 (1858): 136–8].

LJ’s facts seem to bear out CD’s conclusion that secondary sexual characters were most variable of all.

Explains how he intends to deal with variation, and general facts in natural history in the light of species theory. Can only afford one chapter on variation in nature. It seems more important to make out variation in domestic animals.

Asks for facts on birds’ nests for his chapter on instincts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [28 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2264

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  • Darwin, C. R. Jenyns, Leonard Blomefield, Leonard …
  • 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   26 [April 1858]

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Summary

Confidential revelation concerning W. F. Daniell.

Georg Hartung confirms CD’s supposition from flora of Azores that icebergs had been stranded there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2263

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To Henry Norton Shaw, Royal Geographical Society   16 April [1858]

Summary

Is much obliged and honoured by the Diploma of the Geographical Society of Vienna.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Norton Shaw; Secretary, R. Geographical Soc.
Date:  16 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2257

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  • Darwin, C. R. Shaw, H. N. Secretary, R. Geographical Soc. …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   14 April [1858]

Summary

CD will go over his pigeon MS and then dispose of all his birds. Has Burmese fowls’ skins if WBT is interested.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  14 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2255

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To William Hallowes Miller   [15 April 1858]

Summary

A set of questions CD prepared for his meeting with WHM to discuss the geometry of bees’ cells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  [15 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 24a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2255A

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To W. B. Tegetmeier   [21 April 1858]

Summary

"Excessively" interested in theory of bees’ cell formation.

Fears few of his pigeons will be of any use to WBT.

Hopes WBT will describe foreign poultry breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [21 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2260

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To Leonard Jenyns   1 April [1858]

Summary

Thanks LJ for his book [Observations in meteorology (1858)].

CD has been working on his species book [Natural selection].

Has become dreadfully heterodox on immutability of species.

His work on pigeons: variation under domestication throws the greatest light on variation in a state of nature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  1 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2251

Matches: 2 hits

  • Darwin, C. R. Jenyns, Leonard Blomefield, Leonard …
  • 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 April [1858]

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Summary

Asa Gray’s criticism of Buckle and his comments on large and small genera.

CD suspects glacial epoch immensely long. Rates of organic change too variable to make them a good measure of geological time.

Bees’ cells are a difficulty for theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2254

Matches: 2 hits

  • 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. …

From Leonard Jenyns   [before 18 April 1858]

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[Copy of some rough notes.] References about species. Variations within species.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 18 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 20–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2250

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Jenyns, Leonard Blomefield, Leonard 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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