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To Charles Lyell   18 July [1858]

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Thanks for abstract of Etna paper [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 148 (1858): 703–86]. Never expected to see Élie de Beaumont’s theory ["craters of elevation"] so completely upset. "He must have picked out favourable cases for measurement."

More than satisfied by what was done at Linnean Society [joint reading of CD’s and Wallace’s papers: "Tendency of species to form varieties", Collected papers 2: 3–19]. Intends to prepare longer abstract.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  18 July [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.155)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2309

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To William Jackson Hooker   [30 July 1858]

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Thanks WJH for an extract on seed transport by sea. [Letter sent with 2314.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Jackson Hooker
Date:  [30 July 1858]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: S. American letters 1852–8, 38: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2315

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To W. D. Fox   21 [July 1858]

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After all, CD is now beginning to prepare an abstract of his species theory. Recounts the events leading to joint paper with A. R. Wallace at Linnean Society. Lyell and Hooker urge strongly that he publish a fuller abstract. It is impossible to do justice to subject in an abstract.

His sister, Marianne Parker, has died.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  21 [July 1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2312

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  • Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … My dear Fox | Yours most truly | C.  Darwin D r . Lane has his house full, I am glad to …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 [July 1858]

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Death in family [Charles Waring Darwin]. Illness of children forces him to leave home and interrupt work on pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  4 [July 1858]
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale Collection of American Literature: De Forest Family Papers (YCAL MSS 582) Box 2, folder 58, item 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2301

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To J. D. Hooker   [18 July 1858]

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Regards from Isle of Wight.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 July 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 243
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2310

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To Asa Gray   4 July 1858

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Believes that, in Dicentra, Fumaria and Corydalis, flower structures are related directly to visits from bees. Flower stigmas generally are placed in the path of bees.

Has received paper from Wallace on natural selection; has sent abstract of his notions, with Wallace’s paper, to Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  4 July 1858
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2302

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To W. D. Fox   2 July [1858]

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Baby [Charles Waring Darwin] died of scarlet fever on 28 June. "Fear has almost driven away grief."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 July [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 116)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2300

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To W. D. Fox   6 July [1858]

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The crisis is abating – no further scarlet fever in the family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 July [1858]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2304

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From J. D. Hooker   31 July 1858

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The CD–Wallace paper has gone to press.

JDH’s tabulation of variable species from Bentham was done in haste.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1858
Classmark:  DAR 100: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2316

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From William Swale   13 July 1858

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Discusses the absence of a native bee in New Zealand and the insects which probably performed its fertilising function [see "Agency of bees in fertilization", Collected papers 2: 21]. Describes the success of the naturalised hive-bee and also the rapid spread of introduced members of the Fabaceae.

Author:  William Swale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 July 1858
Classmark:  DAR 177: 323 (fragile), DAR 205.4: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2308

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To J. D. Hooker   21 July [1858]

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Correcting proof for CD–Wallace paper. Has begun abstract.

Large and small genera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 July [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 244
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2311

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To J. D. Hooker   30 [July 1858]

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Six children have died of scarlet fever in Down village.

Writing abstract is amusing and improving work. Thanks JDH and Lyell for setting him to it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 [July 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 247
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2314

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To J. D. Hooker   5 July [1858]

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Thanks JDH for his report on the reading of the Wallace and Darwin papers at the Linnean Society [read 1 July 1858; Collected papers 2: 3–19]. Considers how to publish his work. Offers to forward a note from JDH to Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 July [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 241
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2303

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  • Darwin, C. R. Hooker, J. D. …
  • Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. 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   13 [July 1858]

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JDH’s letter to Wallace perfect. CD’s feelings about priority. Without Lyell’s and JDH’s intervention CD would have given up all claims to Wallace. Now planning 30-page abstract for a journal.

Observations on floral structure

and slave-making ants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 [July 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2306

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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. …

From J. D. Hooker   13–15 July 1858

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Sends proofs [of "On the tendency of species to form varieties … ", read 1 July 1858, Collected papers 2: 3–19]. CD could publish his abstract [later the Origin] as a separate supplemental number of [Journal of the Linnean Society].

JDH has studied in detail CD’s manuscript on variable species in large and small genera and concurs with its consequences. Discusses methodological idiosyncrasies of systematists, e.g., Bentham, Robert Brown, and C. C. Babington, which complicate CD’s tabulations.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 or 15] July 1858
Classmark:  DAR 100: 116–19, 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2307

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  • … Hooker, J. D. 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. …
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