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Arthur Mellersh

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Arthur Mellersh was a midshipman (promoted to mate during the voyage) serving on the Beagle at the time when Darwin was travelling around the world. One account suggests an inauspicious start to their friendship; apparently Mellersh introduced himself…

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  • Arthur Mellersh was a midshipman (promoted to mate during the voyage) serving …
  • … an inauspicious start to their friendship; apparently Mellersh introduced himself saying ‘I’m Arthur
  • … in 1853 Darwin learned in a letter from Syms Covington that Mellersh had ‘ greatly distinguished …
  • … success he was promoted to captain. A decade later Mellersh was fortunate enough to find …
  • … till the early morning ’. This did not dissuade Mellersh from keeping up the acquaintance, …
  • … also enquired about some birds they had seen in Patagonia (Mellersh remembered them only as ‘ those …
  • … ’) with the intention of introducing them to England. Mellersh returned to England in 1864 and …
  • … retirement pay . In an interesting twist of fate, Mellersh settled in Fernhurst, Sussex, on …
  • … was a naturalist and regular correspondent with Darwin. Mellersh called Anthony Salvin’s buildings ‘ …
  • … had a cordial relationship with Osbert . In 1877 Mellersh acted as go-between arranging …
  • … saw each other in person after their youthful days at sea, Mellersh was part of a network of retired …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … Gazette (1) Aikin, Arthur (1) …
  • … Haliburton, S. H. (13) Hall, Arthur (2) …
  • … Peter (2) Henfrey, Arthur (2) Henn, …
  • … S. J. O’H. (2) Hough, Arthur (1) …
  • … Meldola, Raphael (74) Mellersh, Arthur (5) …
  • … H. N. (24) Mostyn Owen, Arthur (2) …
  • … Nicol, Patrick (1) Nicols, Arthur (16) …
  • … Otto, Hermann (1) Otway, Arthur (1) …
  • … Rattan, Volney (1) Rawson, Arthur (5) …
  • … Rudd, Leonard (2) Russell, Arthur (2) …

Bartholomew James Sulivan

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On Christmas Day 1866, Bartholomew Sulivan sat down to write a typically long and chatty letter to his old friend, Charles Darwin, commiserating on shared ill-health, glorying in the achievements of their children, offering to collect plant specimens, and…

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  • … encouraged.  In 1862 he organised a reunion at Down with Arthur Mellersh and John Clements Wickham …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … forms were discovered around the world. The naval officer Arthur Mellersh, an old shipmate of Darwin …
  • … who reportedly had hard inflexible tails ( letter from Arthur Mellersh, 1 January 1877 ). The …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … Bartholomew James Sulivan, John Clements Wickham, and Arthur Mellersh, to prepare for which he had …
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