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From G. M. Asher to John Murray   1 November 1877

Summary

Describes case of two varieties of Russian wheat, the kubanka (or White Turkish) and the saxonka, which grow side by side with no intermediate varieties. As kubanka gradually yields place to saxonka, thinks an unusual tendency to jumping variation [saltation] operates; suggests CD urge some young botanist to investigate [see ML 2: 419–22].

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  1 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11222

From G. M. Asher   7 November 1877

Summary

On receiving CD’s letter GMA wrote for wheat seeds to send CD. Gives information on the wheat and on grasses to suggest that variability of the soil accounts for replacement of kubanka by saxonka.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11228

From G. M. Asher   11 November 1877

Summary

Regarding CD’s inability to find a young botanist to investigate Russian wheat; comments on utter lack of organisation in scientific research in Britain as compared with Germany.

Gives arguments against CD’s suggestion that the saxonka seeds could have long dormancy period which would account for their gradual overtaking of kubanka.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11230

From G. M. Asher   14 February 1878

Summary

Has forwarded CD’s request for wheat specimens to Mr Galkine-Wrasky, Governor of Saratoff in Russia. Asks CD to send his thanks to the Governor and to allow GMA to visit Down to explain the specimens when they arrive.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 159: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11357

From G. M. Asher   16 February 1878

Summary

Apologises for taking liberty of request made in previous letter.

Tells CD ways in which large box of wheat specimens might be shipped from St Petersburg.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 159: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11361

From G. M. Asher   26 October 1879

Summary

Asks CD to examine his idea that human and animal sociology are related, as each is based on the principle of mutual concession (derived from Schopenhauer’s law of compassion). If CD approves, he should write a note and forward it and GMA’s letter to Macmillan’s Magazine.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 159: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12272

To G. M. Asher   28 October 1879

Summary

Cannot answer questions on origin of instinct, sociology, etc. Suggests references in Origin and Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Georg Michael Asher
Date:  28 Oct 1879
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12273
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