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From L. E. Becker   16 January 1877

Summary

Sends letter clipped from Manchester Courier on CD’s accounting for scarcity of holly berries by scarcity of bees, and writer’s explanation of latter.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10792

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   18 May 1863

Summary

Sends flowers of a variety of Lychnis dioica which has bisexual flowers.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4170

From L. E. Becker   21 May [1863]

Summary

Has forwarded a box of Lychnis plants to CD; gives her observations on the variations in stamen length.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4173

From L. E. Becker   23–4 May [1863]

Summary

Gives the results of her observations on Lychnis; lists four different types of flower present and their occurrence.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23–4 May [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4182

To Lydia Ernestine Becker   [26 or 27 May 1863]

Summary

Thinks the dark purple anthers are a mass of a Cryptogamic plant, allied to the smut of Wheat. There remains a case of a reversion from a diœcious to a hermaphrodite condition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Date:  [26 or 27 May 1863]
Classmark:  Journal of Botany 7: 291–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4185G

From L. E. Becker   28 May [1863]

Summary

Thanks for CD’s paper [not named].

Inquires whether Lychnis, as an hermaphrodite, is more susceptible to fungus, disease, other weaknesses.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4189

From L. E. Becker   8 July [1863]

Summary

Sends seeds of female Lychnis diurna; has found none in hermaphrodites.

On variation, hybridity, and inheritance of parasites in this plant.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4235

From L. E. Becker   31 July [1863]

Summary

Has found seeds produced by an hermaphroditic Lychnis and will send them. On structural obstacles to fertilisation of hermaphrodite Lychnis.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4258

To L. E. Becker   2 August [1863]

Summary

Thanks LEB for the Lychnis seed [see 4258], which he will plant in the hope of fertilising the little ovaria.

Comments on the two forms of Linum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Date:  2 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  Charterhouse Archives (ACC 013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4260A

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   30 March 1864

Summary

Sends CD a copy of her book [Botany for novices (1864?)], intended to encourage the young, especially ladies, to study nature.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar 1864
Classmark:  DAR 160: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4441

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   22 December 1866

Summary

Thanks CD for previous communications. Asks him to send a paper relating to flowers to be read at first meeting of her ladies’ literary and scientific society.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 160: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5316

From L. E. Becker   28 December [1866]

Summary

Thanks for "Climbing plants" and other papers [as requested in 5316].

Sends specimens of a variety of Primula not mentioned by CD [in Primula paper, Collected papers 2: 45–63?].

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5327

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   6 February 1867

Summary

Thanks CD for Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31] and "Climbing plants" sent to Manchester Ladies’ Literary Society. Comments on Lythrum.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1867
Classmark:  DAR 160: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5391

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   13 January 1869

Summary

Praises Variation and Pangenesis.

Reports observations on parrots and cockatoos.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 105, 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6551

From L. E. Becker   14 October 1869

Summary

Sends abstract of her BAAS paper on the role of a parasitic fungus in producing bisexual flowers in Lychnis.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 117, 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6937

From L. E. Becker   29 December 1869

Summary

Asks CD to which journal she should send her Lychnis paper and whether she may quote extracts from his letters to her.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7037
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