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From George Busk   1 April 1862

Summary

E. A. Parkes informs him there will be difficulty about the Army returns [on CD’s Query to Army surgeons, see Freeman, Works of Charles Darwin, p. 111] owing to official obstructions by Director General. [Enclosed letter from Parkes to GB says that the Director General does not think that Army surgeons could be asked to collect information systematically for CD, but perhaps some informal, voluntary arrangement could be made.]

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 377, DAR 174.1: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3492

From George Busk   [c. 27 August 1863]

Summary

Discusses and suggests treatments for CD’s stomach complaint. Recommends he consult William Brinton.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 27 Aug 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 378
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4315

From George Busk   1 December 1864

Summary

Has received CD’s Copley Medal for him. Conveys regrets of Royal Society at his absence.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 160: 379
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4689

To George Busk   4 December [1864]

Summary

Thanks GB for proposing him for Copley Medal; suspects he is responsible for the praise in Sabine’s "splendid eulogy" on his work. Has, however, written to Sabine to say he would have liked a little more said about the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  4 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4696

From George Busk   20 February 1865

Summary

On a proposed meeting of friends of the deceased Hugh Falconer to decide on a memorial to him. Invites CD’s support.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1865
Classmark:  DAR 160: 380
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4774

From George Busk   28 April 1865

Summary

Has heard from Hooker that CD is very ill and asking for suggestion of a doctor to consult. Recommends A. B. Garrod as specialist in gouty complaints.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 160: 381
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4820

From George Busk   7 November 1869

Summary

The Polyzoa CD saw emerging from cells of a particular growth appear to be parasites. The main growth is a species of Sertularia; the minute parasites take possession of vacated cells.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 382
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6975

From George Busk   10 March 1871

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Clarification of the supra-condyloid foramen in humans and animals.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 21–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7563

To George Busk   12 March [1871]

Summary

Discusses his blunder in "confounding the two foramina" [in the skull] of apes [in Descent].

Discusses views of George Rolleston, St George Mivart, and Huxley on the occurrence of the foramina.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  12 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7574

From George Busk   16 March 1871

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The presence of the inter-condyloid perforation in man no more indicates his simian relations than it does his relations to numerous other animals.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 29–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7591

To George Busk   2 September [1871]

Summary

Is preparing a new edition of Origin [6th ed. (1872)] and asks GB for information on the gradations between the vibracula and avicularia of the Polyzoa and on what he bases his opinion concerning the homology of the avicularium with the zooid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  2 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7921

From George Busk   10 September 1871

Summary

Replies to CD’s queries about the homologies of the avicularian and vibracular organs of Polyzoa and gives examples of gradations between the two.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 383
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7930

To George Busk   13 September [1871]

Summary

CD plans to use notes provided by GB. [See Origin, 6th ed., p. 193.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  13 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7937

From George Busk   16 October 1871

Summary

Returns CD’s MS [for Origin 6th ed.] on the defensive organs of the Polyzoa, with his comments.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 384
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8012

From George Busk   24 November 1871

Summary

Thanks for information on platycnemic tibiae found in America. Believes the condition is of two kinds as exemplified by Gibraltar and Cro-Magnon tibiae on one side and the Welsh form on the other. Would like to know which of the two forms the American bones are; their proportions suggest they are very like the Welsh tibiae.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 385
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8084

From W. S. C. to George Busk   5 April 1873

Summary

Contradicts passages in Descent and Variation.

Author:  C., W. S.
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  5 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 386
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8842

To George Busk, Linnean Society   30 March [1858]

Summary

Expresses his strong opinion that Huxley’s paper ["Agamic reproduction and morphology of Aphis", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 22 (1858): 193–220, 221–36] should be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk; Linnean Society; under secretary
Date:  30 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (SP.585c)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2247

To George Busk   5 April [1861]

Summary

Sends two letters from G. Lincecum about ants ("perhaps the most marvellous instinct ever recorded") for possible publication. [See Gideon Lincecum, "The habits of the ""agricultural ants"" of Texas", J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 6 (1862): 29–31.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk; Undersecretary, Linnean Society
Date:  5 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (SP.704A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3112
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