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To ?   [28 February 1849]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for lecture tickets, but regrets he will be unable to attend.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [28 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 40/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1230

To Richard Owen   [1849?]

Summary

CD proposes to call for tea if he is well enough on Thursday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1849?]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1089

To Thomas Salt   27 July [1849]

Summary

Returns the enclosed from his brother [Erasmus Alvey Darwin]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Salt
Date:  27 July [1849]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1103F

To M. A. T. Whitby   12 August [1849]

Summary

Thanks MATW for the results of her experiments on the inheritance of caterpillar peculiarities and would be grateful for any further observations on differences in structure or habits between silkworm breeds, or peculiarities in inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Anne Theresa Whitby
Date:  12 Aug [1849]
Classmark:  New York Academy of Medicine (MS 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1194

To Hugh Edwin Strickland   29 January [1849]

Summary

Has altered and added to HES’s list [compiled for Bibliographia zoologiæ et geologiæ, edited by Louis Agassiz and enlarged by HES, (1848–54)].

On zoological nomenclature CD cites a case in which he believes more harm than good would be done by following the rule of priority. Thinks the rule of the first describer’s name being attached in perpetuity to a species has been the greatest curse to natural history. Every genus of cirripedes has a half-dozen names and not one careful description.

Sends a paper he once wrote [missing] on the subject [of zoological nomenclature].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  29 Jan [1849]
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1215

From H. E. Strickland   31 January 1849

Summary

Responds to CD’s two objections to the principles involved in the "Rules of zoological nomenclature": (1) that strict enforcement of the rule of priority would cause much inconvenience, and (2) attaching name of the first describer in perpetuity puts a premium on careless description by "species mongers".

Author:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1849
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1216

To Smith, Elder & Company   [16 February 1849]

Summary

Asks for account on South America and sales of Coral reefs and Volcanic islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  [16 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  Edward Ford (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1217

To W. J. Hooker   [c. February 1849]

Summary

Thanks WJH for information on J. D. Hooker’s progress.

J. D. Hooker promised a copy of his Galapagos paper. Can WJH forward one to the Athenaeum?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Jackson Hooker
Date:  [c. Feb 1849]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: English letters A–J 1849, 27: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1218

From J. D. Hooker   3 February 1849

Summary

Physical description of Sikkim mountains.

Travelling through Kinchin snows.

Transported boulders.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1849
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: India letters 1847–51: 131–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1219

From J. D. Hooker   3 February 1849

Summary

Continues prior letter of this date. Has received CD’s [1202]. Thanks CD for saving his correspondence.

Sent "a yarn about species" in October mail.

Some "puerile" JDH letters printed in Athenæum.

Requests CD extract anything valuable from his letters to CD and Lyell for Athenæum.

CD’s complemental males in barnacles wonderful.

Warns CD to drop his battle about perpetuity of names in species descriptions.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1849
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: India letters 1847–51: 136–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1220

To H. E. Strickland   [4 February 1849]

Summary

HES’s arguments are of great weight, but CD cannot yet bring himself to reject well-known names for obscure ones. Sends four cases that he thinks will stagger HES. Cites his problems in classifying cirripedes. CD cannot bear to give new names, yet may do wrong to attach old ones. Not one species is correctly defined. The harm done by "species mongers".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [4 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1221

To William Darwin Fox   6 February [1849]

Summary

His memory of his recently deceased father is a treasure to him.

Thanks WDF for information on the water-cure. Dislikes the thought of it.

Reports results of his experiments with tied-up fruit-trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Feb [1849]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1222

From H. E. Strickland   8 February 1849

Summary

The priority rule has only diverted vanity to a rush to be first. Has no objection to CD’s suggestion that good books be quoted in preference to first descriptions if there is a chance by this means of developing this silly vanity into ambition to advance knowledge. Still, this must not affect the rule of priority. Responds to CD’s four cases.

Author:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1849
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1223

To Lovell Augustus Reeve   [before 14 March 1849]

Summary

Happy to support LAR’s application to the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lovell Augustus Reeve
Date:  [before 14 Mar 1849]
Classmark:  Melvill 1900: 352
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1223F

To Johannes Peter Müller   10 February [1849]

Summary

Requests JPM’s assistance by lending or giving him cirripede specimens. The anatomy of cirripedes has been most imperfectly done, and their classification is a perfect chaos.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Peter (Johannes) Müller
Date:  10 Feb [1849]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 216–217 )
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1224

To H. E. Strickland   10 February [1849]

Summary

HES’s letter will fructify to some extent: CD will try to be more faithful to rigid virtue and priority. Would not adopt his own notion in cirripede book without prior approval by others. Will not append "Darwin" to any of his species. Feels sure many others share his aversion.

Asks HES’s opinion on retention of generic name Conchoderma.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  10 Feb [1849]
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1225

From H. E. Strickland   15 February 1849

Summary

Clarifies the notion and use of type-species and applies it to CD’s problem with Conchoderma.

Author:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1849
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1226

To H. E. Strickland   [19 February 1849]

Summary

Thanks HES for solving his problem. Has some difficulty with HES’s type-species. In arranging genera in a natural order it is often impossible to say which species should be considered the type.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [19 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  Museum of Zoology Archives, University of Cambridge (Strickland Papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1227

To Richard Owen   [24 February 1849]

Summary

Thanks RO for his note on Conchoderma hunteri [see Living Cirripedia 1: 153].

Has been very unwell; has lost four-fifths of his time. Will go to Malvern to try the water-cure for his vomiting, which regular doctors cannot cure.

Has done some pretty homological work with cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [24 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1228

To J. S. Bowerbank   24 February [1849]

Summary

Thanks him for cirripede specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  24 Feb [1849]
Classmark:  Formerly Leeds City Libraries; for sale at Bonhams (dealers) (13 March 2002)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1229
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