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To Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny   16 July [1860]


Confirms CGBD’s impression given in a letter to J. S. Henslow that CD in the Origin did not touch directly upon the final causes of sexuality, which CD considers one of the "profoundest mysteries in nature". CD is inclined to stress sexuality as the means of keeping forms constant and checking variation although he grants its role in the origination of varieties. [See 2869.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny
Date:  16 July [1860]
Classmark:  Magdalen College, Oxford (MC:F26/C1/118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2869A

To C. G. B. Daubeny   1 August [1860]


His thanks for the pamphlet ["Remarks on the final causes of the sexuality of plants" (1860)] and the extremely kind and liberal manner in which Daubeny alludes to CD’s work.

Further discussion of sexual generation and CD’s suspicion that its most important function remains hidden.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny
Date:  1 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  Magdalen College, Oxford (MC:F26/C1/119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2887A

From Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny   5 July 1862


Sends concluding part of his recent lecture on orchids so CD may see how his inquiries were represented in one of the great centres of clerical influence.

Asks whether insects are attracted to one species of orchids more than another.

Author:  Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 162.1: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3643
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