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From Federico Delpino   11 September 1875

Summary

Thanks for Thomas Belt’s Naturalist in Nicaragua [1874], which confirms some of his observations,

and for Insectivorous plants, which he praises.

Suggests that a book integrating knowledge of plant–animal interactions be written by a Darwinist.

Defines biology as the science of external interactions.

German reception is far more positive than Italian.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10155

To Federico Delpino   25 April 1876

Summary

Thanks FD for the volumes of Revista Botanica [1874–5].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  25 Apr 1876
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10474

From Federico Delpino   19 May 1876

Summary

Has become Professor of Botany at Genoa.

Offers to send his paper on the necessity of out-crossing.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 162: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10510

From Federico Delpino   23 April 1878

Summary

Has reviewed Forms of flowers in Revista Botanica [(1877): 84–106].

CD’s treatment by the French Academy.

Hypothesises that the mollusc-like mantle of Balanus originates from a form of grafting.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1878
Classmark:  DAR 162: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11482

From Federico Delpino   6 December 1880

Summary

Thanks for Movement in plants; particularly supports indirect rather than direct action of light and gravity on plants.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 162: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12892

From Federico Delpino   5 September 1867

Summary

Support CD’s views on variability of species, but believes they must be interpreted "spiritualisticamente".

Cross-fertilisation in the Asclepiadaceae.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Sept 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5622

From Federico Delpino   22 August 1869

Summary

Declares himself CD’s defender; but he is a "teleologist".

Sends CD three more papers.

His research confirms his faith and belief in variability of species.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 162: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6866

To Federico Delpino   24 and 25 August [1869]

Summary

Thanks FD for his three publications.

CD is pleased that FD has discussed Pangenesis, although he does not favour the hypothesis. Will seek English publisher.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  24 and 25 Aug 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.376)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6869

From Federico Delpino   9 October 1869

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of CD’s Primula paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 437–54].

Nectar-sucking birds fertilise tropical flowers.

Writing a "Dualistic apologia for Pangenesis" [see translation in Sci. Opin. 2 (1869): 365–7, 391–3, 407–8].

Homology of the orchid rostellum.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 162: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6928

To Federico Delpino   14 October 1869

Summary

Cautions FD about fluid in labellum of Coryanthes.

T. H. Farrer is enthusiastic about FD’s papers.

Believes humming-birds fertilise many American flowers.

Mentions his reply to FD’s criticisms ["Pangenesis: Mr Darwin’s reply to Professor Delpino", Sci. Opin. 2 (1869): 426; Collected papers 2: 158–60].

Suggests that FD study fertilisation of Gramineae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  14 Oct 1869
Classmark:  DAR 143: 379
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6938

From Federico Delpino   1 November 1869

Summary

Comments on Hermann Crüger’s paper, sent by CD, on fertilisation of orchids [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 127–35].

Observations on dichogamy in grasses (wheat, rye, barley).

Has not yet read CD’s reply to his article on Pangenesis [Collected papers 2: 158–60].

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 162: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6965

From Federico Delpino   [1870]

Summary

Sends CD "L’applicazione della teoria Darwiniana ai fiori ed agli insetti visitatori dei fiori" [Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 2 (1870)]. Continues to support vitalism and teleology.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7055

From Federico Delpino   28 February 1870

Summary

Transformism explains rudimentary organs, and teratology, which are otherwise inexplicable.

Looking forward to publication of Descent

and CD’s expected book on "Variation in nature" [see Variation 1: 4].

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7120

From Federico Delpino   20 May 1870

Summary

Responds to CD’s request for Canna seeds.

Studying dichogamy in Lotus. Describes mechanism that pumps pollen on to a visiting bee. Corrects Axell on Lotus.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 May 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7196

To Federico Delpino   1 June [1870]

Summary

Thanks FD for seeds of Canna.

Still thinks it would be worth FD’s while looking at the fertilisation of Lotus; does not think Frank Darwin has exaggerated the novelty of the contrivance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  1 June [1870]
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7213

From Federico Delpino   7 January 1871

Summary

Sends his new work, Ulteriori osservazioni sulla dicogomia pt 2, fasc. 1.

Has found no nectar in Orchis morio or O. maculata in Italy and has seen no insects visiting the plants.

Gives his observations on cross- and self-fertilisation in cereals.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 111: A77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7430

From Federico Delpino   15 November 1871

Summary

Sends paper on Artemesia.

Praise for Descent.

Has talked to St George Mivart about CD’s health.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8069

To Federico Delpino   22 November 1871

Summary

Will send FD’s work [Studi sopra un lignaggio anemofilo delle composte (1871)] to Nature for review.

CD’s health has been poor all summer – he doubts that he will ever "have the strength to publish on Variability under a state of Nature".

Hopes to publish on cross- and self-fertilisation next summer.

Encloses his photo and asks for FD’s.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  22 Nov 1871
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8082

From Federico Delpino   5 December 1871

Summary

Praise of CD. Acknowledges his indebtedness to CD for defining the subject of plant fecundation.

Expecting CD’s work on the effects of cross-fertilisation.

CD has put him in touch with George Bentham.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8098

From Federico Delpino   10 November 1872

Summary

Going on circumnavigation voyage aboard the Garibaldi.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8617
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