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From Hugh Falconer to William Sharpey   25 October 1864

Summary

Describes CD’s qualifications for Copley Medal.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  25 Oct 1864
Classmark:  DAR 144: 475
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4644

From Hugh Falconer    [1842–3]

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Summary

Has seen lately a true ruminant with the two central metacarpals distinct. It was the foot of an Anoplotherium in a recent ruminant.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1842–3]
Classmark:  DAR 205.5 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13805

To Hugh Falconer    [December? 1844]

Summary

Returns notes on mule yaks [see Natural selection, p. 438]

and sends queries on silkworms.

A bed is ready any time HF will come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [Dec? 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1691

To Hugh Falconer   8 March [1845?]

Summary

Has written down what he gathered from HF on Tibetan dogs. Would welcome a few more details at any time, as he knows of nothing parallel to it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  8 Mar [1845?]
Classmark:  Raab Collection (dealer) (2 October 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1839

To Hugh Falconer   23 November 1857

Summary

Can HF ask Col. E. Dickie [probably Col. Edward John Dickey] enclosed questions about Indian horses? [Questions relate to striped markings on the Kutch breed of horses.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  23 Nov 1857
Classmark:  DAR 144: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2175

To Hugh Falconer   [1845?–7 or 1857–64]

Summary

Arranges a time for visiting HF.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  1845-7 or 1857-64
Classmark:  DAR 144: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2305

From Hugh Falconer   25 October and 12 November [1859]

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The antlers of 800 deer of the glacial period have been found in a cave. They show great variety of form, but gradation from one to the other can be traced when all are laid out. Suggests CD study changes that have taken place in the species since glacial period.

Has ordered the wicked book [Origin] CD has been so long a-hatching.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Oct or 12 Nov] 1859
Classmark:  DAR 47: 215–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2511

To Hugh Falconer   11 November [1859]

Summary

Has told Murray to send Origin to HF. "Lord, how savage you will be, if you read it, and how you will long to crucify me alive."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Life and Letters 2: 216–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2524

To Hugh Falconer   17 December [1859]

Summary

Suggests HF investigate hippopotamus tooth.

Has heard HF is very antagonistic to his views on species. Cannot believe a false theory would explain so many classes of facts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  17 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2587

From Hugh Falconer   9 July [1860]

Summary

Hyaena remains show how recently Sicily was joined to Africa.

Reports on the Oxford meeting of BAAS.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 July [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 164.1: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2863

To Hugh Falconer   12 July [1860]

Summary

Eldest daughter [Henrietta] very ill.

CD enjoys Owen’s having had "a good setting down".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  12 July [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2865

From Hugh Falconer   23 June 1861

Summary

Offers CD a live Proteus anguinus from Adelsberg cave. In his hands it will have a fair chance of developing into "some type of Columbidae (say a pouter or tumbler)".

The Origin is universally praised in Italy and Germany, even by those who disagree with it.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 June 1861
Classmark:  DAR 99: 3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3194

To Hugh Falconer   [24 June 1861]

Summary

Thanks HF for offer of valuable specimen, but CD has no aquarium. Suggests the Zoological Society would be the best place for it.

Will keep HF’s note among a very few precious letters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [24 June 1861]
Classmark:  LL 2: 375
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3196

To Hugh Falconer    16 April [1856]

Summary

Invites him to visit. JDH and one or two others coming.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  16 Apr [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3509

From Hugh Falconer   7 May [1862]

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Summary

Wanted to talk with CD about the astonishing new Pliocene fossil discoveries in North America reported by Leidy. One horse fossil’s dentition, if it could be believed, would be of great interest to CD’s views.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3538

To Hugh Falconer   [8 May 1862]

Summary

Will try to call tomorrow. What HF tells him about horses makes him eager to come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  [8 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3539

From Hugh Falconer   24–7 September [1862]

Summary

Encloses MS ["On the American fossil elephant", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1863): 43–114]. Shows persistence of specific characters through glacial period.

Eocene monkeys mistakenly described as pigs.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24–7 Sept [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3737

To Hugh Falconer   1 October [1862]

Summary

Extreme interest in MS of HF’s paper on the American fossil elephant [Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 3 (1863): 43–114].

Pleased HF does not believe in immutable species. Significance of proboscidean group verging towards extinction. Comments on natural selection preserving type despite variability. Natural selection solves problem of how every part of each creature has become adapted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  1 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3746

From Hugh Falconer   3 October 1862

Summary

Inquires whether previous letter was received by CD.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 164: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3750

From Hugh Falconer   4 October 1862

Summary

Although their views differ, HF is glad they can discuss those differences without offending.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 164: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3751
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