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To Philip Henry Gosse   22 September [1856]

Summary

CD is working hard on variations.

Asks if PHG’s bald-pate pigeon [described in A naturalist’s sojourn in Jamaica (1851)] is a true rock-pigeon.

Can he obtain a specimen of the rabbits that have run wild, and a wild canary, and the body of any domestic or fancy pigeon which has been in the West Indies for some generations?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Gosse
Date:  22 Sept [1856]
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1958

To P. H. Gosse   28 September 1856

Summary

Thanks PHG for information about the bald-pate pigeon.

Will write to Richard Hill.

Can PHG remember any facts relevant to transport of animals and plants to distant islands?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Gosse
Date:  28 Sept 1856
Classmark:  Gosse, E. W. 1890: 267
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1962

To P. H. Gosse   27 April [1857]

Summary

Asks PHG to conduct an experiment to see if young littoral molluscs will cling to a duck’s foot – CD seeks to explain distribution of molluscs without adopting E. Forbes’s [continental extension] theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Gosse
Date:  27 Apr [1857]
Classmark:  Leeds University Library (Brotherton Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2082

From Philip Henry Gosse   30 May 1863

Summary

Asks CD’s help with problem that arose when he tried to impregnate an orchid following CD’s text in Orchids.

Author:  Philip Henry Gosse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4194

To P. H. Gosse   2 June [1863]

Summary

Can only conjecture that the problem occurs because the plant is not living in its natural conditions. Refers to what he said on Acropera [in Orchids]. Many plants under culture have sexual functions altered.

Asks PHG to look at bee Ophrys at Torquay to see if pollinia are ever removed. "It is my greatest puzzle."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Gosse
Date:  2 June [1863]
Classmark:  The Brotherton Collection, Leeds University Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4200

From P. H. Gosse   4 June 1863

Summary

Thanks CD for his full reply. Sends additional facts derived from further observation, and a possible solution.

Author:  Philip Henry Gosse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4203

To P. H. Gosse   5 June [1863]

Summary

PHG’s hypothesis [regarding the self-fertilising mechanism of Stanhopea] may prove quite true, but CD suggests that PHG should observe another spike to make sure. CD will observe his Stanhopea if it flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Gosse
Date:  5 June [1863]
Classmark:  Col. James Innes
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4205

From P. H. Gosse   13 July 1863

Summary

On CD’s request to observe bee Ophrys: PHG’s son collected 16 plants – of the 32 flowers, two had lost both pollinia, two had lost one each. He himself found two plants with pollinia adhering to the stigma.

Author:  Philip Henry Gosse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 July 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4240

From Philip Henry Gosse   5 April 1864

Summary

Asks how he can identify pollen-tubes.

Has succeeded in impregnating orchids of widely different genera with each other’s pollinia. "Is not this something new?"

Offers to exchange Catasetum for other varieties.

Author:  Philip Henry Gosse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 165: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4451

To P. H. Gosse   7 April [1864]

Summary

Discusses microscopic observation of pollen tubes.

Unable to exchange orchids because of his illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Henry Gosse
Date:  7 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.298)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4454
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