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To William Henry Harvey   [7 April 1847]

Summary

Descriptions of the algae specimens found on the Beagle voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Harvey
Date:  [7 Apr 1847]
Classmark:  Trinity College Dublin, Department of Botany, Herbarium
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1078

To W. H. Harvey   24 December [1856]

Summary

W. J. Hooker thinks Harvey will be willing to give information on reproduction of higher marine plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Harvey
Date:  24 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (21 April 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2021F

From William Henry Harvey   3 January 1857

Summary

Sexes of algae.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1857
Classmark:  DAR 166: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2035

To W. H. Harvey   7 January [1857]

Summary

Thanks for information, which is just the amount he wanted.

Will not go to the BAAS meeting in Dublin: the frightful voyage deters him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Harvey
Date:  7 Jan [1857]
Classmark:  Sheffield City Archives (Gatty family autograph albums X561/1/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2037G

From William Henry Harvey   24 August 1860

Summary

Continues earlier discussion, admitting his opinions have been modified. Still regards natural selection as one agent of several. States areas of disagreement.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Aug 1860
Classmark:  DAR 98 (ser. 2): 33–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2898

To W. H. Harvey   [20–4 September 1860]

Summary

Replies to WHH’s criticisms of the Origin. Is disappointed that WHH does not understand what CD means by natural selection. CD has said "ad nauseam" that selection can do nothing without previous variability. Natural selection accumulates successive variations in any profitable direction. If CD had to rewrite his book he would use "natural preservation" rather than selection. Defends his necessarily conjectural illustrations. Agrees with what WHH says on the antiquity of the world, but it makes no impression on him. Considers the difficulty of the first modification of the first protozoan. Emphasises that there is nothing in his theory "necessitating in each case progression of acquisition", nor is it the case that "a low form would never conquer a high" in the struggle for life. Attempts to explain what he means by a "dominant" group; dominance is always relative, and he does not believe any one group could be predominant. He has no objections to "sudden jumps"; they would aid him in some cases, but he has found no evidence to make him believe in them and a good deal pointing the other way.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Harvey
Date:  [20–4 Sept 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 98 (ser. 2): 45–53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2922

From W. H. Harvey   8 October 1860

Summary

Thanks CD for his patience and good-nature; does not want a controversial correspondence but wishes to reply to matters in CD’s letter, and does.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1860
Classmark:  DAR 98 (ser. 2): 54–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2943

From W. H. Harvey to J. D. Hooker   23 November [1860]

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Has found some funny evidences of transmutation in Cliffortia. Sketches gradual passage "from very unlike to same" – e.g., from three-leafed form to two-leafed.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 218–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2995

From William Henry Harvey   3 February 1863

Summary

Is pleased that CD has [Roland] Trimen to collect specimens of Cape orchids. Suggests directions for securing dry specimens of what he draws.

Identifies Disa barbata and D. Cornuta of the Ophridiae.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1863
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3966F

From William Henry Harvey   19 May 1864

Summary

Sends dandelion [enclosed] with peculiar form of achene; suggests this solitary "sport" must have arisen by sudden jump from normal type.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1864
Classmark:  DAR 166: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4503

From W. H. Harvey   8 November [1864]

Summary

The plants from the Cape did not show climbing habit in native country; WHH believes it a consequence of their being grown under disadvantages of climate.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4665

From W. H. Harvey   10 November 1864

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Identifies South African species of plants that are normally non-climbers in the wild but climb freely when grown from seed at Glasnevin. Thinks there is probably a gradation in the wild between climbing and non-climbing varieties related to the degree of exposure each particular plant faces.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1864
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4668

From W. H. Harvey   11 November 1864

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Has examined his specimens discussed in his previous note and adds further observations.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1864
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4670
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