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From Richard Hill   10 January 1857



Will attend to any subject in Jamaica about which CD wants information.

Crithagra brasiliensis and canary refused to pair.

A collection of Jamaican land Mollusca will be presented to the British Museum.

Hurricanes are a considerable influence on diffusion of birds and insects.

Author:  Richard Hill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1857
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2038

From Richard Hill   12 March 1857



Comments on transport of ducks to Jamaica by hurricanes,

fish feeding on seeds,

and sterility of birds in captivity.

Author:  Richard Hill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1857
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 238
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2064

From Richard Hill   10 January 1859


Will secure information on indigenous and naturalised bees as CD requests.

Believes Mexican and Jamaican Melipona are different.

Author:  Richard Hill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1859
Classmark:  DAR 166: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2399

To Richard Hill   8 August [1859]


Compares Jamaican with British and European honey combs.

Requests one-half dozen dead bees and 2 or 3 drones from Mr Wilkie’s stock.

His admiration for RH’s varied accomplishments and service "in the sacred cause of humanity" [the abolition of slavery].

Asks whether it is believed that domestic animals long bred in Jamaica tend to assume a particular colour or character.

Are differences observed in the West Indies in the liability of pure Europeans of light complexion and hair to take the yellow fever or other tropical complaints?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Hill
Date:  8 Aug [1859]
Classmark:  Cundall 1915
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2479A

From Richard Hill   26 November 1859



Sends some bees CD requested

and discusses the differences among several animal species on islands of the West Indies.

Author:  Richard Hill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1859
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2557
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