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To Philip Gidley King    21 February 1854

Summary

PGK’s letter stirred memories of their old days in the Beagle.

Gives news of his work on cirripedes. Would like to examine Scalpellum papillosum of King from Patagonia if PGK’s father has a duplicate in his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Gidley King
Date:  21 Feb 1854
Classmark:  W. B. Gidley King (private collection): copy in Mitchell Library, Sydney (FM4/6900, 326–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554A

From Philip Gidley King   16 September 1862

Summary

PGK’s brother is coming to England and will call on CD.

He is impressed but not absolutely convinced by the Origin.

Raises a question about which CD wrote years ago: why do sheep degenerate in Australia, necessitating periodic importation?

Author:  Philip Gidley King
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1862
Classmark:  DAR 169: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3727

To P. G. King   16 November [1862]

Summary

J. C. Wickham, B. J. Sulivan, and Arthur Mellersh visited a fortnight ago.

Oldest son [William] now a banker.

Sends photograph.

Health too bad to see anyone at present. Rarely sees FitzRoy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Gidley King
Date:  16 Nov [1862]
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (ZML MSS 3447/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3809

From Philip Gidley King   19 April 1863

Summary

CD’s photograph evokes PGK’s reminiscence of CD in the Beagle.

Author:  Philip Gidley King
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 169: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4109

From Philip Gidley King   25 February 1869

Summary

CD’s queries on expression of aborigines were difficult to answer because he encounters mainly those touched by civilisation. Hopes CD did get answers.

Author:  Philip Gidley King
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 169: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6635

To P. G. King   24 April 1869

Summary

Thanks PGK for his aid in reporting the curious case of the parrot.

Will consult John Gould about rosella [Australian parakeet].

Recalls with pleasure their friendship on board the Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Gidley King
Date:  24 Apr 1869
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 3447/2, Item 2, pp. 5–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6712A
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