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To Thomas Meehan   3 October 1875

Summary

Comments on review [of Insectivorous plants] in New York Independent.

Working on Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  3 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 146: 354
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10181

From Thomas Meehan   28 April [1878]

Summary

Sends CD Dr Wood’s lecture on insectivorous plants.

Had no intention of antagonising CD with his observations on Linum; was anxious to account for its apparently different behaviour.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10944

From Thomas Meehan   1 July 1877

Summary

Credits himself with stimulating most of the American work on plant cross-fertilisation. Sends his review of Cross and self-fertilisation [in Penn Monthly (June 1877)]. Suggests CD, A. Gray, and TM now agree on the extent of self-fertilisation in nature.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11028

To Thomas Meehan   5 July [1877]

Summary

Thanks for review. Fears "we must agree to differ".

Health weak. Not worth TM’s time to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  5 July [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11036

To Thomas Meehan   13 May 1878

Summary

Criticises article by TM. "Such a manner of treating the work of other observers did not appear to me the way to encourage truth."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  13 May 1878
Classmark:  DAR 146: 356
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11507

From Thomas Meehan   28 April 1880

Summary

There has been talk in American papers of CD’s admitting he was wrong about hybrid sterility. TM has presented CD’s views in the New York Independent.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12594

From Thomas Meehan   14 June 1880

Summary

Suggests plants whose stamens show movement.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 June 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12634

From Thomas Meehan   10 February 1871

Summary

Sends CD some remarks he made before the Academy of Natural Sciences [Philadelphia].

TM is indebted to the Origin for first suggesting to him which observations might be useful to those working out the greater laws of nature.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7479

From Thomas Meehan   3 March 1873

Summary

Although he believes in evolution, TM feels that natural selection is an inadequate cause;

nor is he satisfied with E. D. Cope’s law of acceleration and retardation.

Discusses some of his work relating to nutrition and sex and colour and sex.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8796

To Thomas Meehan   19 March [1873]

Summary

Does not understand TM’s views on sex and vitality.

Agrees no real "essences" in genera, only broken groups of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  19 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 352
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8816

From Thomas Meehan   22 September 1874

Summary

Sends CD his photo

and a copy of his address at Hartford ["Change by gradual modification not the universal law", Proc. Am. Assoc. Adv. Sci. (1874) pt 2: 7–12]. Does not believe his observations are unfavourable to natural selection but feels there are other factors involved in the origin of form.

Discusses further his work on colour and sex in plants; the linking of high colour and maleness.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9651

To Thomas Meehan   9 October 1874

Summary

Doubts whether sudden and great variations often occur.

Comments on colours of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  9 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 146: 353
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9672
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