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From Henry Reeks   3 April 1879

Summary

Sends a sample of seeds of Onobrychis sativa and Poterium muricatum, plants that show mimicry.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 176: 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11974

From Henry Reeks   7 April 1879

Summary

Suggests that mimicry of sainfoin by burnet plants is an adaptation against farmers’ weeding.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 176: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11979

From Henry Reeks   25 May 1871

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Comments on and corrections for chapter 13, "Mammals", of Descent.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 100–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7767

From Henry Reeks   30 May 1871

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Retention of horns by female deer with fawn [see Descent, 2d ed., p. 503].

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 108–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7782

From Henry Reeks   3 June 1871

Summary

Observations on habits of caribou and deer in Newfoundland.

Suggests nightingale egg coloration evolved from white to olive for protection.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7799

From Henry Reeks   8 June 1871

Summary

Argues that coloration of eggs is a protective adaptation.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7811

From Henry Reeks   12 June 1871

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A geologist friend leaving for Nevada offers to investigate any questions CD may have for this region.

Nesting plumage of common chaffinch resembles adult winter plumage of female brambling.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7816

From Henry Reeks   3 March 1873

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Praise for and detailed comments on Expression.

Two cases of coloration in animals – one from sexual selection, the other helping to procure prey [see Descent, 2d ed., pp. 542–3].

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 88: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8703

To Henry Reeks   5 March [1873]

Summary

Thanks for HR’s valuable remarks about Expression, and returns HRs copy, signed.

Discusses some of HR’s anecdotes about children sucking their tongues.

Admits that the youth who trembled so that he could not reload his gun after killing his first snipe was himself, when a school-boy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Date:  5 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (James Needham Papers: Collection 21-23-479, Box 3: 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8796F

From Henry Reeks   8 March 1873

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Insists that suckling babies pound and scratch mothers’ breasts. Perhaps CD’s evidence to the contrary comes from ladies, who only expose small portion of bosom, as opposed to working-class women.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8802
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