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To G. R. Waterhouse   8 July 1843

Summary

Testimonial letter for GRW for position at British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  8 July 1843
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/WAT)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-681

To G. R. Waterhouse   [26 July 1843]

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Classification consists of grouping beings according to descent from common stocks. Analogies are resemblances between forms not inherited from common stocks. Neither number of species nor grade of organisation should be considered in classification. Admits that caution is necessary in admitting a few species to form a group of rank equal to one containing many species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [26 July 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-684

To G. R. Waterhouse   [31 July 1843]

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Has no objection to uniting Monotremata and other marsupials but would object to doing so solely on ground that Monotremata consists of only two species. Members of a natural group need not share common character so long as they are linked with those which do. Believes that if every organism that ever lived were collected, a perfect series would be presented. What are reasons that unite Aptera and Diptera?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [31 July 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-685

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. 2 August 1843]

Summary

Discusses classification of animals. Degree of affinity different for different taxonomic groups. Discusses affinity of Ornithorhynchus or Echidna to reptiles.

Brain of whale is highly developed; on differences among brains of Quadrumana.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 2 Aug 1843]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-686

From G. R. Waterhouse   9 August 1843

Summary

Explains what he means when he attempts a "natural classification", defining his words and using man as a standard; gives examples. Classification of Aptera and Diptera.

Discusses his discharge from the Zoological Society. Is to see Robert Brown about the British Museum position.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Aug 1843
Classmark:  DAR 181: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-688

To G. R. Waterhouse   [November 1843]

Summary

Congratulates GRW on appointment to position at British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Nov 1843]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. MSS/WAT)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-710

To G. R. Waterhouse   [3 or 17 December 1843]

Summary

Comments on GRW’s paper [Rep. BAAS (1843): 65–7; Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 12 (1843): 399–412]. CD says by "link" between any two groups he never understood a half-way link, merely one in a long series. Observes that one cannot have a simple species intermediate between two great families. Criticises GRW’s use of circles to represent groups, which leads to thinking that groups are of equal value.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [3 or 17] Dec 1843
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR A 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-718

From George Robert Waterhouse   26 April 1844

Summary

Defines the term "typical species" and discusses its use among zoologists. Cites example of type of Carnivora. Comments on general law of development of parts in animals. Cites teeth of Carnivora.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1844
Classmark:  DAR 181: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-748

From G. R. Waterhouse   [after 26 April 1844]

Summary

Is puzzled by CD’s question about the Viverridae; thinks if there were only one species he might regard it as an aberrant of some other group and not select it as a type of the Carnivora.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 26 Apr 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-749

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. June 1845]

Summary

Notes on Galapagos Coleoptera.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 46.2: B3–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-807

To George Robert Waterhouse   [after 22 May 1845]

Summary

Thanks him for describing the niata ox.

He is delighted that GRW is grappling with Galápagos insects. Needs to know immediately whether any entomologists beside GRW, Walker and A. White have described his insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [after 22 May 1845]
Classmark:  Bloomsbury Book Auctions (1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-864A

From G. R. Waterhouse   21[–22] May 1845

Summary

Discusses insects collected by CD on St Paul’s Island and the Galapagos.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1845
Classmark:  DAR 181: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-869

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. June 1845]

Summary

Is about to send his paper on Galapagos beetles to press. Has written some introductory material on which he invites CD’s comments.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-873

From G. R. Waterhouse   [c. June 1845]

Summary

Discusses his paper on CD’s Galapagos beetles ["Coleopterous insects … in the Galapagos Islands", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 16 (1845): 19–41] which he will forward when printed. Has drawn up descriptions of several other insects from CD’s collections.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. June 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-874

From G. R. Waterhouse   [11 July 1845]

Summary

Notes the islands, where known, on which CD’s Galapagos beetles were found. Remarks that in none of the species whose place of origin is known, does he have specimens from more than one island.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-890

To G. R. Waterhouse   18 January [1853]

Summary

Thanks GRW for his sympathy on his ill health. Feels better lately.

Sends thanks to G. P. Deshayes for his advice.

Asks what "original work" GRW has begun so his name will become better known.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  18 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-944

From G. R. Waterhouse   [30 March 1846]

Summary

Sends a list of mammalian remains found in the Buenos Aires district and purchased by the British Museum.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Mar 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 39: 64–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-968

To G. R. Waterhouse   [January–June 1850]

Summary

Wishes to propose John Lubbock as a member of the Entomological Society.

Asks for B. H. Hodgson’s pamphlet on sheep ["Tame sheep and goats", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26]. Asks for odd numbers of GRW’s work [A natural history of the Mammalia (1846–8)]. Regrets that this work has stopped.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Jan–June 1850]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Archives DF PAL/100/6/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1144

To George Robert Waterhouse   [6 February 1848]

Summary

Invites GRW to a dinner party with other scientists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [6 Feb 1848]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1154

To G. R. Waterhouse   10 [June 1844 – March 1845]

Summary

Invites GRW and his family to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  10 [June 1844 - Mar 1845]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13852
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