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To Frances Mosley Wedgwood   5 March [1860 or later]

Summary

Thanks for a shell of an edible mollusc and also specimens of blind cave animals, which he will present in FW’s name to the British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Mosley (Fanny Frank) Wedgwood
Date:  
Classmark:  Alan Wedgwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11310F

To ?   19 March [1860–1?]

Summary

Recommends papers on Styrian Cave insects and American cave animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Mar [1860–1]
Classmark:  King’s College London Archives (GB 0100 TH/PP MISC)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770G

To T. H. Huxley   [1860–3?]

Summary

Thanks THH for the delightful evening he gave Frank [Darwin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [1860–3?]
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13817

To P. L. Sclater   22 May [1860–81]

Summary

CD has signed the enclosed with great pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  22 May [1860-81]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (1987)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13839A

From Aleksander Jelski   [1860 or later]

Summary

AJ, a collector, would like a few lines from CD and an autographed photograph.

Author:  Aleksander Jelski
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1860 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13848

To ?   [1860 or later]

Summary

Is "almost certain" plant is Menispermum canadense.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1860 or later]
Classmark:  Glenbow Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13875

To ?   [1860 or later?]

Summary

CD’s health remains bad and as he grows older he becomes weaker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1860 or later]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS.7781/34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13876

To J. D. Hooker   17 June [1860]

Summary

Has reread JDH’s paper ["On the functions of the rostellum of Listera ovata", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 144 (1854): 259–64].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 June [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 68 (EH 88206051)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1571

From Robert Scot Skirving   [1860?]

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Summary

Tells of shooting wood-pigeons that had in their crops acorns that did not grow locally.

[Fragment of letter glued to 2197.]

Author:  Robert Scot Skirving
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1860?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 250a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2196

From R. S. Skirving   [1860?]

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Pigeons in Egypt alight on trees rather than on the mud hovels of the natives [see Variation 1: 181].

[Two fragments glued to 2196.]

Author:  Robert Scot Skirving
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1860?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 250b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2197

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [January? 1860]

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Prepared to think world infinitely old, but not that life originated with a single cell. Questions whether geological evidence supports gradual progress in organisation. HW thought scientific opinion during Vestiges debate was against this hypothesis. Argues that presence of same senses in lower animals and vertebrates does not imply descent; assumes resemblance is due to living in same world and thus having organs for the same purposes. Wants CD to know how others may see these questions.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Jan? 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 48: 83–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2389

To W. H. Miller   [after 5 June 1860]

Summary

Discusses measurements of bees’ cells. Describes modification in structure of Melipona hive. Notes importance of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  [after 5 June 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2391

From John Lubbock   [after 28 April 1860?]

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Gives CD references to papers on eyes of lower animals.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Apr 1860?]
Classmark:  DAR 48: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2394

To Miss Holland   [April 1860]

Summary

Asks for information about birds eating berries of a mountain-ash.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miss Holland
Date:  [Apr 1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2395

To William Hallowes Miller   5 June [1860]

Summary

Discusses measurements of bees’ cells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  5 June [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2468

From Asa Gray   [17 January 1860]

Summary

Discusses arrangements for American edition of Origin.

Observations on apparently inherited instinct in a dog.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Jan 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2563

To W. H. Miller   1 December [1860]

Summary

Must prepare new edition of Origin.

Discusses structure of beehives. Mentions writings of Chauncey Wright on bees’ cells ["Remarks on the architecture of bees", Proc. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. 4 (1857–60): 432–3].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  1 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2564

To W. H. Miller   27 December [1860]

Summary

Discusses measurements of bees’ cells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  27 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2609

To John Murray   30 [January 1860]

Summary

Suggests it would be easier and cheaper if he were given one or two pages in preface [to Journal of researches] for two or three important errors. Would like to take out one sentence if present preface is not stereotyped. Table of contents is shabby.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.92–93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2616

To W. H. Miller   31 December [1860]

Summary

Thanks WHM for information about honeycombs. Discusses his own measurements of combs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  31 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.189)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2617
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