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To B. J. Sulivan   18 February [1868]

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CD thanks BJS for photographs of Jemmy [Button]’s son

and for the curious case about stallions, which leads him to ask whether BJS has observed that horses when fighting try especially to bite each other’s necks.

Does he know anything about male seals fighting?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Date:  18 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Getz 5889)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5889

To Henry Tibbats Stainton   18 February [1868]

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Asks for information on coloration and proportions of sexes in butterflies and moths for his work on sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  18 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib. MSS/DAR: 20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5890

To George Gabriel Stokes   18 February [1868]

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Wants to know how the colour of the eye of the peacock’s tail is produced, whether it depends upon colouring matter in the feathers or reflection, and whether any varying structural change will account for the series of colours surrounding it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  18 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add 7656: D73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5891

From John Blackwall   18 February 1868

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Proportion of sexes in spiders; coloration.

Author:  John Blackwall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A2–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5892

From H. W. Bates   18 February 1868

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Has put question of proportion of sexes in insects to the Entomological Society. Quotes H. T. Stainton and F. Smith. Cites some cases mentioned by other members.

Is reading Variation; does not quite understand Pangenesis.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5893

From Robert Caspary   18 February 1868

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Discusses the flowers of, and cross- and self-fertilisation in, certain aquatic plants. Gives cases of dichogamy and perfect self-fertility.

Author:  Johann Xaver Robert (Robert) Caspary
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 76: B173–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5894
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Montevideo, Uruguay

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Revolution and fossils

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  • … Describes political turmoil and his fossil finds, including those of giant, extinct animals. …

The Voyage of the Beagle

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It was a letter from his friend and former teacher, John Stevens Henslow, that brought the 22-year-old Charles Darwin news of the offer of a place on board the Admiralty surveying vessel, HMS Beagle, on a voyage to chart the coast of South America. It took…

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  • … Capt. F. wants a man (I understand) more as a companion than a mere collector & would not take …

Conrad Martens

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Conrad Martens was born in London, the son of an Austrian diplomat. He studied landscape painting under the watercolourist Copley Fielding (1789–1855), who also briefly taught Ruskin. In 1833 he was on board the Hyacinth, headed for India, but en route in…

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  • … Conrad Martens was born in London, the son of an Austrian diplomat. He studied landscape painting …

Robert FitzRoy

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Robert FitzRoy was captain of HMS Beagle when Darwin was aboard. From 1831 to 1836 the two men lived in the closest proximity, their relationship revealed by the letters they exchanged while Darwin left the ship to explore the countries visited during the…

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  • … Robert FitzRoy was captain of HMS Beagle when Darwin was aboard. From 1831 to 1836 the two men …