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From J. D. Hooker   26[–7] February 1868

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Could not believe Owen to be so demoniacal as to write the Athenæum review [of Variation].

Gardeners’ Chronicle review [see 5918] is weak. CD’s ideas on causes of variation may be as hazy as the reviewer’s.

Huxley’s clever remark on Pangenesis. JDH’s view of Pangenesis as fundamental to development doctrines, but nothing is gained by formulation in terms of germs or gemmules.

Tries to answer question on last page of CD’s letter anent sexuality.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26[–7] Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 200–3, DAR 94: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5935

From H. W. Bates   26 February 1868

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Finds no absolute differences in size of sexes of Copridae. Gives several other genera in which males are larger than females.

Confirms his view of stridulation organ of house cricket. [see Descent 1: 354–5.]

Tells CD of a powerful convert to Darwinism: H. von Kiesenwetter of Berlin.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A34–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5936

From Robert Buist   26 February 1868

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On the pugnacity of male salmon during the spawning season.

Author:  Robert Buist
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: B76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5937

From Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky   26 February 1868

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His translation and printing of Variation will be completed in two months.

His work on a relief committee for Russia’s agricultural distress has forced him to travel 1000 miles in the last week.

Plans to visit CD in July.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский) Kovalevsky
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 169: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5938
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Glories of a Brazilian forest

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  • … Describes his first encouter with a tropical forest and recieves geological information and …

Richard Matthews

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Richard Matthews was 21 years old when he stepped aboard the Beagle, destined for a lonely career as a missionary in Tierra del Fuego. The Church Missionary Society had arranged for him to accompany the three Fuegians (Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, and York…

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  • … time to save his life’, Darwin recorded (Darwin 1845, p. 226). Matthews was back on board the …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … a structure like that of the honey-bee ( Origin , p. 226). Further, there were advantages to a …