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To Fritz Müller   3 April [1868]

Summary

Movement in plants.

Dimorphism.

Would welcome FM’s opinion of Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  3 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  British Library (Loan MS 10 no 23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6085

To J. D. Hooker   3 April [1868]

Summary

Asks for [John?] Smith’s exact count of seeds of the crossed and self-fertilised Victoria water-lily. Similar question on Euryale seed and seedlings.

JDH’s coming [BAAS] Presidential Address.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 60–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6086

From Henry Doubleday   3 April 1868

Summary

Otto Staudinger’s catalogue shows prices of female Lepidoptera to be higher than those of males.

Author:  Henry Doubleday
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 81: 78, DAR 82: A8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6087

From Camille Dareste   3 April 1868

Summary

Thanks for Variation.

CD must be happy about the tendency toward acceptance of his views, though it is regrettable that France is backward in this regard.

His own work goes slowly, but he still hopes his work on artificially produced monstrosities will help to answer the question of the origin of species.

Author:  Gabriel-Madeleine-Camille (Camille) Dareste
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6088

From Edward Blyth   [3 April 1868]

Summary

Discusses apes and their relationships to each other. Writes particularly of the gibbon, its structure and well-developed legs giving it the ability to walk without using its hands.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Apr 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 29, DAR 83: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6089

From Fritz Müller   3 April 1868

Summary

Thanks CD for sending him copy of Variation.

Describes results of his brother’s [August Müller] experiments on effect of climate on maize.

Like ancestors of horses, young tapir is also striped.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1868
Classmark:  Möller 1915–21, 2: 137–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6089A

From W. E. Darwin 3 April 1868

Summary

Discusses how they might enquire about any provisions in the laws of partnership concerning lunacy.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1868
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6089F
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Descent

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‘Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim-bladder, a great swimming tail, an imperfect skull & undoubtedly was an hermaphrodite! Here is a pleasant genealogy for mankind.’ There are more than five hundred letters associated with…

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