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From John Scott   16 June [1863]

Summary

Orchid paper in press.

Asks CD to correct MS of his Primula paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 78–126].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4213

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  • … Scott, [3 June 1863] and n.  14. See letter to John Scott, 11 June [1863] and n.  2. See …

From John Scott   [3 June 1863]

Summary

Thanks CD for influence used with Hooker to obtain a colonial position. Has offended J. H. Balfour by refusing the Darjeeling post and James McNab has become unfriendly, although his experiments do not detract from his garden work.

Will write Primula paper for Linnean Society as CD suggests.

His Darwinism is unpalatable at Edinburgh Botanic Garden.

Describes results with non-dimorphic Primula species. Such cases do not accord with CD’s view that characters are slowly acquired.

Thanks for criticism of his writing style.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4202

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  • … letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] . See n.  14, above, and letter to John Scott, …

From John Scott   28 May [1864]

Summary

Discusses the negative testimonial provided him by James McNab.

Sends testimonial from J. H. Balfour.

Would be glad if offered the sort of colonial opportunity Hooker suggests.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 107; Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4513

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  • 11, letter from John Scott, 6 January 1863 , Transactions of the Botanical Society [of Edinburgh] 14 ( …

From John Scott   21 May [1863]

Summary

Supports, in his orchid paper, CD’s view that sterility occurs at random [Trans. Bot. Soc. Edinburgh 7 (1863): 543–50].

Cannot get his Drosera paper published [abstract in Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 17 (1863): 317–18].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 108: 181, DAR 177: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4174

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  • 14 May 1863 (Scott 1863a). The paper was based on experiments described in the letter from John Scott, [1–11] …
  • 14 May 1863. See letter to John Scott, 2 May [1863] . See letter to John Scott, 2 May [1863] and n.  4. See letter to John Scott, 2 May [1863] and n.  5. Scott read a paper on the propagation and irritability of Drosera and Dionaea before the Botanical Society of Edinburgh on 11  …

From John Scott   [after 12] April [1863]

Summary

Thanks for CD’s Linum paper [Collected papers 2: 93–105].

Has not published much because he would be ignored as a gardener; hence he is looking for a foreign appointment.

Has prepared orchid sterility paper at CD’s suggestion [Trans. Bot. Soc. Edinburgh 7 (1863): 543–50].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12] Apr [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4087

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  • 14 April 1863] ). See letter to John Scott, 12 April [1863] and n.  17. Scott and CD had been discussing the pollination of Gongora and the related Acropera since November 1862 (see Correspondence vol.  10, letter from John Scott, 11  …

From John Scott   7 January [1864]

Summary

Has finished correcting Primula paper [see 4332].

Has presented paper on monoecious spikes of maize [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 213–20].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 98, 99 f.3; Edinburgh Courant, 19 December 1863, p. 8.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4382

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  • 14). Beginning in 1862, he carried out experiments to answer this question (see n.  4, above, Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Scott, 3 December [1862] , and Correspondence vol.  11, …

From John Scott   24 September 1867

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Summary

Sends seeds of Viola roxburgiana which produces perfect flowers in the cold season and imperfect ones in the rains, all perfectly fertile.

Leersia has not produced a single perfect flower though it grows freely.

Discusses cockatoos eating various seeds. Finds it difficult to make exact and satisfactory observations.

Appends list of Vandellia species which have perfect flowers.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1867
Classmark:  DAR 157a: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5633A

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  • 11. For more on CD’s interest in this species and the dissemination of its seeds, see Correspondence vol.  14. …

From John Scott   6 January 1863

Summary

Sends Primula scotica and P. farinosa.

So far cannot fertilise Gongora atropurpurea although it is similar to Acropera luteola.

Experimenting on intergeneric hybrids to test CD’s view that sterility is not a special endowment.

Scott’s personal history.

Acropera capsule grows.

Plans for experiments CD has suggested on Primula, peloric Antirrhinum, and Verbascum.

Asks about Gärtner’s experiments on maize.

Aware of Anderson-Henry’s failures.

Through kindness of J. H. Balfour and James McNab, enjoys facilities for research. JS is in charge of the propagating department. Balfour almost engaged him to be superintendent of the Madras Horticultural Garden.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 81, 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3904

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  • 14 (1883): 160–1). CD was interested in dimorphism in Melastomataceae (see letter to Hugh Falconer, 5 [and 6] January [1863] and n.  22). In his letter to John Scott, 11  …

From John Scott   4 May 1868

Summary

Replies to CD’s query on expression of emotions.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6160

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  • 14’ red crayon Question 1] ‘Dhangars’ in margin, pencil Questions 1 and 2] crossed pencil Question 3, 21 Thus with an advanced … sunk 25] scored blue crayon Question 3, 29 pushed each other … closed fist 30] scored blue crayon Question 4] illeg & partly destroyed note in margin, pencil Questions 6  and 7] crossed pencil Question 10, 5 shrug his shoulders] underl blue crayon, scored blue crayon 9 turning up and down … oil) 10] scored blue crayon 10 lowering brow 11] …

From John Scott   22 May 1863

Summary

J. H. Balfour has arranged a position for him at a Cinchona nursery. Reluctant to take this position in part because of his experiments for CD.

Asks CD’s advice and solicits his aid in finding a better colonial position. James McNab mistreats him.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 May 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4177

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  • 14 (1883): 160; Birse 1994 , p.  65). Thomas Anderson was superintendent of the Calcutta botanic gardens ( R. Desmond 1994 ). On the history of Cinchona plantations in Darjeeling, India, see the letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [23–7 May 1863] , nn.  3 and 5. In 1863, Scott performed a series of crossing experiments with Passiflora , Disemma , and Tacsonia , with dimorphic and non-dimorphic species of Primula , and with species of Oncidium (see letters from John Scott, 3 March 1863 , 21 March [1863] , [1–11] …

From John Scott   10 April 1865

Summary

Comments on CD’s Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31]

and on H. Crüger’s orchid paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 127–35].

May take position at Calcutta Botanic Garden.

Regrets he cannot be elected to Linnean Society.

Pleased Asa Gray has commented on JS’s paper.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4810

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  • 14. See letter from John Scott, 20 January 1865 . The letters from John Scott of 21 December 1864 and 4 January 1865 have not been found. CD received Scott’s manuscript on Verbascum , which was sent on 4 January 1865 (see letter from John Scott, 20 January 1865 , letter from J.  D. Hooker, [10 March 1865] , and letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 16 [March 1865] ). CD’s reply to Scott, written on 11  …
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