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To J. D. Hooker   10 March [1854]

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More praise for Himalayan journals.

How remote was glacial action in Himalayas?

Implies Himalayas were birthplace of many plants.

Final volume of Cirripedia to be printed in two or three months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1558

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  • … D.  C. Allen 1949 ; Browne 1983 , pp.  1114). CD’s metaphor was probably stimulated by …

To Japetus Steenstrup   7 September [1854]

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Offers to send collection of cirripedes to Copenhagen Museum in return for assistance in his research. Mentions publication of Living Cirripedia, vol. 2.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:  7 Sept [1854]
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to); Natural History Museum of Denmark
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1589

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  • … trigonus 11 ——— tulipiformis 12 ——— Capensis 13. ——— nigrescens 14 ——— Hameri 15. ——— …

From J. D. Hooker   [15 November 1854]

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George Bentham’s list of aberrant plant genera. JDH appended the number of species in each genus according to E. G. Steudel’s catalogue [Nomenclator botanicus (1840–1)] and according to JDH and Bentham.

JDH speculates on effect of splitting Australia longitudinally on distribution; it becomes an argument for new creations.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15 Nov 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 386
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1607

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  • … 4 — 2 11 Fouquiera — 1 — 2 12 Trigonia — 8 — 8 13 Krameria — 9 — 9 14 Reaumuria — 2 — 2 …

To J. D. Hooker   7 September [1854]

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On individuality.

Huxley’s review exquisite, but too severe on Vestiges; sorry for ridicule of Agassiz’s embryonic fishes.

Stonesfield mammals.

J. O. Westwood deserves Royal Society Medal.

Will begin species work in a few days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Sept [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1588

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  • … 1854 , n.  11, and also Correspondence vol.  2, letter to Charles Lyell, [14] September [ …

To John Higgins   25 December 1854

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Discusses his account. Mentions health of children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  25 Dec 1854
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1615

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  • 11 s. 8 d. The discrepancy is explained by an entry in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) on 24 December recording a payment of 15 s . to: ‘M r Higgins Alford Agricultural Club’. Francis and Leonard Darwin (see ‘Journal’; Correspondence vol.  5, Appendix I). CD’s Health diary (Down House MS) recorded from 14  …

From J. D. Hooker   [3 November 1854]

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JDH’s contempt for R. I. Murchison.

There is a Cyperus species and a Pteris species endemic to hot volcanoes of Ischia. Why are there no other migrators?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Nov 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 214–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1629

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  • 11 November 1854 , n.  2. J.  D. Hooker 1854b. Hooker had been elected to the Athenæum Club in 1851 after a long delay (see Correspondence vol.  3, letter from J.  D. Hooker, 14  …

From J. D. Hooker   5 December [1854]

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Bentham’s list of aberrant genera: CD’s worry that he eliminated large genera a priori is half right. He eliminated those large, anomalous genera that virtually constitute natural orders. JDH criticises CD’s tabulations of aberrants.

Difficulty of distinguishing affinity and analogy in plants.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 388–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1611

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  • 11 [December 1854]. CD discussed the scarcity of individual species preceding extinction in Natural selection , p.  145: ‘We may, perhaps, hypothetically account for such cases, by supposing that such genera are on the road towards extinction: for E.  Forbes & others have remarked that the first step in this road is marked by a reduction of the individuals of the species. ’ In his notes on the fair copy of the MS version of this passage, Hooker wrote, ‘how can it be otherwise? ’ and CD responded, ‘by catastrophe it would be other wise’ (DAR 15.1 (ser.  2): 14). …

From G. R. Waterhouse   11 November 1854

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Sends list of aberrant forms of Curculionidae.

Discusses in detail the artificiality of Carl Johan Schönherr’s classification. Sound generalisations about geographical distribution depend on sound classifications. Warns against putting too much faith in current catalogues.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1854
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 401
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1598

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  • 14} — 91 Episus {18} {21} 92 Oxyrhynchus {3} 469 Læmosaccus {10} 93 Brachycerus {172} 480 Phænomerus {1} 95 Microcercus {8} 483 Apostasimerus {1} 210 Rhadinosomus {1} 491 Scambus {3} 231 Lithinus {2} 505 Sphadasmus {3} 247 Bastactes {1} 519–20 Synthliborhynchus {1} 265 Byrsops {25} 459 Heteropus {1} 275 Pteroplectus {1} 570 Mecopus {7} 287 Euomus {8} 585 Conophorus {1 Fam} 313 Cosmorhinus {2} 590 Campyloscelus {1} 341 Hyphantus {3} 591 & 2 perhaps equally 357–8 Strongylorhinus {1} or more aberrant {1} 366 Cnemidophorus {1 [‘1’ over ‘8’]} but I do not know them {2} 390 Otidocephalus {20} 593 Rhina {7} 396 Prionomerus {11} …
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