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From H. C. Watson   17 August 1855


Sends a catalogue of plants [missing] with the close species marked.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1855
Classmark:  DAR 181: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1743

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  • … October and November 1855, are in DAR 15.2: 1114. See also Natural selection , pp.  112– …

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   11 April [1855]


CD describes his experiments on the effects on germination of the immersion of seeds in sea-water. Hopes to throw light on the distribution of plants. Asks readers of Gardeners’ Chronicle to inform him whether such experiments have already been tried and what class or species of seeds they suppose would be particularly liable to be killed by sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  11 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 15, 14 April 1855, p. 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1666

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  • … Gazette , no. 15, 14 April 1855, p. 242 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr [1855] …

To J. D. Hooker   24 April [1855]



More on seed-salting. JDH’s admission that he expected seeds to die in a week gives CD "a nice little triumph".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1671

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  • … to CD’s letter to the Gardeners’ Chronicle , 11 April [1855], published on 14 April 1855. …

From William Henry Benson   5 December 1855


Observations on shells in India, listing some specimens with particular regard to their locality, elevation, and relationship to other known types.

Author:  William Henry Benson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1855
Classmark:  DAR 160: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1790

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  • … Natural History 2d ser. 9: 329–39; 11: 224–36, 302-14, 386–98. Natural selection : Charles …

To J. S. Henslow   2 July [1855]


Sends a list of plants with stamps to pay the Hitcham girls who will collect seeds for him.

Describes his work with seeds in salt water.

For his experiments he would like seeds collected from plants that grow both near Hitcham and in the Azores.

Explains again what JSH should do in marking "close species".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  2 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 93: A31–A35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1708

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  • … from H.  C. Watson, 11 July [1855] , and letter to J.  S. Henslow, 14 July [1855] ). W.   …

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   21 May [1855]


Reports on his experiments on action of sea-water on seeds and the bearing of his investigations on the theory of centres of creation and Edward Forbes’s theory of continental extensions to account for distribution of organic forms. CD’s experiments confirm germination powers were retained after 42 days’ immersion by seven out of eight kinds of seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  21 May [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 21, 26 May 1855, pp. 356–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1684

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  • 11) Savory, or Satureja, has grown somewhat less well after 28 days. (12) Linum usitatissimum: only one seed out of a mass of seeds (which gave out much slime) came up after the 28 days, and the same thing happened after 14  …

From Edward Blyth   21 April 1855


Indigenous domestic animals of the New World.

Relationship of Newfoundland and Esquimo dogs to the wolf. Dogs like the Esquimo occur in Tibet and Siberia. Indian pariah dogs and jackals occasionally interbreed.

Describes domestic cats of India; reports cases of their interbreeding with wild cats. Wild cats are tamed for hunting.

Races of silkworm in India are crossed [see 1690].

Domesticated plants, fish, and birds of India.

Comments on local races and species of crows; it is impossible to trace a line of demarcation between races and species.

Variation in the ability of hybrids to propagate.

Indian cattle breeds; differences between Bos indicus and Bos taurus.

Is not satisfied that aboriginally wild species of horse and ass exist.

Believes all fancy breeds of pigeon originated in the East. Wild ancestors of pigeons, ducks, geese, and fowls. Interbreeding of wild species of pheasant.

[CD’s notes are an abstract of this letter.]

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Apr 1855
Classmark:  DAR 98: A57–A68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1670

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  • 11–12. See Swainson 1837 , 2: 208–10, for a description of the half-collared dove ( Turtur semitorquatus ), the smaller of two doves described in this work. Salt 1814 , Appendix IV, p. xlviii. Hugh Edwin Strickland, a friend and regular correspondent of Blyth, had been killed by an express train while he was examining a railway cutting on 14  …