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To J. D. Hooker   9 October [1856]

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CD coming to London.

Read JDH’s review [Hooker’s Kew J. Bot. 8 (1856): 54–64 et seq.] of Alphonse de Candolle’s Géographie botanique raisonnée [1855] long ago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1971

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  • … Documented in CD’s Experimental book, pp.  1114 (DAR 157a). CD gave the results in …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   3 November [1856]

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Has received nine skins from Walter Elliot of Madras; WBT may describe them if he wishes.

Expects some Persian fowls.

Can WBT inquire about the fertility of certain duck hybrids?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  3 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1981

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  • 11 November issue of the Cottage Gardener 17 (1856–7): 103, Tegetmeier reported on the 14  …

To John Lubbock   23 September [1856]

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Sends review by Quatrefages [de Bréau] of Owen’s Parthenogenesis [1849].

J. D. Dana’s congratulations on JL’s marriage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  23 Sept [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 283: 12 (EH 88206461)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1960

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  • 11, 563–7, 618–23; 13: 27–30, 131–4, 157–60, 278–81, 383–6, 462–3, 537–8, 586–8, 635–9; 14: …
  • 11 September 1856 ( The Times , 12 September 1856). The wedding took place in Down church. CD’s daughter, Henrietta Emma, aged 13, apparently attended. Letter from J.  D. Dana, 8 September 1856 . The passage quoted was probably in the section of the letter that is now missing. Lubbock had published his researches on Entomostraca in Lubbock 1855 . See letter to John Lubbock, [14  …

To T. H. Huxley   27 May [1856]

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Has written very strong notes to Lord Overstone and Sir J. W. Lubbock and hopes they will be of service to THH.

Acknowledges receipt of THH’s lecture [unidentified].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  27 May [1856]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 174)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1878

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  • 11, 563–7, 618–23; 13: 27–30, 131–4, 157–60, 278–81, 383–6, 462–3, 537–8, 586–8, 635–9; 14: …

To Charles Lyell   3 May [1856]

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Discusses possibility of publishing a sketch of his views.

Comments on CL’s letter [1862].

Mentions various geological topics.

Asks to borrow publication by Heer.

Mentions flight of Colymbetes over ocean.

Recalls visit by Wollaston.

Notes views of Hooker and Huxley on species.

Mentions ability of ducks to transport plant seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  3 May [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1866

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  • … and 11 May [1856] ) before he ‘Began by Lyell’s advice writing species sketch’ on 14  …

To T. H. Huxley   9 December [1856]

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Grateful for Siebold’s wonderful facts [C. T. E. von Siebold, On a true parthenogenesis in moths and bees (1856), trans. by W. S. Dallas (1857)].

Vitality of spermatozoa.

Hybridisation of bees. Bees are in one respect his greatest theoretical difficulty.

CD still convinced about the relation of cement receptacles and ovarian tubes [in Crustacea].

Birth of C. W. Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  9 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 42, 374)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2017

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  • 11, 563–7, 618–23; 13: 27–30, 131–4, 157–60, 278–81, 383–6, 462–3, 537–8, 586–8, 635–9; 14: …

To J. D. Hooker   21 [May 1856]

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Huxley’s "vehement" [Royal Institution?] Lectures make it difficult to propose him for Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [May 1856]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1876

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  • 11, 563–7, 618–23; 13: 27–30, 131–4, 157–60, 278–81, 383–6, 462–3, 537–8, 586–8, 635–9; 14: …

To T. H. Huxley   1 July [1856]

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Asks for information on geographical distribution of ascidians; are any closely allied species or genera found in north and south temperate zones that do not have representatives in the tropics?

Answers some questions on [cirripede] antennae.

If THH ever sees a tree washed ashore, will he observe whether any earth is embedded between roots?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  1 July [1856]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 175, 37–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1914

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  • 11, 563–7, 618–23; 13: 27–30, 131– 4, 157–60, 278–81, 383–6, 462–3, 537–8, 586–8, 635–9; 14: …

From J. D. Hooker   9 November 1856

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JDH approves MS section on geographical distribution.

Never felt so shaky about species before.

His objections to some mechanisms of distribution that CD proposes.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1856
Classmark:  DAR 100: 105–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1983

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  • 11 of Natural selection ), which CD gave to him for his comments in October (see letter to J.  D. Hooker, [16 October 1856] ). The manuscript is now in DAR 14. …

To J. D. Hooker   11 May [1856]

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CD is unsure about JDH’s recommendation that he publish a separate "Preliminary Essay". It is unphilosophical to publish without full details.

CD will work for Huxley’s admission to Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 May [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1874

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  • 11 May [1856] ). CD had presented this paper, ‘On certain areas of elevation and subsidence in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as deduced from the study of coral formations’, at a meeting of the Geological Society of London on 31 May 1837 ( Collected papers 1: 46–9). He subsequently published Coral reefs in 1842. See letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856 . On 14  …

To John Thompson   26 November [1856]

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Thanks for promise of rabbit carcase and for information about rabbit at Zoological Society’s Garden.

Requests correspondent to ask Mr Vivian for carcase of an old "Creve-coeur" cock. CD has found that the skull in this breed is modified to support its comb.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Thompson
Date:  26 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 4251: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2001

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  • 14 June [1856] , in which CD refers to having asked for the carcass of a Himalayan rabbit from the gardens of the Zoological Society. The letter also precedes a payment for rabbits made in January 1857 (see n.  1, above). Probably the silver grey rabbit paid for in January 1857 (see n.  1, above). CD’s interest in silver grey rabbits later led him to study the origin of their peculiar colouring and their possible contribution to the ancestry of other well-known breeds, in particular the Himalayan rabbit (see Variation 1: 109–11). …
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