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To John Lubbock   26 July [1861]

Summary

Thanks JL for assistance with William Darwin’s banking partnership; considers everything is now settled.

Is enjoying himself and doing a little work on orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  26 July [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 45 (EH 88206489)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3219

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To George Bentham   24 November [1861]

Summary

Requests more precise details about Oxalis, to which GB referred in his remarks on Primula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  24 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 688)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3328

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To George Bentham   26 November [1861]

Summary

Would prefer to have Primula paper published in the Linnean Society’s Journal rather than Transactions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  26 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 689)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3330

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To Thomas Salt   9 February [1861]

Summary

Asks for advice about the mortgage to Major Owen for £20,000.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Salt
Date:  9 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3061F

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To Archibald Geikie   27 February [1861]

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Summary

CD expresses his gratification that a geologist of AG’s standing and influence subscribes to the idea of the mutability of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Geikie
Date:  27 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3073F

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To George Rolleston   7 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks for explanation of cyanosis and clubbed nails.

Hopes GR will work out point about mucus tubes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  7 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS.6119/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3083

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To John Lubbock   [25 May 1861]

Summary

Discusses the possibility of a banking job for William [Darwin]; wishes to meet JL to discuss the prospects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [25 May 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 41 (EH 88206485)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3158

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To Charles Lovegrove   9 July [1861?]

Summary

Regrets he does not have pedigree of CL’s "pretty pony", but assures him information was very useful, "more especially as it confirms what I heard from Norway & did not know whether fully to believe".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lovegrove
Date:  9 July [1861?]
Classmark:  Barton L. Smith
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13823

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  • Darwin, C. R. Lovegrove, Charles …

To W. E. Darwin   9 May [1861]

Summary

Discusses family and domestic matters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  9 May [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3145

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  • Darwin, C. R. Darwin, W. E. …
  • R d . & the pony came home across country in gallant style, jumping everything & cleared the Hurdles & Hedge into the sand-walk. I have not had one game of Billiards since the Boys were here; indeed the Table has been covered with skeletons of Cocks & Hens, & has been very useful for that purpose. Mamma will not come back till next Wednesday, so I am rather dull; & I shall be all the duller when Miss Ludwig replaces Emily Thorley on Monday. — Good Bye | My dear old man | Yours affect y | C.  Darwin

To John Lindley   25 October [1861]

Summary

Sends thanks for an informative letter;

would be grateful for any orchids; names some he would particularly like.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lindley
Date:  25 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Lindley letters, A–K: 194)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3299

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  • Darwin, C. R. Lindley, John …
  • C.  Darwin | care of Down Postman | Bromley | Kent per Railway I terribly want any one of your “Arethuseæ. ” M r

To Andrew Murray   23 February [1861]

Summary

Sends pamphlet by Asa Gray [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. Hopes AM may get it noticed in any natural history periodical in Edinburgh.

Will send AM a corrected [3d] edition of Origin. AM will find little alteration in the parts he attacked, which, to the best of CD’s judgment, did not seem to require correction. Assures AM that he does not send his new edition out of bravado.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  23 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3068

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  • Darwin, C. R. Murray, Andrew …
  • r Crotch who has lately been in Berlin, that he saw the Anophthalmus Raymondi which had been taken in the cellars of a very ancient deserted monastery, near Toulon. I wish I knew whether the account has been published; it is very curious if true. Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C.  Darwin

To Daniel Oliver   27 May [1861]

Summary

Requests that exotic species of Vinca, which never set seed at Kew, be fertilised by pressing a fine bristle between anthers as a moth would its proboscis.

Asks that Primula farinosa be sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  27 May [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 8 (EH 88205992)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3161

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  • Darwin, C. R. Oliver, Daniel …
  • r Crocker liked experiments; if so I wish he would insert fine brush, like a Bee into a few exotic Polygalas which do not naturally seed & mark flowers & see if pods swell; I suspect they require insect agency. By the way you have not sent me P.  farinosa; I daresay you have been so busy that you forgot it. — I beg & pray you not merely to acknowledge this. Yours most sincerely | C.  Darwin

To John Crawfurd   7 April 1861

Summary

Thanks JC for pamphlets.

"I do not believe in Metempsychosis nor in Genesis – & you are growing so orthodox, that you will end your days, I believe, in believing in the Tower of Babel–."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Crawfurd
Date:  7 Apr 1861
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3114

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  • Darwin, C. R. Crawfurd, John …
  • r . Crawfurd Very many thanks for your note & kind present of the two pamplets    I felt sure the one I asked about, was by you: but I did not know whether you acknowledged it. I can now refer to it as read at Oxford in 186–    I will look to Book about Indian dates. — I do not believe in metempsychosis nor in Genesis—& you are growing so orthodox, that you will end your days, I believe, in believing in the Tower of Babel— With sincere thanks | Yours very sincerely | C Darwin

From Francis Walker   1 February 1861

Summary

Identifies two dipterous species of parasites [chalcidites].

Was not able to attend to the aphids last year, but will make use of CD’s suggestions and "study as much as I can the inquiry as to species".

Author:  Francis Walker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1861
Classmark:  DAR 46.2 (ser. 3): 54–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3053

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  • … Walker, Francis Darwin, C. R. …
  • Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Fallén, Carl Frederik. 1814–27. Diptera Sveciæ. 2 vols. in 1. Lund. Natural selection : Charles Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. …

To Charles Lyell   20 October [1861]

Summary

Continued discussion of Jamieson’s Glen Roy theory. Mentions river erosion of glaciers. Quotes from old letter to CL [1116].

Is working hard on orchids; fears subject is too complex for the public.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  20 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.268)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3291

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  • Darwin, C. R. Lyell, Charles …
  • r J. & you have come to. The whole Glacial Theory is really a magnificent subject. — I have been working terribly hard lately (for me) at Orchids. The subject is, I fear, too complex for the Public & I fear I have made a great mistake in not keeping to my first intention of sending it to Linnean Soc y . ; but it is now too late, & I must make the best of a bad job. — —Yours affec y | C.  Darwin

To Charles Hardy?   4 September [1861]

Summary

Has modified the statements about bees visiting clover for honey in 3d ed. of Origin. Can correspondent find out if clover in Lowestoft district was a second crop?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Hardy
Date:  4 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  Dawsons of Pall Mall (dealers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3244

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To George Rolleston   5 September [1861]

Summary

GR’s letter is a gold-mine.

Pleased to have Pierre Gratiolet’s comment on the embryology of greatly modified organs

and GR’s valuable cases of analogous variation.

Doubts craniologists, but recounts his father’s opinion that the shape of CD’s head was altered when he returned from the Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  5 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  Royal College of Physicians of London (ALS/D12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3245

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To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 14 September 1861]

Summary

Requests orchid specimens from Arethuseae division for his investigation of the many contrivances by which orchids are fertilised by insect agency.

Asks whether Charles Morren has published on the fertilisation of orchids by insect agency.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 14 Sept 1861]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 14 September 1861, p. 831
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3252

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To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 14 September 1861]

Summary

Two correspondents report fertilising Vinca rosea by imitating the action of an insect inserting its proboscis. Another says his Vinca rosea seed profusely without artificial fertilisation. CD asks what might explain the difference in results. In the latter instance, are the plants kept in a greenhouse with windows left open, so that moths could get access at night?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 14 Sept 1861]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 14 September 1861, pp. 831–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3253

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  • Darwin, C. R. Gardeners’ Chronicle …

To Daniel Oliver   9 April [1861]

Summary

Asks DO to identify enclosed Fumaria or Corydalis flower, with springing hood adaptation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  9 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 6 (EH 88205990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3499

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