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To the Field   [before 27 April 1861]

Summary

Requests facts concerning the colour of the parents of true dun horses. His interest also in the colour and presence of spinal stripes of dun horses or ponies before they lose their first hair.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  The Field
Date:  [before 27 Apr 1861]
Classmark:  The Field, the Farm, the Garden, the Country Gentleman’s Newspaper 17 (1861): 358
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3128A

Matches: 1 hit

To Luke Hindmarsh   3 May [1861]

Summary

Asks how many wild Chillingham cattle are killed each year. Interested in rate of increase.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Luke Hindmarsh
Date:  3 May [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3137

Matches: 1 hit

To Luke Hindmarsh   12 May [1861]

Summary

Thanks for information about natural increase of Chillingham cattle. Compares with case in Paraguay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Luke Hindmarsh
Date:  12 May [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3146

Matches: 1 hit

To the Field   [before 15 June 1861]

Summary

His thanks to "Eques" of Argyllshire for his remarkable information on the inheritance of colour in horses. Acknowledges the difficulty of defining dun. Requests further information.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  The Field
Date:  [before 15 June 1861]
Classmark:  The Field, the Farm, the Garden, the Country Gentleman’s Newspaper 17 (1861): 521
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3182A

Matches: 1 hit

From Hugh Falconer   23 June 1861

Summary

Offers CD a live Proteus anguinus from Adelsberg cave. In his hands it will have a fair chance of developing into "some type of Columbidae (say a pouter or tumbler)".

The Origin is universally praised in Italy and Germany, even by those who disagree with it.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 June 1861
Classmark:  DAR 99: 3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3194

Matches: 1 hit

To Henry Fawcett   20 July 1861

Summary

"You could not possibly have told me anything which would have given me more satisfaction than what you say about Mr. Mill’s opinion." [See 2868.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Fawcett
Date:  20 July 1861
Classmark:  Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3215A

Matches: 1 hit

To Charles Lyell   6 August [1861]

Summary

Bentham has sent a damaged spurless Orchis pyramidalis; asks CL to send another. Fears they are irregular monsters. [See Orchids, pp. 47–8.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  6 Aug [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 698)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3227

Matches: 1 hit

To John Tyndall   23 February [1861]

Summary

Sends correspondence between Dr Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood I [of Etruria] on glaciers.

Also a pamphlet [Asa Gray, Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)] containing "the best account" of the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  23 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 3 (EH 88205941)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3067

Matches: 1 hit

From Andrew Murray   3 March 1861

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Summary

Will be pleased to review Asa Gray’s pamphlet [see 3068].

Is not surprised that blind cave insects are sometimes found in other dark places.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1861
Classmark:  DAR 47: 154–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3077

Matches: 1 hit

From H. C. Watson   20 September 1861

Summary

The Primula experiments of J. Sidebotham; HCW’s distrust of the results [see J. Sidebotham, "Specific identity of the cowslip and the primrose", Phytologist 3 (1849): 703–5].

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1861
Classmark:  DAR 181: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3258

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Watson, H. C. Darwin, C. R. …
  • Darwin I have some recollection of intimating a distrust of M r . Sidebotham’s recorded experiments on Primroses, &c.   …

To W. E. Darwin   22 October [1861]

Summary

Tells of a shooting competition at Down.

Has been working hard at orchid drawings with G. B. Sowerby, Jr.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  22 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3294

Matches: 2 hits

  • Darwin, C. R. Darwin, W. E. …
  • r Sowerby. I have just had a splendid Orchis, which shoots out its pollen-masses like an arrow on to insect. — We are in despair about Horses & cannot get a pair that will do. — Good Night | My dear old fellow | C.  Darwin

To Daniel Oliver   3 November [1861]

Summary

Thanks for "multitudinous" references.

Thanks Hooker for orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  3 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 52 (EH 88206035)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4329

Matches: 1 hit

To John Lubbock   9 August [1861]

Summary

JL’s kindness has laid William and himself "under an enduring obligation". One clause in the partnership agreement seems harsh but will probably never signify.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  9 Aug [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 48 (EH 88206492)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3228

Matches: 1 hit

To John Gould   6 October [1861]

Summary

Thanks for JG’s book [An introduction to the Trochilidae, or family of humming-birds (1861)], which he has read carefully. Hopes someday to use the information on the close alliance of species in large genera.

CD repudiates hybridity of birds in nature.

Intends to extract the cases of "races" or doubtful species. They show that "determination of species is not a simple affair".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Gould
Date:  6 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (Add 4251/330)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3278

Matches: 1 hit

To Asa Gray   [after 11 October 1861]

Summary

Thanks AG for notes on hollies.

Replies to an argument for design. Feels it monstrous to consider orchids created as they are now seen, since every part reveals modification on modification.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  [after 11 Oct 1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (51a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3283

Matches: 1 hit

To Daniel Oliver   7 December [1861]

Summary

Trusts DO’s opinion on Acropera ovules.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  7 Dec [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 3 (EH 88205987)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3340

Matches: 1 hit

To James Lamont   25 February [1861]

Summary

Comments on JL’s Seasons with sea-horses [1861]. Thinks JL bold to defend his bear–whale illustration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Lamont
Date:  25 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3071

Matches: 1 hit

From George Maw   15 March 1861

Summary

Asks for a testimonial for Edward Newman.

Discusses the Origin, considers natural selection works well when applied to the evolution of nations and groups of men; on the other hand feels the classification of mineral elements is a damaging analogy as it parallels organic classification but could not be derived by any evolutionary means.

Author:  George Maw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1861
Classmark:  DAR 171.1(3): 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3089

Matches: 1 hit

To George Maw   17 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks GM for his excellent criticisms. His observations on the classification of minerals force him to "own that classification may be closely like that due to descent yet have no relation to it".

Asks whether GM has observed any cases of "bud-variations".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  17 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3090

Matches: 1 hit

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 15 June 1861]

Summary

Reports his experiment with fertilising the large periwinkle (Vinca major), which he had never known to produce seed. He found that the pollen could not reach the stigma without the aid of insects, which in England never visit the flower. CD produced seeds by inserting a fine bristle, like the proboscis of a moth. Asks readers to repeat this experiment with other species that do not habitually seed and to report the result.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 15 June 1861]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 15 June 1861, p. 552
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3182

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