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From Asa Gray   3 February 1878

Summary

AG’s review of Joseph Cook ["Lectures on biology", New Englander 37: 100–13].

Encourages CD to work at heliotropism.

Thinks Thomas Meehan is as "rattle-brained" as Joseph Cook.

[A damaged fragment cut from this letter is pinned to 11051.]

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 160: 169, DAR 165: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11343

Matches: 12 hits

  • Gray, Asa Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From Asa Gray   3 February 1878 …
  • … DAR 160: 169, DAR 165: 199 Asa Gray Herbarium of Harvard 3 Feb 1878 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … by it as is | Your affectionate | Asa Gray P.S.  I have done up Meehan for Amer. Jour. …
  • … CD described; see A. Gray 1877 and letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and n. 11. …
  • … See letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ; the other letter has not been found. …
  • … comment on the review, see the letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and n. 4; Gray …
  • … dioica is marsh valerian; see letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and n. 6. CD …
  • … laurel or mayflower). See letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and n. 8. Gray’s …
  • … of flowers , see Correspondence vol. 24, letter from Asa Gray, 5 December 1876 and n. 5. …
  • … an American, in 1877; see letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and n. 10. …
  • … s work for inaccuracy; see letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and n. 11. He had …

To Asa Gray   17 February [1878]

Summary

Heterostyly in Linum perenne. Believes the American form may be a distinct species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  17 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (129)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11364

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa
  • … To Asa Gray   17 February [1878] …
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (129) Charles Robert Darwin Down 17 Feb [1878] Asa Gray
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Asa Gray, 3 February 1878 . …
  • … See letter from Asa Gray, 3 February 1878 . Hyacinth Hooker stayed at Down with her baby, …
  • … vi, CD wrote that a well-known reviewer (Asa Gray in his review of Forms of flowers ) in …

To Asa Gray   15 August 1878

Summary

Climbing plants.

Requests seeds of Echinocystis lobata for Hugo de Vries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  15 Aug 1878
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (124)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11659

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa
  • … To Asa Gray   15 August 1878 …
  • … University (124) Charles Robert Darwin Abinger Hall Down letterhead 15 Aug 1878 Asa Gray
  • … see Correspondence vol. 10, letter from Asa Gray, 24 November 1862 and n. 11). CD’s notes …

To Asa Gray   21 [and 22] January 1878

Summary

Thanks for AG’s review of Forms of flowers [Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 15 (1878): 67–73].

Thomas Carlyle’s letter about CD was a forgery.

Gives Hermann Müller’s observations on Valeriana dioica.

Is unsure about function of "bloom"; are glaucous plants more or less common in arid parts of U. S.?

Observations on heliotropism.

Thomas Meehan reports that Linum perenne is self-fertile; CD thinks that he has mistaken the species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  21 and 22 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (123 and 127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11330

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa
  • … To Asa Gray   21 [and 22] January 1878 …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 6 Down letterhead 21 Jan 1878 22 Jan 1878 Asa Gray
  • … also Correspondence vol. 25, letter from Asa Gray, 27 September 1877 . See A. Gray 1878a, …
  • … also Correspondence vol. 25, letter from Asa Gray, 10 June 1877 . Thomas Meehan’s comments …
  • … North America. Joseph Dalton Hooker and Asa Gray had spent more than two months travelling …
  • … see Correspondence vol. 25, letter from Asa Gray, 27 September 1877 . CD stayed with his …

From Hugo de Vries   17 August 1878

Summary

Contraction of plant roots.

Author:  Hugo de Vries
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1878
Classmark:  DAR 180: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11665

Matches: 2 hits

  • … On the contraction of roots; Vries 1880 ). See letter to Asa Gray, 15 August 1878 . …
  • … you had in writing for me to Prof. Asa Gray, and beg you to accept my sincere thanks for …

To James Grant   11 March 1878

Summary

The strongest argument for the existence of God is the intuitive feeling that there must have been an intelligent beginner of the universe; "but then comes the doubt and difficulty whether such intuitions are trustworthy". CD is forced to leave the problem insoluble. "No man who does his duty has anything to fear, and may hope for whatever he earnestly desires."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Miller (James) Grant
Date:  11 Mar 1878
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (12 December 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11416

Matches: 2 hits

  • … he criticised the view proposed by Asa Gray that variations had been preordained and …
  • … also A. Gray 1861 and Correspondence vol. 16, letter to Asa Gray, 8 May [1868] and n. 5. …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   24 October [1878]

Summary

Wants some plants for sleep-movement observations. Has almost finished experimental work and must start sorting his notes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  24 Oct [1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 150–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11727

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Botanic Gardens, Kew); letters from Joseph Dalton Hooker to Asa Gray, 18 September 1878 …
  • … and 13 October 1878 (Asa Gray Correspondence 39, Archives of the Gray Herbarium)). CD’s …

From Thomas Meehan   28 April [1878]

Summary

Sends CD Dr Wood’s lecture on insectivorous plants.

Had no intention of antagonising CD with his observations on Linum; was anxious to account for its apparently different behaviour.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10944

Matches: 2 hits

  • … a distinct species (see letters to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 and 17 February [ …
  • … of L. perenne . CD had already written to Asa Gray mentioning Meehan’s remarks on Linum …

From J. D. Hooker   18 January 1878

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Summary

Invites CD to Kew.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 104: 101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11323

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Hooker at Kew on Tuesday 22 January ( letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ). …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   2 August [1878]

Summary

Thanks for plants and seeds; requests for more to test Sachs’s notion on "bloom".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  2 Aug [1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 141–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11637

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Kew on 22 January 1878 ( letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ). CD had been shown …

To G. J. Romanes   [20 January 1878?]

Summary

CD will call on Tuesday morning.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [20 Jan 1878?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.484)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11328

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Kew on Tuesday 22 January ( letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ). No reference …

From George Bentham   7 August 1878

Summary

CD’s election to the French Academy delights GB. Nationalistic prejudices have at last been overcome; congratulates him on what is now universal adoption of his views.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1878
Classmark:  DAR 160: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11642

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 1985–. Dupree, Anderson Hunter. 1959. Asa Gray, 1810–1888. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap …

To W. K. Parker   20 January [1878]

Summary

Thanks for kind note, would like to meet him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Kitchen Parker
Date:  20 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Te Papa Archives, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (CA000372/001/0001)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11329

Matches: 1 hit

  • … J. Romanes, [20 January 1878? ] ; letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ). He left …

To Hugo de Vries   [15] August [1878]

Summary

Enjoyed seeing HdeV yesterday.

Following the point mentioned by HdeV, CD has observed the difference in corrugation of primary roots in plants exposed to dry and damp soil.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugo de Vries
Date:  [15] Aug [1878]
Classmark:  Artis Library (De Vries 4b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11662

Matches: 1 hit

  • … you yesterday & remain | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin I have written to Asa Gray

From J. D. Hooker   7 October 1878

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Botanical evidence is against F. B. White’s origin of St Helena fauna. JDH holds flora is S. African. Since plants must arrive before insects, if fauna is Palearctic then flora survived glacial period. Flora not Miocene since old and relic orders are absent. Suggests S. African west coastal mountains as insects’ origin.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1878
Classmark:  DAR 104: 118–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11718

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Moulton 1879). Hooker was collaborating with Asa Gray on a study of the flora of the Rocky …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   11 May 1878

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Summary

WTT-D’s statement perverted by Times [4 May 1878, p. 6, on WTT-D’s Royal Institution lectures on vegetable morphology].

S. H. Vines’s work on light inhibition of Phycomyces hyphae ["The influence of light upon the growth of unicellular organs" (1878), Arb. Bot. Inst. Würzburg 2 (1882): 133–47] suggests heliotropism in green plants is independent of, and more primitive than, photosynthesis.

Heliotropism in aerial roots.

Frank Darwin’s work.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 May 1878
Classmark:  DAR 209.8: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11503

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Kew on 22 January 1878 ( letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ). Henry Nottidge …

From J. D. Hooker   4 October 1878

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Frank asked to summarise work with CD for use in JDH’s Royal Society address.

Work with A. Gray shows Colorado plants closer to Altai than to E. or W. America.

Work with J. Ball shows Moroccan plants very distinct from nearby Canaries.

JDH on Royal Commission to Paris Exhibition.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1878
Classmark:  DAR 104: 115–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11714

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Hooker 1878b, p. 61). Hooker and Asa Gray’s paper, ‘The vegetation of the Rocky Mountain …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   29 January 1878

Summary

Information on Cyclamen and other plants.

Identification of some plants.

"Bloom".

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 133.19: 10, 11, DAR 178: 102, DAR 209.4: 433–4, DAR 209.11: 258, 259, DAR 209.12: 88, Petit and Théodoridès 1959, pp. 210–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11339

Matches: 1 hit

  • … at Kew on 22 January 1878 ( letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878 ), and Thiselton- …
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