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To John Scott   26 October 1872

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Acknowledges JS’s excellent letter of 25 September. May CD assume that the gigantic worm-casts were nearly circular when measured before the rain?

That a medical man should always have the place of superintendent seems a piece of jobbery.

Mentions [George] King.

JS’s thin paper renders some words on other side almost illegible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  26 Oct 1872
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8578F

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  • Hooker, 24 October [1872] , and letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 26 October 1872 . George King , the superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, was in England on medical leave. See letter from John Scott, 25 September 1872 . No letter from Hooker referring to Scott’s drawings has been found, but Hooker may have mentioned the subject during his visit to CD from 7 to 11  …

To John Scott   12 November [1862]

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Discusses whether or not "male" Acropera bear fruit. JS’s interpretation of Acropera pollination is ingenious. Pollen-tubes of some cleistogamous flowers germinate in the anthers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  12 Nov [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B7–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3805

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  • 11 November 1862  and nn.  2, 3, and 7. Orchids , p.  210. CD’s notes on his observations of Viola canina and Oxalis acetosella , made in May and June 1862, are preserved in DAR 111: 3–5, 44. See also letter to J.  D.  Hooker, …

To John Scott   16 February [1863]

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Tells JS Acropera capsule should be left to grow.

JS was correct on "bud-variation" in fern frond.

Does not believe Primula structure necessarily related to dioecism, but the difference in fertility of the two forms forced him to admit the possibility.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  16 Feb [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B55, B81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3991

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  • 11 February 1863. CD wanted Vanda capsules for comparison with the Acropera capsule (see n.  3, above, and Correspondence vol.  10, letter to J.  D.  Hooker, …
  • J.  D.  Hooker, 20 August 1862 , letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 22 [August 1862] , and letter from John Scott, [20 November – 2 December 1862] . James McNab was curator of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and Scott’s immediate superior ( R.  Desmond 1994 ); Scott was foreman in the propagating department. CD was preparing a draft of chapter 12 of Variation (see ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  11, …

To John Scott   12 April [1863]

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Encourages JS to publish on sterility of orchids and to experiment on Passiflora.

Doubted Hooker’s poppy case.

Describes case of primrose with three pistils: when pulled apart allowed pollen to be placed directly on ovules. This supports JS’s explanation of H. Crüger’s case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  12 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B59, B77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4084

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  • Hooker on the possibility of artificially pollinating flowers of the blue poppy without the involvement of the stigma ( J.  D.  Hooker 1854a ). See letter from John Scott, [1–11] …

To John Scott   8 January [1863]

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CD’s respect for JS’s indomitable work and interesting experiments increases steadily.

His gratitude for the primulas and the astonishing Gongora specimen.

Asks JS’s opinion about crossing a primrose with the pollen of a wild cowslip and of a cultivated polyanthus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  8 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3908F

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  • … from John Scott, 11 November 1862 , and letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 18 [November  1862] ). …

To John Scott   25 and 28 May [1863]

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CD does not think he could be wrong about the stigma of Bolbophyllum.

Will not write up Drosera for years.

Praises JS’s experiments. Invites him to send a paper to Linnean Society.

L. C. Treviranus says all species of Primula present two forms except P. longiflora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  25 and 28 May 1863
Classmark:  DAR 93: B41–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4185

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  • 11 December [1862] and n.  21). Scott’s experiments were published in Scott 1864d . The enclosure has not been found, but an indication of its contents is given in the letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [ …
  • Hooker had sent CD a specimen from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in November 1861 (see Correspondence vol.  9, letters to J.  D.  Hooker, 5 [November 1861] and 25 November [1861] ). See enclosure to the letter from John Scott, 21 May [1863] . Scott read a paper, ‘On the propagation and irritability of Drosera and Dionaea ’, before the Botanical Society of Edinburgh on 11  …

To John Scott   10 June 1864

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Letter of recommendation stating his high opinion of John Scott.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  10 June 1864
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4528

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  • J.  D. Hooker, [1 April 1864] and nn.  3–5). He had encouraged Scott on numerous occasions to publish the results of his experiments on hybridity and sterility, many of which had been undertaken at CD’s behest (see, for example, Correspondence vol.  11, …

To John Scott   11 December [1862]

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Criticises style of JS’s fern paper [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 16 (1862): 209–27].

JS’s remark on "the two sexes counteracting variability in the product of the one" is new to CD.

Does the female [fern?] plant always produce female by parthenogenesis?

They seem to work on same subjects; CD has much material on Drosera.

Does not understand JS’s objections to natural selection.

Offers to suggest experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  11 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B37, B49–52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3853

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  • … letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 4 February [1861] , and letter to Daniel Oliver, 11 September [ …

To John Scott   1 and 3 August [1863]

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Thanks JS for orchid paper [Trans. Bot. Soc. Edinburgh 7 (1863): 543–50]. JS presents excellent new facts on sterility of orchids.

His argument that coloured primroses are not hybrids is good, as is idea of discovering primrose parentage by breeding for colours.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  1 and 3 Aug 1863
Classmark:  DAR 93: B24, B27–8, B70; DAR 147: 455
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4260

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  • … John Scott, 11 December [1862] . Joseph Dalton Hooker . See letters from J.  D.  Hooker, [ …
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