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To John Murray   22 January [1863]


Asks that a copy of Origin be sent to Thomas Rivers.

Curious about sale of Orchids. It is too stiff for the public. "If praise from Botanists would sell, it would go off well."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3936

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From Emma Darwin to John Murray   [before 17 December 1863]


CD too ill to write.

Asks that a presentation copy of Origin be sent off.

He has authorised an Italian translation of Origin.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [before 17 Dec 1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 128–129)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4352

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From Robert Swinhoe   14 April 1863



Difference in plumage of Ardeola, a species of heron, in summer and winter. [See Descent 2: 190.]

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4094

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  • … Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Hall, Philip B. 1987. Robert Swinhoe (1836– …

To J. D. Hooker   29 May [1863]



CD’s encouragement of John Scott, who has found a case of self-incompatibility in orchids, like William Herbert’s in Crinum.

Nägeli on phyllotaxy.

CD’s observations on broom fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 May [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 195
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4191

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Ferris, Norman B. 1977. The Trent affair: a …

From Charles Lyell   11 March 1863


Defends position he takes on species [in Antiquity of man]. CD overestimates CL’s capacity to influence public. Will not dogmatise on descent of man; prepared to accept it, but it "takes away much of the charm from my speculations on the past". Cannot go to Huxley’s length with regard to natural selection. Responds to CD’s comments on Antiquity of man.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1863
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 362–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4035

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Woodward, Horace B. 1881. A memoir of Dr S. …

From Samuel Pickworth Woodward   14 February 1863


Points out some errata in the Origin.

Discusses the factors producing the shape of the cells of the honeycomb.

Reports case of two varieties of musk-rat that behave very differently but are, according to Waterhouse, the same.

Author:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 181: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3984

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  • … Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Woodward, Horace B. 1881. A memoir of Dr S. P. …

From Camille Dareste   8 February 1863


Has read Origin with satisfaction. He had long ago come to consider the fixity of species as contrary to the facts, but could see no suitable alternative. The Origin has brought the light to guide him.

Sends CD a copy of his latest work ["Mémoire sur la production artificielle des monstruosités", Ann. Sci. Nat. (Zool.) 4th ser. 18 (1862): 243–76]. Hopes to explain a great number of anomalies by his experimental work on artificially produced monstrosities.

Author:  Gabriel-Madeleine-Camille (Camille) Dareste
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 162: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3974

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  • B. Baillière. Origin : On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. …

To W. E. Darwin   [5 May 1863]


Discusses dimorphic plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [5 May 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4140

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  • John Murray. 1877. Lecoq, Henri. 1854–8. Études sur la géographie botanique de l’Europe et en particulier sur la végétation du plateau central de la France. 9 vols. Paris: J. B. …

From John Scott   3 March 1863



JS criticises natural selection as based on an innate "continuously watchful selective principle".

Seeks seed of wild Rocky Mountain maize.

What is CD’s view on origin of maize?

Seeks information on self-sterility of Passiflora and Lobelia.

Weeping habit of trees.

Intended to say bisexual plants presented more established varieties than unisexual, not that they are more variable.

Explains his opinion that homomorphically fertilised Primula will produce only their own form. Is trying homomorphic crosses with different coloured Primula varieties.

Asks to read Asa Gray’s 2d review of Orchids.

Has finally successfully fertilised Gongora, but it was done by unnatural means.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1863
Classmark:  DAR 108: 179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4021

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  • John Murray. 1868. Verlot, Bernard. 1864. Mémoire sur la production et la fixation des variétés dans les plantes d’ornement. Journal de la Société Impériale et Centrale d’Horticulture 10: 243–56, 305–20, 375–84, 420–32, 468– 80, 518–28, 571–6, 624–40. Verlot, Bernard. 1865. Sur la production et la fixation des variétés dans les plantes d’ornement. Paris: J. B. …