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To J. D. Hooker   [4 March 1868]


Arrangements to dine at JDH’s club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [4 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13816

To Charles Lyell   [9 March 1868]


Asks to borrow Philosophical Transactions, vol. 157, pt 2 (1868).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [9 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Department of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas (KU MSS P87: 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5768

To Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse   [after 12 March 1868]



Discusses tuition arrangements for Horace Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse
Date:  [after 12 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 39-40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5962

To Edward Hewitt   [c. 22 March 1868]



Asks for facts relating to courtship of birds and especially cases of females preferring particular males.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Hewitt
Date:  [c. 22 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5963

To Henry Doubleday   1 March [1868]


Has been interested in copy of HD’s letter to H. T. Stainton on numerical proportions of the sexes of insects. Do they vary during different years?

Does he have opinions about the courtships of butterflies?

Will send a copy of his paper on Primula when it is published. [See 5997.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Doubleday
Date:  1 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  George W. Platzman (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5966A

To H. T. Stainton   2 March [1868]


Thanks HTS for his valuable information. Hopes to arrive at probable answer to question of proportion of males to females in the progeny of butterflies bred in domestication.

On courtship of butterflies, CD believes something more than chance is involved in determining which male is successful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  2 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5967

To J. E. Gray   2 March [1868]


Thanks JEG for answering questions so fully and clearly, especially as he is troubled with his eyes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  2 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham (University Herbarium) (WBHERB.HST.L.25.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5970G

To William Sedgwick   4 March [1868]


Thanks WS for information about moss roses and the Le Compte family.

Mentions WS’s recent papers on inheritance [Brit. & Foreign Med.-Chirurg. Rev. (1867)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sedgwick
Date:  4 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.347)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5975

To C. S. Vesselofski   4 March 1868


Acknowledges his election as a Corresponding Member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Constantin Stepanovich Vesselofski
Date:  4 Mar 1868
Classmark:  Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg branch: SPBB ARAS (Fond 1. Register 2-1868. Folder 17. P65, 65 r)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5976

To John Murray   4 March [1868]


Payment of 400 guineas [Variation royalties] delights CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5978

To V. O. Kovalevsky   4 March [1868]


Sends sheets with alterations to be made [in Russian translation of Variation]. VOK should consider adding to the title-page that CD is a Corresponding Member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences (St Petersburg).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  4 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5979

To Jonathan Peel   6 March [1868]


Obliged for JP’s account of sheep. Such articles would make naturalists think more of natural selection.

E. A. Darwin’s health bad.

Asks about sex ratio in sheep births.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jonathan Peel
Date:  6 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 8059)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5983

To J. J. Weir   [6 March 1868]


Discusses beaks and relative numbers of the sexes of goldfinches.

Comments on sexual selection among butterflies.

Mentions Kerguelen moth collected by Hooker.

Comments on JJW’s observations on coloured birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  [6 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.348)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5986

To William Ogle   6 March [1868]


Wishes he had known of the views of Hippocrates, which are almost identical to his Pangenesis hypothesis. CD advances it as provisional, but secretly expects some such view will have to be admitted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ogle
Date:  6 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 261.5: 2 (EH: 88205900)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5987

To John Murray   6 March 1868


Acknowledges receipt of bill for £420.

Will try to attend Athenaeum meeting to help elect Clowes’s son.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Mar 1868
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 37–38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5989

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [5–9 March 1868]


Would like to meet with WBT while in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [5–9 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5991

To Alfred Wrigley   7 March [1868]



States his intentions regarding Horace’s future education. CD thought he had made those intentions clear in an earlier letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Wrigley
Date:  7 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5993

To David Forbes   [20 March 1868]


Any notes on idea of human beauty by natives who have little association with Europeans would interest CD.

Also influence of females on males’ choice.

Sends copy of Queries about expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  David Forbes
Date:  [20 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Pushkin House, St Petersburg: Literary Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature (Constantin Romanov, collection of O. A. Novikov: ПД 1975 ф.137 оп 1, no. 35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6002

To G. G. Stokes   11 March [1868]


Sends GGS examples of feathers from an albino peacock and repeats his query about the zones of colour [see 5950].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add MS 7656: D75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6003

To Alfred Wrigley   11 March [1868]



Regrets and apologises for a misunderstanding regarding Horace’s leaving Clapham School. Is sure he wrote an earlier letter which AW evidently did not receive.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Wrigley
Date:  11 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 42–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6004
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