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To M. J. Berkeley   10 July 1875

Summary

Enquires about fairy rings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  10 July 1875
Classmark:  The National Library of Wales (NLW St Asaph Diocesan Records SA/CR/219)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10055F

To M. J. Berkeley   7 April [1855]

Summary

Asks for a pea variety for an experiment.

Discusses C. F. v. Gärtner’s results [in Bastarderzeugung im Pflanzenreich (1849)]. Criticises Gärtner’s belief that hybrids are always less fertile than their parents.

Asks about MJB’s experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  7 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1662

To M. J. Berkeley   11 April [1855]

Summary

Thanks MJB for peas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  11 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1665

To M. J. Berkeley   12 June [1855]

Summary

Thanks for approval of seed-soaking experiments in Gardeners’ Chronicle ["Does sea-water kill seeds?", 26 May 1855; Collected papers 1: 255–8]. They seem not to have convinced Hooker of consequences for geographical distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  12 June [1855]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1699

To M. J. Berkeley   3 July [1855]

Summary

Reports success of seed-soaking experiments. Celery and onion germinate after 85 days’ immersion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  3 July [1855]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1710

To M. J. Berkeley   29 February [1856]

Summary

Preparing paper on seed-soaking for Linnean Society ["Action of sea-water on seeds", Collected papers 1: 264–73]. Wants to use MJB’s results. Lost ardour when he found seeds would not float.

Has grown MJB’s purest pea seeds and got a few variants. Gärtner’s experiments suggest direct action of pollen, but CD thinks it is "mere variation".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  29 Feb [1856]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1834

To M. J. Berkeley   18 March [1856]

Summary

Thanks MJB for information which he is including in his article for the Linnean Society.

Refers to the peas "which produce the black or intensely purple pods". [See 1834 and 1836.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  18 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1843A

To M. J. Berkeley   [26 November 1840]

Summary

Remarks that each of two species of Fagus separated by 1000 miles has a fungus that grows on it; the fungus species are probably closely allied.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [26 Nov 1840]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-583

To M. J. Berkeley   [March 1841]

Summary

Looks forward to the paper on CD’s edible fungus specimen from Tierra del Fuego [read 16 Mar 1841; Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 19 (1845): 37–43].

Sends a correction: Fagus betuloides, not F. antarctica, is the common tree of Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  [Mar 1841]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-591

To M. J. Berkeley   7 September 1868

Summary

Appreciates MJB’s address [Rep. BAAS 38 (1868): 83–7]. Has had great respect for MJB’s knowledge since his undergraduate days at Cambridge.

Agrees that Pangenesis gemmules probably do not develop into free cells, but penetrate other cells in a manner analogous to fertilisation, and modify their development.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  7 Sept 1868
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6353
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