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From Henry Holland   [10 February 1863]


Cites [C. F.?] Burdach as the source of a note on atavism in alternate generations.

Wants to talk to CD about inheritance.

Author:  Henry Holland, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 243
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3959

From F. T. Buckland   [before 1 February 1863]



Invites CD to visit offices of the Field; editor wishes CD to place natural history inquiries there.

Author:  Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 356
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3960

From Thomas Rivers   [3 February 1863]



His observations of "selection" in growth of seedling trees.

Author:  Thomas Rivers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 46.1: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3965

From William Henry Harvey   3 February 1863


Is pleased that CD has [Roland] Trimen to collect specimens of Cape orchids. Suggests directions for securing dry specimens of what he draws.

Identifies Disa barbata and D. Cornuta of the Ophridiae.

Author:  William Henry Harvey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1863
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3966F

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   4 February [1863]


Thinks he may be appointed Commodore commanding the Squadron on the west coast of S. America. Wishes to leave England for his health’s sake.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3968

From J. D. Dana   5 February 1863


Hopes CD has received a copy of his [Manual of] Geology [1862]; justifies his assertion that geology provides no evidence to support the view that life has evolved through a method of development from species to species.

Author:  James Dwight Dana
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1863
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3969

From W. D. Fox   6 February [1863]



Hopes they might meet as WDF has to come to town.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3970

From James Paget   7 February 1863


Forwards a book [Horace Dobell, Lectures on the germs and vestiges of disease (1861)] and a genealogical table at the author’s request.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 174: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3971

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

From B. J. Sulivan   10 February [1863]


Sends some tickets so that CD’s son might see [an unspecified] model.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 281
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3976

From Frederick Smith   11 February 1863


Has been unable to find a book [unspecified] wanted by CD.

Author:  Frederick Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3978

From W. D. Fox   [11 February 1863]



Plans to meet CD in town.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3979

From Ludolph Christian Treviranus   12 February 1863


Sends his paper ["Über Dichogamie nach C. C. Sprengel und Ch. Darwin", Bot. Ztg. (1863): 1–7, 9–16].

Author:  Ludolph Christian Treviranus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 178: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3980

From Edwin Brown   14 February 1863



Sends copy of his second paper on mutability of race forms ["On the mutability of species", Proceedings of the Northern Entomological Society, 22 December 1862, pp.4–26].

On tactics of his opponents.

He and Bates have divided up Carabidae and Vanessa for studying relationship of forms.

Author:  Edwin Brown
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 325
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3983

From S. P. 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

From J. D. Hooker   [16 February 1863]



British attitude towards America: not hate as Asa Gray thinks, but contempt.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 103–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3989

From Richard Frean   17 February 1863


Discusses his reading and understanding of Origin.

Author:  Richard Frean
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1863
Classmark:  Launceston Library (State Library of Tasmania): Local Studies Collection – Manuscripts (Robert Norman Smith Diaries and correspondence LMSS 0020)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3993F

From George Henry Kendrick Thwaites   17 February 1863


Replies to CD’s letter: dimorphism common in Ceylon Rubiaceae. [See Forms of flowers, p. 286.]

Author:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 109: A94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3994

From W. B. Tegetmeier   18 February 1863


Hoped to meet CD at the Linnean Society to discuss pigeon and poultry breeding experiments.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 178: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3995

From John Scott   18 February [1863]


Sends Acropera capsule for CD to dissect.

Will try to raise Acropera from seed (never done before in Britain) to examine its sexual forms.

Studying primroses, parthenogenesis, and reproduction of some cryptogams.

Received maize varieties from CD.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3997
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