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To ?   [after June 1868]



Testimonial for James Archer, who leaves CD’s service after six months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5747

To Reviewer   [February–April 1868?]



Suggests, if further notice is to be taken of Variation, that the reviewer grapple with the subject of Pangenesis. Thanks him for his fair and friendly spirit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [Feb–Apr 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5829

From ?   6 April 1868



Gives details of some points that occurred to him while reading Variation, including observations on horses, cattle, silkworms, and hereditary baldness and disease.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 159: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6097

To ?   [before 1 July 1868]


Sends a copy of George Bentham’s Anniversary address to the Linnean Society of London (Bentham 1868).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 1 July 1868]
Classmark:  Deutsches Museum Archive, Munich (Pamphlet HS-Nr. 04130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6262F

From Thomas Barbot Beale   17 December [1868 or later]



On why it is said Indian elephants do not breed in captivity; mating habits of male so violent as to require restraint.

Author:  Thomas Barbot Beale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec [1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13777

From William Thomas Bridges?   14 July [1868–70?]



Asks CD what prompts dogs of all kinds to roll themselves in decayed animal matter; inherited habit or immediate gratification?

Author:  William Thomas Bridges
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July [1868-70]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 308
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13782

From Ludwig Büchner   9 October [1868 or later]



Thanks CD for letter of 3 Oct [missing] about LB’s publication.

Author:  Friedrich Karl Christian Ludwig (Ludwig) Büchner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct [1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13783

To Peter Martin Duncan   13 April [1868?]


Promises to send coral specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Peter Martin Duncan
Date:  13 Apr [1868?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.272)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13802

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 (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13816

From Asa Gray   [25 February 1868 or later]



Discusses arrangements for American edition of Variation.

Observations on apparently inherited instinct in a dog.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Feb 1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2563

To George Henry Kendrick Thwaites   31 January [1868]


Asks GHKT about eyes of screaming elephants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  31 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.325)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2670

To J. B. Baillière et ses fils   29 February [1868]


Sends stamps to the value of 1s. 1d. and asks for parcel to be sent to 6 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  J. B. Baillière et ses fils
Date:  29 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealers) (Catalogue 698, 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4415F

To Henry Hennessy   10 January [1868]


Thanks for papers.

Discusses case of the Asturian plants and HH’s view of their introduction through the agency of man. Although botanists question whether plants are thus introduced, those working closely on insular floras are admitting this view more and more.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hennessy
Date:  10 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (24 June 1987)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4744A

From William Bernhard Tegetmeier   8 January [1868?]


Has seen CD’s "carte" offered for sale.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan [1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4971

From George Brown   [before 1868]


Has “several times noticed eight permanent incisors instead of six in the jaw [of the horse]”.

Author:  George Thomas (George) Brown
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1868]
Classmark:  Variation 1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5313F

From William Blenkiron Jr   [c. February 1868?]



Answers for father, who is ill, on difference between manes of stallions and mares.

Author:  William Blenkiron, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Feb 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5340

From John Scott   8 January [1868]


Asks CD for memorandum giving his opinion on a proposal to move the site of the Calcutta Botanic Garden. Gives details of the position, the physical character and the climate of the present site to show how desirable a move would be.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5351

To John Scott   [after 8 January 1868]


Supports relocating the Calcutta Botanic Garden to a site near the Himalayas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  [after 8 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 116v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5352

To A. D. Bartlett   16 February [1868]


Asks ADB to perform experiment on colour perception in bower-bird.

Asks for rabbit specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  16 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5401

To T. H. Huxley   21 February [1868]


THH’s offer to read proof of essay on man encourages CD to write with satisfaction instead of a vague dread.

Begs Mrs Huxley not to forget corrugator supercilii in a crying child.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  21 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 260)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5408
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