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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 Francis Darwin   8 [June? 1868]


A cheque written out for FD has never been presented to CD’s bankers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  8 [June? 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5769

To Linnean Society   1 June 1868


Requests 50 copies of his paper ["Offspring of illegitimate unions of di- and trimorphic plants", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 393–437].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Linnean Society
Date:  1 June 1868
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Fellows Files No. 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6221

To Osbert Salvin   1 June 1868


Encloses some queries.

Would also like information about proportion of male to female humming-birds.

Reference to OS’s paper in Ibis, vol. 2.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  1 June 1868
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6221A

From Williams & Norgate   2 June 1868



Progress of CD’s order for certain books.

Author:  Williams & Norgate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 96: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6222

From Samuel James O’Hara Horsman   2 June [1868]


Resigns curacy of Down.

Author:  Samuel James O’Hara Horsman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 270
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6223

To Fritz Müller   3 June 1868


Is glad FM approves of a translation of Für Darwin.

Hopes FM will think well of Pangenesis.

Sexual differences in insect auditory and stridulating organs.

Read FM’s paper on Balanus with great interest ["On Balanus armatus", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 4th ser. 1 (1868): 393–412].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  3 June 1868
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6224

To S. J. O’H. Horsman   3 June 1868



Thinks SJOH is right not to return to Down. Asks him to forward certain documents. Hopes final arrangements will soon be made for a resident clergyman in Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel James O’Hara Horsman
Date:  3 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 96: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6225

From J. J. Weir   3 June 1868


Plumage of canaries; changes in plumage with successive moults.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6226

To John Scott   3 June 1868


As JS’s powers of observation seem to exist in all lines, CD begs further information from him and [H. N. B.] Erskine about the natives’ expressions of indignation, affirmation, and negation. The movements of the eyebrows and forehead of a girl in violent grief are of particular interest.

Do sub-breeds of pigeons exist in India as in Europe, but not in England? If so, what is the colour of the plumage in males and females at different stages of development?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  3 June 1868
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 68–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6226F

From George Rogers   4 June 1868


Suggests variation in seed-covering membranes as a cause of variation in plants.

Author:  George Rogers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 176: 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6227

To H. B. Tristram   4 June 1868


Asks about camouflage of birds in the Sahara desert.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Baker Tristram
Date:  4 June 1868
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6227F

From E. W. Janson   4 June 1868



Sends specimens of Coleoptera.

Quotes from W. F. Erichson [Naturgeschichte der Insecten Deutschlands 3: 927] on stridulating organs in Trox.

Author:  Edward Westey Janson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6228

From J. D. Hooker   5 June 1868



Horrified to find he has forgotten to announce birth of daughter.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 214–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6231

To J. J. Weir   5 June 1868


Sorry JJW cannot visit.

Will go to sea-side for five weeks at end of July.

Does Vidua have double annual moult? [See Descent 2: 181.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  5 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 148: 317; Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RL.10387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6232

To J. D. Hooker   6 June [1868]


Congratulations on birth of daughter. CD used to dread birth-time.

Sexual selection has turned out to be a large subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 69–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6233

From Henry Baker Tristram   6 June 1868


Will answer CD’s queries when he returns home in a month.

Author:  Henry Baker Tristram
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 178: 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6234

To Bibliographisches Institut, Hildburghausen   8 June 1868


Discusses possible English translation of A. E. Brehm’s [Illustrirtes] Thierleben [1864–9].

Asks for permission to use 15 of Brehm’s illustrations [in Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bibliographisches Institut
Date:  8 June 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.351)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6235

To B. D. Walsh   9 June 1868


Thanks BDW for new facts about Anthocaris [see 6156].

Asks BDW to observe stridulation apparatus in male and female lamellicorns.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  9 June 1868
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6236

From W. S. Dallas   9 June 1868


F. Müller’s corrections warrant stating that the English translation has "additions and corrections by the author".

Is gratified to hear his index [to Variation] is considered a good one.

Ernst Haeckel’s book [Generelle Morphologie (1868)], though speculative, strikes him as "one of the most remarkable books of our time".

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6238
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