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DCP-LETT-1618

Summary

Cancelled: part of 1757. Has examined a specimen of [of what he had previously described as the ovaria of Lepadidae, see Living Cirripedia 1: 57-8]. Could not find cells resembling ovigerms. When THH has seen the organ in different states, and can say positively that in none could ovigerms be in formation, CD will 'give up the ghost handsomely and entirely'.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 161, 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1618

To Francis Galton   1 January [1855]

Summary

Thanks FG for book [The art of travel (1855)].

Is looking for a house in London for a month.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  1 Jan [1855]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1627

To J. W. Lubbock   10 January [1855]

Summary

Reports that his intercession with Folliott Baugh [Rector of Chelsfield, Kent] has had no effect. Baugh still believes Farnborough’s rights have not been attended to if entire fund is applied to the school at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Date:  10 Jan [1855]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (LUB: D21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1628

To Charles Lyell   10 January [1855]

Summary

Discusses views of Daniel Sharpe on foliation and cleavage. Recalls his own previous discussion [in South America].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  10 Jan [1855]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1626

To Charles Lyell   14 January [1855]

Summary

Has found a house on Baker Street to take for a month.

Mentions Daniel Sharpe’s study of the Grampians.

Association of various metamorphic rocks and relationship of their foliation to their dip and strike. Discusses foliation of schists and its origin. Comments on fluidity of gneiss and schists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 Jan [1855]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1630

To J. W. Lubbock   15 [January 1855]

Summary

CD called on Baugh but found him adamant; he has already laid the case before the [Charity] Commissioners and if necessary will take it to a Court of Equity.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Lubbock, 3d baronet
Date:  15 [Jan 1855]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (LUB: D22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1631

To Charles Lyell   [21 January – 11 February 1855]

Summary

Relationship of schists to alternating beds of slate in western Tierra del Fuego and the Chonos Islands.

Comments on Sharpe’s theory of curved cleavage planes.

Example of metamorphosis in a "clay-slate porphyry region". Importance of previous lines of cleavage and stratification in foliation of metamorphosed rock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [21 Jan – 11 Feb 1855]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1633

From John Davy   30 January 1855

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Responds to CD’s letter. The ova of Salmonidae exposed to air, if kept moist, will stay alive up to 72 hours.

Author:  John Davy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan 1855
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 227
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1634

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   2 February [1855]

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The only mainland vegetation he saw on Falkland Island shores were trees. Remembers no strange birds there, but on journey home saw a woodcock more than 500 miles from the nearest land.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1551

From [J. B. Innes]   [after 8 February – August 1855]

Summary

Provides another case of apparently pure bred pointers producing litter with one setter puppy. Correspondent was told that this occurred in several litters; gives names of owners and others who can corroborate the information.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 8 Feb-Aug1855]
Classmark:  DAR 163: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13870

To T. H. Huxley   20 February [1855]

Summary

Sends specimens of sessile cirripedes for corroboration of their cementing apparatus.

Absence of anus in Brachiopoda and Alcippe cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  20 Feb [1855]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 23, 372, 376)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1635

From John Rae   21 February 1855

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Comments on possibility of transport of seeds of Arctic plants by ice.

Author:  John Rae
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1855
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 249
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1636

To Francis Galton   22 February [1855]

Summary

Thanks for FG’s note and trouble in searching out pigeons.

Is obliged to FG for obtaining C. J. Andersson’s offer of information about breeds of cattle in South Africa.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  22 Feb [1855]
Classmark:  National Library of South Africa, Cape Town
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554F

From Francis Galton to Charles John Andersson   [after 22 February 1855]

Summary

Sends on CD’s list of enquiries about native breeds of animals in South Africa.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles John (Carl Johann) Andersson
Date:  [after 22 Feb 1855]
Classmark:  National Library of South Africa, Cape Town
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554G

To Syms Covington   28 February 1855

Summary

Pleased to hear that SC is prospering.

News of FitzRoy, Sulivan and J. L. Stokes.

The Crimean War is badly mismanaged, but Englishmen are behaving nobly.

Wishes he knew what to do with his boys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syms Covington
Date:  28 Feb 1855
Classmark:  Sydney Mail, 9 August 1884, pp. 254–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1637

From Arthur Edward Knox   [c. March 1855–7?]

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CD has suggested an explanation of how pike were introduced to a remote lake in Ireland by cormorants [carrying pike spawn on their feet or in their gullets].

Author:  Arthur Edward Knox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  Mar 1855-7
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 243
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1624

From Thomas Vernon Wollaston   2 March [1855]

Summary

Hybrid insects.

Description of the Salvages.

Variability of "transition groups" of insects; relation of variability to ranges of insects. The variability of wings, even within species. Reduction of flying ability on isolated islands.

Forbes’s "Atlantis" theory and insect fauna of the Atlantic islands, considered with regard to insect migrations.

Author:  Thomas Vernon Wollaston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 136
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1640

From G. R. Waterhouse   [after 2 March 1855]

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Gives instances of sexual differences in the number of tarsi within species of Coleoptera and also variation in the number of tarsi between related species.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 2 Mar 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 133–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1625

To G. R. Waterhouse   4 March [1855]

Summary

A page of [unspecified] text is missing from a parcel of material received from GRW.

CD "hopes and expects to live to see Carboniferous, & perhaps even Silurian, mammifers!"

Has several questions to ask whenever they meet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  4 Mar [1855]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Archives DF PAL/100/7/)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1641

From J. D. Hooker   [before 7 March 1855]

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CD’s tabulation of colonists curious but explicable.

Working on Tasmanian flora; contemplating general essay on Australian distribution: Tasmania and Australia same alpine species; Swan River flora very peculiar and quite distinct from New South Wales.

Trying to establish new journal at Linnean.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 7 Mar 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 216–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1638
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