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From Erasmus Alvey Darwin   [1864?]


Asks CD to sign some "Sunday tickets" [for the Zoological Garden?].

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1864?]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4365

To John Lubbock   [1 January 1864]


JL’s review of Huxley ["Lectures to working men", Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 4 (1864)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [1 Jan 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 61 (EH 88206505)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4375

To Alfred Russel Wallace   1 January 1864


Asa Gray’s high opinion of ARW as a reviewer [reference to S. Haughton’s paper on bees’ cells, Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 11 (1863): 415–29, reviewed by ARW in "Remarks on the Rev. S. Haughton’s paper", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 12 (1863): 303–9].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  1 Jan 1864
Classmark:  British Library (Add. MS 46434: 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4376

From Ernst Haeckel   2 January 1864


Returns letter mailed by mistake [see 4361].

Hopes CD will accept gift of his Radiolarien [Die Radiolarien, 2 vols. (1862)].

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 166: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4377

From A. R. Wallace   2 January 1864


Remarks on ARW’s review of Samuel Haughton’s paper on bees’ cells

and Origin.

Agassiz’s strength as geologist and weakness in natural history theory.

Work problems.

His butterfly collection.

Problems with book on Malay journey.

Recommends Herbert Spencer and his Social statics.

Spencer’s "masterly" nebular hypothesis.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 106: B8–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4378

From E. A. Darwin   5 January [1864]


Calls CD’s attention to an article by Paul Janet.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B21–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4379

From Charles Spence Bate   6 January 1864


Asks CD’s opinion on the accuracy of stating that barley and wheat are different varieties of the same species.

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 160: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4380

From John Scott   7 January [1864]


Has finished correcting Primula paper [see 4332].

Has presented paper on monoecious spikes of maize [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 213–20].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 98, 99 f.3; Edinburgh Courant, 19 December 1863, p. 8.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4382

To John Scott   8 January [1864]


Glad correspondent’s paper went well.

Poor health and much work forces CD to be brief.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  8 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13882

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   9 January 1864


CD thinks JS’s Primula paper is fit for publication; he will send it on to the Linnean Society.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  9 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 93: B29–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4383

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   [10 and 12 January 1864]



CD very ill.

Suspects F. Boott’s widow is illegitimate granddaughter of Erasmus Darwin.

CD, like JDH, has speculated that agrarian weeds have become adapted to cultivated ground. Suggests comparison with country of origin.

Wallace’s praise of Herbert Spencer’s Social statics baffles CD.

[Letter completed by E. A. Darwin.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 and 12 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 115: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4389

From John Lubbock   10 January 1864


JL’s article on Huxley’s "Lectures [to working men]".

Planning a volume of essays [Prehistoric times (1865)].

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 170: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4384

From John Scott   [13 January 1864]


Glad CD is sending his Primula paper to Linnean Society.

Sends promised Linum seeds.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Jan 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4385

From Thomas Henry Huxley   16 January 1864


Asks CD to sign certificate nominating Flower for Royal Society.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 166: 300
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4388

From John Brodie Innes to Emma Darwin   16 January [1864]


Urges Emma to bring CD to hydropathic establishment at Forres.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  16 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 167: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4387

From Mary Boott   18 January 1864


On his deathbed her husband [Francis] expressed admiration for CD.

Author:  Mary Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 160: 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4391

From Robert Goodwin Mumbray   18 January 1864


Has verified J. M. Bechstein’s contention that species of finches hybridise.

Quotes Thomas Bewick’s observations on hybrids between pheasants and common fowl. RGM had often noticed so-called "pheasant fowl", but thought it was a foreign bird.

Author:  Robert Goodwin Mumbray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 171: 318–318/1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4392

From Charles Parker   18 January 1864


Collecting subscriptions for a school at Ford.

Author:  Charles Parker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 174: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4393

From Hermann Crüger   21 January 1864


Sends his MS of orchid paper ["A few notes on the fecundation of orchids and their morphology", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 127–35] for CD to send to an editor.

CD was right about Catasetum sexes.

Ficus experiments fail.

Author:  Hermann Crüger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 161: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4394

From J. B. Innes to Emma Darwin   23 January [1864]


Family affairs.

Mrs Innes’ brother-in-law has died.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  23 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 167: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4395
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