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From Francis Trevelyan Buckland   [1865–6]

Summary

Was glad to see CD at museum.

Asks CD to sign and return enclosed item.

CD did not cover oysters in his book; FB can point out curious facts about them.

Author:  Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1865–6]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 364
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7045

From Richard Spruce   [1865–77]

Summary

Notes on various instances of dimorphism.

Author:  Richard Spruce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1865–77]
Classmark:  DAR 109: B119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4372

From Joseph Dalton Hooker   1 January 1865

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Summary

Forwards H. T. Stainton letter for reply.

Finds many Cucurbita have tendrils with sticking ends.

The "potentiality of so many organs in plants to play so many parts is one of the most wonderful of your discoveries . . . one day it will itself play a prodigious part in the interpretation of both morphological and physiological facts".

Is disgusted with Sabine’s address [see 4708] because of its mutilation of what JDH wrote.

THH’s slashing leader in Reader ["Science and ""Church policy"" ", 4 (1864): 821] – as usual he destroys all in his path.

Encloses letter from G. H. K. Thwaites with a message for CD [see encl].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 1–3; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, DC vol. 162 doc. 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4734

From Henrietta Anne Huxley   1 January 1865

Summary

Has just been shown CD’s remarks on Tennyson. Upbraids CD for "Owen-like quotation" out of context, and getting source wrong. "If ""facts"" in Origin are of this sort I agree with Bishop of Oxford."

Author:  Henrietta Anne Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 166: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4733

From Thomas Henry Huxley   1 January 1865

Summary

Sends photograph.

THH wishes he could write the popular zoology but writing is a boring and slow process when he is not interested, and he is overburdened with lectures.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 166: 304
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4732

From Henry Holland   2 January 1865

Summary

Thanks for Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

T. S. Cobbold’s book on the Entozoa [1864].

Remarks on development of the tapeworm.

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 166: 245
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4735

To C. A. Bennet   [before 3 January 1865]

Summary

Ludwig Rütimeyer thanks CAB for the skull of a Chillingham cow, and thinks it may belong to the Primigenius race.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Augustus Bennet, 6th earl of Tankerville
Date:  [before 3 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  Scotsman, 19 July 1929, p. 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4735F

From Hugh Falconer to Erasmus Alvey Darwin   3 January 1865

Summary

Encloses letter [missing] which he believes will clear up the part he played in Edward Sabine’s Presidential Address. Does not wish CD to think that he did not support the Origin.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 164: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4737

From Ludwig Rütimeyer   3 January 1865

Summary

Regrets he has not yet finished his monograph on Bos. Has examined and discusses the Bos skull from Lord Tankerville.

Would like CD’s opinion on the conclusions in LR’s paper on fossil horses.

Author:  Karl Ludwig (Ludwig) Rütimeyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 176: 227
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4736

To T. H. Huxley   4 January [1865]

Summary

Thanks for photograph, charmed by Mrs Huxley’s letter.

Regrets THH cannot do the popular work on zoology.

Has heard THH wrote leading article in last Reader ["Science and ""church policy"" ", 4 (1864): 821].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  4 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 211)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4738

From Hugh Falconer to E. A. Darwin   5 January [1865]

Summary

HF merely wanted to correct a false impression given by a sentence taken out of context.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  5 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4739

To Hugh Falconer   6 January [1865]

Summary

"I return your letter to [William] Sharpey." Grandest eulogium CD has received.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  6 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4740

From William Darwin Fox   6 January [1865]

Summary

Thanks CD for his Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

Tells of the birth of his 16th child. Has five grandchildren.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4741

From Thomas Rivers   6 January [1865]

Summary

Thanks CD for his paper on Lythrum [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

Astonished by CD’s powers of observation and perseverance.

His elms raised from three varieties of weeping elms are doing well.

Author:  Thomas Rivers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4381

To Ray Society   [before 7 January 1865]

Summary

Concerning the proposed translation of K. F. von Gärtner’s Bastarderzeugung (1849).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ray Society
Date:  [before 7 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Library MSS RAY A: vol. 2, p. 106r: Minute 1141, 13th January 1865)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4744F

To J. D. Hooker   7 January [1865]

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Summary

Has finished long paper on "Climbing plants". Prefers sending it to Linnean Society if Bentham does not think it too long.

For New Zealand flora [1864–7] CD suggests JDH count plants with irregular corollas and compare with England.

Does not quite agree about Reader.

Is Tyndall author of piece on spiritualism?

CD’s illness diagnosed as "suppressed gout".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 257a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4742

From J. D. Hooker   [8–18 January 1865]

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Bentham wants "Climbing plants" for Journal of the Linnean Society, however long [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1865): 1–118]. Publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society restricts correspondence.

Reader much improved.

Tyndall did write piece on spiritualism ["Science and the spirits", Reader 4 (1864): 725–6].

"Suppressed gout" annoys him as a term cloaking ignorance.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8–18 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4743

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   9 January [1865?]

Summary

Thanks TCE for information about breeding

and for his promise to measure feet of otter-hounds [see Variation 1: 39–40].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  9 Jan [1865?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.285)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4744

To Ray Society   [14–18 January 1865]

Summary

"Read a letter from Mr Darwin expressing his regret that the state of his health would not permit of his writing an Introductory Chapter to the Translation of Gaertner’s work [Bastarderzeugung im Pflanzenreich (1849)]."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ray Society
Date:  [14–18 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Library MSS RAY A: vol. 2, p. 107r: Minute 1146, 3d February 1865)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4764

From T. H. Huxley   15 January 1865

Summary

Thanks for [E. Eudes?] Deslongchamps’ paper.

Henry Huxley born.

Leader in Reader [4 (1864): 821] is by THH. It has got him into trouble with some of his friends.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 166: 305
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4745
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