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To ?   28 September 1878

Summary

Urges publication of an exposure of Williams the spiritualist medium.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 Sept 1878
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.549)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11711

To Nature   [21? May 1878]

Summary

CD’s letter on wide distribution of freshwater plants and animals introduces a letter to him from Arthur H. Gray [see 11497].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [21? May 1878]
Classmark:  Nature, 30 May 1878, pp. 120–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11520

To ?   13 August 1878

Summary

Cannot help with correspondent’s study. CD has a poor ear for music. Recommends Helmholtz’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 Aug 1878
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11655

To ?   2 January 1878

Summary

Thanks correspondent for note and specimen; they will be of use in new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 249: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308A

To the syndics of Cambridge Botanic Garden   4 December 1878

Summary

Letter recommending R. I. Lynch [for position as Curator, Botanic Garden, Cambridge].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syndics of Cambridge Botanic Garden
Date:  4 Dec 1878
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11770

To John Tyndall   4 December [1878]

Summary

Has observed, perhaps erroneously, that certain plants were excited to movement by a prolonged high note on the bassoon. Would now like to try a siren and asks JT to bring one from the Royal Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 27 (EH 88205965)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11771

To James Torbitt   [1]4 December 1878

Summary

Congratulates JT on success in breeding potato varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [1]4 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11772

To G. J. Romanes   5 December [1878]

Summary

Comments on GJR’s anonymous book [A candid examination of theism (1878)]. Notes possible theological objections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  5 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.553)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11773

To C. G. Semper   [after 6 December 1878]

Summary

Gives CGS permission to use his letters in any way he thinks fit.

Discusses the direct effect of external conditions as an agent of change in organisms; has encountered many cases since the publication of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Date:  [after 6 Dec 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 120v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11777

To R. A. Blair   9 December 1878

Summary

Says deformity of wings of geese is not related to injury to gander. Forwards a report on the birds [11717].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reuben Almond Blair
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.554)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11780

To Anthony Rich   9 December 1878

Summary

Is deeply gratified by AR’s proposed generosity.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anthony Rich
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.12: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11781

To W. H. Flower   9 December 1878

Summary

Much obliged to WHF and Dr Garron for their trouble [over deformed goose wings]. Has no doubt that WHF’s view of the deformity is the right one. Will send WHF’s report to Blair.

CD and Emma enjoyed extremely meeting the Dean at WHF’s house.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11782

To G.S. Ffinden   9 December 1878

Summary

Encloses a cheque for £5.5.0 for the Down Coal and Clothing Club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Sketchley Ffinden
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer), Catalogue 64 (1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11782A

To G. J. Romanes   11 December [1878]

Summary

Sends copy of H. D. Lindemuth, "Vegetative Bastarderzeugung" [Landwirtsch. Jahrb. 7 (1878): 887–939].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  11 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.555)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11784

To W. E. Darwin   12 December [1878]

Summary

Writes of Anthony Rich’s bequest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  12 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11786

To Anthony Rich   12 December 1878

Summary

Thanks AR for the details of his bequest and invites him to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anthony Rich
Date:  12 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.12: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11788

To E. A. Darwin   12 December 1878

Summary

Informs EAD of Anthony Rich’s proposal to bequeath his property to CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 153: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11789

To J. D. Cooper   [after 13 December 1878]

Summary

Approves of the proof. However, his book [Movement in plants] will have a large number of diagrams so he feels only the complicated diagrams and drawings should be copied by photography.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Davis Cooper
Date:  [after 13 Dec 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 20v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11792

To Raphael Meldola   14 December [1878]

Summary

Is glad book progresses; answers translation query.

Francis Darwin does not have time to lecture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  14 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11793

To J. D. Hooker   14 December [1878]

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Summary

Thanks for JDH’s description of CD’s work in Nature.

Anthony Rich to bequeath his property (over £1100 a year) to CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 477–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11794
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