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To Nature   16 December 1879

Summary

Reports information sent by E. Schulte [12254] on the colours of the male Diadema bolina.

Discusses extent to which consciousness came into play in the origin of certain instincts, including sexual display.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Nature, 8 January 1880, p. 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12359

To Nature   15 December [1879]

Summary

CD has repeated a test of whether hybrids of the common and Chinese goose are fertile inter se. Reports his success, and comments on its significance for the theory of descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  15 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 1 January 1880, p. 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12391

To Nature   [before 27 March 1879]

Summary

In reply to a query [in Nature 19 (1879): 433] CD reports that vessels full of water were kept on the deck of a ship to discourage rats from gnawing holes in the ship’s water casks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 27 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 27 March 1879, p. 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8826

To ?   23 October 1879

Summary

Is obliged for the note about Wallis Nash’s death, but he has since heard that the report was false.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Ronald T. Raines (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12268F

To ?   5 June 1879

Summary

Unable to accept invitation.

Looked at leaves and saw no sign that animal matter was absorbed. Believes insects were caught only accidentally.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (5 December 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12089

To ?   21 April 1879

Summary

Thanks for letter and articles: gratifying to hear that agriculturalists attend to his works.

Cannot decipher German writing so has stuck the address from the letter on the envelope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Apr 1879
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (July 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006F

To ?   9 January 1879

Summary

Thanks correspondent for the copies of his engraving. "The work seems to be, though I cannot pretend to be a judge, a vy fine production".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823

To ?   23 January [1879?]

Summary

Orders a sheet of gold-beater’s skin for plant experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1879?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11841

To Nature   [before 20 March 1879]

Summary

Comments on a letter from Fritz Müller [11839] and particularly on the subject of the disappearance of certain structures in organisms. FM’s explanation deserves serious consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 20 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 20 March 1879, pp. 462–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11945

To F. B. Goodacre   10 September [1879]

Summary

Has sent some geese.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  10 Sept [1879]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12224

To C.-F. Reinwald   11 September 1879

Summary

Has sent remaining sheets for proposed French translation of Erasmus Darwin. Edmond Barbier should consider the pages from Seward’s Life that have been cut from the English edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Date:  11 Sept 1879
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12225

To G. J. Romanes   14 September [1879]

Summary

Thanks GJR for gift of game.

Contributes to [Naples] Zoological Station.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  14 Sept [1879]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.567)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12229

To Victor Marshall   14 September 1879

Summary

CD responds to VM’s desire to plant a tree in his honour by offering three choices.

Again expresses his pleasure in Coniston.

Acknowledges that Ruskin was right about his feeling "a deep and tender interest about the brightly coloured hinder half of certain monkeys".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Victor Alexander Ernest Garth (Victor) Marshall
Date:  14 Sept 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12230

To Ernst Krause   15 September 1879

Summary

Agrees to EK’s proposals [for publishing Erasmus Darwin]. Will send sheets to Paris, but is not sure there will be a French translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  15 Sept 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36194)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12231

To Karl Alberts   16 September 1879

Summary

Explains his arrangements with Messrs Reinwald in France and Appleton in America, if they were to publish his work on Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Alberts
Date:  16 Sept 1879
Classmark:  Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12232F

To Henry Johnson   24 September 1879

Summary

Sends the requested signature,

with sympathy for HHJ’s state of health [see 12236].

Reports that HJ’s experiments on tension of parts are often quoted in German works and periodicals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Johnson
Date:  24 Sept 1879
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12236A

To Thomas de Grey   26 September 1879

Summary

Asks for a character reference for a former servant of correspondent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas de Grey, 6th Baron Walsingham
Date:  26 Sept 1879
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12237

To J. D. Hooker   1 October [1879]

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Summary

Searching for the right gardener.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 489–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12241

To Harvard University Library?   2 October [1879]

Summary

Sends postal order for Samuel Scudder’s Catalogue [of scientific serials (1879)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Harvard University Library
Date:  2 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  Boston Public Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12244

To C. G. Semper   2 October 1879

Summary

Discusses CGS’s account of Pellew Islands. Still believes atolls and barrier reefs in Pacific indicate subsidence. But cases like Pellew Islands, if frequent, would make his conclusions of little value.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Date:  2 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf (slg 60/Dok/61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12245
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