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To Nature   [before 30 December 1880]

Summary

Quotes an extract from a letter from Mr Sanderson of Chislehurst on the disappearance of black or spotted sheep from Australian flocks when the coloured sheep ceased to be of use to man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 30 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 30 December 1880, p. 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12955

To ?   18 August [1880?]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for information on a plant. It is too late for his present work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Aug [1880?]
Classmark:  Harvard University, Department of Psychology
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13289A

To ?   23 October 1880

Summary

Answers correspondent’s questions on his birth date and when he began work on origin of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12771

To ?   5 November 1880

Summary

Refers correspondent to Descent for some information on marriage arrangements, and on the mental and moral nature of monkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12797

To Nature   5 November [1880]

Summary

Sir Wyville Thomson misunderstands natural selection when he says the theory "refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection". CD demurs at the "extreme variation" and the "only". No one has said evolution depends only on natural selection. CD has adduced many facts on the effects of use and disuse and on the direct action of the environment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  5 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 11 November 1880, p. 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12800

To ?   3 August 1880

Summary

CD sends thanks for further instructions for making a solution, which will be followed as soon as Francis [Darwin] returns.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Aug 1880
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12676

To ?   19 March 1880

Summary

Henry Forbes in a letter to Moseley describes herons on the Keeling Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12538F

To Nature   9 April [1880]

Summary

Forwards a letter from E. S. Morse on Omori shell mounds refuting F. V. Dickins’ review [Nature 21 (1880): 350] of Morse’s memoir ["The shell mounds of Omori", Mem. Sci. Dep. Univ. Tokyo 1 (1879) pt 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  9 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 15 April 1880, p. 561
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12571

To ?   27 April 1880

Summary

Thanks correspondent for writing, "but such malconformations, as you mention, are not very rare & therefore do not possess much novelty".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Apr 1880
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (July 1986)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12591

To Athenæum   24 January 1880

Summary

[Draft letter that was never sent, headed "First letter disapproved by everybody" in CD’s hand.] Explains that he had, in fact, mentioned in the MS of his part of Erasmus Darwin that Krause had added to his essay as it appeared in Kosmos. During subsequent revision, this mention was accidentally omitted. [Apropos of S. Butler’s charges against CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  24 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B98–B101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12439

To Athenæum   1 February 1880

Summary

[A revised version (but also not sent) of the draft letter 12439.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12449

To Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

Regrets he has not time to develop points touched on in her letter and that he does not understand what information she wants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 24v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12386

To George Maw   8 November 1880

Summary

Believes the flexure in GM’s dead animals must result from the greater strength of the muscles on the left side. Thinks his son George once tested the strength of each leg of a group of boys, and CD could get his notes if wanted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  8 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12805

To A. B. Buckley   9 November 1880

Summary

Thanks for information about Wallace. Is preparing memorial to be submitted to Government [seeking pension for Wallace].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  9 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 143: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12806

To T. H. Huxley   13 November 1880

Summary

Sends draft of memorial for a pension for Wallace with suggested names of signers. Asks THH’s help.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  13 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 346)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12811

To Daniel Mackintosh   13 November 1880

Summary

Comments on DM’s ["The Moel-Tryfan shelly deposits", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 37 (1881): 351–69].

Comments on cause of earthquakes.

Believes formation of ice lowered level of sea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Mackintosh
Date:  13 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 146: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12812

To G. J. Romanes   14 November [1880]

Summary

Comments on hybridisation; cites authorities. Sends book by Wilhelm Olbers Focke [Die Pflanzen-Mischlinge (1881)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  14 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.574)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12814

To Henry Johnson   14 November 1880

Summary

Thanks for information on the slope of ground at Worcester.

CD’s passion now is worms.

Sends Movement in plants. While correcting proof, CD remembered an old article by HHJ, which he regrets not including.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Johnson
Date:  14 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12816

To A. B. Buckley   14 November 1880

Summary

Comments on her new book [Life and her children (1880)]. "… you have treated evolution with much dexterity and truthfulness".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  14 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 143: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12818

To James Paget   14 November 1880

Summary

Surprising thought that diseases of plants should illustrate human pathology.

Will recommend A. B. Frank’s article in a German encyclopedia, on diseases of plants, to Francis Darwin.

Gives JP a good case of regeneration in plants – the radicle of the common bean. That plants have little power of regeneration is not difficult to understand by anyone who believes in Pangenesis, "if such a man exists … There is reason to think that my imaginary gemmules have small power of passing from cell to cell."

Refers to early experiments in which he tried to produce galls in plants by injecting poisons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  14 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12819
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