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To H. N. Moseley   2 May 1880


Invites HNM to Down on 9 May.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Date:  2 May 1880
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12594H

To T. H. Huxley   [May 1880?]


Discusses Pallasian doctrine; considers plants are splendid for making one believe in natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [May 1880?]
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12595H

To Williams & Norgate   3 May [1880]


Requests a copy of Ray Lankester’s lecture or essay on degeneration (Lankester, E. Ray. 1880. Degeneration: A chapter in Darwinism. London: Macmillan.).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  3 May [1880]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (11 July 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12595J

To F. J. Hughes   5 May 1880


Still remembers FJH. Thinks no scientific journal would publish her essay on Genesis and science.

Regrets death of her brother [W. D. Fox].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Jane Hughes
Date:  5 May 1880
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.573)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12596

To E. R. Lankester   6 May [1880]


Hopes that Lankester will come stay next Sunday. Clark, Galton and Moseley will also be there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edwin Ray Lankester
Date:  6 May [1880]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12596F

To T. H. Huxley   [7 May] 1880


Expresses his delight with and admiration for THH’s "Coming of age [of The origin of species]" in Nature [22 (1880): 1–4].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [7 May] 1880
Classmark:  DAR 145: 289; Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12597

To James Dixon   8 May 1880


Thanks for information.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Dixon
Date:  8 May 1880
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add 6604: 17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12599

To W. E. Darwin   [9 May 1880]


Forwards John Lubbock’s letter and hopes WED might influence the men "for the sake of science".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [9 May 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12601

To James Torbitt   9 May 1880


Cannot offer any assistance in urging Government to aid JT’s experiments. Thinks best chance through [William Edward?] Forster. William Carruthers reported to Royal Agricultural Society that JT’s attempt was hopeless.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  9 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12602

To T. H. Huxley   11 May 1880


Comments on natural selection. Sometimes he can persuade himself that it is of quite subordinate importance, but so many structures have been explained by it that he can also persuade himself that every structure developed through it. Cites H. G. Bronn’s list [of structures not explicable by natural selection].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 May 1880
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 342); Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12604

To John Fiske   14 May [1880]


Invites JF to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fiske
Date:  14 May [1880]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 8269)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12606

To B. J. Sulivan   16 May [1880]


Lends BJS Titus Coan’s Adventures in Patagonia [1880].

Thanks him for copies of the missionary journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Date:  16 May [1880]
Classmark:  Sulivan family (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12608

To Giovanni Canestrini   17 May 1880


Thanks GC for having sent his book [La teoria di Darwin criticamente esposta (1880)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Giovanni Canestrini
Date:  17 May 1880
Classmark:  The estate of Sandro Onestinghel (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12609

To J. Harris   21 May 1880


Cannot precisely explain conditions of existence of any organism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  J. Harris
Date:  21 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 145: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12614

To S. T. Preston   22 May 1880


Discusses ethics of risking one’s life to save another.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Date:  22 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 147: 250
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12615

To Alphonse de Candolle   28 May 1880


Thanks for AdeC’s Phytographie [1880]. CD finds in it a number of "philosophical" remarks new to him. The work would have been invaluable to him in dealing with puzzles when writing his cirripede monographs.

Describes his system of keeping notes on separate pieces of paper filed in several scores of large portfolios.

Has just sent MS of Movement in plants to the printer. Thinks he has suceeded in showing "that all the more important great classes of movements are due to the modification of a kind of movement common to all plants from their earliest youth".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  28 May 1880
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12618

To G. H. Darwin   30 May [1880]


Discusses GHD’s genealogical researches

and his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  30 May [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12619
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