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To W. E. Darwin   [before 16 September 1880]


Wants some more rubber bands for his wrist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [before 16 September 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12383

To Williams & Norgate   [before 4 September 1880]


Requests a list of books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  [before 4 Sept 1880]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (11 July 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12390F

To F. M. Balfour   4 September 1880


Praises FMB’s BAAS address [on embryology, Rep. BAAS 50 (1880): 636–44]. Recent progress of embryology splendid.

In work on plants, astonished at sensitivity of radicle and its power to transmit stimuli to adjoining part; such general sensitivity should be considered in genesis of nervous system.

Feels "malicious" pleasure at FMB’s criticism of Herbert Spencer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Maitland Balfour
Date:  4 Sept 1880
Classmark:  National Records of Scotland (GD433/2/103C/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12706

To R. P. Hardy   7 September 1880


Thanks RPH for the trouble he has taken on behalf of the Down Friendly Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ralph Price Hardy
Date:  7 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 202: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12708

To W. E. Darwin   10 September [1880]


Writes about worm-castings; tells WED not to bother with samples from Beaulieu Abbey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  10 Sept [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12710

To Adolf Ernst   11 September 1880


Thanks for seeds of Cobaea;

was much interested in AE’s article ["On the fertilisation of Cobaea penduliflora", Nature 22 (1880): 148–9] opposing G. E. M. Bonnier’s view ["Les nectaires", Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 6th ser. 8 (1879): 6–212].

Case of Lisianthus is an excellent one of structure and movement of parts adapted to cross-fertilisation.

Asks whether worm-castings are found in the area.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Ernst
Date:  11 Sept 1880
Classmark:  State Darwin Museum, Moscow (GDM KP OF 8974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12711

To J. V. Carus   14 September 1880


Sends sheets of Movement in plants for translation, if JVC sees fit. It has some value and novelty, CD believes, but is very dull.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  14 Sept 1880
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 179–180)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12713

To Wilhelm Viëtor   16 September 1880


Improvement in orthography would be national benefit, but cannot contribute to WV’s paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Adolf Theodor Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Viëtor
Date:  16 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 194a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12714

To B. D. Wrangham   16 September 1880


Thanks for sending him a copy of the striking passage from Kepler.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bartlett Downs Wrangham
Date:  16 Sept 1880
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 72756)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12714G

To J. V. Carus   21 September 1880


CD is ashamed of length of Movement in plants – with index, nearly 600 pages. JVC will be awfully sick of ch. 1.

In intervals of correcting proofs, he is writing on the formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms. It will be a curious little book [Earthworms].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  21 Sept 1880
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 181–182)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12718

To Wilhelm Breitenbach   21 September 1880


Comments on WB’s paper ["Über Variabilitäts-Erscheinungen an den Blüthen von Primula elatior und eine Anwendung des biogenetischen Grundgesetzes", Bot. Ztg. 38 (1880): 577–80].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Wilhelm Breitenbach
Date:  21 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 143: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12719

To T. M. Reade   22 September 1880


Obliged for paper ["Oceans and continents" (1880)].

Agrees that John Murray’s view [of coral reefs] is far-fetched.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  22 Sept 1880
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12721

To Josiah Mason   22 September 1880


Sends formal regrets that he cannot accept luncheon invitation or attend Huxley’s address [at opening of Mason College, Birmingham].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Mason
Date:  22 Sept 1880
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Montague Collection of historical autographs: Series 1, box 2, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12722

To J. S. Keltie   [after 24 September 1880]


Writes a sentence with which to preface B. G. Wilder’s letter [see 12726]. [Not used by and, perhaps, not sent to Nature.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Keltie
Date:  [after 24 Sept 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 105v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12727

To George King   29 September 1880


Grieved to hear of John Scott’s death.

Could GK visit Down?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George King
Date:  29 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 249: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12730

To James Torbitt   29 September 1880


Rejoices at good news. Will let T. H. Farrer hear the result. Cannot see why some of new varieties should not endure fungus-proof for years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  29 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12731
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