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To J. B. Innes   2 December 1880

Summary

Hensleigh Wedgwood has told CD that land JBI had inquired about will be sold at auction with the house [Trowmer [Tromer!?] Lodge].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  2 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Elizabeth Margaret Elliott Lucas (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12881

To W. E. Darwin   2 December [1880]

Summary

Gives instructions to WED about looking for earthworm activity at Brading.

Mentions James Geikie’s excellent book [Prehistoric Europe (1881)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  2 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12882

To J. D. Hooker   5 December 1880

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Thanks for agreeing to propose Frank as F.R.S.

Would have enjoyed discussing Island life.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 95: 504–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12890

To T. H. Huxley   [7 December 1880]

Summary

Asks to see THH on Thursday or Friday to hear about the Wallace affair.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [7 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 355)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12893

To T. H. Huxley   9 December 1880

Summary

Thinks Wallace memorial should not be presented to Lord Aberdare, nor to Owen, for signature, but will follow THH’s wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  9 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 351)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12899

To T. M. Reade   9 December 1880

Summary

Comments on TMR’s "Oceanic islands" [Geol. Mag. 8 (1881): 75–7]. Fact that oceanic islands are all volcanic argues for view that no continent ever occupied the oceans. Chalk seemed best evidence of ocean having existed where continent now stands. CD leans to view that continents have occupied present positions since Cambrian.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  9 Dec 1880
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12901

To G. H. Darwin   9 December [1880]

Summary

The Kovalevskys have been to lunch.

Madame Kovalevsky is greatly interested in GHD’s papers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  9 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12902

To G. J. Romanes   13 December 1880

Summary

Discusses GJR’s idea of subjecting plants to brief flashes of light.

Hoped to see GJR in London, but was too tired.

Delighted his book Movement in plants has interested GJR.

Asks if GJR has example of dogs calling on each other to go hunting; there is a case half a mile away.

Has heard that Samuel Butler has abused him in his latest book, but he does not intend to look at it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. d. 3823, fols. 6–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12908F

To James Geikie   13 December 1880

Summary

Comments on Prehistoric Europe.

Asks JG’s opinion of Daniel Mackintosh’s paper ["Results of a systematic survey of erratic blocks", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 35 (1879): 425–53].

Comments on loess.

Feels uneasy about streams of stone of Falkland Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12909

To James Torbitt   13 December 1880

Summary

Thanks for report [on potato experiments].

Still has subscription money for JT’s experiments. How much does he need?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12910

To James Paget   13 December 1880

Summary

"Perhaps you would like to see a very small ""tumour"" on a lateral branch of the Silver Fur, caused by an Oestrum, as stated (with references) in my Power of Movement in Plants. These tumours are sometimes almost as big as a child’s head. At what age they emit the upright shoot, I do not know."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Paget 1901, p. 409 n.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12911

To Hermann Vöchting   16 December 1880

Summary

Comments on HV’s Über Organbildung im Pflanzenreich: über Wachstumsursachen und Lebenseinheiten [pt 1, 1878].

Mentions paper by his son [Francis Darwin, "The theory of the growth of cuttings, illustrated by observations on the bramble, Rubus fruticosus", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 18 (1881): 406–19].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hermann Vöchting
Date:  16 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12916

To W. R. Browne   18 December 1880

Summary

Will not be able to attend the proposed conference and feels no benefit will arise from it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Walter Raleigh Browne
Date:  18 Dec 1880
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 7385)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12919

To W. E. Darwin   17 December [1880]

Summary

Worm-castings from [Roman] ruins at Brading contained bits of tiles or bricks. Obliged for WED’s trouble about Brading castings.

Movement in plants well received in Germany.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  17 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss B.D25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12920

To G. J. Allman   17 December 1880

Summary

Asks GJA to sign memorial [petitioning Government for pension for Wallace].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George James Allman
Date:  17 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 143: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12922

To W. H. Flower   17 December 1880

Summary

Asks Flower to sign document [application for pension for Wallace].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  17 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12923

To James Torbitt   19 December 1880

Summary

Does JT require part or all of £90 that CD holds from subscribers for his experiments?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  19 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12925

To G. J. Romanes   20 December 1880

Summary

Comments on papers by Francis Darwin.

Suggests methods for growing seedlings for experiments involving light.

Comments on GJR’s observations on monkey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  20 Dec 1880
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.576)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12926

To J. D. Hooker   20 December 1880

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On Wallace’s pension and Frank’s F.R.S.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 95: 507–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12927

To Patrick Geddes   20 December 1880

Summary

Gives permission to copy figures from Insectivorous plants for article in Encyclopaedia Britannica [by PG, 9th ed., vol. 13, pp. 134–40].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Patrick Geddes
Date:  20 Dec 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (MS.10521)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12928
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