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To Hermann Vöchting   16 December 1880


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


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]


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


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


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


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


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



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


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

To Otto Hahn   20 December 1880


Thanks for his letter and magnificently illustrated book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Otto Hahn
Date:  20 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 251: 3334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12929F

To Daniel Mackintosh   21 December 1880


The recipient is thanked for his "interesting letter".

CD sends an article received from [James Geikie?]. "You will see that it is important to know whether the laminae of slate have ever been bent up-hill."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Mackintosh
Date:  21 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Christie’s, New York (dealers) (9 June 1999)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12930F

To W. R. Browne   22 December 1880


Believes the conference will be of no value because individuals can only decide for themselves on the truths of science and religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Walter Raleigh Browne
Date:  22 Dec 1880
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 7385)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12931

To Albert Günther   22 December [1880]


Anxious that AG should consider a memorial [for A. R. Wallace]. Makes arrangements to avoid delay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  22 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12932

To J. L. Hawkins   23 December 1880


Thanks for information about cats avoiding certain species of mice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Luther Hawkins
Date:  23 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12932F

To D. F. Nevill   23 December 1880


CD is familiar with cases of prepotency that are so strong that a cross has no effect.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  23 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12933

To T. H. Huxley   [29 December 1880]


Has asked Hooker to sign the Wallace memorial and send it on to THH.

Read splendid lecture by THH on evolution in the Times ["On the application of the laws of evolution to the arrangement of the Vertebrata and more particularly of the Mammalia", Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1880): 649–62].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [29 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 363)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12935

To J. M. Herbert   25 December [1880]


Recalls student days at Cambridge and microscope JMH gave him.

Discusses his children, health, and work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  25 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.577)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12937

To James Torbitt   25 December 1880


Suggests JT make public his letter to W. E. Gladstone [on results of potato experiments]; thinks post office would object to JT’s plan of distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  25 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12938

To Ernst Krause   26 December 1880


CD’s sons tell him that Samuel Butler in Unconscious memory states that some passages in Erasmus Darwin were taken from his Evolution, old and new. Their unprejudiced view is that the passages do come from Butler. CD hopes EK will give a clear explanation if he writes on the matter in Kosmos.

CD is taking no public notice of Butler’s attack on himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  26 Dec 1880
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36210)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12939

To T. H. Huxley   27 December 1880


Has obtained signatures for the memorial. Wonders whether Gladstone would see a deputation and offers to write to Gladstone instead. Asks THH’s advice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  27 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 354)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12941
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