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To George Bentham   27 December 1880


Asks GB to sign certificate for Francis Darwin [candidate for Royal Society].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  27 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 723)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12942

To Albert Günther   27 December 1880


Sends memorial [for A. R. Wallace] for AG to sign. Asks whether AG will forward it to Owen; CD cannot send it as he has not spoken to him for 20 years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  27 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12944

To Francis Darwin   27 December [1880]


FD’s abstract ["Physiology of plants", Nature 23 (1880): 178–81] is excellent, and as clear as daylight.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  27 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12945

To G. D. Campbell   [before 27 December 1880]


Encloses a memorial for Wallace which he hopes the Duke will read. Asks that he inform Gladstone of the memorial.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Douglas Campbell, 8th duke of Argyll
Date:  [before 27 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12946

To Francis Darwin   [after 27 December 1880]


The Duke of Argyll has written to Gladstone in support of a pension for A. R. Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 27 December 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12950

To H. W. Bates   [before 29 December 1880]


Informs HWB of arrangements for signing the memorial to W. E. Gladstone [for a civil pension for Wallace]. CD has got Duke of Argyll to write to Gladstone in favour of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [before 29 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12951

To Henry Johnson   28 December [1880]


The report that CD is seriously ill is false, but the kind letters that it produced have done a good turn. [See 12943.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Johnson
Date:  28 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12951A

To H. W. Bates   [29 December 1880]


Asks HWB to sign the memorial, possibly with official title, and then to pass it quickly to Hooker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [29 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12952

To P. L. Sclater   29 December 1880


Asks PLS to sign the memorial for a pension for Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  29 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12953

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   29 December 1880


Requests JSBS sign certificate for [Francis Darwin’s] candidacy [for Royal Society].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  29 Dec 1880
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12954

To T. H. Farrer   30 December 1880



Statement of money transactions with James Torbitt and record of year’s success enclosed. Torbitt desires him to return £90. He is doubtful of being able to continue this spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  30 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12956

To George Rolleston   [1860–82]


Envelope only, addressed to Professor Rolleston in Oxford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  [1860–82]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13891F

To John Murray   13 June [1880]


Letter of introduction for R. B. Litchfield.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 June [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 60–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9491

To T. H. Farrer   20 October 1880


Has started experiment to see whether particles of stone become rounded in the gizzards of worms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  20 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12766

To C.-F. Reinwald   20 October 1880


CD has arranged with Murray for CR to have woodcuts at cost for proposed French translation [of Movement in plants].

Has sent £10 to Mme Barbier.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Date:  20 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12768

To T. H. Thomas   22 October 1880


Thanks correspondent and H. J. Schaaffhausen for interesting photographs of fine footprints.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Thomas
Date:  22 Oct 1880
Classmark:  The National Library of Wales (NLW MS. 3127C no.12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12770

To S. T. Preston   25 October 1880


Comments on STP’s article on women ["Evolution and female education", Nature 22 (1880): 485–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Date:  25 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 147: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12775

To G. E. Mengozzi   [before 28] October 1880


Does not believe any organic being is evidence of design; refers GEM to the last pages of Variation for his reasons. Even if no organism shows evidence of design, this does not preclude faith in the existence of a loving creator; evidence of such a creator must be looked for outside the limits of physical science.

Thanks him for the volume on the philosophy of medicine,

and asks him to convey to the Scuola Italica thanks for the great honour they have done him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Giovanni Ettore Mengozzi
Date:  [before 28] Oct 1880
Classmark:  Roma Etrusca 2 (1881): 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12778F

To James Torbitt   29 October 1880


"Your secret shall be inviolable, and to make sure in case of my illness or death I have now burnt your letter."

Wishes JT success in commercial venture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  29 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12780

To Francis Galton   30 [October 1880]


Invites FG to lunch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  30 [Oct 1880]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12782
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