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To Alfred Newton   2 January 1877

Summary

Thanks AN for telling him of the complex cross among wagtails. CD is surprised that so much close interbreeding does not check their propagation.

CD does not suppose he will ever have strength to work up his data on hybridism, so he will not write to Mr Monk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  2 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10766

To Alfred Newton   2 April [1879]

Summary

"I have signed the enclosed with pleasure."

Thanks AN for his kind expression about Frank [Darwin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  2 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11970

To Alfred Newton   24 March [1863]

Summary

Thanks for potatoes, which may be useful in crossing.

Germination of seeds in earth on partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  24 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4435

To Alfred Newton   29 March [1864]

Summary

Eighty-two plants have germinated from earth on wounded partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  29 Mar [1864]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4440

To Alfred Newton   6 April [1864]

Summary

CD has thrown away injured partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  6 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4453

To Alfred Newton   29 October [1865]

Summary

Declines writing testimonial for AN for the Cambridge Professorship in Zoology. The post requires expertise in comparative anatomy and histology, whereas AN’s work is on habits and colours of birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  29 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4926

To Alfred Newton   19 January [1867]

Summary

Seeks explanation of the case of the Rhynchaea, of which the female is more beautiful than the male, with the young resembling the latter. Wallace has told CD that at Nottingham AN explained this by the male being the incubator.

Does the male black Australian swan, or the black and white S. American swan, differ from the female in colour of plumage?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  19 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5371

To Alfred Newton   23 January [1867]

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Summary

Thanks for the information about the male plumage. [See 5374.] Will look to the papers in Ibis to which AN has referred him. He finds AN’s theory captivating.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  23 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5376A

To Alfred Newton   4 March [1867]

Summary

Thanks for information about the dotterel.

CD had ascertained by dissection that the female of the carrion-hawk of the Falkland Islands is very much brighter coloured than the male. Has inquired about its nidification. Mentions other instances of female birds that are brighter and more beautiful than the males and suggests causes for this anomaly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  4 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5430

To Alfred Newton   27 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks for corrections of errors [in Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  27 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5941

To Alfred Newton   9 February [1870]

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Was gratified "beyond measure" by AN’s comments on his pigeon chapter [in Variation] in the [Zoological] Record [5 (1868): 94–6]. AN is the first man capable of forming a judgment who seems to have thought anything of this part.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  9 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7100

To Alfred Newton   [22 May 1870]

Summary

Intends to see Adam Sedgwick.

Arranges to meet AN.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  [22 May 1870]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7199

To Alfred Newton   30 May [1871]

Summary

Thanks AN for facts and corrections [for Descent].

The case of the gull must come out [Descent 2: 108 n. 9]. "Oh Lord, how difficult accuracy is!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  30 May [1871]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7781

To Alfred Newton   9 March [1874]

Summary

Asks AN to vote for CD’s nephew, Henry Parker, at the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  9 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9344

To Alfred Newton   12 March [1874]

Summary

Cannot answer AN’s questions about Origin; it would take weeks to find the references. Assures AN he stated nothing without an authority he thought good.

Feels sure missel thrushes have increased in number since his youth. Starlings have also increased astonishingly in Kent. "How inexplicable most of these cases are".

In a P.S. remembers his source for statement about increase of missel thrushes in Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  12 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9354

To Alfred Newton   14 March 1874

Summary

Can give no definite information. Believes severe winters are by far the most important check on numbers of birds; the destruction of eggs is of subordinate importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  14 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/62)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9359

From Alfred Newton   1 April 1879

Summary

Asks CD to join W. H. Flower and Huxley in signing a memorial in support of Dr Cone. He is a U. S. Army surgeon who has been working on an ornithological bibliography and needs support to complete his work in England.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 172: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11965

From Alfred Newton   29 October 1881

Summary

Thanks CD for the reference to Audubon’s story. T. M. Brewer is to be trusted, but his account does not suggest why the bird always moved northward.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 172: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13441

From Alfred Newton   21 March 1863

Summary

Sends tuber of Chilean wild potato, requested through Hooker and P. L. Sclater.

Plans to exhibit a bird’s foot with a large ball of clay attached. This phenomenon supports CD on seed dispersal.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Mar 1863
Classmark:  DAR 172: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4054

From Alfred Newton   31 October 1863

Summary

Tells CD where to pick up the partridge’s foot with the ball of earth attached; sends a copy of his remarks on the same. [See Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 13 (1864): 99–101.]

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Oct 1863
Classmark:  DAR 172: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4326
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