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To J. J. Weir   29 June [1870]

Summary

On birds erecting feathers.

Comments on production of buds in Cytisus.

Discusses case of rabbit-breeding which affected subsequent progeny of female.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  29 June [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7253

To J. J. Weir   16 October 1871

Summary

Cannot accept JJW’s invitation to a party. His health has been worse than usual for some months – can see no one nor can he go anywhere.

Is preparing a cheap edition of the Origin [6th] and will answer Mivart’s objections.

CD is pleased JJW likes C. Wright’s "Darwinism" [see 7940]. Huxley will publish a splendid review of it in Contemporary Review [Nov 1871].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  16 Oct 1871
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1349)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8013

To J. J. Weir   19 October 1871

Summary

"Like you I have often wondered at the different food of the old and young, as with graminivorous birds feeding their young with insects."

Recommends forthcoming book by John Lubbock [Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  19 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 148: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8018

To J. J. Weir   30 April [1872]

Summary

Not surprised incipient disease in female would make her unattractive to male.

Sorry JJW’s official duties are so heavy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  30 Apr [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 329
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8303

To J. J. Weir   31 July [1872]

Summary

Thanks for new case.

Not very well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  31 July [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8441

To J. J. Weir   18 September [1873]

Summary

JJW is quite at liberty to use CD’s name as patron of cat show.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  18 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (B MS Misc.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8524

To J. J. Weir   22 May 1873

Summary

Has no doubt he will find JJW’s address interesting.

Thinks same spot for nesting might prove attractive to birds, though they had had no intercommunication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  22 May 1873
Classmark:  Bernard Quaritch (dealers) 2003
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8919

To J. J. Weir   1 May 1875

Summary

August Weismann is interested in JJW’s experiments on birds and the caterpillars they eat.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  1 May 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.468)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9962

To J. J. Weir   5 July 1875

Summary

Discusses case of Cytisus graft described by JJW.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  5 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 148: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10043

To J. J. Weir   8 July [1875]

Summary

Is very interested in JJW’s report on a purple laburnum grafted onto yellow stock which then produces yellow flowers. CD requests racemes to examine.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  8 July [1875]
Classmark:  Boston Public Library (Rare Books MSS Acc. 324)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10051

To J. J. Weir   10 July 1875

Summary

Regarding Cytisus graft with yellow flowers, CD thinks nurseryman has sold Cytisus adami to JJW’s brother in place of C. purpureus. This explains apparent "sport". [P.S. on envelope:] C. purpureus seeds freely. C. adami never does.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  10 July 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.466); DAR 148: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10056

To J. J. Weir   14 July 1875

Summary

JJW is to think no more about mistake [regarding Cytisus graft].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  14 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 148: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10064

To J. J. Weir   18 December [1875]

Summary

E. Ray Lankester blackballed by Linnean Society. Another election planned. Would JJW use his influence in Lankester’s favour?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  18 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 3009 C f.11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10306

To J. J. Weir   14 February [1876]

Summary

Declines invitation to accompany JJW to Crystal Palace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  14 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10392

To J. J. Weir   4 November 1876

Summary

Promises to propose JJW for membership in Zoological Society.

Sympathises with JJW’s enthusiasm about the Danais and hopes it may become naturalised in this country.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  4 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (29 October 1962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10698

To J. J. Weir   29 December 1881

Summary

Comments on JJW’s observations on mule

and hermaphroditism in hybrid moths.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  29 Dec 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13587

To John Jenner Weir   27 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks JJW for his paper on apterous insects [see 5939], which contained much new information.

Asks JJW for any information he may have on sexual selection.

Describes an experiment, still untried, of staining tail-feathers of male pigeons in bright colours to find the effect on courtship.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  27 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5942

To J. J. Weir   29 February [1868]

Summary

JJW’s note on birds was one of the most interesting CD has ever received. Asks several questions. CD is puzzled by cases of magpies whose mates were killed but who always immediately found others.

Alexander Wallace denies any effect of colour in sexual selection among Lepidoptera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  29 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5958

To J. J. Weir   [6 March 1868]

Summary

Discusses beaks and relative numbers of the sexes of goldfinches.

Comments on sexual selection among butterflies.

Mentions Kerguelen moth collected by Hooker.

Comments on JJW’s observations on coloured birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  [6 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.348)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5986

To J. J. Weir   13 March [1868]

Summary

Thanks for facts about birds displaying plumage during courtship; "for Butterflies I must trust to analogy altogether in regard to sexual selection".

Invites JJW to visit in summer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  13 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2952: 8–10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6009
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