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To John Medows Rodwell   15 October [1860]


Comments on Rodwell’s discussion of the “struggle for life” with reference to languages and G. H. Lewes’s article in the Cornhill Magazine (Lewes 1860, pp. 445–7). Comments on Rodwell’s account of horses affected by mildewed pasturage, and asks for more information about his white cat.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Medows Rodwell
Date:  15 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2950F

To J. M. Rodwell   5 November [1860]


Comments on relationship between eye-colour and deafness in cats [discussed in Origin]. Asks for more information.

Mentions criticism of Origin.

Thanks for information about horses.

Hopes JMR writes his book on language. Mentions Hensleigh Wedgwood’s work [A dictionary of English etymology, 3 vols. (1859–65)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Medows Rodwell
Date:  5 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 328; Bradford Museums and Galleries: Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley (NH.6.40 p. 641)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2976

From John Medows Rodwell   31 October 1860



Observations on his white blue-eyed cat. There is no sign of deafness.

Apropos of ch. 5 of Origin, tells of blind rats found when a Roman bridge was excavated.

Author:  John Medows Rodwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Oct 1860
Classmark:  DAR 47: 167–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2970

From J. M. Rodwell   6 December 1860



Discusses Origin, suggesting confirmation might come from studying reproduction in microscopic organisms.

Gives anecdotal observations of blind rats and white cats.

Author:  John Medows Rodwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1860
Classmark:  DAR 47: 169–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3012
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