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From Roland Trimen   20 March [1868]



On attraction of males by females in moths. H. T. Stainton mentions a case.

Author:  Roland Trimen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A92–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6030

From William Robert Grove   20 March 1868


Asks CD to breakfast in London on Tuesday [24 Mar].

Author:  William Robert Grove
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 233
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6031

To Maxwell Tylden Masters   21 March [1868]


Sends his niece’s [Lucy Wedgwood] observations on worms, vouches for her accuracy, and suggests the piece be inserted in Gardeners’ Chronicle [see "Worms", Gard. Chron. (1868): 324].

Adds his thanks for a "very kind review" of his book [Variation, Gard. Chron. (1868): 124].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  21 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6032

To A. R. Wallace   [21 March 1868]


On problem of sterility, CD cannot persuade himself that it has been gained by natural selection.

On sexual selection and minute variations, he tends to agree with ARW. Sends George Darwin’s notes on ARW’s argument.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  [21 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 119–20); DAR 106: B160–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6033

To J. J. Moulinié   21 March [1868]


Corrects error in spelling of name [in Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  21 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66, f. 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6034

To Roland Trimen   [21 March 1868]


Arranges for RT to call.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  [21 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6035

To J. V. Carus   21 March [1868]


Corrections for German translation of Variation.

Discusses Pangenesis. CD not surprised at JVC’s unfavourable opinion. Huxley’s joke that it is more difficult to believe than Genesis. Lyell’s and Sir H. Holland’s opinions. For CD, it provides a bond for connecting many phenomena.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  21 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 31–32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6036

To W. E. Darwin   21 March [1868]


Suggests possible arbitrators to act in a business transaction involving WED.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  21 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6037

To J. J. Weir   22 March [1868]


Glad to hear about pigeons. Did not know some birds could win affections of females more than others, except among peacocks.

Comments on polygamy in birds.

Discusses sex ratios among birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  22 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6038

From Ernst Haeckel   23 March 1868


Has received English edition of Variation. First volume of German edition came three months ago. Comments on book.

Will send copy of recent lectures on human evolution [Entstehung des Menschengeschlechts (1868)]. Gegenbaur much interested in the subject.

Considers Selachius the ancestral form of the fish and hence of all higher vertebrates. Believes their swim-bladder became lung of amphibians.

Mentions cases of hybrid crosses between rabbits and hares producing fertile offspring.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6040

From J. J. Weir   23 March 1868



Relates a variety of facts about sexual selection in birds. [See Descent 2: 104–5.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 61–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6041

To W. R. Grove   23 March [1868]


Arranges to call on WRG.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Robert Grove
Date:  23 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Royal Institution of Great Britain (Grove papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6042

To Albert Günther   23 March [1868]


Asks AG for details of variation in patterning of the banded snake.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  23 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6043

To G. H. Darwin   [24 March 1868]


CD relays the advice of Sir W. R. Grove on the dismal prospects of a law career.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [24 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6044

From A. R. Wallace   24 March [1868]


Returns George Darwin’s criticisms of his notes on sterility and sends further notes in reply. Since there are degrees of sterility between varieties, "is it not probable that natural selection can accumulate these variations?" Varieties that are adapted to new conditions could then survive and form new species without being isolated.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B61–2, B158–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6045

From J. J. Weir   24 March 1868



Experiments to test Wallace’s theory that brightly coloured caterpillars are rejected by birds. [See Descent 1: 417.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 65–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6046

From G. H. Darwin   [27] March [1868]


Discusses law versus engineering and business as a career.

Supposes ARW will have "squashed" GHD’s criticisms of his notes on sterility.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27] Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6047

From Edward Blyth   [before 25 March 1868]


Detailed notes on secondary sexual differences in various species of birds and mammals.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 25 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 154–5, DAR 84.1: 131–3, DAR 48: A77, DAR 84.2: 187v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6048

To Edward Blyth   25 March [1868]


Has found EB’s MS most interesting and valuable. Fully half the facts were new to him; will probably use some.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Blyth
Date:  25 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6049

To W. E. Darwin   25 March [1868]


Gives his opinion on a business transaction involving WED and the Southampton bank.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  25 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6050
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