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To W. D. Fox   6 February [1868]

Summary

There is so much detail in Variation that WDF will never be able to finish it. Some chapters, like that on reversion, are "curious".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5842

To W. D. Fox   25 February [1868]

Summary

Is working on "Sexual selection"; asks WDF to send observations on birds’ finding new mates during breeding season [see Descent 2: 103–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5929

To W. D. Fox   14 May [1868]

Summary

WDF’s letter gives CD the kind of facts he wants. His story about peacocks is so good that CD will quote it [Descent 2: 46].

Pleased WDF approves of his book [Variation]

– "beloved Pangenesis disagrees badly with many".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 May [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6172

To W. D. Fox   21 October [1868]

Summary

Reminds WDF to write about the "great magpie marriage". Sexual selection an "everlasting subject".

News of his children.

Asks for information on instances of sexual preference in animals and data on numbers of males and females born in various domesticated species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  21 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 149); DAR 266
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6426

To W. D. Fox   4 November 1868

Summary

Much interested in WDF’s letter on inheritance and courtship of birds. CD "in a great muddle" on many points.

Asks for further information on proportion of sexes in sheep.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 150)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6447

To W. D. Fox   12 December [1868]

Summary

Thanks WDF for information about sheep and cattle.

Mentions corrections for new edition of Origin [5th ed. (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.357)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6500

From W. D. Fox   [before 14 May 1868]

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Summary

Pairing habits of birds: polygamy among ducks and canaries.

Information on the proportion of sexes in fowls and other birds.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 14 May 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5762

From William Darwin Fox   3 February [1868]

Summary

Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.

Thanks CD for Variation.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5837

From W. D. Fox   19 May [1868]

Summary

Regrets he cannot get to Down.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6187

From W. D. Fox   29 October [1868]

Summary

Thanks CD for a recent letter.

Reports on his health, which has been bad for 12 months.

Sends extracts of works on domestication.

Discusses the pairing of various birds; comments on the pugnacity of partridges, pheasants, male guinea-fowl, and peacocks.

Gives proportions of sexes in pheasants.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 189; DAR 193: 112; DAR 83: 187, DAR 84.1: 128–30, DAR 86: A87–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6436

From W. D. Fox   9 December [1868]

Summary

Hybrid geese.

Proportions of sexes in sheep and cattle.

Pairing habits of crows.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 126–7, DAR 85: B36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6455
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