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To ?   20 February [1869]

Summary

Gives his opinion of Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse, who is tutoring Horace Darwin in mathematics.

Has not heard that Horace has a chance of a minor scholarship.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  Xiling Yinshe Auction Company (dealers) (Spring 2014, lot 188)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6624F

To George Howard Darwin   6 February [1869]

Summary

John Lubbock regrets GHD did not take the Eton post. JL thinks scientific masters will soon occupy places as high and as profitable as classical masters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  6 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5843

From George Henslow   [after 22 February 1869]

Summary

Sends information from a Kent sheep-breeder.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 22 February1869]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6522

To John Warburton Robinson   1 February 1869

Summary

Statement of sum due from Rev. Robinson "On account of School".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Warburton Robinson
Date:  1 Feb 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6587

From S. A. Merrell   1 February 1869

Summary

Corrects T. M. Brewer’s statement, cited in the Origin, that the American cuckoo never uses other birds’ nests. [See Origin, 5th ed., p. 266.]

Author:  S. A. Merrell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 157, 157/1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6589

From Charles Spence Bate   1 February 1869

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Summary

A case of fighting in crabs (Portunus puber against Carcinus maenas) [see Descent 1: 332].

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 82: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6590

To A. R. Wallace   2 February [1869]

Summary

CD expressed himself badly. F. Jenkin’s argument was against single variations ever being perpetuated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  2 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library Board (Add MS 46434: 168–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6591

From J. V. Carus   2 February 1869

Summary

Sends translation of Mr Steiger’s letter responding to question CD had asked about growth of horns of merino rams.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 86: A45; DAR 161: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6592

To W. C. Tait   2 February [1869]

Summary

Discusses case of tailless dogs.

Does not intend to follow up work on variation under domestication.

Asks for specimen of Drosophyllum from Portugal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  2 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  Alan R. Tait (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6593

From Andrew Crombie Ramsay   2 February 1869

Summary

Lyell says CD is revising what he says about the Weald in the Origin. Asks CD to look at his subaerial denudation views in his book [Physical geology and geography of Great Britain, 2d ed. (1864)].

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 176: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6594

To John Murray   [1–3 February 1869]

Summary

Asks JM to grant permission for a French translation of his "Naturalist’s voyage" [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [1–3 Feb 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 192–193)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6596

From John Murray   3 February [1869]

Summary

Gives consent, which is unnecessary because term of protection has expired, for French translation of Journal of researches.

Is at a loss to know how many copies of F. Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin to print.

The printer is ready for copy for a new "edition" of Variation. [Presumably another issue. 2d edition did not appear until 1875.]

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 363
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6597

To A. C. Ramsay   3 February [1869]

Summary

Received and read ACR’s Physical geology. Places him at head of the subaeria denudationists. Unfortunately CD confounded William Whitaker’s article with ACR’s views and gave Whitaker credit for first producing the evidence. Will rectify it now. Has eliminated the rubbish he wrote on the Weald and will add a paragraph on importance of subaerial denudation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Date:  3 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 261.9: 4 (EH 88205977)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6598

From James Croll   4 February 1869

Summary

Argues for great age of earth before the Cambrian period. Opposes measuring age from secular cooling. Opposes Sir William Thomson. Lyell’s error on secular cooling.

Thanks for Moseley citation ["On the mechanical possibility of the descent of glaciers", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 17 (1869): 202–8].

In Edinburgh he feels out of touch with latest developments.

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 161: 263
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6599

To William Bernhard Tegetmeier   5 February [1869]

Summary

Repeats request for information on colours of plumage of poultry breeds and asks for WBT’s facts on proportions of sexes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  5 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6600

To J. V. Carus   5 February 1869

Summary

Thanks JVC for his information (from two correspondents) on the rate of growth of merino rams’ horns.

CD has been revising Origin [5th ed.]. Has found a good deal to alter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  5 Feb 1869
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesiz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 39–40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6601

From Frederik Anthony von Hartsen   5 February 1869

Summary

Believes that species or genus may have originated more than once from separate ancestors, i.e., polyphyletically.

Discusses relation of CD’s theory to religion. Has written popular account of CD’s theory in Dutch [Darwin en de Godsdienst (1869)].

Author:  Frederik Anthony von Hartsen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6602

To James Croll   6 February [1869]

Summary

Consoling to CD that JC gives "a little more age to the world".

Cites article by Henry Moseley ["On the mechanical possibility of the descent of glaciers", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 17 (1869): 202–8].

Mentions article by A. R. Clarke on shape of the globe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Croll
Date:  6 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6603

From G. H. Darwin   6 February 1869

Summary

Has inquired about magnetic storms. Any effect that could be produced by the sun’s energy in retarding the cooling of the earth would be utterly insignificant.

Tells of his visit to Eton.

Is uncertain about next steps to take for a legal career.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6604

From C. F. Claus   6 February 1869

Summary

Pleased by CD’s good opinion and offer to provide material. Discusses work he would do on cirripedes.

Moritz Wagner’s views on migration of species;

his doubts about Fritz Müller’s views on developmental stages of Crustacea.

Author:  Carl Friedrich Claus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 161: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6605
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