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To William Thierry Preyer   [before 21 March 1869]

Summary

Replies to inquiries about his life and career.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Date:  [before 21 Mar 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 262–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6540

From C. S. Bate   1 March 1869

Summary

On hybridism between the fox and dog; asks whether CD knows of a reliable case of offspring from this cross.

Does CD want details on a white cat with blue eyes, but not deaf?

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6637

From Edward Blyth   1 March 1869

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Summary

Sexual differences in antelopes (Indian and African).

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 83: 152–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6638

From W. C. Tait   2 March 1869

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Sends a single specimen of Drosophyllum lusitanicum with description from F. de Avellar Brotero’s Flora Lusitanica [1804].

Discusses Portuguese ferns,

inherited mutilation,

and the earth’s geological history.

Evolution of behaviour and beauty by natural selection.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 18a–f
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6639

To Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing   3 March 1869

Summary

Thanks TRRS for copy of his lecture [Darwinism (1869)]. Praises his "admirable example of liberality".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing
Date:  3 Mar 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.362)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6640

From T. C. Eyton   4 March 1869

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Further observations on horns of fallow deer. Sends fawn’s head.

Author:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 86: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6641

To A. R. Wallace   5 March [1869]

Summary

Reception of ARW’s book, Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6642

From T. R. R. Stebbing   5 March 1869

Summary

Explains how he, as "an orthodox clergyman" reading CD’s works, was totally convinced by his arguments. Expresses pleasure "that Science might make gigantic strides without offering such collateral opinions as, if true, would certainly dispense with clergymen altogether".

Author:  Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 177: 248
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6643

From W. C. Tait   5 March 1869

Summary

Is forwarding potted specimens of Drosophyllum.

Will make inquiries about sheep.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6644

To T. C. Eyton   6 March [1869]

Summary

Thanks TCE for fawn’s head.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  6 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.366)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6645

To Armand de Quatrefages   6 March 1869

Summary

Wishes to introduce his son, George Howard Darwin.

Has glanced at the second of AdeQ’s articles on natural history in Revue de deux mondes; ordered first article but second is already out of print.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Armand (Armand de Quatrefages) Quatrefages de Bréau
Date:  6 Mar 1869
Classmark:  Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Manuscrits (Manuscripts NAF 11824 ff. 72–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6645F

To J. D. Hooker   8 March [1869]

Summary

Transmits letter [from Fritz Müller].

Has been asked to permit a French translation of Orchids and Journal of researches.

At work on sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 116-17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6647

To R. F. Cooke   9 March [1869]

Summary

Suggests best form of lettering for spine of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 198–199)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6648

To Thomas Henry Huxley   10 March 1869

Summary

At writer’s request, forwards long letter on Comte by Vernon Lushington.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 262)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6649

From A. R. Wallace   10 March 1869

Summary

Weir’s paper on relation of protection to colour of caterpillars [Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1869): 21–6; (1870): 337–9] confirms ARW’s hypothesis.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 106: B77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6651

From Henry Landor   10 March 1869

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Suggests that ground ice, in Canada and similar countries, is a mode of distribution of boulders and animal and vegetable life.

Author:  Henry Landor
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 205.2 (Letters): 244
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6652

From T. H. Huxley   11 March 1869

Summary

Nothing new in Lushington’s letter. Two paragraphs are offensive – that THH sought to stir up Scotch Presbyterian prejudices against Comte at Edinburgh and that he had not read Comte.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 317
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6654

From J. D. Hooker   11 March 1869

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Orchids translation should goad [French] Academy into electing CD.

JDH will be sent to St Petersburg congress by Government.

Huxley on protoplasm; his address to Geological Society.

Fertilised an Aucuba with pollen of various species. Reports on results.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 10–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6655

From Georg Recht   1 March 1869

Summary

Thanks for money, which will enable him to complete publication. Explains principles of his physiological theory.

Author:  Georg Recht
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 176: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6656

From George Cupples   11 March 1869

Summary

Differences in size and weight in deerhounds, with tables of comparative weights according to sex. Promises information on weights of deerhound puppies. Effects of cross- and inbreeding.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 83: 133–8, DAR 161: 282
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6657
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