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To ?   6 April [1869–71]

Summary

"My experiment was intended solely to show that colour reappeared, and I choose kinds which breed [true] to colour, as is certainly the case with [sports] and those which I tried . . .

I have recorded an undoubted case of wild rock Pigeons caught in Scotland having bred in confinement …"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  6 Apr [1869-71]
Classmark:  L’Autographe S.A. (dealers) (Catalogue 21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6098A

From Spiridion Brusina   29 April 1869

Summary

SB is founding a natural history society to study the flora and fauna of the southern Slavic countries.

Plans to print portraits of the four most distinguished naturalists and asks for a photograph of CD.

Author:  Spiridion Brusina
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 354
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6720

From M. T. Masters   30 April 1869

Summary

Sends paper on the "Origin of genera".

J. Decaisne, in last week’s Gardeners’ Chronicle, on the apple, cannot mean there are no intermediates between Malus and Pyrus.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6721

To Max Schmidt   [29 April 1869]

Summary

Asks MS whether he will examine adult mandrills and describe the sexual differences in colouring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maximilian (Max) Schmidt
Date:  [29 Apr 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6762

From Lawrence Ruck   [after 29 April 1869?]

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Summary

On the horns of castrated lambs.

Author:  Lawrence Ruck
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 29 Apr 1869?]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7409

To Benjamin Dann Walsh   3 April [1869]

Summary

Glad BDW has proved his case on dimorphism of Cynips.

Interested in galls

and BDW’s Cicada articles [Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philadelphia (1864)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  3 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5482

From E. A. Darwin   [after 21 April 1869]

Summary

Discusses CD’s health and James Paget’s "verdict".

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 21 Apr 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6521

From Richard Spruce   [before 1 April 1869]

Summary

Sends CD a paper ["Ant-agency in plant structure", published in Spruce Notes of a botanist on the Amazon and Andes, ed. A. R. Wallace (1908)] on plant structures he believes are the work of insects; asks him to forward it to the Linnean Society [read 15 Apr 1869].

Writes of his support for the Origin, before which he had been much concerned by the delimitation of so-called species.

Author:  Richard Spruce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Apr 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 241
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6690

To Richard Spruce   1 April 1869

Summary

RS’s facts are remarkable. A year or two ago CD would not have believed ants could produce an inherited effect, but he has "lately come to believe rather more in inherited mutations". However, CD is not satisfied that the sacs are inherited and urges RS to produce any other evidence he might have.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Spruce
Date:  1 Apr 1869
Classmark:  Spruce 1908, 2: 385
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6691

From George M’Ilvaine Ramsey   5 April 1869

Summary

Describes the work he is writing, Cosmology (Ramsay 1870).

Author:  George M’Ilvaine Ramsey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  05 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 271.6: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6692F

To W. C. Tait   7 April [1869]

Summary

Drosophyllum plants recovering [from trip]. Describes experiments on them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  7 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6693

From Alfred Newton   9 April 1869

Summary

Regrets Frank [Darwin] did not pass the Trinity scholarship examination, but he hears Frank did well on the viva voce part.

Pleased CD is willing to help the University’s Museum of Zoology; he encloses the printed appeal.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 172: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6694

From W. C. Tait   13 April 1869

Summary

Insectivorous plants; Drosophyllum lusitanicum.

Descriptions of the local sheep.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6696

From Richard Spruce   15 April 1869

Summary

Describes the floral structure and fertilisation of some melastomes;

discusses the direct agency of insects in modifying the structure of flowers.

Author:  Richard Spruce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 177: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6697

To W. B. Tegetmeier   17 April 1869

Summary

Wants information on plumage of chickens

and table of sex ratios in greyhounds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  17 Apr 1869
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6698

From Edward Blyth   17 April 1869

Summary

Will attempt to provide CD with the information requested as soon as he can.

Gives references to some recent papers and articles which might interest CD.

Is currently reviewing Wallace’s new book [Malay Archipelago].

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6699

From W. B. Tegetmeier   [before 18 April 1869]

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Summary

Numerical proportion of males to females in greyhound puppies.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 18 Apr 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 85: B29–33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6700

To George Charles Wallich   18 April [1869]

Summary

Regrets he cannot come to London to be photographed [for GCW’s Eminent men of the day (1870)]. Invites GCW to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Charles Wallich
Date:  18 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.374)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6701

To W. B. Tegetmeier   18 April [1869]

Summary

Thanks for greyhound table; interested in transmission of colour in greyhounds and relationship to sex.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  18 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6702

From A. R. Wallace   18 April [1869]

Summary

Expands upon their differences in regard to man and the question of the existence of forces not yet recognised by science.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6703
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