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From John Lubbock   [after 5 August 1869]

Summary

Visiting arrangements.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 5 Aug 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6519

From John Beddoe   [22 August – 12 September 1869]

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Results of CD’s examination of data subvert JB’s former inferences. Will send abstracts from the data for his paper on colour of hair of single and married women 35 to 45 years old ["On the supposed increasing prevalence of dark hair in England", Anthropol. Rev. 1 (1863): 310–12].

Author:  John Beddoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 Aug–12 Sept 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 85: A13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6809

From A. M. Norman   2 August 1869

Summary

Apologises for and explains the delay in supplying Haeckel with sponge specimens.

Mentions some of the interesting crustacean specimens he has received from the Porcupine cruise off the West of Ireland.

Author:  Alfred Merle Norman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 172: 73; Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 1–52/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6848

To Louis Rérolle   2 August [1869]

Summary

Gives the definition of ‘distal’ and explains what ‘thrips’ are. Suggests that LR uses his descretion in his translation of Orchids about certain descriptive phrases such as ‘saddle-formed’, but suggests he use them each at least once.

Declines offer to look over LR’s translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Rérolle
Date:  2 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Aguttes (dealers) (20 February 2020, lot 240)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6848F

To Walter Elliot   3 August [1869]

Summary

Asks whether the wild boar in India is polygamous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Walter Elliot
Date:  3 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6849

To Ernst Haeckel   3 August [1869]

Summary

Suggests Englishmen who might provide sponge specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  3 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 1–52/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6850

To John Lubbock   3 August 1869

Summary

Sexual differences in Labidocera darwinii, in Entomostraca, and Myriapoda.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  3 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 263: 66 (EH 88206510)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6851

To M. C. Lloyd   4 August [1869]

Summary

Encloses letter from W. B. Dawkins concerning "our old savage progenitors with their ground-down teeth".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Charlotte Lloyd
Date:  4 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.373)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6852

From J. D. Hooker   5 August 1869

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Huxley has shown him the jaws of an Anoplotherium brought from the Gallegos by R. O. Cunningham.

Saw Hallett’s wheat crops at Brighton; results of his selection very striking.

Huxley is assembling his Darwiniana papers for republication.

Has written a crushing reply to Richard Congreve ["The scientific aspects of positivism", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 5 (1869): 653–70] and JDH feels "infantine" beside him.

Comments on Sabine’s being offered and accepting K.C.B.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 25–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6853

From John Lubbock   5 August [1869]

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On the antennae of Labidocera.

Size of sexes in Entomostraca.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 82: 84–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6854

To J. D. Hooker   7 August [1869]

Summary

Replies to JDH on Hallett; doubts that already improved varieties do not vary in other respects.

The North British Review article [see 6841] is worth reading "scientifically"; it made CD feel small.

Awaits JDH’s decision on affinities of Drosophyllum and Drosera.

Is curious to see proportion of males to females in recent census in India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 144–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6855

From Walter Elliot   7 August 1869

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Polygamous breeding habits of the Indian wild boar. [See Descent 1: 267.]

Author:  Walter Elliot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 86: A72–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6856

From T. H. Farrer   8 August 1869

Summary

Speculates on the function of the separate stamen of papilionaceous flowers.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 164: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6857

To Thomas Spencer Cobbold   9 August [1869]

Summary

Offers TSC specimens of parasitic worms collected by CD in S. America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Spencer Cobbold
Date:  9 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Cobbold 1885, p. 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6858

To T. H. Farrer   10 August [1869]

Summary

THF’s view, if confirmed, pleases CD in that what appears a mere morphological character is found to be of use. Carl Nägeli has been attacking him on this head.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6859

To Achille Quadri   9 August 1869

Summary

Thanks for two copies of Teoria Darwiniana, one of which has been sent to the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Achille Quadri
Date:  9 Aug 1869
Classmark:  Anon. 1896
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6859F

From John Blackwall   10 August 1869

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Immature male spiders usually resemble in colour the females of their species of the same age. In some species colours of sexes differ when mature.

Author:  John Blackwall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 82: 82–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6860

From T. H. Farrer   12 August 1869

Summary

Will work on papilionaceous flowers since CD encourages it. Discusses function of hairs in certain plants.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 164: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6861

From J. D. Hooker   13 August 1869

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Did not intend to imply that Hallett said variation stopped, but that it arrives at a point where further accumulation in direction sought is so slow as to result practically in fixity of type – but not absolute fixity.

Duke of Argyll has requested JDH to superintend publication of a flora of India. JDH thinks he [Argyll] is paying him off for his kick at natural theology.

Willy [Hooker] returning from New Zealand.

A unique character in Drosophyllum.

Sees no reason for CD to contribute to Ross and Faraday memorials.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 27–9, DAR 100: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6862

To J. D. Hooker   14 August [1869]

Summary

Faraday memorial is an exception.

George [Darwin] has convinced CD that North British Review article is by P. G. Tait [see 6841].

Surprised that leaves of Drosophyllum are always rolled backwards at their tips, but did not know it was unique character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 149-50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6863
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