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To [?]   21 September [1869]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for sending curious facts about his cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Australia (MS 760/2/571)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6952

From T. S. Cobbold   1 September [1869]

Summary

Thanks CD for parasitic worms [see 6858] specimens. Supports "fact of succession".

Author:  Thomas Spencer Cobbold
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6876

From William Bowman   3 September [1869]

Summary

Asks whether he may come with F. C. Donders to visit CD.

Author:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6877

To Frans Cornelis Donders   6 September 1869

Summary

Asks about Charles Bell’s statement concerning contraction of eye muscles. Asks whether such contraction is related to secretion of tears.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frans Cornelis (Franciscus Cornelius) Donders
Date:  6 Sept 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6878

From J. D. Hooker   7 September 1869

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Reports on events at Exeter [BAAS] meeting. G. G. Stokes made a first-rate President.

Huxley "poured boiling oil" over James McCann in answer to his "conceited dogmatic sermon".

F. A. W. Miquel is coming to stay.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 30–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6879

From Walter Elliot   7 September 1869

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Sends excerpt on polygamous breeding habits of Asiatic elephants by Lieut. Johnstone [Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal (1868): 128]. [See Descent 1: 268.]

Author:  Walter Elliot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 86: A74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6880

To Fritz Müller   8 September [1869]

Summary

Wants observations on a Papilio to see whether ticking noise is confined to one sex.

Experiments on self-sterility.

Will send copy of his orchid paper ["Fertilisation of orchids", Collected papers 2: 138–56].

Eschscholzia when self-fertilised, produced pods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  8 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6881

From James Orton   8 September 1869

Summary

Sends a lower molar of fossil horse from Quito. Curious as to its species, especially in view of Owen’s findings in Mexico.

Author:  James Orton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 173: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6882

From Edward Burnett Tylor   8 September 1869

Summary

Wishes to borrow a paper by R. G. Haliburton on superstitions connected with sneezing [see 5635].

Author:  Edward Burnett Tylor
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6883

From John Blackwall   8 September 1869

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His observations on young of Theridion lineatum reveal no characteristics distinguishing one from another;

quotes N. Westring on stridulation in Theridion serratipes [see Descent 1: 339].

Author:  John Blackwall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 82: A80–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6884

To Gustav Jäger   9 September 1869

Summary

Admires GJ’s book [Die Darwin’sche Theorie (1869)].

Asks about plumage of rejected male pheasant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustav Jäger
Date:  9 Sept 1869
Classmark:  Frau Dr. Hildegard Jaeger (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6885

To J. D. Hooker   10 September [1869]

Summary

F. C. Donders has been to lunch – a good "Darwinian"!

JDH’s speech of resignation [as BAAS President] at Exeter was charming [Rep. BAAS (1869)]. JDH should have been an ambassador.

Has received Indian census.

Is unusually well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 151–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6886

From Edward Blyth   13 September 1869

Summary

Gives some observations and opinions on the appearance and behaviour of mandrills.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 225
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6887

From John Beddoe   13 September 1869

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Encloses last instalment of data on colour of women’s hair and conjugal selection. Fears results are inconclusive.

Author:  John Beddoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 85: A17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6888

From George Cupples   13 September 1869

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Proportion of sexes in rats.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 86: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6889

From V. O. Kovalevsky   13 September 1869

Summary

Since March has been living in Heidelberg, where his wife is studying mathematics and physics.

The Russian translation of Variation has been printed in his absence; he will bring a copy to Down if he receives one from Russia.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 169: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6890

To Edward Blyth   14 September [1869]

Summary

Thanks EB for his attempts to find out about the mandrills;

sorry to hear that he has been so badly treated by the manager of Land and Water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Blyth
Date:  14 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6891

From Frederick Smith   14 September 1869

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On stridulation of Coleoptera, Trox sabulosus, Mutilla. [See Descent 1: 380.]

Author:  Frederick Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 82: A5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6892

To Samuel Hubbard Scudder   15 September [1869]

Summary

Thanks SHS for papers he has sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Hubbard Scudder
Date:  15 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  Boston Society of Natural History (papers at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6893

From J. T. Moggridge   16 September [1869]

Summary

Thanks for CD’s ["Fertilization of orchids", Collected papers 2: 138–56].

Although Thomas Meehan’s paper ["Variations in Epigaea repens", Proc. Philadelphia Acad. Nat. Sci. (1868): 153–6] shows great variability in this genus, JTM sees a need to qualify the generalisation that there is as much variation in the wild as under domestication. He knows no evidence for a constant proportion between variability in the wild and under cultivation.

Observations on correlation between leaf size and exposure to sun and shade.

Has evidence for two varieties of Ophrys apifera in England, which live in mutually exclusive colonies.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6894
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