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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

To W. C. Tait   24 February 1869

Summary

Discusses method for shipping Drosophyllum specimens.

Asks about inheritance in tailless dogs;

the growth of horns in merino sheep.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  24 Feb 1869
Classmark:  Alan R. Tait (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6631

To W. C. Tait   12 and 16 March 1869

Summary

Thanks for specimen of Drosophyllum.

Describes capacity of various plants to catch flies.

Cannot name fern specimen.

Laugher pigeon descended from Columba livia.

Discusses tailless dogs.

Believes astronomical phenomenon responsible for oscillation of level of earth’s crust.

Would WCT like copy of Orchids?

Expected plants [Drosophyllum] have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  12 and 16 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 147: 541; Sotheby’s (dealers) (19 July 1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6661

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

To W. C. Tait   18 April [1869]

Summary

Not well owing to fall from horse.

[Drosophyllum] plants going on very well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  18 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  Alan R. Tait (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6705

To W. C. Tait   1 June [1869]

Summary

WCT should send specimens to Orpington Station.

Invites him to visit, but afraid conversation "would quite knock me up".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  1 June [1869]
Classmark:  Alan R. Tait (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6768

To W. C. Tait   17 July [1869]

Summary

Discusses need for cross-fertilisation in Geranium.

Hooker begins to doubt whether Drosophyllum so closely allied to Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  17 July [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 545; Sotheby’s (dealers) (19 July 1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6833

To W. C. Tait   27 August [1869]

Summary

Will not trouble WCT for more specimens of Drosophyllum. Hooker says genus is closely allied to Drosera, though having such different habits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  27 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 546
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6872

From William Chester Tait   26 January 1869

Summary

Believes Portuguese habit of removing tails of pointers is responsible for birth of some tailless dogs.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6577

From W. C. Tait   19 February 1869

Summary

Has been trying to get Drosophyllum lusitanicum for CD.

Intends to breed from two pointers born tailless.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6623

From W. C. Tait   2 March 1869

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Summary

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

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

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 W. C. Tait   10 May 1869

Summary

Development of the horns of local sheep.

Results of breeding tailless pointers: of six puppies, three had stumps like parents.

Observations on Drosophyllum.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1869
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 19–20, DAR 178: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6742

From W. C. Tait   11 July 1869

Summary

Drosophyllum lusitanicum.

Believes principle of natural selection can be more widely applied.

Flower structure of Geranium.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 July 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6825

From W. C. Tait   [23 August 1869]

Summary

Will obtain some Drosophyllum seed for CD.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Aug 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6868

From W. C. Tait   29 September 1869

Summary

On endemic flora and fauna of Portugal.

Author:  William Chester Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 178: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6919
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