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From G. H. Darwin   [1 October 1873]

Summary

Discusses his health following a visit to Dr C[lark?]. Has made an appointment for CD.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8702

From G. H. Darwin   [c. 16 October 1873?]

Summary

Sends table showing relative force of impact of weight dropped on a plane inclined at different angles.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 16 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9078

To Frederick Allen’s agent   [October 1873]

Summary

Has heard that Mr Allen wishes to let his house and thinks it probable that it would suit his son [Francis]. Asks whether he may have refusal of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Agent for Mr Allen
Date:  [Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 157–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9079

To Karl Marx   1 October 1873

Summary

Thanks KM for gift of his "great work on Capital" [2d German ed. of Das Kapital]. Wishes he understood more of "the deep & important subject of political Economy".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Heinrich (Karl) Marx
Date:  1 Oct 1873
Classmark:  International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels Papers D. 1013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9080

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   1 October [1873]

Summary

Hears from Frank [Darwin] that Drosera behaves perversely. Suggests that motor influence may move longitudinally away from the excited glands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  1 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9081

From S. W. Moore   [1 October 1873]

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Information for CD’s use in investigating digestion by Drosera.

Author:  Samuel William Moore
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9082

From Emma Wuttke   1 October 1873

Summary

Sends tracing of ancient Egyptian illustration of dogs and cattle.

Author:  Emma Wuttke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 181: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9083

From G. H. Darwin   [before 3 October 1873]

Summary

Sends CD a draft of a letter to Nature [see 9087], which he thinks expresses CD’s meaning.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9084

To G. H. Darwin   3 October [1873]

Summary

CD thinks GHD’s letter is an excellent clarification [of CD’s conjectural view on the elimination of useless parts in species], but does not want to publish it as his [CD’s] own. Asks GHD to think carefully before he publishes it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9085

From S. W. Moore   3 October 1873

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Sends formula for pure pepsin for experiments on digestion of Drosera, and information on legumin. Will send chlorophyll soon.

Author:  Samuel William Moore
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9086

From G. H. Darwin   5 October 1873

Summary

Has decided to send the letter ["Variation of organs", Nature 8 (1873): 505].

Writes of his poor health and problems of settling in at Trinity.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9088

From J. D. Hooker   6 October 1873

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Mimosa prostrata, described by John Lindley as M. marginata, native of Brazil.

Who supplies CD with distilled water and chemicals?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 169–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9089

From S. W. Moore   7 October 1873

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Thanks CD for copies of his books.

Sends chlorophyll extract [for CD’s work on Drosera digestion].

Author:  Samuel William Moore
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9090

To Edward Frankland   7 October [1873]

Summary

Requests a piece of the most sensitive litmus paper in order to test the secretions of minute hairs of plants which catch minute flies. [See 9098.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  7 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9090A

From Ernst Haeckel   8 October 1873

Summary

On CD’s paper ["Complemental males of certain cirripedes", Collected papers 2: 177–82].

Comments on paper by W. H. Dallinger and J. J. Drysdale ["Life history of a Cercomonad", Mon. Microsc. J. 10 (1873): 53–8].

Discusses origin of life, the Gastraea theory and concept that primary germ layers are homologous in all animals. Notes similar views of E. Ray Lankester ["On the primitive cell-layers of the embryo", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 4th ser. 11 (1873): 321–38].

Reception of Darwinism in Germany.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9091

To Alexander Bain   9 October 1873

Summary

Thanks AB for his review of Expression [May 1873, in The senses and the intellect, 3d ed. (1874), pp. 697–714]. Admits vagueness of some points. Has never grasped AB’s principle of spontaneity. But, as they look at everything so differently, it is not likely that they should agree closely.

A recent review by T. S. Baynes, [Edinburgh Rev. 137 (1873): 492–528] is "magnificently contemptuous" toward CD and many others.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Bain
Date:  9 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 143: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9092

To W. H. Leggett   10 October [1873]

Summary

Has not seen number of Botanical Bulletin with account of Apocynum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Leggett
Date:  10 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9093

From Edward Frankland   10 October 1873

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The results of EF’s tests for acids in the secretion of Drosera are largely negative [see Insectivorous plants, p. 88].

Author:  Edward Frankland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 44–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9094

To Francis Darwin   10 October 1873

Summary

Asks for details about microscope parts.

Wants FD to ask Hooker for species of Desmodium; CD believes he has found new movements.

Also ask whether Hooker has Drosophyllum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873-8 f.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9095

From Francis Darwin   [11 October 1873]

Summary

Has got a cold, so will not go to Kew. Wrote to Hartnack about price of microscopes and describes own model. Told Hooker about Tisley Spiller’s microscope in Paris.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9095F
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