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To G. H. Darwin   [8 August 1874]

Summary

Approves of GHD’s letter [to Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 587–9] and his present plan, which removes all CD’s objections. Will make his own letter to Murray less imperious. "It will be a dreadful evil to me, if … we come to a quarrel."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [8 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9596

To John Tyndall   11 August [1874]

Summary

CD has not received the proofs [of JT’s Belfast address to BAAS].

Wishes JT were through with Belfast [meeting of BAAS, 1874]. CD cannot imagine surviving such a week of excitement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  11 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 20 (EH 88205958)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9597

To John Murray   11 August 1874

Summary

Asks JM, as a favour, to use his influence with the Editor of Quarterly Review to print George Darwin’s answer to the charge made by the author of "Primitive man" [St George Mivart] that GD approved "of the encouragement of vice to check population".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 48–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9598

To John Tyndall   12 August [1874]

Summary

Returns proofs [of JT’s Belfast address, Rep. BAAS 44 (1874): lxvi–xcvii]. Gratified by what it says about his work and is anxious to read the whole address; it is a grand subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  12 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 21 (EH 88205959)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599

From John Murray   12 August 1874

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s complaint against a paper [by St George Mivart] in the last Quarterly Review [see 9568]. Agrees to print George Darwin’s answer [see 9596].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41914 p. 203)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599A

From D. T. Gardner   13 August 1874

Summary

The Club is proposing to celebrate Humboldt’s 105th birthday and would welcome a message from CD.

Author:  Daniel T. Gardner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9600

To D. T. Gardner   [c. 27 August 1874]

Summary

States his indebtedness to and admiration for Humboldt and his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel T. Gardner
Date:  [c. 27 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  New York Times, 15 September 1874
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9601

From J. D. Hooker   17 August 1874

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Summary

Describes his work on Nepenthes.

Cephalotus is a beast.

His address is a history of Dionaea, Sarracenia, and Drosera.

Thiselton-Dyer has helped enormously except with the observations; but his health is so poor that JDH thinks he is "evidently cut out for a Literate not a working botanist".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 214–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9602

To J. D. Hooker   20 August 1874

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It is splendid how Nepenthes is behaving. Drosera and Dionaea are insignificant by comparison.

Takes rather a malicious pleasure in JDH’s failure with Cephalotus as a match to his with Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 332–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9604

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   21 August [1874]

Summary

Reports difficulties in experiments on digestion of fibro-cartilage. Asks about JSBS’s experiments with artificial digestive fluids.

JSBS must read Hooker’s address at Belfast [Rep. BAAS 44 (1874): 103–16] to see what a magnificent digester Nepenthes is.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  21 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-25); DAR 147: 415 (copy)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9605

To Edward Nicholson   26 August [1874]

Summary

Thanks EN for his book [Indian snakes, 2d ed. (1874)]. CD is pleased that it calls attention to gradation in the character of snake poison.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Nicholson
Date:  26 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9607

From A. V. W. Bikkers   27 August 1874

Summary

Reports on a crossbreed between a duck and a fowl, having duck’s beak, partly webbed feet, and fowl’s feathers.

Author:  Alexander V. W Bikkers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 160: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9608

From J. A. Gammie   28 August 1874

Summary

Sends his observations on the method of fertilisation of Hedychium coronarium by Sphinx and other hawk-moths.

Author:  James Alexander Gammie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 165: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9609

From J. D. Hooker   [29 August 1874]

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Lady Dorothy Nevill is CD’s best chance for Dionaea.

Reports on Belfast meeting of BAAS. Lubbock’s lecture went off admirably. Huxley’s was the magnum opus.

Encloses letter from Mrs Barber on protective coloration of animals.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 219–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9610

From Henryk Stecki   29 August 1874

Summary

Reports observations on a chicken with a human face.

Author:  Henryk Stecki
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 177: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9611

From W. C. Marshall   30 August [1874]

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Sends CD a box of Pinguicula leaves.

Author:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 125–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9612

To J. D. Hooker   30 August [1874]

Summary

Thanks JDH for his "quite admirable" address [Rep. BAAS 44 (1874) pt 2: 102–16]. Suggests revisions.

CD thinks he is "now on right track about Utricularia" after wasting several weeks "in fruitless trials and observations".

Mrs Barber’s paper is very curious and ought to be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/6/3 Insectivorous plants 1873–8: 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9613

To W. C. Marshall   [after 30 August 1874]

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Glad to hear about sticky fluid on leaves. WCM need not bother to count leaves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  [after 30 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 126v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9614

To Edward Frankland   31 August 1874

Summary

Utricularia catch freshwater Crustaceans, which cannot be digested and rot in the bladders. CD is interested to identify any substance produced in the putrefaction before it is resolved into gases and salts of ammonia. He has reason to believe that the plant absorbs such products.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  31 Aug 1874
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9614A

To G. H. Darwin   [20? August 1874]

Summary

Likes GHD’s article ["Professor Whitney on the origin of language", Contemp. Rev. (1874): 894]. "You have defended me nobly."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [20? Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9711
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