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To J. D. Hooker   1 October [1874]

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Thanks JDH for extract on Hedychium pollination; it shows CD’s prior interpretation was incorrect.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Oct [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 421–422
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9665

From H. W. Bates   1 October 1874

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Notes that Mr[s] Barber’s communication [forwarded by CD] will be published because of more striking than usual facts ["Notes on … larva and pupa of Papilio nireus", Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1874): 519–21].

Encloses Thomas Belt’s address.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 160: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9666

From F. J. Cohn   4 October 1874

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An account of his observations on Aldrovanda and Utricularia.

Sends CD his memoir on Aldrovanda [Beitr. Biol. Pflanz. 1 (1875) Heft 3: 71–92] in advance of publication [see Insectivorous plants, pp. 321 et seq., 395–6].

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 95–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9667

To James Crichton-Browne   8 October 1874

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Thanks JC-B for copy of Medical Reports of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  8 Oct 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.451)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9668

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   9 October 1874

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Has been testing the digestive powers of Drosera; wants to know whether a group of substances that elicit similar responses are related.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  9 Oct 1874
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9669

To J. D. Hooker   9 October 1874

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Asks JDH for leaves of Byblis and Roridula to examine, and D. Oliver for an anomalous species of Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 341a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9670

From Edward Frankland   9 October 1874

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Sends information CD requested on phosphate of ammonia and on nitrogenous substances produced during putrefaction of animal matter.

Author:  Edward Frankland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 97–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9671

To Thomas Meehan   9 October 1874

Summary

Doubts whether sudden and great variations often occur.

Comments on colours of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  9 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 146: 353
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9672

From J. D. Hooker   11 October 1874

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Oliver will attend to his letter.

Tells of discovery and rediscovery of Aldrovanda.

Asks what CD thinks of "old Pritchard’s discourse" [C. Pritchard, Natural science and natural religion (1874)]. Does not affect evolution at all. It does affect the rather unprofitable doctrine of materialism.

His plans for the Royal Society Presidential Address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 226–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9673

To Edward Frankland   11 October 1874

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Acknowledges the information about the phosphate and about putrefaction. Regrets that there is no knowledge of the conjectured substance. [See 9671.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  11 Oct 1874
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9673A

From Daniel Oliver   12 October 1874

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Sends specimens of Byblis, Roridula, and Utricularia for CD’s examination.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 99–100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9675

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   12 October 1874

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Suggests an explanation for difference in excitability of Drosera leaves to meat and albumen on the one hand and, on the other, fibrin, areolar tissue, gelatin, and fibrous basis of bone.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 101–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9676

From W. H. M. Christie   12 October 1874

Summary

Announces arrival of the Merope [Leonard Darwin’s ship] at Canterbury, New Zealand.

Author:  William Henry Mahoney Christie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 161: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9677

To F. J. Cohn   12 October 1874

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CD responds [to 9667] with description of his own effort to study Aldrovanda and his observations on the structure of Dionaea.

His admiration for FJC’s earlier studies of the Venus’s fly-trap.

He urges FJC to proceed promptly with publication of his memoir on Aldrovanda [Beiträge zur Biologie der Pflanzen 1, Heft 3 (1875): 71–92].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Date:  12 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 185: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9677A

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   13 October 1874

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Discusses the powers of digestion of Drosera and why certain substances produce less excitement in the plant than others.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  13 Oct 1874
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9678

To W. H. M. Christie   13 October [1874]

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Thanks WHMC and the Astronomer Royal for informing him of the safe arrival of the Merope [Leonard Darwin’s ship] at New Zealand. [See 9677.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Mahoney Christie
Date:  13 Oct [1874]
Classmark:  CUL-RGO 6/273 (section 3-4: 381)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9678A

To Daniel Oliver   14 October 1874

Summary

Thanks him for specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  14 Oct 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.452)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9679

To Auguste Forel   15 October 1874

Summary

Writes about AHF’s book on Swiss ants.

Recounts his own observations on ants carrying cocoons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Auguste-Henri (Auguste) Forel
Date:  15 Oct 1874
Classmark:  Universität Zürich, Archiv für Medizingeschichte (AfM ZH PN 31.2:793)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9680

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   16 October [1874]

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Responds to CD’s questions about relation to gelatin of areolar tissue, fibrous basis of bone, and other substances CD is using in his work on digestion of Drosera.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 104–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9681

To W. B. Dawkins   18 October [1874]

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Thanks WBD for his book, Cave hunting (1874).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Boyd Dawkins
Date:  18 Oct [1874]
Classmark:  Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9682
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