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To ?   12 November 1874


Is obliged for addressee’s courteous note and is indifferent to how his name is used.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Collection (MiscMS 253)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717F

To F. T. Köppen   18 November 1874


Thanks FTK for telling him of Jahn’s work [see 9719], of which CD had not heard. It would have been of greatest use in writing Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Theodor Köppen (Fedor Petrovich Keppen)
Date:  18 Nov 1874
Classmark:  Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg branch: SPBB ARAS (Fond 92. Register 1. Folder 112. P. 3, 3 r)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9722

From J. V. Carus   18 November 1874


An omission in a bibliographical note in Descent [2d English ed.].

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 161: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9723

To G. H. Darwin   18 November [1874]


Sends Murray’s report of November sales of CD’s books. "I am well content."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  18 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9724

To Ludwig Noiré   19 November [1874?]


CD thanks LN for his book [Die Welt als Entwicklung des Geistes], which he hopes to read soon, but his poor German hampers him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ludwig Noiré
Date:  19 Nov [1874?]
Classmark:  Stadtbibliothek Mainz (4 MS 170)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9724G

To J. V. Carus   20 November [1874]


Thanks JVC for a correction to 2d English edition of Descent, which is now finished. 1350 copies were sold at Murray’s sale.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  20 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 125–126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9725

To George King   20 November 1874


Asks for specimen of Aldrovanda for book on insect-eating plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George King
Date:  20 Nov 1874
Classmark:  Lieutenant-Colonel James Innes (private collection); sold by Bonhams (dealers), 13 March 2002
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9726

From Martin Ziegler   21 November 1874


On Drosera, with which MZ has worked for four years.

Author:  Martin Ziegler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 184: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9727

To J. D. Hooker   [17 November 1874]



Extremely glad to have JDH come to Down. It is wise of JDH to exert himself and face the inevitable as well as he can. [Death of JDH’s wife, 13 Nov.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [17 Nov 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 342
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9728

From E. M. Courtenay   22 November 1874


Sends photograph of epileptic idiot and encloses case history.

Author:  Edward Mazière Courtenay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 161: 227
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9729

From R. B. Sharpe   23 November [1874]


RBS seeks a testimonial from CD; he is applying for the British Museum vacancy left by J. E. Gray’s resignation and A. Günther’s promotion.

Author:  Richard Bowdler Sharpe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9730

To R. B. Sharpe   24 November [1874]


Testimonial stating CD’s opinion of RBS’s fitness for a higher post at the British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Bowdler Sharpe
Date:  24 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9731

From J. D. Hooker   25 November 1874



Encloses a letter [from Huxley about his invitation to lecture at Edinburgh]. Has done his best to dissuade Huxley from accepting the burden.

JDH’s depression in bereavement.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 228–9; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/1/14/f. 54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9732

To Leonard Darwin   25 November 1874


LD’s letter recalled old scenes on board the Beagle.

CD’s "bothering correspondents" seem to increase in number and in folly; has just answered "two precious fools".

Has been working very hard on Droseraceae and can "now see daylight".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 153: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9733

To J. D. Hooker   26 November [1874]



Quite agrees with JDH on inadvisability of Huxley’s taking on the Edinburgh lectures.

Is awaiting JDH’s memorial to the Board [of Works?] on his burdensome duties.

Glad to hear JDH finds ease in his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 345–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9734

To G. H. Darwin   27 November [1874]


CD thinks better of "cousin paper" than GHD does.

With respect to GHD’s "viscous work", remembers endless discussions of movement of viscous matter 20 years back, apropos of movement of glaciers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9735

From J. D. Hooker   28 November 1874



Huxley feels he can accept the Edinburgh lecture invitation.

Also tells JDH he is preparing a paper for Linnean Society on classification which will uphold evolution ["On the classification of the animal kingdom", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 12 (1876): 199–226]. He has thrown overboard all his old ideas of definite demarcation. He will make a clean breast of it, and will bear hard on necessity of all such ideas as Haeckel’s in dealing with systematic zoology.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 230–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9736

To T. H. Farrer   29 November [1874]


Hooker is greatly overworked at Kew and is trying to get the Government to provide some help. CD hopes THF will take an interest in the matter and forwards a copy of JDH’s application for an assistant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  29 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C67–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9737

To J. D. Hooker   30 November [1874]



Has forwarded JDH’s memorial to T. H. Farrer to take up with Sir Stafford Northcote and to ask him to consider the case of Kew personally. Has told Farrer that JDH was thinking of resigning if Government would not give him an assistant secretary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 347–348
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9738

To Francis Galton   [November 1874 – April 1882]


Invites FG to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [Nov 1874 – Apr 1882]
Classmark:  The British Library (IOL Mss Eur F127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13811
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