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To H. A. Huxley   [5 December 1874]

Summary

Wants to see Huxley tomorrow, but knows he is going down to High Elms to see Colenso.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henrietta Anne Huxley
Date:  [5 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9743F

From A. R. Wallace   6 December 1874

Summary

Thanks for new edition of Descent.

His work on geographical distribution; drudgery and the often unsatisfactory nature of the result.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 106: B120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9744

From W. G. Walker   6 December 1874

Summary

On voluntary vomiting. Dogs re-swallow vomited food.

Author:  William Gregory Walker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 181: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9745

To G. H. Darwin   [6 December 1874]

Summary

Returns historical sketch [of GHD’s "cousin paper"?] with comments. "For Heavens sake put a sentence in some conspicuous place that your results seem to indicate that consanguineous marriage, as far as insanity is concerned, cannot be injurious in any very high degree."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [6 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9746

To G. J. Romanes   [7 December 1874]

Summary

Speaks of visiting GJR at the Brown Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [7 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.453)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9747

From T. H. Huxley   8 December 1874

Summary

K. G. Semper’s article ["On the relationship of the Vertebrata and Annelida", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 15 (1875): 94–5] is ill-natured. Misinterprets facts already discovered by F. M. Balfour.

Has been working on Amphioxus. Puts his theory of vertebrate skulls on firm footing at last.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 234–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9748

To John Fiske   8 December [1874]

Summary

Praises JF’s book [Cosmic philosophy (1874)].

Has long wished to understand H. Spencer but is not convinced by him and some others. CD cannot trust deduction from a starting principle, as his mind is so fixed by the inductive method.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fiske
Date:  8 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (FK 1110–1112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9749

From J. D. Hooker   8 December 1874

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Summary

Delighted with Farrer’s assistance. A. Helps has also spoken to Sir S. Northcote.

JDH is getting on well but has periods of great depression.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 232–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9750

To F. C. Noll   8 December [1874]

Summary

Thanks for the essay on a curious new cirripede. He will not accept the offer of microscopical preparations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Carl Noll
Date:  8 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (Historische Sammlungen EH 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9750F

To G. J. Romanes   [9 December 1874]

Summary

Invites GJR to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [9 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.454)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9751

From C.-F. Reinwald   10 December 1874

Summary

Sends French translation of Journal of researches and will send the £20 due to CD when 750 copies have been sold.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 176: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9752

To C.-F. Reinwald   [12 December 1874]

Summary

Thanks for translation of his Journal of researches. Is pleased by its appearance.

Also thank Edmond Barbier for his kind words. [See 9752.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Date:  [12 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 271.2: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9752A

From Asa Gray   11 December 1874

Summary

Cannot help with Pinguicula or Utricularia. Mrs Mary Treat is studying Utricularia.

Forwards his short piece on duration of varieties [New York Tribune 8 Dec 1874; Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 9 (1875): 109–14].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 165: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9753

From F. E. Nipher   11 December 1874

Summary

Cites more examples of inheritance of maternal impressions.

Author:  Francis Eugene Nipher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 172: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9754

To Theodor Eimer   12 December 1874

Summary

Thanks for work on Lacerta muralis coerulea [Zoologische Studien auf Capri 2 (1874)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustav Heinrich Theodor (Theodor) Eimer
Date:  12 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9755

From Arnold Dodel   13 December 1874

Summary

Describes his university lectures on evolution and their publication in a book [Die neuere Schöpfungsgeschichte (1875)].

Author:  Arnold Dodel-Port
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 162: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9756

To J. D. Hooker   14 December 1874

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Summary

Thanks JDH for his and Huxley’s countering of the false attack on George [Darwin] by Mivart. Encloses a note to Mivart on which he asks JDH’s opinion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 350–1, DAR 97: C73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9757

To John Murray   14 December 1874

Summary

Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9758

To St. G. J. Mivart   14 December 1874

Summary

Asks StGJM to confirm that he is the author of the article on Tylor and Lubbock ["Primitive man", Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 40–77] in which an attack was made on George Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9759

To John Lubbock   15 December [1874]

Summary

Asks JL to send ten shillings for the Down Friendly Club.

Has just read JL’s paper on bees and wasps [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 12 (1876): 110–39]. Is astonished by their stupidity. The experiments on colour are especially good. Suggests JL examine their retinas; sends enclosure [missing] on eyes of reptiles and birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  15 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (Rathbone XXI.12.3: 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9760
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