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From O. G. Rejlander   15 December 1874

Summary

Awakened by a mouse scratching at night, he mewed like a cat and the mouse disappeared.

Sending a group of stuffed sparrows.

Author:  Oscar Gustaf Rejlander
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 176: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9761

To G. J. Romanes   16 December 1874

Summary

Thanks GJR for copy of his book [Christian prayer and general laws (1874)].

Discusses breeding and sterility.

Discusses experiments to test Pangenesis. Cites useful references.

Suggests GJR visit Kew gardens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  16 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.455)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9762

From George King   18 December 1874

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Sends three specimens of Aldrovanda verticulata.

Author:  George King
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9763

To Daniel Oliver   18 December 1874

Summary

Asks four favours: sort out confusion about the name Byblis gigantea or grandiflora; can he see dried specimens of Genlisea ornata; is there a more recent list of Drosera spp. than Steudel 1841; are there at Kew any dried specimens of Utricularia montana collected from the plant’s native haunts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  18 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Newcastle University Special Collections (Spence Watson/Weiss Archive GB186 SW/6/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9763F

From W. W. Reade   18 December [1874]

Summary

Bishop J. W. Colenso supports his old contention that the Kaffirs (including Zulus of South Africa) are Negroes.

[Horace Waller’s] The last journals of David Livingstone [in central Africa (1874)] cites CD’s plant research and has many facts "for Darwin".

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9764

From Daniel Oliver   19 December 1874

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Sends Utricularia montana and Byblis species.

Drosera census numbers 100 species.

Genlisea distinguished from Utricularia.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 112–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9765

To Henry Sidgwick   19 December 1874

Summary

Thanks for his Methods of ethics [1874].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Sidgwick
Date:  19 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9765F

To J. D. Hooker   20 December 1874

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Asks JDH to help G. J. Romanes, who wishes to try Pangenesis experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 352–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9766

From Ernst Haeckel   20 December 1874

Summary

Discusses his Anthropogenie [1874]. Remarks on the tables.

Has CD received Friedrich von Hellwald’s Culturgeschichte [1875]?

Plans research trip to the Mediterranean.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 166: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9767

From J. D. Hooker   21 December 1874

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His view of Huxley’s cutting Mivart without explanation. States his own intentions. Mivart’s apology in October Quarterly Review is abominable.

Has heard of a Drosophyllum in Edinburgh. Is it too late?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 236–8; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Dawson 2.214)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9768

To T. H. Huxley   22 December [1874]

Summary

Thanks THH and Hooker for defending George Darwin against Mivart’s libel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  22 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9769

To J. D. Hooker   22 December 1874

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Expresses his gratitude to JDH and Huxley in the Mivart affair. Thinks he should write directly to Mivart, if Mivart does not retract.

Would be glad to have another Drosophyllum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 354–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9770

From J. D. Hooker   22 December 1874

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Will help Romanes. Offers Kew’s facilities for experiments. Is writing to the Board [of Works?] about a physiological laboratory, which Sir Philip Joddrell has offered to build. Thinks Government should support original research like Romanes’.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 239–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9771

To G. J. Romanes   23 December 1874

Summary

Urges GJR to visit Hooker at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  23 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.456)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9772

From T. H. Huxley   23 December 1874

Summary

Entirely sympathises with CD about Mivart’s attack on George. THH has had a letter from Mivart in which he pleads guilty, but THH has decided there is no patching the matter up. Advises against doing anything unless Mivart takes initiative.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 356–7; DAR 166: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9773

To Arnold Dodel   23 December 1874

Summary

Thanks AD-P for sending his work, not yet received, on evolution [Die neuere Schöpfungsgeschichte (1875)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dodel-Port
Date:  23 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Zentralbibliothek, Zürich (Ms. Z VIII 417.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9775

To T. H. Huxley   24 December [1874]

Summary

THH’s letter to Mivart is "tremendous". CD’s feelings and intentions about the matter.

If THH has made out homology of the skull, it is grandest discovery in years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 311)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9776

To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1874]

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Encloses note from Huxley and copy of Huxley’s answer to Mivart – a tremendous reproof. On Huxley’s advice, CD will not write to Mivart. Thinks Mivart’s private apology to Huxley makes the case even worse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 358–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9777

From Daniel Oliver   24 December 1874

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Sends capsules with results from Genlisea specimens and fragments of Polypompholyx.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9778

To Asa Gray   25 December 1874

Summary

Read AG’s article [see 9753] on longevity and duration of varieties with great interest.

Death of Mrs Hooker.

Hopes Insectivorous plants will be out in the spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  25 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9779
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