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To ?   10 March 1875

Summary

No uniform edition of CD’s works has appeared in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9882F

From Horatio Piggot   20 March 1875

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Summary

Suggests advantage to students of adding coloured drawings of the coral-producing zoophytes in next edition of Coral reefs.

Author:  Horatio Piggot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 69: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9894

To Horatio Piggot   20 March [1875]

Summary

Thanks for his suggestion about drawings for future edition [of Coral reefs].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horatio Piggot
Date:  20 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9895

To Lawson Tait   20 March [1875]

Summary

Has read RLT’s essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] with interest. His facts about tumours seem to CD "highly favourable to some such notion as Pangenesis".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  20 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hannover (Noviss. 450: A 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9896

From Anton Bachmaier   21 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for reference concerning regeneration of human fingers and toes.

Sends lecture on language.

Asks for information about animal communication by vocal sounds.

Author:  Anton Bachmaier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9897

From E. J. Johnston   22 March 1875

Summary

He will write to Portugal for the insect-capturing Araujia.

Author:  Edwin John Johnston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 168: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9898

From John Murray   23 March [1875]

Summary

Sends CD a cheque for 68 guineas – his two-thirds share of profit on sale of 2000 copies of 2d edition of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 446
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9899

From J. P. Thomasson   23 March 1875

Summary

On nesting habits of pied and spotted flycatchers.

JPT disagrees with CD’s comment in Descent.

Marriages of first cousins produce congenital deaf-mutism.

Author:  John Pennington Thomasson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 178: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9900

From A. E. J. Modderman to Charles Darwin and 20 others   24 March 1875

Summary

Informing CD (and 20 others) of the award of an honorary degree by Leiden University.

Author:  Antony Ewoud Jan Modderman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Leiden University Libraries (shelfmark ASF inv.nr. 327 document 55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9900F

From Oswald Heer   23 March 1875

Summary

Discusses his work [Flora fossilis Arctica, vol. 4, pt 1 (1876)].

Sends copy of [Fossile Pflanzen von Sumatra (1874)]. Comments on climate in Tertiary period, especially on Sumatra.

Comments on theory of Thomas Belt concerning climatic change in ice age.

Author:  Oswald Heer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9901

To Lawson Tait   25 March 1875

Summary

Would be glad to make RLT’s acquaintance, but CD’s health would make RLT’s visit to Down unprofitable. Suggests a meeting in London at end of month.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  25 Mar 1875
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) catalogue 62 (July 1989)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9902

From Thomas Burgess   26 March 1875

Summary

TB, who sailed with CD [as a Royal Marine] in the Beagle, asks for CD’s portrait. Recalls some events they shared.

Author:  Thomas Burgess
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 106: D15–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9903

From Lawson Tait   27 March [1875]

Summary

Is preparing a paper on the umbilical cord ["On the anatomy of the umbilical cord", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 23 (1875): 498–501; 24 (1876): 417–40] of which he sends a preliminary note [missing]. Believes spiral growth of the umbilical cord is important evidence of the descent of man; speculates on spiral growth in general.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9904

To J. D. Hooker   30 March [1875]

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Has at last finished Insectivorous plants

and is rewriting Climbing plants.

W. W. Ouless has finished his picture of CD for Academy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 382–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9905

To J. P. Thomasson   30 March 1875

Summary

Seems to be in error about the nests of the two flycatchers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Pennington Thomasson
Date:  30 Mar 1875
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 8876/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9905F

To Thomas Belt   31 March [1875]

Summary

Has just come to London. Invites TB to luncheon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Belt
Date:  31 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9906

From F. M. Balfour   [20 March – 14 April 1875]

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Gives Carl Claus’s identifications of the organisms sent by CD.

Author:  Francis Maitland Balfour
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Mar – 14 Apr 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9203

To H. K. Rusden   [before 27 March 1875]

Summary

Thanks for copy of lecture (Rusden 1874: Selection, natural and artificial, a lecture delivered in the Wangaratta Athenaeum by Mr. H. K. Rusden on Monday, October 26th, 1874) and essay (Rusden 1872: The treatment of criminals in relation to science, an essay read before the Royal Society of Victoria).

Comments on the essay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Keylock Rusden
Date:  [before 27 Mar 1875]
Classmark:  Ovens and Murray Advertiser, 27 March 1875, p. 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9705F

From Oswald Heer   1 March 1875

Summary

Comments on his Flora fossilis Arctica [vol. 3 (1875)]. Discusses successive appearance of plant families in geological periods. Relates plant development to rise of herbivorous mammals.

Comments on death of Charles Lyell.

Author:  Oswald Heer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9876

From George Cupples   1 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for presentation copy of Descent, 2d ed.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9877
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