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To ?   8 April [1875–82]

Summary

Explains that there is no need for the addressee to apologise.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 Apr [1875-82]
Classmark:  Jane da Mosto (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9917F

From G. J. Romanes   21 April 1875

Summary

Returns papers [unidentified].

One on inheritance destitute of meaning. How can "force" act without any material on which to act? Discussion must assume truth of some such theory as Pangenesis.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Apr 1875
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 20–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9945

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   23 April [1875]

Summary

Further discussion about the act regulating animal experimentation; believes the licensing of places to be impracticable.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9945A

To R. B. Litchfield   24 April [1875]

Summary

Sir John Lubbock’s advice on draft of petition on vivisection. Agrees with Lubbock’s opinion that a bill would be more effective – but the more the subject is stirred up, the better.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Buckley Litchfield
Date:  24 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 58373)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9946

To W. R. S. Ralston   24 April [1875]

Summary

Asks WRSR to explain a diploma and letter he has received from Russia, so he can return his thanks. [Probably a reference to CD’s being made an honorary fellow of the Society of Naturalists of the Imperial Kazan University in 1875.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ralston Shedden-Ralston
Date:  24 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 218–219)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9947

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   24 [April 1875]

Summary

CD has seen Sir John [Lubbock] who suggests that L. Playfair would be the best man to present the [vivisection] petition, but thinks the proposed bill much more important and useful. JL also suggests that the bill be given a more humanitarian aspect and that it be presented to both Houses of Parliament.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  24 [Apr 1875]
Classmark:  University of the Witwatersrand, Historical Papers Research Archive (A237f, letters to Sir John Burdon Sanderson)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9948

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   24 April [1875]

Summary

Richard Buckley Litchfield will soon be able to send CD revised copies of the bill.

Will write to Sir John Lubbock to ask if he will present the bill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  24 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  University of the Witwatersrand, Historical Papers Research Archive (A237f, letters to Sir John Burdon Sanderson)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9948F

From T. M. Coan   24 April 1875

Summary

Transcribes extracts from Sir James Mackintosh and J. S. Polack on infanticide.

Author:  Titus Munson Coan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9949

From Humphrey Sandwith   25 April 1875

Summary

Announces death of W. W. Reade.

Author:  Humphry Sandwith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 177: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9950

To Humphrey Sandwith   26 April 1875

Summary

Comments on death of W. W. Reade. "… it is best that he should have been relieved from all future suffering, as he was evidently a doomed man".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Humphry Sandwith
Date:  26 Apr 1875
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (29 May 1961)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9951

From W. R. S. Ralston   26 April 1875

Summary

Translates letter [of 30 Mar 1875, missing] to CD from the Society of Naturalists in the Imperial University of Kazan, awarding an honorary membership.

Author:  William Ralston Shedden-Ralston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 176: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9952

To George Harris   27 April 1875

Summary

Briefly answers GH’s query whether animals can perceive any qualities unperceived by man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Harris
Date:  27 Apr 1875
Classmark:  University of California Los Angeles, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division (Ms. 10, Letters concerning George Harris’s A Philosophical Treatise on the Nature and Constitution of Man)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9953

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   28 April [1875]

Summary

Informs CD that he has taken no further action about the petition concerning animal experimentation on the understanding that it would be presented only if the government introduced an objectionable bill. [See 9948.]

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9953A

From Thomas Allen   29 April 1875

Summary

Encloses extract which suggests that CD and friends oppose any restriction on vivisection; asks CD to state his principles. Another bill is being sketched for Cruelty Society.

Author:  Thomas Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 159: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9954

To John Murray   29 April [1875]

Summary

Insectivorous plants will soon be ready to print. Does not know what to advise on size of printing. May sell poorly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 312–312A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9955

From Lyon Playfair   29 April 1875

Summary

Supports the Vivisection Bill, with a more humanitarian preamble. Working to get it through the House of Lords.

Author:  Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9956

From Edward Cardwell   29 April 1875

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s letter and enclosure on vivisection.

Author:  Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9957

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   30 April [1875]

Summary

Lyon Playfair approves the bill concerning animal experimentation and would be prepared to introduce it should it be necessary. Believes a bill could be passed by Parliament by September.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9958A

To Francis Darwin   30 April [1875]

Summary

Sends a chapter [of Insectivorous plants]. Never was there anything so dull, but later chapters will be better. Please correct an error on p. 86.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  30 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9958B

From D. F. Nevill   17 [April 1875]

Summary

Hooker has told her CD is in London. She requests a meeting.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 [Apr 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8135
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