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To T. H. Huxley   23 October [1875]

Summary

Thanks for THH’s essay on species [article for an American encyclopedia].

Will probably never again write on large and general subjects; will keep to easier specific ones such as insectivorous and climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 320)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10214

From J. D. Hooker   23 October 1875

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Summary

Comments on Hermann Müller’s article on the structure of Gunnera flowers.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 42–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10215

From Lawson Tait   23 October [1875]

Summary

Thanks CD for consenting to present his paper.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10217

From John Tyndall   23 October [1875]

Summary

Asks whether he may send two or three other tubes [of boiled infusions] to be placed in the open and observed for him.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10218

From Hermann Müller   23 October 1875

Summary

Is glad CD is working on cross- and self-fertilisation; reports recent works of botanists, notably Thomas Meehan’s ["Are insects any material aid to plants in fertilisation?", Philadelphia Press 13 Aug 1875], in which the importance of cross-fertilisation is denied.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 305
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10219

From Giovanni Canestrini   22 October 1875

Summary

Has heard that 2d ed. of Variation is out. If CD will send it to him, he will complete the Italian translation in a short time.

His translation of Expression is nearly finished [published in 1878],

and the 2d ed. of Origin is almost entirely published.

Author:  Giovanni Canestrini
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10220

From Gustavus Fritsche   23 October 1875

Summary

About a Polish edition of Variation.

Author:  Gustavus Fritsche
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 164: 217
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10221

To John Tyndall   25 October [1875]

Summary

Asks JT to send the tubes [of boiled infusions]. Frank Darwin will do his best. Asks for full instructions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  25 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 23 (EH 88205961)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10222

To G. H. Darwin   [25 October 1875]

Summary

Asks that a copy of GHD’s paper on cousin marriage be sent to Hermann Müller. J. F. McLennan admires it "as a model".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [25 Oct 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10223

From G. W. Morehouse   25 October 1875

Summary

Has found a spiral fibre in Drosera rotundifolia leaves which resembles animal muscle but is probably a modified ordinary plant fibre.

Author:  George Wilkinson Morehouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10225

From G. H. Darwin   [26 October 1875]

Summary

Has sent a copy [of his article on cousin marriage] to Hermann Müller.

Problem he is now working on is a tough nut: "It does not do what [James Clerk] Maxwell said it wd or ought to do".

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Oct 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10226

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   26 October [1875]

Summary

Wants Imantophyllum for crossing experiments.

Is glad WTT-D thinks George King’s notes worth sending to the Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  26 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 37–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10227

To Hermann Müller   26 October 1875

Summary

On HM’s Befruchtung der Blumen [1873].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  26 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 146: 436
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10228

From James Jameson   26 October 1875

Summary

Report, from a reader of Expression, of a Negro boy’s monkey-like screams while having fractured femur adjusted without chloroform.

Author:  James Jameson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 168: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10229

To Gustavus Fritsche   27 October 1875

Summary

Will send vol. 1 [of Variation, 2d ed.] as soon as complete so that correspondent can decide about the translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustavus Fritsche
Date:  27 Oct 1875
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10230

From Edward Cardwell   28 October 1875

Summary

CD is asked to testify before a Royal Commission on experiments on living animals.

Author:  Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10231

To Edward Cardwell   29 October 1875

Summary

CD would feel bound to give evidence to the Royal Commission on vivisection should they ask him, but he has no personal experience of the matter. Expresses his opinions on the importance to physiology of experiments on live animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cardwell, 1st Viscount Cardwell
Date:  29 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 97: C4–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10232

To Smith, Elder & Co   30 October 1875

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of £2 8s 10d for 2d edition of Coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  30 Oct 1875
Classmark:  Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10233

From T. H. Huxley   30 October 1875

Summary

Encloses an invitation to give evidence to Vivisection Commission. Satisfied with way things were going, but E. E. Klein’s evidence that he is utterly indifferent to pain of animals has done great mischief.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 351, DAR 166: 343
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10234

From Edouard Bergson   10 October 1875

Summary

Asks CD’s opinion on whether there is a fundamental difference between the "primitive forms" of animals and plants. Mentions and rejects various views of major distinguishing characteristics.

Author:  Edouard Bergson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 173
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10188
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