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To ?   [after 11 December 1875]

Summary

Strongly disapproves of the blackballing of Edwin Ray Lankester by the Linnean Society. States the reasons for his disapproval and hopes they will be considered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 11 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10296

To Henry Edwards   [after 26 December 1875]

Summary

Thanks for sending "wonderful speciment of Darlingtonia".

"I will not forget your obliging offer of giving me information with respect to California about which I may be curious."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Edwards
Date:  [after 26 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  Parke-Bernet (dealers) (24 September 1963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9216

From Arthur Nicols   8 December 1875

Summary

He will repeat his experiments on the cat’s sense of smell.

The intelligence of rats is shown by their gnawing through lead pipes to find water.

Author:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 172: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10290

To Archibald Geikie   9 December 1875

Summary

CD has signed James Croll’s certificate [of nomination to Royal Society] with real pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Geikie
Date:  9 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen 524/12 Coll-74/11/12 1. 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10291

To T. H. Huxley   10 December [1875]

Summary

Is coming to London. Will call on THH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 325)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10292

To J. D. Hooker   10 December [1875]

Summary

Asks JDH to try to come to luncheon if he is in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Pushkin House, St Petersburg: Literary Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature (Constantin Romanov, collection of O. A. Novikov: ПД 1975 ф.137 оп 1, no. 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10293

From Samuel Newington   10 December 1875

Summary

Reports on various observations and experiments: a duck–fowl hybrid with queer habits,

three cases of man–dog hybrids,

his interarching vine experiments,

and orange scale.

Author:  Samuel Newington
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 172: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10294

To J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1875]

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Summary

CD is furious at the prospect of Lankester’s being black-balled by the Linnean Society. He plans to solicit support from various members and to come up with Frank for the voting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 401–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10295

From W. E. Darwin   [15? December 1875]

Summary

Asks CD whether it is worth sending money to prop up the Index.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15? Dec 1875]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10297F

To Daniel Oliver   [15 December 1875]

Summary

Ferdinand Cohn has already sent a copy of his article, [possibly: "Über die Function der Blasen von Aldrovanda und Utricularia", Beitr. Biol. Pflanz. 1 (1870–5) pt 3: 71–89].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  15 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 65 (EH 88206048)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10298

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   16 December [1875]

Summary

Discusses blackballing of E. R. Lankester [at Linnean Society]. Reports on his attempts to persuade other Fellows to support Lankester’s election.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  16 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 50–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10299

To A. W. Bennett   16 December [1875]

Summary

Arranges to visit AWB.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred William Bennett
Date:  16 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10300

To G. J. Romanes   17 [December 1875]

Summary

Suggests skin-grafting experiment on birds.

Discusses case of Edwin Ray Lankester; it has aroused his indignation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  17 [Dec 1875]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.481)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10301

From A. W. Bennett   17 December 1875

Summary

Is delighted CD plans to call on him.

Wants to discuss botanical work.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10302

To A. W. Bennett   [17 December 1875]

Summary

Declines invitation to breakfast.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred William Bennett
Date:  [17 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10303

To Francis Galton   18 December [1875]

Summary

Mentions revisions [in Variation, 2d ed.].

Argues with FG’s theory of heredity, defending Pangenesis: "I cannot doubt that every unit of the hybrid is hybridised and sends forth hybridised gemmules."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  18 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10305

To J. J. Weir   18 December [1875]

Summary

E. Ray Lankester blackballed by Linnean Society. Another election planned. Would JJW use his influence in Lankester’s favour?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  18 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 3009 C f.11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10306

From G. J. Romanes   [before 26 December 1875]

Summary

Asks to borrow Ernst Haeckel’s Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte der Hydromedusen (1865) [and Zur Entwicklungsgeschichte der Siphonophoren (1869)].

Has not been neglecting Pangenesis for Medusae.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 26 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10307

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [19 December 1875]

Summary

CD’s attempts to get support for Lankester among Fellows of the Linnean Society. He has encountered opposition to the Council.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [19 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 52–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10308

From Francis Galton   19 December 1875

Summary

Outlines in simple form the statistical distribution of inherited characteristics in a theory of "organic units".

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A92–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10309
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