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To ?   31 [May 1875]


Agrees that time alone can do nothing to modify species.

Is aware that the Papaveraceae are self-fertile but feels this does not preclude an occasional cross.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 [May 1875]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9960

To ?   4 May [1875]


Sends photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 May [1875]
Classmark:  eBay (, accessed 5 June 2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9970

To ?   23 January [1875–82]


Turns down an offer to undertake a German translation of one of his works.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1875-81]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (11 July 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9828G

To ?   17 February [1875–8]


Tells correspondent how to locate Michael Faraday’s widow [Sarah Barnard].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  17 Feb [1875-8]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9859

To ?   10 March 1875


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

To ?   8 April [1875–82]


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

To ?   [after 11 December 1875]


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 ?   22 June [1875–81]


Sends signed photo of himself.

Has published only one paper in Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society, "Parallel roads of Glen Roy" [Collected papers 1: 87–137]. His conclusions have proved erroneous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  22 June [1875-81]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10544

To ?   30 June [1875–81]


Asks for copy of [unspecified] essay, but will not answer it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  30 June [1875-81]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.496)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10552

To ?   31 [January 1875–82]


[Provides directions for travel to Down by train.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 Jan [1875-82]
Classmark:  Romero de Tejada 1982, p. 150; Museo Nacional de Etnología [now Antropología], Madrid
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889A

To ?   3 February [1875–82]


Asks that enclosed letter be posted for him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Feb [1875-82]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889B

To ?   [February 1875 or earlier?]


Reports that Variation is out of print. Suggests means of obtaining a copy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [Feb 1875 or earlier?]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) catalogue p. 192 (20 July 1989)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9790A

To ?   [after 17 February 1875]


CD is obliged for a note he will use for a new [2d] edition of Variation [1875].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 17 Feb 1875]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9795

To ?   18 August 1875


Thanks for the photographs of disks of stone, but not to trouble to send casts, as he will not work on expression again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Aug 1875
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 3269/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10124F

To ?   23 September [1875–6?]


Encloses a photograph and [?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Sept [1875-6]
Classmark:  Remember When Auctions (dealers) (26 February 1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10167F

To R. B. Litchfield   24 April [1875]


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]


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]


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]


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

To Humphrey Sandwith   26 April 1875


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
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