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From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   6 May [1875]


Informs CD that Lyon Playfair would introduce the bill in the House of Commons, and that Lord Cardwell and Lord Shaftesbury had agreed to support it, the former introducing the bill in the House of Lords.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May [1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9972A

From J. B. Innes   7 May 1875


Writes about a white rabbit which is turning fawn-coloured,

and about Scottish education.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 167: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9973

To W. D. Whitney   8 May 1875


Hopes WDW will come to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Dwight Whitney
Date:  8 May 1875
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (William Dwight Whitney Family Papers (MS 555): Box 22, folder 600 1875 May 6-10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9974

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   [8 May 1875]


Further discussion of the introduction of a bill by Lyon Playfair on animal experimentation.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 May 1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9974A

To J. B. Innes   10 May [1875]


On colour changes in rabbits. Suspects JBI’s is of impure origin.

Is correcting proof of Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  10 May [1875]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9975

From T. C. Brown   12 May 1875


Notes absence of material on fossil coral reefs in CD’s 2d edition [Coral reefs (1874)]. Has been collecting specimens from a fossil reef near his home for four years; gave many to Oxford.

Author:  Thomas Crowther Brown
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 324
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9976

From James Paget   12 May 1875


A letter introducing T. F. Burgers, President of the Transvaal Republic.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9977

From T. F. Burgers   13 May 1875


Would like to call on CD if convenient.

Author:  Thomas François Burgers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 97: C11v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9978

To T. F. Burgers   [after 13 May 1875]


Proposes that TFB visit in about a week; at present CD is unwell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas François Burgers
Date:  [after 13 May 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C11r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9979

To Lyon Playfair   15 May [1875]


Discusses Vivisection Bill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews
Date:  15 May [1875]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (10 November 2009); DAR 147: 245
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9980

From F. F. Hallett   18 May 1875


Sends his paper to show his priority over John Le Couteur. Claims discovery of the "law of development" of cereals.

Author:  Frederic Francis Hallett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9982

To F. F. Hallett   [19 or 20 May 1875]


Thanks FFH for his note and enclosure [see 9982]. Quotes from Le Couteur [On … wheat (1836)?] to justify statements made in Variation [1868].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederic Francis Hallett
Date:  [19 or 20 May 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9984

From T. H. Huxley   19 May 1875


Lyon Playfair’s bill [on vivisection] is unacceptable to all teachers of physiology. It prohibits dissections for demonstrations to students. He will have to repudiate it. Asks CD’s advice.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9985

To T. H. Huxley   21 May 1875


CD believes Playfair’s bill would not restrict demonstrations under anaesthetic.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  21 May 1875
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 316)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9986

From Lyon Playfair   21 May 1875


The Government has decided to hold a Royal Commission on vivisection with Lord Cardwell as chairman.

Author:  Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9987

From F. F. Hallett   21 May 1875


Insists that he, not Le Couteur, was the first to recognise and exploit variation within wheat varieties. Disturbed he was not acknowledged in Variation.

Author:  Frederic Francis Hallett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9988

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


Believes Lyon Playfair has been led to compromise too far on bill about animal experimentation as a result of pressure from men wishing to suppress science. A full enquiry is to take place. [See 9987.] Suggests that CD send Playfair Huxley’s letter on the subject.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May [1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9989A

To J. D. Hooker   25 February [1875]



CD on his memory of Lyell. Deeply rejoices that he is to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 379–81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9873

To George Cupples   25 February 1875


"Last night it suddenly occurred to me that I had not sent you the last Edition of the Descent of Man published in November."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cupples
Date:  25 Feb 1875
Classmark:  Max Rambod (dealer) December 2001
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9874

From T. H. Huxley   [4 April 1875]


Sends his thoughts on [vivisection] petition. Thinks they might make petition more talked about. Leaves it to J. Paget, Burdon Sanderson, and CD to deal with.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4 Apr 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9875
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