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From Oswald Heer   1 March 1875

Summary

Comments on his Flora fossilis Arctica [vol. 3 (1875)]. Discusses successive appearance of plant families in geological periods. Relates plant development to rise of herbivorous mammals.

Comments on death of Charles Lyell.

Author:  Oswald Heer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9876

From George Cupples   1 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for presentation copy of Descent, 2d ed.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9877

From Moritz Traube   2 March 1875

Summary

Sends two treatises which explain cell-wall formation and some aspects of cell growth in physico-chemical terms ["Experimente zur Theorie d. Zellenbildung und Endosmose", Arch. Anat. Physiol. (1867): 87–128, 126–65].

Author:  Moritz Traube
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 178: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9878

To Moritz Traube   5 March 1875

Summary

Thanks correspondent for two essays.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Moritz Traube
Date:  5 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Library of Congress Manuscript Division (Francis Storr Correspondence (Mss2304))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9879

To [M. T. Masters?]   7 March 1875

Summary

Thanks correspondent for article on CD in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  7 Mar 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.464)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9880

To Oswald Heer   8 March [1875]

Summary

Thanks OH for his book [see 9876]; agrees that the sudden appearance of many dicotyledons in the Upper Chalk is a perplexing phenomenon for the evolutionist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Oswald Heer
Date:  8 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  Zentralbibliothek Zürich (Nachlass Oswald Heer 213.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9881

To P. P. C. Hoek   11 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for publication [Berste bijdrage tot een nauwkeuriger kennis der sessile cirripedien (1875)]. Cannot read Dutch. Mentions PPCH’s research on cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Paulus Peronius Cato Hoek
Date:  11 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Artis Library (P.P.C. Hoek Archive, Darwin correspondence)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9883

From A. W. Bennett   12 March 1875

Summary

Has found the relation of pollen-grain size to style size in Primula to be the opposite of CD’s view; asks whether there is an error or just remarkable variation.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9884

From Lawson Tait   12 March [1875]

Summary

Purpose of bushy tails; their usefulness to their owners as a means of keeping warm.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885

To Lawson Tait   [13–15 March 1875]

Summary

Thinks CD is right about the retention of a tail.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  [13–15 Mar 1875]
Classmark:  Birmingham Daily Post, 8 April 1875, p. 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885F

To Chauncey Wright   13 March 1875

Summary

Discusses function of the eyebrows in protecting the eyes from sweat.

Mentions notices in the Nation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  13 Mar 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9886

From W. B. Dawkins   14 March 1875

Summary

Is glad CD is pleased with his book [Cave hunting (1874)].

Relationship between language and race. The Basques.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9887

From John Fiske   15 March 1875

Summary

Thanks CD for Descent

and for his praise of Cosmic philosophy [1874].

Author:  John Fiske
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 164: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9888

From Lawson Tait   16 March [1875]

Summary

Uses of tails of mice. Functions of tails generally.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9889

From E. J. Johnston   16 March 1875

Summary

Reports an Araujia in Portugal that captures various insects on the horns of its stigma. Relates this to another asclepiad, Apocynum, which also captures insects. Is this "insectivory" or insect fertilisation?

Author:  Edwin John Johnston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 168: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9890

From J. D. Hooker   17 March 1875

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Summary

No action on assistance yet, but has had a private note from Disraeli asking whether Thiselton-Dyer is his recommendation.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9891

From Lawson Tait   17 March [1875]

Summary

Sends a short essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] on which he would welcome CD’s opinion. Believes problems of pathology can be attacked by regarding them from "Darwinian" point of view.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9892

From Horatio Piggot   20 March 1875

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Summary

Suggests advantage to students of adding coloured drawings of the coral-producing zoophytes in next edition of Coral reefs.

Author:  Horatio Piggot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 69: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9894

To Horatio Piggot   20 March [1875]

Summary

Thanks for his suggestion about drawings for future edition [of Coral reefs].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horatio Piggot
Date:  20 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9895

To Lawson Tait   20 March [1875]

Summary

Has read RLT’s essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] with interest. His facts about tumours seem to CD "highly favourable to some such notion as Pangenesis".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  20 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hannover (Noviss. 450: A 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9896
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