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To ?   21 March 1876

Summary

Thanks for sending the impressions of the gems, but, because CD is ignorant of archaeology, the recipient should not send one for inspection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 3269/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10423F

From J. G. Fenwick   17 March 1876

Summary

Recounts family trait of excessive orderliness

and the behaviour of his dog.

Author:  John George Fenwick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 164: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10418

From J. V. Carus   19 March 1876

Summary

Insectivorous plants is out

and Climbing plants is at the printer’s.

He is now at work on the geological writings.

Thinks all of CD’s papers extremely interesting "for the spirit and the method".

Cites some misprints in Climbing plants.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10419

To J. G. Fenwick   19 March 1876

Summary

"The longer I live the more I come to believe in inheritance. I have some ""orderlings"" in my own composition, and I wish I had transmitted more of it to my own offspring."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John George Fenwick
Date:  19 Mar 1876
Classmark:  University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Rare and Special Books Collection of the University Libraries
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10420

From J. C. E. Kollmann   19 March 1876

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Variation in name of Anthropologische Gesellschaft, Munich.

Dr Born has demonstrated that all Batrachia and their relatives the Anura have six toes.

Sends short paper on intelligence of cephalopods ["Die Cephalopoden in der zoologischen Station des Dr Dohrn", Z. Wiss. Zool. 26 (1876): 1–23].

Author:  Julius Constantin Ernst Kollmann
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 169: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10421

From G. J. Romanes   [c. 19 March 1876]

Summary

Thanks for copy of 2d ed. of Variation.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 19 Mar 1876]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 44–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10421F

To J. V. Carus   21 March 1876

Summary

Glad to hear that [German edition of] Insectivorous plants is published.

Thanks for errata in Climbing plants [2d ed.].

Sends list [missing] of his papers, with those certainly not worth translating marked with a red line.

Reports on work in progress.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  21 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 139–140)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10422

From J. V. Carus   21 March 1876

Summary

A difficulty with a passage in Coral reefs about "vertical thickness", which JVC thinks should read "horizontal extent".

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10423

To Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg   22 March 1876

Summary

All who battle in the cause of evolution do good service.

Has no questions about the natural history of Bermuda.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg
Date:  22 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Special Collections and Archives, Knox College Library (Henry Smith Williams Manuscript Collection vol. 3, p. 47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10424

From H. C. Sorby   22 March 1876

Summary

Discusses chemical tests for the detection of glucose and cane-sugar in solution.

Author:  Henry Clifton Sorby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 177: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10425

To J. V. Carus   23 March 1876

Summary

Clarifies a passage [in Coral reefs, 2d ed. (1874)], which JVC had questioned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  23 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 141–142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10426

To Lawson Tait   25 March [1876]

Summary

RLT’s two articles in Spectator [4 Mar and 25 Mar 1876] greatly honour CD.

Tait has made a good point about "Survival of the Fittest".

Dr Rudinger’s extensive inquiries show that all eminent German surgeons are unanimous about non-growth of extra digit after amputation.

J. Kollmann has written regretting CD has given up atavism and extra digits [in 2d ed. of Variation]; gives new evidence of a rudimentary sixth digit in batrachians.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  25 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10428

From Lawson Tait   26 March [1876]

Summary

Cat born tailless as a consequence of a spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10429

From Naphtali Lewy   [26 March – 24 April 1876]

Summary

NL has written an essay Toldot adam (Lewy 1874, privately printed in book form as Lewy [1875]) to convince his people of the truth of CD’s theory.

Author:  Naphtali Lewy (Halevi)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Mar – 24 Apr 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10430

From Lawson Tait   27 March [1876]

Summary

Regrowth of amputated digits is a capacity possessed by the new-born but rapidly lost.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10431

From Robert Bell   28 March 1876

Summary

Encloses letter printed in the Toronto Globe about the discovery on Prince Edward Island of a skeleton of a tailed man.

Author:  Robert Bell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10432

To Axel Blytt   28 March 1876

Summary

Thanks AB for his paper on the Norwegian flora ["Forsög til en Theori om Invandringen af Norges Flora", Nyt Mag. Naturvidensk. 21 (1876): 279–362]. Appears to CD to be the most important contribution towards understanding the present distribution of plants since Edward Forbes’s essay on the effects of the glacial period ["On the connexion between the distribution of existing fauna and flora of the British Isles and the geological changes which have affected their area", Mem. Geol. Surv. Engl. & Wales 1 (1846): 336–432].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Axel Gudbrand (Axel) Blytt
Date:  28 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10433

To Lawson Tait   28 March 1876

Summary

James Paget’s scepticism about regrowth of digits. Suggests RLT experiment with amputation of digits, both extra and normal, of kittens and fowls. Fears they will fail to regrow, but, if regrowth is proved, it will be an important discovery.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  28 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Roy Davids Ltd (dealer) (1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10434

From F. J. Cohn   28 March 1876

Summary

Has had doctoral student [Alexander Fraustadt] working on the physiology and chemistry (i.e., chlorophyll and starch distribution) and comparative anatomy of Dionaea.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10435

To F. J. Cohn   31 March [1876]

Summary

Thanks FJC for paper by Alexander Fraustadt ["Vegetative Organe von Dionaea", Ell. Beitr. Biol. Pfl. 2 (1877): 27–64].

Mentions paper by A. W. Bennett ["Glands of carnivorous plants", Mon. Microsc. J. 15 (1876): 1–5].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Date:  31 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  Stuart Opotowsky (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10436
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