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To Gaston de Saporta   12 August 1876


Thanks GdeS for his Recherches sur les végétaux fossiles [1876].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  12 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10568

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   3 August 1876


Requests orchid specimens for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  3 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 41–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10569

From Lawson Tait   4 August [1876]


Wishes to make CD an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Natural History Society.

RLT has attempted [in a paper] to apply evolution to moral life.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10570

To Lawson Tait   6 August 1876


CD accepts membership in the Birmingham Natural History Society.

Thanks RLT for article. CD cannot quite agree that "under a theological point of view, the origin of evil is explained by survival".

Is glad RLT has not given up polydactylism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  6 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10571

To Hermann Müller   7 August 1876


Comments on Fritz Müller’s article on Hedychium.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  7 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 146: 437
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10572

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   8 August [1876]


Thanks for WTT-D’s kindness about the orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  8 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10573

From Lawson Tait   8 August 1876


Proposes to work on the origin of diseases; is going to study syphilis.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10574

To Asa Gray   9 August 1876


AG’s Darwiniana [1876].

Cross and self-fertilisation has now gone to press.

Is preparing new edition of Orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  9 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10575

To J. D. Hooker   10 August 1876



Asa Gray’s directed variation would make natural selection superfluous.

CD has read new theological reconciliations of Darwinism and religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 95: 415–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10576

To Ernst Haeckel   12 August 1876


Glad EH is coming to England.

Will be visiting eldest son in Southampton in September [but visit apparently delayed until 7 Oct, see "Journal"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  12 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 39 [9892])
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10577

To John Lubbock   16 August [1876]


Glad to have heard JL’s admirable speech read aloud.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  16 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 49644: 159)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10578

To R. D. Fitzgerald   18 August [1876]


Thanks for RDF’s Australian orchids [1874]. It comes just as CD’s Orchids [2d ed.] is going to press.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert David Fitzgerald
Date:  18 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (A 2546)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10579

From Milan Radovanović   18 August 1876


Sends Serbian edition of Ernst Haeckel’s Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte translated by his late brother.

Serbian edition of Origin, translated by MMR, not yet published because of war with Turks.

Author:  Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10580

From George Rolleston   18 August 1876


Sends three of his anthropological papers.

CD understates his case when he says the mandibular wattle of the "Irish greyhound pig" has no analogue or homologue.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10581

To Smith, Elder & Co.   21 August [1876]


Asks for tougher paper to be used for maps in Coral reefs, 2d ed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  21 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582

To Milan Radovanović   25 August [1876]


His thanks for the present of Haeckel’s work.

He will be much gratified to have MMR translate Origin if the state of his country permits. [See 10580.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Date:  25 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Russian State Archive of Literature and Arts (RGALI), Moscow (fund 1347, dossier 1, file 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582A

To George Rolleston   24 August [1876]



Thanks GR for his notes and essays [see 10581].

Similar appendages to those GR mentions [see 10581] appear on the necks of goats, but the idea of reversion to a common progenitor of goats and pigs "stumps" CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  24 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  George family (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582F

To Bibliographisches Institut   28 August 1876


Thanks for A. E. Brehm’s Thierleben [2d ed. (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bibliographisches Institut
Date:  28 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10583