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From Nemo   [1876?]


A believer in evolution seeks to convince CD that a spiritual creative force, rather than natural selection, explains its operation.

Author:  Nemo
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1876?]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10333

From James Torbitt   22 April 1876


Thanks for CD’s assistance and his advice on crossing.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10466

From W. H. Patterson   24 April 1876


Observations on expression and variation in cats.

Author:  William Hugh Patterson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 174: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10469

From G. H. Darwin   25 April 1876


Is elated by his work on the alteration in the earth’s axis and the displacement of the poles. [See 10689.]

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10472

From Lawson Tait   25 April [1876]


Apologises for placing CD in the objectionable position of sponsor for a rejected paper. RLT has gone over old ground in ignorance.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10473

From J. D. Hooker   26 April 1876



Forwards copies of CD’s geology books.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 104: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10476

From Margaret Frankland’s diary   30 [April 1876]


[Entry describing a Sunday morning call [see 10480a] during which CD witnessed the behaviour of a bullfinch and a canary in eating parts of some primroses and cowslips.]

Author:  Margaret Frankland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 [Apr 1876]
Classmark:  Mrs Bucknall (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10485A

From William Jackson   [24–8?] May [1876?]


CD’s servant submits estimate for work to be done on pantry.

Author:  William Jackson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24–8?] May [1876?]
Classmark:  DAR 168: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10487

From Smith, Elder & Co.   1 May 1876


Informs CD which woodblocks of illustrations to the Geology of "Beagle" are in their possession and which are missing.

Author:  Smith, Elder & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1876
Classmark:  CD’s copy of Volcanic islands (CUL, CCA 24.14); tipped in at back
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10488

From Francis Darwin   [1 May 1876]


Good news about Frankland. Expecting burnt earth. Almost finished the Foodbodies Paper on Acacia. He and Amy are learning to use the new printing machine.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 May 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10488F

From G. H. Darwin   1 May 1876


Writes of his "geo-mathematical" work.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10489

From Hubert Airy   2 May 1876


On his new paper for Royal Society on a point of leaf arrangement. Asks CD to communicate it and "gives some details of its contents", e.g., recorded observations of changing leaf-order on individual specimens.

Comments on a paper by George Henslow ["Helianthus tuberosus", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 26 (1876): 647].

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 159: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10490

From Thomas Laxton   2 May 1876



Responds to CD’s query as to the duration of crossed varieties of peas. [See Cross and self-fertilisation, p. 305.]

Author:  Thomas Laxton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 77: 159–63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10491

From Francis Darwin   2 May 1876


Has read letter from Jemmy. Amy has been practicing on the printing machine. Fritz has come back from the Vicar of Orpington.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10492F

From Hermann Brehmer   4 May 1876


Encloses article on local immunity to tuberculosis. Has he interpreted CD’s views correctly? Believes the immunity notable in areas like Iceland or mountain areas is due to local conditions, not natural selection. Describes his sanatorium in mountains of Silesia and medical criticism of his work.

Author:  Hermann Brehmer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 287–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10496

From Giovanni Canestrini   6 May 1876


Two parts of the second edition of the Italian translation of Variation are already out.

Expression will soon follow [published in 1878].

The publisher [Unione] asks CD to give him the right of Italian translations of his works.

Author:  Giovanni Canestrini
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10499

From Moritz Schiff   8 May 1876



Has repeated his observations and experiments used in Insectivorous plants; finds them sound.

Revises his reference to production of pepsin.

Author:  Moritz Schiff
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 86: B8–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10500

From Ernst Haeckel   9 May 1876


Sends Die Perigenesis der Plastidule [1876]. Comments on CD’s theory of Pangenesis. Explains his own theory of Perigenesis.

Returns Webb and Berthelot, Îles Canaries; Géographie botanique [1840].

Describes work on 3d ed. of Anthropogenie.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10501

From James Murphy   10 May 1876


A reader of Descent offers two items: 1. Masters observed a pericardial fold in humans and other mammals which is a vestigial left superior vena cava;

2. JM suggests the frenum of the human penis became necessary for vis-à-vis copulation when man became bipedal.

Author:  James Murphy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 323
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10503

From Mary Treat   15 May 1876


Sends her article on Utricularia ["Is the valve of Utricularia sensitive?", Harper’s New Mon. Mag. 52 (1875): 382–7].

Proposes to write on Sarracenia ["Carnivorous plants of Florida", Harper’s New Mon. Mag. 53 (1876): 546–8, 710–14].

Author:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10508
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