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To W. C. Marshall   22 November [1876]


Mr Laslett’s estimate is too high. Mr Deards is quicker and better. Discusses building details for house improvement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  22 Nov [1876]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.501)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10684

To H. N. Moseley   22 November [1876]


Thanks for Japanese books, and papers by HNM.

Comments on Peripatus.

Not disappointed at what William Thomson says about evolution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Date:  22 Nov [1876]
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10685

To J. V. Carus   23 November 1876


Tells JVC what changes have been made in the new edition of his geological book [Volcanic islands and South America].

Does not know why he doubted about the Atlantic dust paper – now thinks it worth translating.

Glad JVC has not found Cross and self-fertilisation as intolerably dull as CD feared. Answers his queries about Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  23 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 150–151)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10686

From Fritz Hoddick   23 November 1876


Met CD at a bath the previous summer.

Proposes he work on human illness.

Author:  Friedrich (Fritz) Hoddick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10687

To Asa Gray   27 November 1876


Thanks for a correction. Hopes AG now has all the sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  27 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (114)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10688

From G. H. Darwin   [27? November 1876]


Sends W. Thomson’s complimentary opinion of his paper "On the influence of geological changes on the earth’s axis" [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 167 (1877): 271–312].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27? Nov 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10689

From Robert Shaw   28 November 1876


Encloses printed letter from Land and Water in which he proposes a hypothesis that explains how soaring birds can stay aloft by expelling air from their lungs.

Author:  Robert James (Robert) Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 177: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10690

From Henry Wilson   28 November 1876


Sends photograph of man with peculiar facial features, whom HW treated at St Mark’s Ophthalmic Hospital.

Author:  Henry Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 181: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10691

From F. B. Zincke   29 November 1876


Considers different animal instincts, some of which have reversed, others of which have proved persistent.

Author:  Foster Barham Zincke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 184: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10692

From Thomas Brittain   30 November 1876


Informs CD about Apocynum androsaemifolium, an insectivorous plant not mentioned in CD’s book. Offers to send specimen.

Author:  Thomas Brittain
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 312
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10693

From Francis Galton   1 December 1876


Gives another instance of curious habit in the Butler family.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 105: A96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10694

To Thomas Brittain   1 December 1876


Thanks TB for calling his attention to the case of the Apocynum; is unable to understand the trap-like arrangement [of the flowers].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Brittain
Date:  1 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Manchester City News, 24 June 1882
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10695

From Albert Gaudry   2 December 1876


Thanks CD for translation of Climbing plants.

AG is at work on Les enchaînements du monde animal [1878]. Will send CD a copy as soon as it is ready.

Author:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 165: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10696

To Asa Gray   4 December 1876


Plans to republish his paper on dimorphism with additions [Forms of flowers]. Is convinced it is necessary to compare pollen-grains and the state of the stigma to recognise dimorphic plants. Requests specific plants to test for dimorphism and would welcome examples from any family in which he has not encountered dimorphic species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  4 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10697

To J. J. Weir   4 November 1876


Promises to propose JJW for membership in Zoological Society.

Sympathises with JJW’s enthusiasm about the Danais and hopes it may become naturalised in this country.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  4 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (29 October 1962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10698

From Asa Gray   5 December 1876


Dimorphism and cleistogamy in Hottonia.

AG wants new, unambiguous term for what is now referred to as "dimorphism", "dioecio-dimorphism", or "heterostyly"; proposes "heterogone".

Sends an excerpt from Bulletin of Torrey Botanical Club 2 (June 1871) on Hottonia inflata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 165: 192, DAR 111: A92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10699

To Gerard Krefft   6 December 1876


Sorry to hear of JLGK’s troubles. Cannot organise a subscription but sends £5.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
Date:  6 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 5828)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10700

From Friedrich Hildebrand   6 December 1876


Repeated maize crosses without success: i.e., in most cases yellow and red varieties did not produce fertile offspring.

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10701

From Hermann Müller   6 December 1876


Thanks for Cross and self-fertilisation.

Fritz Müller has been appointed "Naturalista Viajante" of the Rio de Janeiro Museum, which will help his income greatly.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 308
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10702

From A. W. Bennett   7 December 1876


Thanks for copy of Cross and self-fertilisation.

Reports instances of cross-fertilisation in maize,

and succession of forms of flowers on Isle of Wight.

Asks CD’s suggestions for his second edition of Julius von Sachs’s Text-book of botany.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10703
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