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To P. A. Hanaford   19 September 1876


Pleased to hear of Peter Henderson’s intended experiment [on Drosera, see 10588]. Asks that she tell Mr Henderson that he believes good derived from animal diet will be shown only by production of larger number of seeds and more luxuriant growth in the ensuing year. Wishes to hear the results.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford
Date:  19 Sept 1876
Classmark:  Nantucket Historical Association Research Library (MS 38, Phebe Ann Hanaford Papers, 1848–1949, Folder 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10610A

To George King   19 September 1876



Would like to see the pigeons, though he is not likely to work on the subject again. When he hears from Dr Scully, he will present them to the British Museum.

Has not had time to use the information about earthworms yet, but hopes to use it in about a year’s time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George King
Date:  19 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 185: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10610F

To Francis Darwin   20 September [1876]


Suggests German works worth translating.

Is glad FD is keeping busy; he has worked excellently on proof-sheets [of Orchids (1877)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  20 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10611

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   22 September [1876]


Would like Catasetum and Acropera plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  22 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10612

To Karl von Scherzer   22 September 1876


Thanks for sending Moritz Wagner’s letter and his essays [on "Der Naturprocess der Artbildung" in Das Ausland (1875)]. Will read them and write to Wagner when his health is better.

Declines to receive Scherzer at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl von Scherzer
Date:  22 Sept 1876
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10613

To W. H. Flower   24 September [1876]


Sends photographs received from Mr Van der Weyde who is working with associates in Montevideo collecting fossil bones. Asks WHF’s opinion of a specimen about which they are curious.

CD intends urging them to search the Tertiary bed beneath the Pampean formation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  24 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) 15 July 2004
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10615

To Rudolf Schmid   25 September 1876


Thanks for RS’s work [Die Darwin’schen Theorien und ihre Stellung zur Philosophie, Religion und Moral (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Rudolf Schmid
Date:  25 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 147: 427
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10616

To Francis Darwin   25 September [1876]


FD’s corrections for Orchids [1877] are all very good and useful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10617

To F. J. Cohn   26 September [1876]


Invites him to visit Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Date:  26 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 265
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10618

To J. V. Carus   27 September 1876


Sends first sheets of Cross and self fertilisation. The book is a very dull record of experiments, but nevertheless CD believes it is valuable for its remarkable and well-established results.

Orchids [2d ed.] will soon go to the printer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  27 Sept 1876
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 147–148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10619

From W. H. Flower   27 September 1876


Identifies South American fossils in photographs sent by John Van der Weyde.

Author:  William Henry Flower
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 164: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10620

To Francis Darwin   27 [September 1876]


Sends last chapter of Orchids [1877] for revision.

Has some articles that might interest FD.

Has invited Ferdinand Cohn and his wife to Down but hopes they will not come.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  27 [Sept 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10621

From M. L. Baxter   28 September 1876


Sends J. H. Baxter, Statistics, medical and anthropological [2 vols. (1875)]; asks CD’s opinion on correlation of stature with certain types of diseases.

Author:  Myron Leslie Baxter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10622

From W. E. Darwin   28 September [1876]


Recommends that CD buy a plot of land.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10622F

To Francis Darwin   [28 September 1876]


Sends [unidentified] volume for FD.

Ferdinand Cohn is coming to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [28 Sept 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10623

To W. C. Marshall   29 September [1876]


Mr Laslett, a builder, will meet WCM on Tuesday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  29 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.500)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10624

To W. E. Darwin   29 September [1876]


Discusses the purchase of some land;

plans to visit Southampton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  29 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10625

To John van der Weyde   29 September 1876


Thanks JVdW for photographs of fossils; [W. H.] Flower has identified them as Toxodon and Mylodon.

Sends suggestions for collecting fossil mammals in Argentina and Uruguay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John J. (John) Van der Weyde
Date:  29 Sept 1876
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Charles Robert Darwin miscellaneous file)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10626

To J. V. Carus   [early October 1876]


Tells JVC that to the title on the first page [of Cross and self-fertilisation] is to be added "in the vegetable kingdom".

Guesses that Orchids [2d ed.] will be 20 or 30 pages longer than the old edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  [early Oct 1876]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 66–67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10627

From Otto Zacharias   2 October 1876


Can CD send sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation as previously promised? OZ writing article on subject ["Darwin über Kreuzung und Selbstbefruchtung im Pflanzenreiche", Das Ausland (1877)].

German Darwinists preparing a Darwin album with photographs of themselves as gift.

Author:  Otto Zacharias
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1876
Classmark:  DAR 184: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10628
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