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To ?   7 June 1877

Summary

Thanks correspondent for his essay and kind allusions [to Cross and self-fertilisation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 June 1877
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (MA 9975)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10989

From ?   13 June 1877

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Summary

Objects to the passage about the Irish quoted by CD in Descent [1: 174].

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 69: A12–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10998

To ?   24 June [1877]

Summary

Advises correspondent on adopting a career; "each person shd. follow his natural bent & improve his special abilities".

Strongly recommends study of J. S. Mill’s Logic.

His own zeal for science was most stimulated by Herschel’s Introduction to the study of natural philosophy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 June [1877]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (25 July 1972); Kobunso (dealer) (1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11014

To ?   26 June [1877]

Summary

Asks for a copy [of an unknown item] to be sent to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 June [1877]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (5 May 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11016F

To Ernst Krause   30 June 1877

Summary

CD interested in EK’s argument against belief that sense of colour has been recently acquired by man. Describes his observations of the difficulty his own children had in distinguishing, or naming, colours.

Adds that it appeared to him the gustatory sense of his children, when young, differed from that of grown-up persons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  30 June 1877
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11023

From William Roberts   30 June 1877

Summary

He is delivering address at the British Medical Association’s Manchester meeting ["Address in medicine", Br. Med. J. (1877) pt 2: 168–73]. Will develop theme that parasites are variations of common types, e.g., Bacillus anthraces is a variant of B. subtilis. Asks for more examples.

Author:  William Roberts
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11025

From C. W. Thomson   30 June 1877

Summary

Wants CD’s advice on who would undertake describing the Crustacea from the Challenger expedition [1872–6].

Author:  Charles Wyville Thomson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11026

From G. J. Romanes   [before 6 June 1877]

Summary

Notes on natural selection; discussion of factors mitigating the swamping influence of intercrossing on incipient variations.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 139–42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13839

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [June 1877 or later]

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Summary

Notes and extracts relating to "bloom".

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [June 1877 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 68: 32–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10751

From Francis Darwin   [14 June? 1877]

Summary

Forwards letters.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 June? 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10762F

To G. H. Darwin   [3 June 1877]

Summary

Has not yet heard from Cambridge. Thinks perhaps they do not intend to give him the degree.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10946

From G.J. Romanes   [June 1877]

Summary

Notes on variation and selection; discussion of how selection could act to the advantage of a group but not to that of an individual within the group.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 143–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10979

From J. M. Rodwell   1 June 1877

Summary

Sends extract abusing CD, from a sermon by a Greek priest.

Author:  John Medows Rodwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10980

From P. L. Sclater   2 June 1877

Summary

Encloses a memorandum [missing] drawn up by W. H. Flower, Huxley, and himself, defending Charles Wyville Thomson against an attack made upon him.

Author:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10981

To J. M. Rodwell   3 June 1877

Summary

Thanks for an extract from a sermon, in which CD is abused by an archimandrite: he considers it a great honour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Medows Rodwell
Date:  3 June 1877
Classmark:  Phillips (dealers) (June 1995)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10981F

To Asa Gray   4 June [1877]

Summary

C. E. Bessey’s case [see 10969] came too late, as the sheets had been printed, but CD thinks it should be carefully investigated as a possible case of incipient heterostyly.

Is trying to make out the function of "bloom", the waxy secretion on leaves and fruits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  4 June [1877]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10982

To G. J. Romanes   5 June 1877

Summary

Sends quotation from Lamarck’s Philosophie zoologique [(1809), 2: 318] on effects of habit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  5 June 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.515)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10983

From Charles Bradlaugh   5 June 1877

Summary

Wants to subpoena CD in a case pending against himself and Annie Besant, to be tried 18 June. [Bradlaugh and Besant were indicted for issuing an "obscene libel".]

Author:  Charles Bradlaugh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10984

To [Henry Huntsman?]   5 June [1877]

Summary

Urgently requests a pair of braces. "Please remember that I am 6. ft high & require rather long bracers."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Huntsman
Date:  5 June [1877]
Classmark:  Barton L. Smith (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10984A

To [Charles Roberts?]   6 June 1877

Summary

Sends six photographs of himself as a contribution to correspondent’s charity.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Roberts
Date:  6 June 1877
Classmark:  Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections (Charles Roberts Autograph Letter collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10985
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