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From John Michels   9 December 1877


Sends a drawing [missing] of alleged fossil man found in Colorado. JM is certain it is a hoax perpetrated by P. T. Barnum. It was designed to conform to CD’s well-known views of man’s ancestor.

Author:  John Michels
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11272

From A. W. Rimpau   10 December 1877


Sends his paper ["Die selbst-sterilität des Roggens", Landwirtsch. Jahrb. 6 (1877): 1073–6] on self-sterility in Secale cereale. AWR was wrong in claiming Beta vulgaris was perfectly self-sterile.

Reports results of crossing wheat varieties. In the first generation offspring are always uniform; some are intermediate, some resemble one parent. In the second generation, on the contrary, he got a diversity of parental and intermediate forms.

Author:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11273

To W. W. Bailey   10 December [1877]


"Many thanks for the specimens which will be very useful whenever a new Edition is required."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Alfred Williams Anthony collection: box 7, folder 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11274

To E. H. Sieveking   11 December 1877


Would like the letters from grandfather [Erasmus Darwin] to J. A. H. Reimarus to be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Henry Sieveking
Date:  11 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.528)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11275

To C. H. Merriam   [11 December 1877]


Thanks him for sending his Birds of Connecticut.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Clinton Hart Merriam
Date:  [11 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Waverly Auctions (dealers) (9 March 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11276A

From M. T. Masters   [13 December 1877]



Sends the name of a plant: Cotyledon stolonifera.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 68: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11279

From E. A. Greaves   14 December 1877


Offers to sell CD a portrait of Dr Erasmus Darwin by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Author:  Elizabeth Anne Greaves
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11280

From Gaston de Saporta   16 December 1877


He has heard CD is about to be elected to the Académie des Sciences.

Cross and self-fertilisation, with its emphasis on insect pollination, helps explain the problem he has worked on for so long: i.e., the rapid diversification of angiosperms in the fossil record occurs in conjunction with the diversification of insects.

Author:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11281

From J. C. Conybeare   17 December 1877


JCC and his young daughter have observed that blossoms of Drosera rotundifolia open in afternoon, which contradicts Forms of flowers.

Author:  John Charles Conybeare
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11282

From G. J. Romanes   2 December 1877


Thanks for letter. Values CD’s opinion more than that of anybody else.

Perfectly astonished at reception CD got among popular audiences at GJR’s lectures.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11283

To A. W. Rimpau   13 December [1877]


Thanks for letter about beet. Will strike out statement about it in MS of new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Date:  13 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 304v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11284

To Axel Key   20 December 1877


Expresses his gratitude and admiration for AK’s and M. G. Retzius’s Studien in der Anatomie des Nervensystems und des Bindegewebes (2 vols. 1875–6).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Axel Henrik (Axel) Key
Date:  20 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Gustaf Retzius arkiv, Inbundna serien, Engelsmän I, s 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11284A

From A. W. Malm   21 December 1877


Thanks for Origin, 6th ed.

Author:  August Wilhelm Malm
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11285

From J. V. Carus   23 December 1877


A misprint in Variation.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11286

To Gaston de Saporta   24 December 1877


Such honours as proposal for election to Institut affect CD very little.

GdeS’s idea that dicotyledonous plants were not developed until sucking insects evolved is a splendid one. The suggestion that fertilisation of the surviving members of the most ancient dicotyledons should be studied is a good one. CD hopes GdeS will keep it in mind.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  24 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11287

From B. J. Sulivan   25 December 1877


BJS was pleased to see CD’s son [William] and his wife at Charles Langton’s.

His own son is preparing for marriage.

Reports meeting a former Beagle shipmate.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11288

To J. V. Carus   26 December [1877]


Thanks JVC for a correction [for 3d German edition of Variation]. He is the most accurate translator that ever lived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  26 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 174–175)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11289

To R. A. Blair   27 December 1877


Asks for the wing of a goose said to have transmitted effects of an injury by hereditary descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reuben Almond Blair
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.529)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11290

To W. C. Marshall   27 December 1877


Cannot allow WCM to pay extra charge for glass. Rooms all very comfortable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11291

From Hyde Clarke   27 December 1877


Informs CD of his work on the "unity of language in its development".

Author:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11292
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