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From J. V. Carus   23 December 1877

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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]

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

To Albert Gaudry   28 December 1877

Summary

Thanks AG for his kindness in sending his valuable work [Les enchaînements du monde animal vol. 1 (1878)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  28 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11293

To M. T. Masters   [6–12 December 1877]

Summary

Reports on the flowering and growth of a branch of Echeveria stolonifera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  [6–12 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 29 December 1877, p. 805
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11294

To Hyde Clarke   [29 December 1877]

Summary

"If you finally succeed in proving that all languages have been developed from a common root, you will indeed have effected a most valuable piece of work."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Date:  29 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (23–4 February 1959)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11295

From Lawson Tait   31 December [1877]

Summary

Speculation on the process by which tails have been lost; believes he has evidence from man that it is related to spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11297

From F. J. Cohn   31 December 1877

Summary

Sends details of H. H. R. Koch’s work on bacteria, including first photographs.

J. S. Burdon Sanderson’s and Koch’s collaboration on systemic fever.

Thinks movement of Francis Darwin’s Dipsacus filaments is an artifact.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11298

To the Down Friendly Society   31 December [1877?]

Summary

Reports, as treasurer, on the financial position of the Club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Down Friendly Society
Date:  31 Dec [1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11300

From Francis Darwin   [28 October 1877?]

Summary

FD has sent proofs; nutating of Ricinus; Horace Darwin and the wormograph.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Oct 1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11302F

From E. A. Darwin   27 January [1877]

Summary

Carlyle hoped CD had not been annoyed by that forged letter, which was the reverse of his opinion. [Enclosed is a published extract, said to be taken from a Thomas Carlyle letter, which denies CD’s intellect and regrets his influence.]

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B99–100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11333

From R. I. Lynch   [July 1877 or later]

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Summary

Cotyledon sleep movement in Haematoxylon.

Author:  Richard Irwin Lynch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [July 1877 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 209.9: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11385

From R. I. Lynch   [before 14 September 1877]

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Summary

Notes the movements of leaves of Euphorbia jacquiniaeflora in response to light intensity.

Author:  Richard Irwin Lynch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 14 Sept 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 209.14: 30–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11415

From Marcellin de Bonnal   [1877]

Summary

Asks CD why some living forms have evolved and others have not.

Author:  Antoine-Marcellin (Marcellin) de Bonnal
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13779

To John Price   8 September [1877–80?]

Summary

Kind of JP to send notes on horses, but will not write on subject again.

Erasmus Darwin has not left his house for three years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Price
Date:  8 Sept [1877-80]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13836

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
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