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To T. H. Huxley   19 November [1877]

Summary

Deeply grateful for THH’s tribute to him at conferring of LL.D. at Cambridge.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  19 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 328)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11240

From E. W. Black   20 November 1877

Summary

Gives exceptions to maize being monoecious, as CD claims in Cross and self-fertilisation; reversion may be cause of hermaphrodite flowers observed.

Sends paper on potatoes and asks CD to republish.

Author:  Evans Willson Black
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11241

To Édouard Heckel   20 November 1877

Summary

Thinks EH’s translation of Cross and self-fertilisation [1877] is excellent.

Would like him to do Forms of flowers, but Reinwald is afraid to have it translated in the present political state of France.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Édouard Marie (Édouard) Heckel
Date:  20 Nov 1877
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) (13 and 14 December 2011, lot 37038)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11242

From Charles Hoare   20 November 1877

Summary

A poem in tribute to CD following the award of his Cambridge LL.D.

Author:  Charles Hoare
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 140.1: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11243

From T. H. Huxley   21 November 1877

Summary

He said nothing in his tribute to CD that was not strictly accurate. Has written out a version as well as he can recollect it and will send CD a copy.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 166: 348
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11244

To G. H. Darwin   21 November [1877]

Summary

Asks GHD to determine whether there are worm-castings in cloisters of [Neville?] Court.

Enjoyed his visit to Cambridge. Asks for newspaper account of the LL.D.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11246

From G. H. Darwin   22 November 1877

Summary

Will look for worm-castings in the cloisters,

and will send CD items from the Cambridge papers on the honorary degree.

Has hit on a possible fallacy in W. Thomson’s theory of secular cooling of the earth.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11247

From William Saunders   22 November 1877

Summary

Sends plant specimens of a hybrid he has raised by crossing two species of Rubus. Describes procedure by which he obtained them. Cites his paper on hybridisation.

Author:  William Saunders
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11248

From G. H. Darwin   [23 November 1877]

Summary

Asks CD if he would like to sign GHD’s Royal Society proposal for membership.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11249

To Gustave Dewalque   23 November 1877

Summary

Honoured to be elected an honorary member of the Société Géologique de Belgique.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gilles Joseph Gustave (Gustave) Dewalque
Date:  23 Nov 1877
Classmark:  Société Géologique de Belgique (autographe Darwin)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11249F

To G. H. Darwin   24 November [1877]

Summary

Thinks he had better not sign GHD’s paper [as a candidate for F.R.S.], since he obviously is no judge of the quality of his work.

Asks if Thomson did not overlook heat generated by the crushing and folding of strata during the refrigeration of the globe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11251

From L. A. Errera   30 September 1877

Summary

Sending MS.

Used Anton Kerner’s nomenclature for designating crosses.

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers.

Author:  Léo Abram Errera
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 163: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11160

From Sociedade de Geographia de Lisboa   30 September 1877

Summary

CD named corresponding member of the Geographical Society of Lisbon.

Author:  Sociedade de geographia de Lisboa
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 230: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11160A

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [21 October 1877]

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Summary

Hooker, just returned from U. S., says Pinus nordmanniana leaves are spread horizontally in the morning and rise during the day.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [21 Oct 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 209.14: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11161

From W. W. Bailey   [November 1877]

Summary

Encloses flowers. Long-styled form may be a sport.

Author:  William Whitman Bailey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11162

To W. E. Gladstone   2 October 1877

Summary

Has read WEG’s article ["The colour sense", Nineteenth Century 2 (1877): 366–88] on H. Magnus’ view. Informs him of a criticism of this view and reply by Magnus in Kosmos. Offers to send the article.

CD has contributed some facts on the difficulty children have in distinguishing colours (or naming them correctly).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  2 Oct 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 44455: 120–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11163

From T. H. Farrer   2 October 1877

Summary

Hive-bees captured in tubes of nectary of Tritoma. Seems a maladaptation of the bees.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 164: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11164

To W. E. Darwin   3 October [1877]

Summary

Encloses his marriage present, which he fears Sara [Darwin née Sedgwick] will think "atrociously unsentimental", but he hopes useful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  3 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11165

To L. A. Errera   4 October 1877

Summary

Approves terms used in LAE’s manuscript. Discusses relative advantages of self-fertilisation and cross-fertilisation.

Thanks LAE for pointing out erratum [in Cross and self-fertilisation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Léo Abram Errera
Date:  4 Oct 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.523)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11166

To J. B. Innes   5 October 1877

Summary

CD’s opinion of a specimen sent by JBI from an unknown tree, and the Ross-shire tale about it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  5 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11168
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