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To ?   9 January 1879


Thanks correspondent for the copies of his engraving. "The work seems to be, though I cannot pretend to be a judge, a vy fine production".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823

To ?   23 January [1879?]


Orders a sheet of gold-beater’s skin for plant experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1879?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11841

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [20 January 1879]



H. N. Moseley says [in "Notes on plants collected and observed at the Admiralty Islands", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 15 (1877): 77] pigeons eject seeds in fit state for germination. He regards pigeons as providing most efficient means of transport in Malayan Archipelago.

CD’s collected notes on geographical distribution would make a good book.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10341

From James Torbitt   [1879?]


Has found no [potato] variety whose foliage can resist the parasite, except when grown under glass.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1879?]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11814

To Francis Darwin?   [1879–80?]


Discusses A. B. Frank’s views [Beiträge zur Pflanzenphysiologie (1868)] on how plants position themselves; differences and similarities compared with their own conclusions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [1879–80?]
Classmark:  Botany School Cambridge (in A. B. Frank, Beiträge zur Pflanzenphysiologie, 1868)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11816

To Albert Günther   1 January 1879


Thanks AG for his kind note and returns his good wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  1 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11817

From Marius Koch   3 January 1879


A young disciple wishes to know if reports of people with tails in New Guinea could be true.

Author:  Marius Koch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 169: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11819

To Edward Frankland   4 January [1879]


Fears that the promised bottle of pure water may have been despatched or stolen in passage. [See 11768a.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  4 Jan [1879]
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester (Frankland Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11820A

From Mary Jung   7 January 1879


Young Austrian woman asks for CD’s autograph.

Author:  Mary Jung
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 168: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11821

From Carl Kraus   8 January 1879


A supporter of "the presumptive connection between socialism and evolution through natural selection" sends essays of Carl Vogt and requests CD to comment on them publicly.

Author:  Carl (Charles) Kraus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 169: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11822

From W. E. Darwin   9 January 1879


Sends figures on increase in value of North Western Railway stocks. Says consol stock considered much more secure for bankers. Does not think his own bank is in danger of a run. Is glad to see the Emperor of Prussia has confirmed CD’s appointment to Academy. Is snowing at Bassett.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823F

To W. E. Darwin   10 January [1879]


G[eorge] has visited A[nthony] R[ich] at Worthing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  10 Jan [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11824

From Leopold Würtenberger   10 January 1879


Asks about possibility of securing grant in England in order to complete work on ammonites. Describes progress. Could CD recommend him to a foundation? Describes personal background.

Author:  Leopold Würtenberger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 181: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11825

To Mary Jung   11 January 1879


Suggests MJ does not worry about the differences in opinion between ecclesiastics and scientists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Jung
Date:  11 Jan 1879
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (catalogue 681, 28–9 June 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11825F

From C. H. Blackley   13 January 1879


Relates anecdote about a provincial girl’s reaction to being told men descended from monkeys.

Author:  Charles Harrison Blackley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11826

To C. H. Blackley   14 January 1879


Thanks CHB for his anecdote about a provincial girl’s reaction to being told men descended from monkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Harrison Blackley
Date:  14 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Formerly in the private collection of Dr T. B. Robinson
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11826F

To Karl Höchberg   13 January 1879


Thanks for essay on origin of taste for music. Will send to Edmund Gurney.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Höchberg
Date:  13 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 145: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11827

To Melchior Neumayr   15 January 1879


Asks MN about trustworthiness of Leopold Würtenberger. Would like to aid LW financially in his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Melchior Neumayr
Date:  15 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (13 December 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11829

To Leopold Würtenberger   15 January 1879


Is sorry that LW’s circumstances interfere with his scientific work. Does not think any English scientific society can help.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Würtenberger
Date:  15 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Helmut Würtenberger (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11829F

From Gaston de Saporta   16 January 1879


Sends his photograph; asks for CD’s.

Author:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11830
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