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To Nature   [before 27 March 1879]

Summary

In reply to a query [in Nature 19 (1879): 433] CD reports that vessels full of water were kept on the deck of a ship to discourage rats from gnawing holes in the ship’s water casks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 27 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 27 March 1879, p. 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8826

To Nature   [before 20 March 1879]

Summary

Comments on a letter from Fritz Müller [11839] and particularly on the subject of the disappearance of certain structures in organisms. FM’s explanation deserves serious consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 20 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 20 March 1879, pp. 462–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11945

From E. S. Galton   25 March 1879

Summary

Notes and a copy of a letter written by ESG to John Dowson of Whitby. Expresses her opinion of the biographies of Erasmus Darwin written by Mrs Schimmelpenninck and Anna Seward.

Author:  Emma Sophia Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.14: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11954

From C. M. C. Darwin   27 March 1879

Summary

They have never had any Erasmus Darwin letters.

Sends photographs [of Elston Hall].

Author:  Charlotte Maria Cooper Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 136–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11956

To Reginald Darwin   27 March 1879

Summary

Announces his intention to translate and preface [E. Krause’s] sketch of Dr Erasmus Darwin’s life. Asks whether RD has any documents concerning Dr Darwin or letters by him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  27 Mar 1879
Classmark:  Forum Auctions (dealers) (28 March 2019, lot 173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11957

To Ernst Krause   27 March 1879

Summary

CD has written to members of the family for Dr Erasmus Darwin materials and letters. Is apprehensive lest his preface and EK’s essay interfere with one another. Will confine himself to ED’s character and letters;

has begun investigating the influence he had on medical practice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  27 Mar 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36178)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11958

From Reginald Darwin   29 March 1879

Summary

Sends Dr Erasmus Darwin’s commonplace book, some letters, and poems.

Family news.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 146–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11960

To Friedrich Hildebrand   29 March 1879

Summary

Thanks for FHGH’s new book; also for the list of seeds, but he does not want any at present.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  29 Mar 1879
Classmark:  Klaus Groove (private collection); sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11960F

From Ernst Krause   30 March 1879

Summary

Wants to finish revision of MS on Erasmus Darwin before Dallas begins translation. Has discussed possible German edition with Carl Alberts.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11961

From E. S. Galton   31 March 1879

Summary

Sends drawings of several of Dr Erasmus Darwin’s residences, together with suggestions of sources of other material.

Author:  Emma Sophia Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 181–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11962

From A. G. Butler   31 March 1879

Summary

Has succeeded in obtaining Assistant Keeper’s post.

Believes it would be interesting and valuable to study the variation in organs such as scent-fans and "strigillating" [stridulating?] organs among related species of Lepidoptera.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 390
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11963

To Francis Galton   [1 March 1879?]

Summary

Can FG come to lunch on Monday?

Sorry FG has not been well and is soon going abroad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [1 Mar 1879?]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11911

From W. D. Fox   3 March [1879]

Summary

Sends family news;

describes what remains of his "menagerie" and tells of his interest in the framework of his son’s German badger-hound.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11913

From Francis Darwin   3 March [1879]

Summary

Astonished at circular and will risk revolutions to invest. Describes Blidah, Algeria.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11913F

From G. H. Darwin   3 March 1879

Summary

Thanks CD [for his increased allowance?].

Writes of his tour [in Algeria].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11914

To Fritz Müller   4 March 1879

Summary

Has sent FM’s letter on caddis-fly to Nature ["On a frog and caddis-flies", Nature 19 (1879): 462–4].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  4 Mar 1879
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11915

To J. N. Lockyer   4 and 6 March [1879]

Summary

Encloses a letter [from Fritz Müller, see 11839] which "eminently deserves to be published in Nature". Discusses the form and illustration needed. Spelling problems to be referred to Robert McLachlan.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Norman (Norman) Lockyer
Date:  4 and 6 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  University of Exeter Library Special Collections (EUL MS 110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11915A

From A. R. Leeds   4 March 1879

Summary

CD elected an honorary member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Author:  Albert Ripley Leeds
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 230: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11915B

To L. A. Errera   5 March 1879

Summary

Thanks LAE for publication [Errera and G. Gevaert, Sur la structure et les modes de fécondation des fleurs, 1ère partie (1878)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Léo Abram Errera
Date:  5 Mar 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.561)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11916

To A. S. Wilson   5 March 1879

Summary

Discusses ASW’s discovery of error in Russian belief about wheat varieties. Suggests that he publish paper in Journal of Royal Agricultural Society. [Results actually published in Gard. Chron. n.s. 11 (1879): 622–4.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Stephen Wilson
Date:  5 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 367
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11917
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