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To ?   5 June 1879

Summary

Unable to accept invitation.

Looked at leaves and saw no sign that animal matter was absorbed. Believes insects were caught only accidentally.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (5 December 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12089

To Francis Darwin   3 June [1879]

Summary

Asks whether canary grass and oats have chlorophyll in their cotyledons.

Has been working hard at circumnutation of leaves to see whether sleep movements are exaggerated circumnutation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  3 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11541

To A. S. Wilson   4 [June] 1879

Summary

Mentions wheat varieties sent by Governor General of Turkestan.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Stephen Wilson
Date:  4 [June] 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 366
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11820

To John Fiske   14 June [1879]

Summary

Will send carriage to station on 18th.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fiske
Date:  14 June [1879]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 8266)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11828

From Francis Darwin   [after 2 June 1879]

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Summary

Geotropism.

Experimenting on Porlieria in damp and dry earth.

Hermann Müller has been ridiculed for teaching children "in the beginning was Carbon".

Will ask about Ernst Krause.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 2 June 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 209.5: 230–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12075

To Francis Darwin   [2 June 1879 or earlier]

Summary

Wants FD to find out what sort of man Ernst Krause is.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [2 June 1879 or earlier]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12076

To John Murray   2 June 1879

Summary

Intends to publish a translation of Ernst Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, with a prefatory notice by himself. Asks JM to decide whether to publish it on commission or on usual two-thirds profit terms. CD incapable of judging chance of its selling.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 356–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12078

To Francis Darwin   2 June [1879]

Summary

Thanks for FD’s letter describing microscopic work under experienced supervision.

Is glad to hear of C. E. Stahl’s objection to treating plants as mere machines.

Pleased that J. von Sachs has yielded on growth.

Perhaps Stahl will recognise whether the case of the silver fir is the same as that referred to in the German account [see 12074b].

CD has finished the first draft of his essay on Erasmus Darwin’s life and is "heartily sick of the job".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  2 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12078A

From Nicolai Mengden   3 June 1879

Summary

Thanks for reply to query. Asked E. Haeckel same question and his answer agreed with CD’s. Haeckel disbelieves in the supernatural. What does CD think?

Author:  Nicolai Mengden, Baron von Mengden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12079

From John Murray   3 June [1879]

Summary

Is well disposed toward publishing Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, particularly if CD undertakes to fill up its gaps. He thinks ED’s reputation is increasing.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12080

To G. S. Ffinden   4 June 1879

Summary

Does not feel competent to judge on matters of measurement. R. B. Litchfield to look into case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Sketchley Ffinden
Date:  4 June 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.564)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12081

To K. P. von Kaufman   4 June 1879

Summary

Thanks for letter of 27 April (Julian calendar; 9 May Gregorian calendar), and promised gift of wheat varieties. Will probably send them to Alexander Stephen Wilson.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (Константин Петрович фон Кауфман)
Date:  4 June 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Russia (Collection of P. Waxell (F. 965): no 636)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12081F

From Raphael Meldola   4 June 1879

Summary

Wants to republish Fritz Müller’s paper ["Ituna and Thyridia", Kosmos 5 (1879): 100–8] in Proceedings of the Entomological Society. [Thyridita!?]

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12082

From W. S. Dallas   4 June 1879

Summary

Has finished the first part of Krause’s MS [of Erasmus Darwin]. Expects to receive the concluding portion soon.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 107–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12083

To Francis Darwin   [before 5 June 1879]

Summary

Believes that he will prove that the tip of radicle is the brain as far as geotropism is concerned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [before 5 June 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12084

From V. H. Darwin   5 June [1879]

Summary

Sends her drawing of Elston Hall as it was in 1754.

Author:  Violetta Harriot Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 171
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12085

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   5 June 1879

Summary

Has been writing life of Erasmus Darwin.

Wants plants with heliotropic aerial roots. Has proved root apex governs nature of flexure in upper part of root.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 173–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12086

To Ernst Krause   5 June 1879

Summary

Has read Dallas’ translation of first part of EK’s essay [on Erasmus Darwin]. Has sent his MS to printer. Is perplexed by duplication. Thinks EK’s essay is better than his. Wishes he had sent all his material to him for a single biography. Best plan may be for EK to incorporate whatever he thinks useful in CD’s material.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36186)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12087

To Nicolai Mengden   5 June 1879

Summary

NvM’s questions cannot be answered fully. "Science has nothing to do with Christ, except in so far as the habit of scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting evidence. For myself, I do not believe that there has ever been any Revelation."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nicolai Mengden, Baron von Mengden
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  David W. Bowerman (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12088

To Raphael Meldola   6 June [1879]

Summary

Suggests he write to Ernst Krause about publication of translation of Fritz Müller’s paper. FM’s view of mutual protection is quite new to CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  6 June [1879]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology Archives (Essex Naturalists Field Club, Meldola papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12090
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