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To Felix Marchand   [c. 1 August 1879]


Thanks for his election to the Naturforschende Gesellschaft, Halle. Will send photograph as requested.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Jacob (Felix) Marchand
Date:  [c. 1 Aug 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 115v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12166

From R. T. Wright   2 August 1879


Lack of success in breeding horses in Bengal is related to damp climate. Encloses letter from F. G. Ravenhill concerning an unpublished report by the Stud Commission on animal breeds in Bengal.

Author:  Robert Temple Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 181: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12178

To Francis Darwin   [2 August 1879]


Tells arrangements for their journey to Coniston.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [2 Aug 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12179

From Reginald Darwin   4 August 1879


Sends an address by Dr Erasmus Darwin [to the Derby Philosophical Society].

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 160–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12180

To W. E. Gladstone   4 August [1879]


Thanks WEG for his essay showing how Homer distinguished between different kinds of movement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  4 Aug [1879]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 44471 ff. 5–6); International Autograph Auctions (dealers), (23 February 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12181

To Anton de Bary   5 August 1879


Thanks ADeB for sending specimens of Utricularia to Francis [Darwin]. Urges him to publish his observations, because Utricularia differs widely from Drosera. CD has been unable to detect any evidence of true digestion in Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anton Heinrich (Anton) de Bary
Date:  5 Aug 1879
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR A 45a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12182

To John Fiske   5 August [1879]


Thanks for JF’s book [Darwinism and other essays (1879)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fiske
Date:  5 Aug [1879]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 8267)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12183

From W. S. Dallas   6 August 1879


Last minute checking of some quotations has delayed his translation [of Erasmus Darwin].

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 114–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12184

From J. R. Atkin   7 August [1879]


Thanks for present and letter.

Wishes a good trip to the lakes and sends love to family members.

Author:  James Richard (Dick) Atkin, Baron Atkin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12185

From Hugo de Vries   7 August 1879


Experiments to determine mechanism of tendril curvature; importance of variations in cell turgidity. Contraction in roots caused by increased turgor.

Author:  Hugo de Vries
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 180: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12186

From Archibald Liversidge   7 August 1879


CD elected honorary member of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Author:  Archibald Liversidge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 230: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12186A

From John Ball   8 August 1879


Hopes CD will read and comment on his lecture ["Origin of flora of the Alps", Proc. R. Geogr. Soc. (1879)]. Disgrees with CD; JB maintains that the high antiquity of existing plant genera and families explains wide differences in their distribution.

Author:  John Ball
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12187

From Anton de Bary   9 August 1879


His experiments on nutrition of Utricularia are not sufficiently exact or complete to allow them to be published. He will resume experimentation and report to CD.

Author:  Anton Heinrich (Anton) de Bary
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 162: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12188

From F. B. Goodacre   11 August 1879


Crossbreeding experiments with geese.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12189

To Hugo de Vries   12 August 1879


Thanks for letter.

Comments on growth and movement of plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugo de Vries
Date:  12 Aug 1879
Classmark:  Artis Library (De Vries 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12190

To Leonard Darwin   12 August 1879


Coniston is most beautiful, but CD finds "there are too many human beings for my taste".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12191

To Ernst Krause   13 August 1879


CD regrets that he feels large parts of Krause’s essay [on Erasmus Darwin] must be omitted. Gives his criticisms and his plan for condensed publication of his own article, with only parts of EK’s. If EK is unwilling to change, CD will publish his article privately. It is manifest that EK can publish his essay in its extended form in Germany if he wishes to do so.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  13 Aug 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12192

To F. B. Goodacre   13 August [1879]


Reports the results of breeding from FBG’s hybrid geese. The hybrids are fertile inter se. Would FBG like the geese back? If CD publishes his observations may he use FBG’s results?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  13 Aug [1879]
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12193

From Ernst Krause   16 August 1879


Regards his part only as material from which CD can select for English edition of Erasmus Darwin.

Regrets dropping comment on Erasmus Darwin’s evolutionary theory.

Asks for translation of British plant names.

Asks CD not to mention in introduction that EK’s part has been reduced.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B35–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12194

From John Denny   16 August 1879


JD communicates, after seven years, news of a new "sport" of Pelargonium, sterile both with other varieties and with the mother plant, thus indicating that it is possibly a new species.

Author:  John Denny
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 162: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12195
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