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To ?   23 October 1879

Summary

Is obliged for the note about Wallis Nash’s death, but he has since heard that the report was false.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Ronald T. Raines (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12268F

To J. D. Hooker   1 October [1879]

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Searching for the right gardener.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 489–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12241

From J. D. Hooker   2 October 1879

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JDH looking for a gardener for CD’s unusual needs.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 131–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12242

From Ernst Krause   2 October 1879

Summary

Has returned corrected sheets [of Erasmus Darwin] to Dallas. [CD’s note forwards this letter to a third person, presumably W. S. Dallas.]

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12243

To Harvard University Library?   2 October [1879]

Summary

Sends postal order for Samuel Scudder’s Catalogue [of scientific serials (1879)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Harvard University Library
Date:  2 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  Boston Public Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12244

To C. G. Semper   2 October 1879

Summary

Discusses CGS’s account of Pellew Islands. Still believes atolls and barrier reefs in Pacific indicate subsidence. But cases like Pellew Islands, if frequent, would make his conclusions of little value.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Date:  2 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf (slg 60/Dok/61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12245

To Gustaf Retzius   2 October 1879

Summary

CD invites MGR and his wife to lunch. Travel directions. Regrets that he will be unable to converse for more than an hour and a half. [See 12246.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Magnus Gustaf (Gustaf) Retzius
Date:  2 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Gustaf Retzius arkiv, Inbundna serien, Engelsmän I, s 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12245A

From Gustaf Retzius   3 October 1879

Summary

Declines invitation to Down, having heard from Haeckel of CD’s poor health.

Working on vertebrate organ of hearing from fishes to man.

Unsuccessful at getting exotic batrachians and reptiles in London.

Author:  Magnus Gustaf (Gustaf) Retzius
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 176: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12246

From W. P. Garrison   4 October 1879

Summary

Sends CD his version for children of Journal of researches [What Mr Darwin saw].

During the last illness of his father, William Lloyd Garrison, WPG showed him CD’s passages on slavery.

"In combating the enemies of freedom in this country he [W. L. Garrison] emancipated himself from the theology the destruction of which is perhaps your highest title to the honor of your own time and the blessings of posterity."

Author:  Wendell Phillips Garrison
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12248

To W. P. Garrison   [after 4 October 1879]

Summary

Gratified to know that WPG’s father, William Lloyd Garrison, approved of CD’s words on slavery in Journal of researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Wendell Phillips Garrison
Date:  [after 4 Oct 1879]
Classmark:  Garrison and Garrison 1885–9, 4: 199 n. 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12248F

From W. S. Dallas   5 October 1879

Summary

E. Krause has sent his corrected proofs with suggestions and questions.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 127–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12249

To J. D. Hooker   5 October [1879]

Summary

Will get in touch with young gardener about terms of employment. It is good of Hooker to remember about heliotropism of insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  Halls (dealers) (29 July 2009)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12249F

To Arnold Dodel-Port   6 October 1879

Summary

Thanks AD-P for part three of his Atlas [see 11039].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dodel-Port
Date:  6 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Zentralbibliothek, Zürich (Ms. Z VIII 417.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12250

From J. D. Hooker   7 October 1879

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JDH requests specimens from Miss [Sophy] Wedgwood.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12251

To Karl Alberts   8 October 1879

Summary

John Murray could supply clichés of two woodcuts at a trifling cost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Alberts
Date:  8 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12251F

To Daniel Mackintosh   9 October 1879

Summary

Comments on DM’s ["Drift deposits of west of England", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 35 (1879): 425–55].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Mackintosh
Date:  9 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 146: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12252

From T. H. Farrer   12 October 1879

Summary

Gives up his wish to keep secret the engagement of his daughter to Horace Darwin.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12253

From Eduard Schulte   23 October 1879

Summary

Sends drawing and description of butterfly discovered in Celebes. It is noteworthy for its colour, which plays a role in mating.

Author:  Eduard Schulte
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12254

From B. J. Sulivan   13 October 1879

Summary

The "Beagles" are, after all, to provide for Jemmy Button’s grandson [see 11501].

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 310
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12255

From W. M. Hacon   13 October 1879

Summary

How to bargain on Horace Darwin’s marriage-settlement: Francis received £5000; Horace could receive more as an inducement for the Farrers to increase Ida’s dowry.

Author:  William Mackmurdo Hacon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 166: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12256
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