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To Nature   16 December 1879

Summary

Reports information sent by E. Schulte [12254] on the colours of the male Diadema bolina.

Discusses extent to which consciousness came into play in the origin of certain instincts, including sexual display.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Nature, 8 January 1880, p. 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12359

To Nature   15 December [1879]

Summary

CD has repeated a test of whether hybrids of the common and Chinese goose are fertile inter se. Reports his success, and comments on its significance for the theory of descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  15 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 1 January 1880, p. 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12391

To J. D. Hooker   1 December [1879]

Summary

Movement of cotton plant cotyledons.

Thanks JDH for his praise of Erasmus Darwin.

Delighted that JDH is thinking about geographical distribution, wishes he would go over the New Zealand flora again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 193–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12338

From E. R. Shaw   2 December 1879

Summary

Describes bearded horses seen on island of Sark.

Author:  Edmund Rogers Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12339

From A. A. W. Hubrecht   2 December 1879

Summary

Expresses his gratitude for CD’s criticism and advice relating to his unripe hypothesis [see 12200]. His new results regarding the anatomy of different genera of Nemerteans, especially the discovery of a central nervous system.

Author:  Ambrosius Arnold Willem Hubrecht
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Research
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12339A

To E. R. Shaw   4 December 1879

Summary

Thanks ERS for information about variation in horses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edmund Rogers Shaw
Date:  4 Dec 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.568)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12340

From E. L. Sturtevant   4 December 1879

Summary

Observations on maize.

Author:  Edward Lewis Sturtevant
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 270
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12341

From Robert Christison   4 December 1879

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Robert Christison, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 161: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12342

From T. L. Brunton   5 December 1879

Summary

Thanks for copy of Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12343

From A. H. Payne   5 December 1879

Summary

Asks CD to express his opinion on vivisection to help the anti-vivisection cause in Germany.

Author:  Albert Henry Payne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 174: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12344

To F. B. Goodacre   5 December 1879

Summary

Were the hybrid geese FBG sent to CD brother and sister from the same hatch? CD intends to send a letter on their breeding to Nature [Collected papers 2: 219–20].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  5 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Dr John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12345

From F. B. Goodacre   8 December 1879

Summary

The hybrid geese FBG sent to CD were brother and sister from the same hatch. Would greatly value a copy of Nature containing CD’s letter.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12346

From W. E. Darwin   [8 December 1879]

Summary

Returns Guthrie. Comments at length on Guthrie’s critique of Spencer.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Dec 1879]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12346F

From J. W. Judd   9 December 1879

Summary

Sorry he was out when CD came to visit.

Author:  John Wesley Judd
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 168: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12347

To A. H. Payne   10 December 1879

Summary

Gives his opinion on vivisection. CD detests cruelty but believes that physiology "is one of the most important sciences" and that it cannot progress without experiments on living animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert Henry Payne
Date:  10 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Uppsala University Library: Manuscripts and Music (Waller Ms gb-00523)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12349

From J. F. Moulton   10 December 1879

Summary

At CD’s request he has read Malcolm Guthrie’s book [On Mr Spencer’s formula of evolution (1879)], which is a critique of First principles. He finds it a helpful clarification of Spencer’s views; however, it is as pseudo-scientific as the book it criticises.

Author:  John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12350

From Raphael Meldola   11 December 1879

Summary

Sends subscription form for English edition of Weismann’s Studien.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12351

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   11 December [1879]

Summary

Wants some apheliotropic plants for experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  11 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 197–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12352

To Raphael Meldola   12 December [1879]

Summary

Would like to subscribe to English edition of Weismann.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  12 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12354

From A. G. Butler   13 December 1879

Summary

Supplies facts on the colours of each sex in butterflies from the genera Ornithoptera and Heterochroa.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 391
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12355
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