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To Nature   16 December 1879


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]


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 Nature   [before 27 March 1879]


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 ?   23 October 1879


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 ?   5 June 1879


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 ?   21 April 1879


Thanks for letter and articles: gratifying to hear that agriculturalists attend to his works.

Cannot decipher German writing so has stuck the address from the letter on the envelope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Apr 1879
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (July 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006F

To ?   9 January 1879


Thanks correspondent for the copies of his engraving. "The work seems to be, though I cannot pretend to be a judge, a vy fine production".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823

To ?   23 January [1879?]


Orders a sheet of gold-beater’s skin for plant experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1879?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11841

To Nature   [before 20 March 1879]


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

To G. M. Asher   28 October 1879


Cannot answer questions on origin of instinct, sociology, etc. Suggests references in Origin and Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Georg Michael Asher
Date:  28 Oct 1879
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12273

To Eduard Schulte   28 October 1879


Discusses case of colour display in butterfly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Schulte
Date:  28 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 147: 428
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12274

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   29 October 1879


Wants cryptogam identified; has been observing its movements.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  29 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 187–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12275

To C.-F. Reinwald   29 October 1879


Discusses arrangements for a French translation of Erasmus Darwin (1879).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Date:  29 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 202: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12276

To T. H. Farrer   31 October 1879



Discusses financial and other arrangements for marriage of Horace Darwin and Ida Farrer. Mentions anticipated inheritance of children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  31 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 185: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12280

To George Sleigh   [before 26 September 1879]


Asks correspondent to consider taking a position as his gardener.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Sleigh
Date:  [before 26 Sept 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12282

To Julius von Haast   1 November 1879


Thanks JvH for admirably illustrated Geology of New Zealand. Will be particularly glad to read about the old glaciers.

Admires extent of cultivation of science in New Zealand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Date:  1 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Library Tāmaki Paenga Hira (T. F. Cheeseman Papers MS-58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12284

To James Torbitt   1 November 1879


Has seen newspaper accounts of JT’s potato experiments. T. H. Farrer wants to know whether JT has published any account of them, and how much assistance he needs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  1 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12286

To T. H. Farrer   3 November 1879


Has written to Torbitt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  3 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 144: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12288

To Victor Marshall   4 November [1879]


Promises to send an oak.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Victor Alexander Ernest Garth (Victor) Marshall
Date:  4 Nov [1879]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.459)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12289

To J. D. Hooker   4 November [1879]


Wants seedling of Quercus rubra or Q. coccinea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Nov [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12290
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