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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 ?   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 ?   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 ?   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 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

To Ernst Krause   4 November 1879


CD complains of unfair treatment by EK’s publisher [of Erasmus Darwin, Karl Alberts], who has written that he now does not want the copies of the photographs CD has ordered for him. Is sure that EK will agree that the costs should be deducted from any profits from the sales.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  4 Nov 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36195)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12291

To James Torbitt   7 November 1879


Wrote to T. H. Farrer about JT’s potato experiments. Would be calamity if JT were prevented from trying successful fungus-proof variety for a few more years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  7 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12297

To W. M. Hacon   8 November [1879]


Discusses the marriage-settlement for Horace and Ida.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Mackmurdo Hacon
Date:  8 Nov [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12301

To August Weismann   10 November 1879


Thanks for AW’s work ["Zur Naturgeschichte der Daphniden", Z. Wiss. Zool. 27: 51–112; 28: 93–254; 30 (suppl.): 123–65; 33: 55–270]. CD always interested in adaptations which appear to owe their structure to other causes.

Has not heard from Raphael Meldola for a long time about translation of AW’s Studien.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  10 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12303

To Ernst Krause   10 November 1879


Only a few copies of the photographs [for German edition of Erasmus Darwin] had been printed, so loss will not be great. CD was rather angry when he wrote [12291] "but it is all over now".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  10 Nov 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36196)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12304

To Wilhelm Behrens   10 November 1879


Thanks GWJB for work on nectaries ["Anatomisch-physiologische Untersuchungen der Blüthen-Nectarien", Flora (1878): 454–60].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Georg Wilhelm Julius (Wilhelm) Behrens
Date:  10 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv – Standort Wolfenbüttel (VI Hs 11 nr. 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12305
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