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From A. B. Buckley   16 December 1879

Summary

On Wallace’s need for a regular income. He has been rejected as Superintendent of Epping Forest. Thinks men such as Lubbock, Hooker, and CD might help.

Author:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 366
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12358

To J. D. Hooker   17 December 1879

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Miss Arabella Buckley’s letter on Wallace’s poor health and finances leads CD to seek JDH’s aid in getting a Government pension.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 95: 491–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12360

To A. B. Buckley   17 December 1879

Summary

Discusses possibility of Government pension for Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  17 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 143: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12361

From J. D. Hooker   18 December 1879

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Argues against pension for Wallace because of his spiritualism; the underhanded way he brought about discussion of spiritualism at BAAS; his pocketing money from a bet on the sphericity of the earth; his lack of absolute poverty.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 136–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12362

To J. D. Hooker   19 December [1879]

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JDH convinces CD not to press for pension for Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 494–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12363

From A. B. Buckley   19 December 1879

Summary

Thanks CD for acting on her suggestion about getting Wallace an income; acknowledges the difficulty. Is not sure Wallace would accept government money for doing nothing in return.

Author:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 367
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12364

To A. B. Buckley   19 December 1879

Summary

Has discussed with Hooker possibility of Government pension for Wallace. Hooker is pessimistic.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  19 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 143: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12365

From A. B. Buckley   20 December 1879

Summary

Thanks CD for trouble over Wallace, even though success not assured.

Author:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 368
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12366

From Adam Fitch   20 December 1879

Summary

Questions CD on the possibility of selecting disease-resisting potatoes to produce ultimately a disease-resistant variety.

Author:  Adam Fitch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12367

From R. W. Dixon   20 December 1879

Summary

RWD has read "with deep interest" Erasmus Darwin. He has copies of four letters from Erasmus Darwin to his great-grandfather, Richard Dixon, and he encloses a copy of the most interesting one.

Author:  Robert Walker Dixon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 218: D2, D3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12368

From Lewis Wright   22 December 1879

Summary

Is sending CD his Illustrated book of poultry in which the chapter on the "Origin of the domestic fowl" may be of interest.

He ventures to mention several errors in Variation.

Mentions the late Mr Lane of Bristol, a celebrated Spanish breeder (of poultry).

Author:  Lewis Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1879
Classmark:  CUL, Darwin Pamphlet Collection Q301 (tipped into L. Wright [1873], pt 21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12368A

From R. W. Dixon   [after 20 December 1879]

Summary

Three letters from Erasmus Darwin to Dixon’s great-grandfather, transcribed by Dixon. Enclosure to a missing letter.

Author:  Robert Walker Dixon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 20 Dec 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 218: D1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12368F

From R. A. Job   23 December 1879

Summary

RAJ is the son of cousins and wishes to marry his cousin. Is anxious for information on consanguineous marriages and on the advisability of his proposed marriage.

Author:  Robert Arthur Job
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 168: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12369

From James Torbitt   25 December 1879

Summary

Reports that Phylloxera-resistant vines have been found in an infected region of Portugal.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12370

To Karl von Scherzer   26 December 1879

Summary

What a foolish idea seems to prevail in Germany on the connection between Socialism and Evolution through Natural Selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl von Scherzer
Date:  26 Dec 1879
Classmark:  LL 3: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12370F

From C. E. Ferguson   27 December 1879

Summary

Asks for a list of books on evolution relating to man.

Author:  Charles Eugene Ferguson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 201: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12371

To James Torbitt   27 December 1879

Summary

Glad to hear about vines.

Hopes JT will be able to continue work without Government aid. "It is enough to sicken one to see how politicians waste their time squabbling and neglect doing any good."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  27 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12372

From Michele Lessona   28 December 1879

Summary

The Academy of Sciences of Turin has awarded CD a 12000 franc prize for his work during the past four years.

Author:  Michele Lessona
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 170: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12373

From Anthony Rich   28 December 1879

Summary

New Year greetings.

Author:  Anthony Rich
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 176: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12374

From Antonio Mendola   29 December 1879

Summary

Reports from an Italian baron that a calf’s horn that was buried in a field set roots; mule’s hairs incubated in water come alive.

Author:  Antonio Mendola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12375
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