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From W. S. Dallas   14 November 1879


Thanks CD for a copy of Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 131–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12319

From G. W. Norman   15 November 1879


Thanks for Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  George Warde Norman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12320

From Newman Marks   15 November 1879.


Thanks CD for signing a memorial.

Author:  Thomas Newman (Newman) Marks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12321

From James Torbitt   15 November 1879


Encloses latest report on his new potatoes. Believes the plants should be grown from seed every fourth year to preserve yield and disease-resistance.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 52: E4; DAR 178: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12322

From Reginald Darwin   17 November 1879


Sends a book on shorthand

and a paper, probably by Erasmus Darwin, entitled "Moral and physical hermeneutics", on the subject of temperance.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 164–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12323

To Ernst Krause   17 November 1879


Answers EK’s questions. Sorry to report Erasmus Darwin sold only 600 copies at advance sale.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36197)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12324

To T. H. Farrer   17 November 1879


Received enclosed report from Torbitt on potato experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 144: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12325

To James Torbitt   17 November 1879


Describes problems of raising money [for potato experiments]. "A Government official in another office remarked to me that it was very difficult for Ministers to decide what to do in such cases as they must be prepared for mere cavillers in the H[ouse] of Commons."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12326

To C. H. Tindal   17 November 1879


Thanks for the offer of lending a manuscript relating to his grandfather. It will be of use if a second edition of the Life of Dr. Darwin should appear. Will take the greatest care of them and return them as soon as he has read them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Harrison Tindal
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Shaw’s Antiquarian Books (dealer) (25 May 2010)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12326F

From James Paget   18 November 1879


Thanks for Erasmus Darwin. It is a rare life and an unmatched illustration of the transmission of intellectual strength.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 174: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12328

From Eduard Schulte   18 November 1879


Supports CD’s theory but doubts that butterfly life-cycle is consistent with it. Metamorphosis of butterflies is not comparable to that of other insects.

Comments on butterfly fertilisation of flowers.

Author:  Eduard Schulte
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12329

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   20 November 1879


Wants a plant identified;

would like some cotton seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 195–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12330

To E. S. Galton   20 November 1879


Thanks ESG for list of errata in his part [of Erasmus Darwin].

Extends sympathy on death of Edward Wheler, E. S. G’s brother-in-law.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Sophia Galton
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12331

From James Torbitt   20 November 1879


Intends to get his ideas on the "wearing out" of varieties printed.

This year’s crosses were failures.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12332

To A. S. Packard   23 November 1879


Has never heard of bees that are carnivorous; hopes someone will investigate ASP’s observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alpheus Spring Packard, Jr
Date:  23 Nov 1879
Classmark:  English Heritage, Down House (Scrapbook)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12333

From Ernst Krause   24 November 1879


German edition of Erasmus Darwin will not appear until next year.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12334

From John Ball   28 November 1879


Thanks CD for noticing some difficulties in his hypothesis. Concedes that there is no proof that higher plants are more intolerant of carbon dioxide than lower plants. Argues that the main difference between the lowlands and the high mountains in Palaeozoic times would be the much greater climatic fluctuations that would occur on the mountains. Discusses carbon dioxide diffusion in the Palaeozoic atmosphere. Thinks that the large number of species and genera peculiar to high mountains favours the assumption that "their diffusion must date from a geologically remote period" [see ML 2: 20–2].

Author:  John Ball
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12335

From J. D. Hooker   29 November 1879



Congratulations on Erasmus Darwin; likes CD’s part better than Ernst Krause’s.

Received false notice of Asa Gray’s death.

Gray and JDH engaged in comparing widely separated but floristically similar regions.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12336

From James Torbitt   [after 19 November 1879]


Encloses a report on JT’s potato varieties by William Meredith, one of the many individuals in the country who are growing them.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 19 Nov 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12337

From E. S. Galton   19 November 1879


Her brother-in-law, Edward Wheler, died on Sunday.

Sends some corrections for Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Emma Sophia Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12337F
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