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From W. D. Fox   11 June [1858]

Summary

Discusses instinct in ducks and turkeys.

Reports a case of the inheritance of an acquired characteristic in a pig.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7815

To William Darwin Fox   14 January [1858]

Summary

Asks to borrow W. C. Hewitson’s book [British oology, 2 vols. (1831–44)].

CD is searching for reliable information on slight variations in the degree of perfection of nests of the same species of birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 108)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2202

To W. D. Fox   31 January [1858]

Summary

Thanks WDF for information on blackbirds’ nests [see Natural selection, p. 505].

Problem of choosing from among the load of curious facts for chapter on "Instinct" [Natural selection, ch. 10; Origin, ch. 7] perplexes him.

Asks about behaviour of chicks in danger and whether crossed animals are wilder than either parent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  31 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2208

To W. D. Fox   22 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks for Hewitson [British oology].

Has found more variability in birds’ nests than he expected.

Interested in WDF’s note about turkey terrified by a frog [see Natural selection, p. 488 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  22 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2219

To W. D. Fox   28 February [1858]

Summary

WDF’s nephew has forgotten to mention the most important element, whether the lizards’ eggs floated and stayed alive on sea-water.

Thanks for facts about turkeys and terrier [see Natural selection, p. 481 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  28 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2229

To W. D. Fox   16 April [1858]

Summary

Asks WDF for facts about stripes in horses and ponies.

Health has been very bad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  16 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2256

To W. D. Fox   8 May [1858]

Summary

Will be most curious to hear results of WDF’s experiment with a kite and turkey chicks "by themselves".

If WDF ever sees a striped dun horse, he should ascertain colour of dam and sire.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  8 May [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 113)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2270

To W. D. Fox   24 June [1858]

Summary

Gives his opinion of the charges against E. W. Lane.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 June [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 114)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2293

To W. D. Fox   27 [June 1858]

Summary

Profoundly sorry for Lane.

Thanks WDF for facts about call ducks, pigs, and Leicester sheep.

Has been observing and experimenting on the construction of bees’ cells. Thinks he has a theory which simplifies the problem.

Scarlet fever in family; nurse ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  27 [June 1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2296

To W. D. Fox   2 July [1858]

Summary

Baby [Charles Waring Darwin] died of scarlet fever on 28 June. "Fear has almost driven away grief."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 July [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 116)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2300

To W. D. Fox   6 July [1858]

Summary

The crisis is abating – no further scarlet fever in the family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 July [1858]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2304

To W. D. Fox   21 [July 1858]

Summary

After all, CD is now beginning to prepare an abstract of his species theory. Recounts the events leading to joint paper with A. R. Wallace at Linnean Society. Lyell and Hooker urge strongly that he publish a fuller abstract. It is impossible to do justice to subject in an abstract.

His sister, Marianne Parker, has died.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  21 [July 1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2312

To W. D. Fox   13 November [1858]

Summary

Has suggested WDF’s name to Hooker and Henslow, who are sending a circular for aid to John Ralfs.

Is working steadily at his abstract, hopes to publish in spring.

Asks if WDF has seen a donkey with double shoulder stripe; also, has he seen a black greyhound with tan feet and a tan spot over each eye? "Such must exist because theory tells me it ought!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  13 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2360
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