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To ?   17 December [1866]

Summary

Gives information about obtaining the most recent (4th) edition of Origin.

Is glad to hear that his correspondent is interested in the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  17 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Bloomsbury Auctions (dealers) (22 June 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5310F

To ?   2 August [1866]

Summary

Has not seen K. E. von Baer’s paper ["Über Papuas und Alfuren", Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg (Sci. Nat.) 8 (1859): 269–346], but has read extract.

Knew of case of hairy and toothless family through John Crawfurd, Journal of an embassy from the Governor-General of India [2d ed. (1834)].

Working on causes of variability.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.318)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5170

To ?   10 May [1866?]

Summary

The apparent difference in arm lengths of compositors is due to a drooping shoulder. File-makers stand in a peculiar position and call one of their legs the hind leg.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 May [1866?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5083

To W. B. Tegetmeier   18 [December 1866]

Summary

Thanks for calling his attention to ancestry of guinea-fowl.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  18 [Dec 1866]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5311

To Henry Walter Bates   18 December [1866]

Summary

Asks for a letter on the tameness of deer, written by Commander A. Boutakoff to R. I. Murchison and printed in the Journal [J. R. Geogr. Soc. 23 (1853): 93–101].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  18 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), FF7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5312

From H. W. Bates   19 December 1866

Summary

HWB sends a copy [missing] of Boutakoff’s letter, explaining that the deer were saiga antelopes and the islands were new discoveries.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 160: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5313

To John Murray   21 and 22 December [1866]

Summary

Submits the MS of Variation, all excepting the section on Man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 and 22 Dec 1866
Classmark:  Herb Sewell (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5314F

To T. H. Huxley   22 December [1866]

Summary

First impressions of Haeckel’s Generelle morphologie.

Has received THH’s [Lessons in elementary] Physiology [1866]

and reread Man’s place.

Asks THH to read revised "Hybridism" chapter in new edition of Origin. Hopes it will change THH’s view.

Convinced of P. S. Pallas’ view of loss of sterility under domestication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  22 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 196)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5315

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   22 December 1866

Summary

Thanks CD for previous communications. Asks him to send a paper relating to flowers to be read at first meeting of her ladies’ literary and scientific society.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 160: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5316

From John Murray   22 December [1866]

Summary

The presentation copy [of Origin, 4th ed.] was sent to B. D. Walsh in August. Will send another.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5317

To P. L. Sclater   24 December [1866]

Summary

Encloses a portion of a letter from B. D. Walsh [5319] concerning an American interested in exchanging birds’ skins.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.324)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5318

From B. D. Walsh   [28 November 1866]

Summary

Says Jacob W. Velie wants to exchange birds’ skins with European naturalist.

Comments on meaning of "Darwinism".

Encloses papers from Practical Entomologist.

Discusses Ornithorhynchus paradoxus

and his paper on willow galls.

Mentions human skull found in California.

Author:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Nov 1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.324a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5319

To B. D. Walsh   24 December [1866]

Summary

Balbiani’s puzzling observations on Aphis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5320

To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1866]

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Summary

Has finished Variation. May insert a chapter on man.

Still puzzled by seeds of Adenanthera.

New Zealand and Borneo flora problems continued.

Fritz Müller found six genera of dimorphic plants in one day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 309, 309b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5321

From John Murray   24 December [1866]

Summary

Two parcels of MS [of Variation] have arrived. Will proceed with printing immediately after Christmas.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5322

To William Turner   24 [December 1866]

Summary

Thanks WT for information about rudimentary parts in man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner
Date:  24 [Dec 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5323

From J. D. Hooker   25 December 1866

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Summary

Analysis of New Zealand flora; proportion of indigenous annuals.

Uniform climates are poor in species.

Evergreen and deciduous vegetation: relationship to flora and fauna.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 127–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5324

From B. J. Sulivan   25 December 1866

Summary

Discusses the South American mission.

Has been busy digging out fossil leaves from local Eocene deposits.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 177: 287
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5325

To J. D. Hooker   28 [December 1866]

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B. J. Sulivan offers fossil leaves from Eocene beds at Bournemouth to CD or JDH. Does JDH want them, or should they go to Oswald Heer?

Has written to Athenæum [see 5308] about publishers cutting pages of their books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 [Dec 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 310, 310b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5326

From L. E. Becker   28 December [1866]

Summary

Thanks for "Climbing plants" and other papers [as requested in 5316].

Sends specimens of a variety of Primula not mentioned by CD [in Primula paper, Collected papers 2: 45–63?].

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5327
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