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To [?]   22 [March? 1867]


CD must decline his correspondent’s kind offer [unspecified], but he is out of health and has passed the part about dogs in a work now at the printer’s [Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  22 [Mar? 1867]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5453

To George Robert Waterhouse   5 March [1867?]


Wishes to know the correct name for the British Museum’s specimen of an Abyssinian wolf described by Wilhelm Rueppell, Neue Wirbelthiere zu der Fauna von Abyssinien [1835–40] .

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  5 Mar [1867?]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/9/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1394

To E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung   [19 March 1867]


Offers the German rights of Variation if J. V. Carus is prepared to translate it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Date:  [19 Mar 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 33r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5425

To Alfred Newton   4 March [1867]


Thanks for information about the dotterel.

CD had ascertained by dissection that the female of the carrion-hawk of the Falkland Islands is very much brighter coloured than the male. Has inquired about its nidification. Mentions other instances of female birds that are brighter and more beautiful than the males and suggests causes for this anomaly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  4 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5430

To W. B. Tegetmeier   5 March [1867]


Asks whether WBT can carry out poultry mating experiments for him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  5 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5431

To Frederic William Farrar   5 March 1867


Much obliged for lecture [On some defects in public school education (1867)]. Would leave classics to those with zeal and taste for appreciation. Learned nothing at school except by reading and experimenting in chemistry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederic William Farrar
Date:  5 Mar 1867
Classmark:  DAR 144: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5432

To A. R. Wallace   [12–17] March [1867]


Asks to be kept informed on gaudy caterpillars.

Problems of his work on man; scope and role of sexual selection.

Indulgence of interest in expression is simply a "hobby-horse". Will see whether he can get queries inserted in an Indian newspaper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  [12–17] Mar [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 46434 ff. 80–83v)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5440

To George Moultrie Salt   16 March [1867]


Thanks for note and returns signed paper. Asks that the payment be made to his bank account.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Moultrie Salt
Date:  16 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5444F

To J. D. Hooker   17 March [1867]


The date-palm seed case is important for Pangenesis.

Reports experiments on pollination of Ipomoea.

"Insular floras": A. Murray’s paper in Gardeners’ Chronicle is poor.

John Scott’s work on acclimatisation of plants.

The anomaly of the Azores flora on the migration theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 13a–e
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5445

To John Murray   18 March [1867]


The compositors have invented a title [for Variation] which CD thinks is better than the advertised one. CD can form no opinion on number of copies. Asks that clean sheets be sent to German and Russian publishers for translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 167–168)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5446

To John Murray   20 March [1867]


The new title is fixed. Thanks for clean sheets. As to number of copies, now that JM proposes 1500, CD is frightened.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 169–170)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5450

To Friedrich Hildebrand   20 March [1867]


Thanks for two copies of Hildebrand’s monograph on plant sexuality (Hildebrand 1867a).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  20 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  Courtesy of Eilo Hildebrand (photocopy) (Original, previously owned by Klaus Groove, sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5450F

To J. D. Hooker   21 March [1867]


Suggests change in sentence of JDH’s "Insular floras" to make meaning clear.

Naudin’s letter about hybrids.


Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 13f–g
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5451

To B. D. Walsh   23 March [1867]


Thanks for Agassiz’s Lectures. Lyell does not believe a word about glacial action of any kind in lowlands of Brazil. Agassiz’s view of glacial movement has been given up by physicists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  23 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5455

To J. D. Hooker   24 [March 1867]



Returns Charles Naudin’s letter with its case in support of CD’s view of impregnation.

Twits JDH for trying to wriggle out of error made in his lecture and admires his "candour in letting the rat out of the bag". [See 5449 and 5451.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 [Mar 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5457A

To Fritz Müller   25 March [1867]


Thanks for facts on orchids.

Friedrich Hildebrand’s new book on fertilisation of plants [Die Geschlechten-Vertheilung bei den Pflanzen (1867)].

CD correcting proofs of Variation.

FM likes Ernst Haeckel’s book [Generelle Morphologie (1866)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  25 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5458

To John Lubbock   26 March [1867]


Close inbreeding and factors acting against it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  26 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 65 (EH 88206509)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5463

To V. O. Kovalevsky   26 March [1867]


Answers VOK’s questions regarding the size of forthcoming Variation and gives his consent to a translation.

But if Origin has not yet been translated into Russian, CD thinks it would be a better book to undertake.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  26 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5464

To William Erasmus Darwin   27 [March 1867]


Thanks WED for a present.

Discusses the Duke of Argyll’s Reign of law [1867].

Is busy revising proofs [of Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  27 [Mar 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5466

To M. T. Masters   [28 March – 5 April 1867]


Discusses the orchid specimens received from MTM. Remarks on the self-sterility of Cypripedium and other orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  [28 Mar – 5 Apr 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 34–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5468
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