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To Fritz Müller   26 May [1867]


Thanks for information on sexual differences.

Orchids; self-sterility and difficulty of getting seeds to germinate.


Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  26 May [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5551

To J. D. Hooker   26 [May 1867]


It was foolish of him to say a word about continental extensions so briefly that he thinks JDH misunderstood him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5552

To George Howard Darwin   27 May [1867]


CD has come to think a name better than "Pangenesis" is needed. Asks GHD to get a suggestion from a classics scholar. "Cell-genesis wd be perfect if it cd be put into Greek."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5553

To Albert Gaudry   27 May [1867]


Is much obliged for AG’s two memoirs ["Mémoire sur le reptile découvert par M. Frossard", Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 3 (1867): 21–40; Bull. Soc. Géol. France 2d ser. 24 (1867): 397–400].

All "inosculating forms" are very interesting to CD.

Agrees with AG on the importance of attempts to affiliate extinct and existing species.

Will send French edition of Variation when published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  27 May [1867]
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5554

From J. T. Moggridge   29 May [1867]



Wrote to J. B. E. Bornet on CD’s behalf, declining the offer of seeds of Draba. But now Bornet writes that he is sending seeds to CD anyway [see 5592].

Corrects his previous description of the fertilisation of Indigofera.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 157a: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5555A

To J. J. Moulinié   16 May [1867]


Sheets dispatched. Book [French edition of Variation] not so large as expected.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  16 May [1867]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66, f. 8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6176

To J. D. Hooker   [21 May 1867]


Glad to hear Wallace is contender for Gold Medal. Has highest esteem for his extraordinary talents.

Thanks for H. Barkly’s letter from Mauritius.

Glad to see HB takes same view as CD about bones of deer [see 5395].

Objections to continental extension theory.

Progress [on Variation] very slow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [21 May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5543

To Ernst Haeckel   21 May [1867]


Discusses his previous criticisms of EH’s Generelle Morphologie. Fears it will make enemies.

Discusses reception of descent theory in England.

Mentions EH’s trip to Canary Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  21 May [1867]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1-52/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5544

From Albert Gaudry   22 May 1867


Sends a notice on a reptile intermediate between true Triassic reptiles and Devonian fishes ["Sur le reptile (Actinodon)", C. R. Hebd. Acad. Sci. 63 (1866): 341–4].

Expresses his admiration for CD, and his growing sense that transformation of species is probable, though he does not share CD’s explanation of the cause. He avoids the question, since he lacks requisite knowledge and is convinced that there are causes of which God alone knows the secret.

Author:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 165: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5546

To Camille Dareste   23 May 1867


Praises Dareste’s work on teratology; is convinced that it will be highly valued.

Is working on Variation; will send a copy when published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gabriel-Madeleine-Camille (Camille) Dareste
Date:  23 May 1867
Classmark:  Jean-Louis Fischer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5547

To John Higgins   23 May 1867


Acknowledges receipt of £159 11s. 2d.

Glad to hear that the cottages are nearly finished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  23 May 1867
Classmark:  Dominic Winter Auctioneers (dealers) (10 April 2019, lot 138)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5547F

From J. D. Hooker   24 May 1867



Does not share CD’s objection to continental extension, i.e., that it must be extended to every island in every ocean.

Sends paper on domesticated animals by Brian Hodgson [J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 165–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5548

From Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald   [May 1867]


Writes about the Carl Vogt and J. J. Moulinié translation [of Variation].

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5521

From A. R. Wallace   1 May 1867



Never imagined that the facts about sexual selection could be new to CD. Thought fact that brightly coloured females build concealed nests and almost all those in which sexes differ remarkably build exposed nests might be new to him. Some problems remain. Sends his notes for CD to use if he wants.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5522

To V. O. Kovalevsky   2 May [1867]


CD has sent some revised proof-sheets and ordered the stereotypes [for Russian translation of Variation]. First volume is dull, but he hopes second is more interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  2 May [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5523

From Jean Jacques Moulinié   3 May 1867


Through Carl Vogt, he has received the right to translate Variation into French [(1868), preface by Carl Vogt].

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 266
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5525

From John Maurice Herbert   3 May 1867


Asks whether CD will subscribe to a memorial for Richard Dawes [1793–1867].

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5526

To Ludwig Rütimeyer   4 May [1867]


Thanks LR for sending his works.

Correcting proofs of Variation.

Chapter on pigs and cattle derived mostly from LR’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Ludwig (Ludwig) Rütimeyer
Date:  4 May [1867]
Classmark:  Universitätsbibliothek Basel, Handschriften (G IV 91, 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5527

To A. R. Wallace   5 May [1867]


Returns ARW’s notes. He will work up subject much better than CD.

Apologises for the note of illiberality in his letter regarding ARW’s work on the colouring and other sexual differences in mammals.

Discusses laws of inheritance based on sexual selection.

He questions the extent of applicability of principles of protection and sexual selection to lower animal forms, though Ernst Haeckel has shown how protection may account for transparency and absence of colour in lower oceanic animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 May [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 46434 f. 89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5528

To J. M. Herbert   7 May [1867]


Contributes to a memorial for Richard Dawes.

Describes his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  7 May [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.327)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5529
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