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From James Scott Bowerbank   [4 November 1867]


Reports two observations on crossing in dogs: the preservation of both pure types in the offspring of a pointer and a setter, and the influence of a first mating with a mongrel on the progeny of a Barbary bitch and a subsequent Barbary male.

Author:  James Scott Bowerbank
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4 Nov 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13780

From John Murray   1 November [1867]


Sends Dallas’ specimen of indexing [for Variation].

Asks CD’s opinion of likelihood of a hybrid of ass and bull, reported in a MS of a journey to Asia Minor he is reading.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 352
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5661

From Charles Kingsley   1 November 1867


Sends a letter he wrote in 1862 [see 3482].

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 36, 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5664

To Fritz Müller   2 November 1867


Variation to be published at end of month.

Dimorphism and self-sterility.

Seed dissemination in Adenanthera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  2 Nov 1867
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5666

To John Murray   2 November [1867]


Dallas’ index [for Variation] well done but rather too full.

A hybrid from an ass and a bull is utterly incredible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 176–177)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5667

To J. V. Carus   4 November [1867]


Sends corrected title of Variation and report of progress in printing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  4 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 51)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5669

From William Sweetland Dallas   4 November 1867


WSD is pleased that CD approves his index draft [for Variation]; notes his objection to long list of references under "Dogs" and will try to find a principle for shortening it. He has not indexed all authors’ names; is this practice satisfactory?

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5670

To Charles Kingsley   6 November [1867]


He had no idea that the double function of an excretory passage had played a part in the history of religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  6 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5670F

To W. S. Dallas   8 November [1867]


Suggestions on listing authors in the index [for Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sweetland Dallas
Date:  8 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5671

From Edward Wilson   8 November 1867


Has sent CD’s queries on expression to some friends; encloses one set of replies [missing].

Author:  Edward Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 181: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5672

From Charles Kingsley   8 November 1867


Remarks on Darwinism’s reception. The radical press shies away, out of ignorance, because CD may be made out to be a Tory. He has met a Darwinian Marchioness.

The mystery of sex is the origin of all religion.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5673

From Francis Elliott Kitchener   9 November 1867


Sends Swiss Aquilegia flowers in which insects have eaten away the spurs.

Suggests fetid smell of Stapelia attracts carrion flies.

Author:  Francis Elliott Kitchener
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5674

From W. S. Dallas   10 November 1867


Thanks CD for his two notes [on indexing references to authors]; will increase the scope of his citations by including those quoted in footnotes in support of statements in the text.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5675

From J. V. Carus   11 November 1867


Is not writing prospectus [of Variation] – merely sketch of contents and tenor of first volume for advertisement to booksellers.

Questions on details for the translation.

Publisher anxious to get volume out.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5676

To J. V. Carus   14 November [1867]


Sends revision of vol. 1 [of Variation]. Advance sale at auction sold 1200 copies, to CD’s great surprise. Publication delayed by index.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  14 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 52–53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5678

From C. L. Brace   14 November 1867



Distribution of plants.

Removal of posterior molars a common dental practice in America [see Descent 1: 27].

Author:  Charles Loring Brace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 80: B154–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5679

To J. D. Hooker   17 November [1867]


Has finished last revise of his book [Variation].

Is curious to know what JDH thinks of Pangenesis. It is fearfully imperfect, yet satisfying, for it connects large groups of facts by an intelligible thread.

Thomas Woolner is coming [to do a bust of CD].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 35–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5680

From Isabella Elinor Aylmer   18 November 1867


Writing article on Chillingham Park and its wild cattle; requests information on CD’s observations on their character and original breed. Was referred to CD by Lord and Lady Tankerville.

Author:  Isabella Elinor Aylmer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 159: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5681

From Asa Gray   18 November 1867


Is reading sheets of Variation.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 165: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5682

From W. E. Darwin   19 November 1867


Suggests his father lend him the money to pay WED’s succession duty and thereby secure a discount.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov 1867
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5682F
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