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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 Athenæum   1 January 1867


Expresses his support for new books being sold with the pages cut.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Jan 1867
Classmark:  Athenæum, 5 January 1867, pp. 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5343F

To Francis Darwin   30 August [1867–70]


Asks FD to check whether a Latin sentence is correct.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  30 Aug [1867-70]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7312

To Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf Günther   7 December [1867]


Sends his photograph.

Asks for any information of well-marked sexual differences in snakes, batrachians, or lizards. The rattlesnakes at the Zoological Garden differ considerably in colour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  7 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5710

From Daniel MacKintosh   8 December [1867]


Thanks CD for information on inclined terraces in S. America, which DM thinks applies to the chalk downs of S. England. CD’s definition that the sea widens and fresh water deepens is key to the subject.

Author:  Daniel Mackintosh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5711

From W. S. Dallas   8 December 1867


Some corrections and queries about Variation text. Is pushing hard to finish, but CD is right that the names in the notes make the work interminable. Fears he is causing delay in publication. Is astonished at "the wonderful array of facts brought together and at the manner in which you bring them to bear".

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5712

To Philip Lutley Sclater   9 December [1867]


Asks for index to Zoological Society’s Proceedings.

Mentions article on "Barbets" by PLS in Intellectual Observer [12 (1867–8): 241–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.338)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5713

To J. P. M. Weale   9 December [1867]


Has had no less than seven grasses germinate from locust dung sent by JPMW.

JPMW’s paper on Bonatea is being printed by Linnean Society. [See J. P. M. Weale, "Structure and fertilisation of the genus Bonatea", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6.]

Refers to Lyell’s new edition of Principles [10th ed., 2 vols. (1867–8)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Philip Mansel Weale
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5714

To the Linnean Society   9 December [1867]


Gives his comments on the merits of a paper on South African botany [by J. P. M. Weale, "Notes on Bonatea", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Linnean Society
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London, SP1249, 1253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5715

From John Lubbock   9 December [1867]


Introduction of humble-bees into Australia.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5716

To Herbert Spencer   9 December [1867]


Thanks for copy of HS’s First principles [? 2d ed. (1867)].

Comments on HS’s Principles of biology [1864, 1867].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 485a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5717

From Francis Walker   9 December 1867



The horns and spines of homopterous insects do not vary between sexes. Sexual differences in Blattidae.

Author:  Francis Walker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 82: A48–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5718

To Abraham Dee Bartlett   9 December [1867]


Asks for name of the birds that have only once obtained summer plumage.

Wishes he could persuade ADB to experiment to see whether bower-birds prefer gay colours.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5719

From A. D. Bartlett   9 December 1867



On the summer, or breeding, plumage of birds.

Author:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 38–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5720

To St George Jackson Mivart   9 December [1867]


Thanks for his memoir ["On the appendicular skeleton of the Primates"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (21 and 22 July 1988, pp. 212–13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5720A

To J. V. Carus   10 December [1867]


Sends errata for German edition of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  10 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 35–36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5721

From J. P. M. Weale   [10 December 1867]


On expression among Kaffirs.

Author:  James Philip Mansel Weale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10 Dec 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5722

From W. S. Dallas   10 December 1867


WSD is pushing forward as fast as he can with [index to] second volume [of Variation]. The work is fearfully heavy.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5723

From W. S. Dallas   11 December 1867


Regrets that the remarks in his letter [5712] seemed to CD to be criticisms. Nothing was further from his intention. He is working hard. "The subjects often seem to elude the Index-maker."

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5725

From Andrew Murray   13 December 1867


Will return Federico Delpino’s two pamphlets soon.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5728
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