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To ?   19 May [1871]

Summary

Thanks for references about dogs. Fears work will not allow him to deal with subject again. Heartily subscribes to what correspondent says about qualities of dogs. Loves his "with all my heart".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 May [1871]
Classmark:  Paul C. Richards (dealer) (Catalogue 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889

To ?   10 May [1871]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for item of criticism in a foreign newspaper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 May [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.396)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7747

To T. H. Huxley   [11 or 18 May 1871]

Summary

Asks for a ticket for THH’s lecture at the Royal Institution for WED. With ED’s and HED’s forgeries of CD’s signature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [11 or 18] May 1871
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6541F

From C. W. Peach   1 May 1871

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Sends specimens of gulf-weed and cirripedes for CD to identify.

Various observations on Descent,

inherited deafness,

recognition of musical notes by dog, etc.

Author:  Charles William Peach
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 177–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7731

From C. H. Brett   1 May 1871

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Summary

Corrects Descent: snipes do breed in Ireland.

Author:  Charles Henry Brett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 90: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7732

From Francis Galton   2 May 1871

Summary

Is sending his reply to Nature, justifying his misunderstanding as well as he can [see 7717].

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7733

From Herbert Spencer   2 May 1871

Summary

Intends to answer Sir A. Grant’s article if CD does not. [A. Grant, "Philosophy and Mr Darwin", Contemp. Rev. 17 (1871): 274–81; H. Spencer, "Mental evolution", Contemp. Rev. 17 (1871): 461–2.]

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7734

To V. O. Kovalevsky   3 May 1871

Summary

Asks VOK to translate a passage from Franz Körte, Die Streich-, Zug- oder Wander-Heuschrecke [1828], p. 33.

Deplores the "fearful piece of tyranny" that is obstructing publication of Descent in Russia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  3 May 1871
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7735

From Henry Lonsdale   3 May 1871

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Credit for observation on supra-condyloid foramen in man is really due to Robert Knox, not John Struthers, as in Descent.

Author:  Henry Lonsdale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 47–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7736

From Charles Langstaff   3 May 1871

Summary

Contraction of platysma occurs during surgery under chloroform from touch of knife, independently of fear.

Author:  Charles Langstaff
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 195.2 (letters): 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7737

To G. R. Jesse   4 May [1871]

Summary

Asks for information about habits of a breed of terriers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Richard Jesse
Date:  4 May [1871]
Classmark:  Scripps College, Denison Library (Perkins Autograph Letter Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7739

From M. T. Masters   6 May 1871

Summary

After reading Descent, MTM sends report of a dog that woke its master at 7 a.m. on work days and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7740

From Luigi Pomba   6 May 1871

Summary

Arrangements for Italian translation of Descent [1871].

Author:  Luigi Pomba
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 174: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7741

From William Preyer   8 May 1871

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Delighted that CD does not hesitate to follow his theory to its last consequences. "This is far more difficult in England than in Germany."

Wilhelm Müller in his new book [Beiträge zur pathologischen Anatomie und Physiologie des menschlichen Rückenmarks (1871)], adduces many facts in favour of CD’s theory.

Various observations on the human ear. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 14 n.]

Author:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 49–51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7745

To M. T. Masters   9 May [1871]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for information about a dog.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  9 May [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.395)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7746

To Luigi Pomba   10 May 1871

Summary

Has no objection to LP’s replacing Loescher in publishing an Italian translation of Descent. Murray will give proper authorisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Luigi Pomba
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 46–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7748

To John Murray   10 May [1871]

Summary

CD is perplexed about illustrations for Expression, i.e., whether photographs are better than woodcuts. He thinks photographs, but does not know which process is preferable. Asks JM to inquire.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 278–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7749

From John Murray   10 May 1871

Summary

Offers CD same payment for the 3d issue of Descent as for 2d.

Has bespoke four better drawings of birds in case a 4th issue is needed.

Vanity Fair wants CD’s portrait by Carlo Pellegrini ["Ape"].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7750

From J. W. Spengel   10 May 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for his letter referring to JWS’s bibliographical paper ["Darwinian bibliography", Z. Ethnol. 3 (1871): 56–67]. Will be glad to inform CD of any additions to the list and would be grateful for information on future publications.

Author:  Johann Wilhelm Spengel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7751

From V. O. Kovalevsky   10 May 1871

Summary

Paris is in the hands of "brigands and socialists", but one grows accustomed to sporadic bombardment,

and VOK is peacefully studying invertebrate palaeontology collections.

Reports on Paul Gervais’ successful cross between a Triton and an axolotl.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 169: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7752
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