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To ?   28 June [1871]


Thanks for the photographs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7836F

To J. T. Moggridge   22 June [1871]


Thanks JTM for information on ants.

Mentions letter "from a Texas gentleman" Gideon Lincecum describing ants that plant seeds [see 3082].

Notes that fly orchid is unattractive to insects. Asks JTM to attempt fertilisation experiment with this plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Traherne Moggridge
Date:  22 June [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.399)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7830

From Michael Foster   25 June 1871


Regrets he cannot get to Queen Anne Street, but intends to come to Down.

Author:  Michael Foster
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7831

To Michael Foster   26 June [1871]


Invites MF to visit.

Asks where he can obtain curare for plant experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Michael Foster
Date:  26 June [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.400)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7832

From Michael Foster   [26 June 1871]



Has arranged to send CD a bottle of urari [curare]. Describes its effect with strychnine.

Author:  Michael Foster
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 141–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7834

To Briton Riviere   27 June [1871]


Discusses animal drawing showing expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Briton Riviere
Date:  27 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 317
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7835

To J. J. Moulinié   28 June [1871]


Fears a pirated edition of Descent; hopes JJM’s translation will come out soon.

Preparing new [6th] edition of Origin. Can publication of French edition be delayed in order to incorporate corrections?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  28 June [1871]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66, ff. 20–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7836

To Michael Foster   29 [June 1871]


Thanks him for curare.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Michael Foster
Date:  29 [June 1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.401)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7837

To J. D. Hooker   29 [June 1871]


Delighted to hear from Lyell of JDH’s return from successful ascent of the Atlas Mts.

Fears JDH found no Madeira or Canary types, but CD is pleased at his moraine discovery.

Thinks Lyell’s health is serious.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 195–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7838

From A. G. Butler   29 June 1871



Resemblance of ocelli, in a moth and the argus pheasant.


Pugnacity of stickleback.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 81–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7839

From Hugh Browne   June 1871


Believes his letter of 17 Apr bears also on vol. 1 of Descent.

Ability to move ears is common in his family.

Similarity of foot of man to that of gorilla continues beyond foetal stage.

Invites CD to stay overnight if visiting the area.

Author:  Hugh Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7696

From J. T. Moggridge   [before 22] June 1871


At Wallace’s suggestion he offers CD his observations on the seed-gathering habits of ants. Suggests their role in seed dispersal.

At work on the last part of his book [Contributions to the flora of Mentone (1867–71)].

Has found that Ophrys insectifera can reproduce asexually.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 22] June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7788

From G. H. Darwin   [after 13 June 1871]


Discusses his position at Cambridge, which is apparently under threat.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 13 June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7791

To Edward Suess   1 June [1871]


Thanks for his election to the Austrian Imperial Academy.

Is sorry ES has suffered in health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Suess
Date:  1 June [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.397)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7792

To Thomas Bradfield   2 June [1871]


Thanks for the fact about the dog.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Bradfield
Date:  2 June [1871]
Classmark:  Doyle, New York (dealers) (8 May 2007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7792F

To Alexander Agassiz   1 June [1871]


Discusses homologies in various animal groups.

Comments on Mivart [Genesis of species].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Agassiz
Date:  1 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7793

To C. V. Riley   1 June [1871]


Comments on CVR’s book [Third annual report on the noxious, beneficial, and other insects of the State of Missouri (1871)].

Discusses mimetic insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Valentine Riley
Date:  1 June [1871]
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (December 1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7794

From Thomas Bradfield   1 June 1871



Instance of a dog able to discriminate a note played out of tune. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 569.]

Author:  Thomas Bradfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 181–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7795

To V. O. Kovalevsky   2 June [1871]


Thanks VOK for sending F. Körte’s book [Die Streich-, Zug- oder Wander-Heuschrecke (1828)]. The passage CD wrote about [see 7735] must occur in the second edition. If VOK ever comes upon the 1829 edition, it would be of use to him.

Agrees that the Versailles army has been savagely brutal [in siege of Paris], but thinks the "Communists [Communards] have made themselves everlastingly infamous".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  2 June [1871]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7796

From A. G. Butler   2 June 1871



Facts contradicting Wallace’s views on coloration of Lepidoptera.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 108–111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7797
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