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To ?   27 September [1871–81]


Thanks for a book. "I am so much overworked at present that I cannot read it now, & I am a very poor German scholar".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Sept [1871-81]
Classmark:  David Schulson (dealer) (August 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13886

To E. A. Darwin   7 September [1871]


Wants to sell some shares held in trust by EAD and Josiah Wedgwood [III].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  7 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13789

To George Busk   2 September [1871]


Is preparing a new edition of Origin [6th ed. (1872)] and asks GB for information on the gradations between the vibracula and avicularia of the Polyzoa and on what he bases his opinion concerning the homology of the avicularium with the zooid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  2 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7921

From F. A. Hanbury   4 September 1871


Thanks for £5 for the Voysey fund.

Author:  Francis Alfred Hanbury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 166: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7923

To F. E. Abbot   6 September [1871]


CD’s views [on religion] are far from clear. He cannot make up his mind how far an inward conviction that there must be some Creator or First Cause is really trustworthy evidence. Does not feel he has thought deeply enough to express himself publicly on religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  6 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7924

From Anton Dohrn   7 September 1871


Reports on the international support he has obtained for the zoological station [see 7038]. Asks CD whether he will serve on a board of naturalists who would receive an annual report on the station.

Huxley is now convinced by AD’s views on homologies of the nervous system of arthropods, annelids, and vertebrates. Kovalevsky takes the same line but does not go far enough.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7925

To Anton Dohrn   8 September 1871


Agrees to have his name on the list of naturalists to whom annual report [on zoological station] should be sent.

His health has been very bad for last six weeks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  8 Sept 1871
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 698)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7926

To Otto Kratz   8 September [1871]


Thanks for sending the photographs of hairy people at the Burmese court.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Otto Kratz
Date:  8 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7926F

From Wallis Nash   9 September 1871


In hunting dogs behavioural and physical traits are often inherited together and from either male or female parent.

Author:  Wallis Nash
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 172: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7928

From H. Ramu   9 September 1871


Informs CD that there are goats at Nancy with maxillary appendages similar to those of the ancient Irish pig [see Variation 1: 75].

Author:  H Ramu
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7929

From George Busk   10 September 1871


Replies to CD’s queries about the homologies of the avicularian and vibracular organs of Polyzoa and gives examples of gradations between the two.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 383
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7930

From E. A. Darwin   10 September [1871]


Writes to check on stock certificates received.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7931

To Alexander Agassiz   10 September [1871 or 1873]


Discusses exchange of books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Agassiz
Date:  10 Sept [1871 or 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7932

To Osbert Salvin   10 September [1871]


CD is interested in the gradation of character in the lamellae of the beaks of ducks. He finds that they are less developed or prominent in the common duck and goose than in true ducks. Is OS able to provide him with any information on this subject?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  10 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7932A

To Chauncey Wright   12 September 1871


CW’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)] nearly ready. Friends have been much struck by it but say several passages rather obscure.

Glad CW coming to England. Will be delighted to see him at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  12 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 148: 384
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7933

To Wallis Nash   12 September [1871]


Thanks for facts relating to inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Wallis Nash
Date:  12 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  F. Louise Nash Barton (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7934

From E. A. Darwin   12 [September 1871]


Sees mistake he made on certificates; will make list for future use.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 [Sept 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B78–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7935

From W. W. Reade   12 September 1871


Prefers W. C. Wells’s explanation of the formation of the Nehro type to CD’s sexual selection.

Outlines his view of the origin of man by natural selection.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7936

To George Busk   13 September [1871]


CD plans to use notes provided by GB. [See Origin, 6th ed., p. 193.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  13 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7937

From Francis Galton   13 September 1871


Is turning to experiments with rats, "Siamesed together" for cross-circulation.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A33–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7938
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