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To an editor   12 October [1871]


Sends photograph of himself for a proposed memoir in correspondent’s Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Editor
Date:  12 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8003

From Hermann Müller   9 October 1871


Is preparing a work on fertilisation of flowers, and wants to add a list of works containing observations on cross-fertilisation of plants. Asks CD for any references he may have.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 297
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7997

From J. K. Fowler   9 October 1871


Is preparing paper on breeding ["Breeding facts and principles", J. Farmers’ Club (1871): 45–53]. Seeks CD’s advice and assistance. Believes male parent influences external appearance and female the internal organisation.

Author:  John Kersley Fowler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7998

To T. R. R. Stebbing   10 October [1871]


Doubts whether an experiment to test the durability of human bones would be worth while. Absence of such bones in post-glacial river-bed deposits does not weigh in the least on CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing
Date:  10 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.404)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7999

From T. H. Huxley   10 October 1871


Answers CD on transitional forms. Has no doubt Zeuglodon is transitional form between Carnivora and Cetacea.

Met Mivart in Manchester. Some doubt that he was the author of Quarterly Review article.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 166: 326
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8000

From Osbert Salvin   10 October 1871


Encloses notes [missing] that he has made for CD on looking through his dried skins of American Anatidae.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8001

From Chauncey Wright   11 October 1871


Thanks CD for copies of the pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

His memoir on phyllotaxy [Mem. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. n.s. 9 (1867–73): 379–415] will soon be printed.

Has met CD’s sons.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8002

From Asa Gray   12 October 1871


Has seen CD’s sons.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8004

From W. H. Flower   12 October 1871


On structure and function of the cetacean larynx.

Author:  William Henry Flower
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8005

To Osbert Salvin   12 October [1871]


CD appreciates the great trouble OS has taken in providing a bundle of observations. [See 8001.] They are useful and will save CD from at least one blunder.

The structure of the beak of the shoveller "filled me with admiration".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  12 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8005A

From R. F. Albrecht   13 October 1871


CD has omitted in all his works one of the most interesting causes of variation, domestic or wild – i.e., frightening of a pregnant animal; quotes case of eight-footed horse from a French translation of G. S. W. von Adler.

Author:  R. F. Albrecht
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8006

To W. H. Flower   13 October [1871]


Will strike out passage on larynx in cetaceans from his MS [of Origin, 6th ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  13 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8008

From Osbert Salvin   14 October 1871


Is glad his notes on ducks are useful; would like them back when CD has finished with them as they might help him to put the South American Anatidae in order.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8009

To Edward Bartlett   15 October [1871]


Asks for information on feeding habits of Egyptian goose.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Bartlett
Date:  15 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University (bMs 7.10.3(3))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8010

From Edward Bartlett   16 October 1871


Replies on how Egyptian geese feed in the water; they do not move heads laterally like ducks sifting water; they tear herbage like common geese.

Author:  Edward Bartlett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8011

From George Busk   16 October 1871


Returns CD’s MS [for Origin 6th ed.] on the defensive organs of the Polyzoa, with his comments.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 384
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8012

To J. J. Weir   16 October 1871


Cannot accept JJW’s invitation to a party. His health has been worse than usual for some months – can see no one nor can he go anywhere.

Is preparing a cheap edition of the Origin [6th] and will answer Mivart’s objections.

CD is pleased JJW likes C. Wright’s "Darwinism" [see 7940]. Huxley will publish a splendid review of it in Contemporary Review [Nov 1871].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  16 Oct 1871
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1349)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8013

To R. F. Albrecht   16 October [1871]


Thanks RFA for extracts.

Does not believe resemblances can be produced as RFA suggests, but would not deny that a strong mental shock may cause arrest of embryonic development and thus give rise to monstrosities.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  R. F. Albrecht
Date:  16 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, Sondersammlungen (Sammlung Nebauer)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8014

From H. B. Brady   18 October 1871


On visit to Boston was told by N. S. Shaler how habits of rattlesnake are consistent with natural selection. Informs CD, as rattlesnake is considered by some a difficult case for his theory.

Author:  Henry Bowman Brady
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 277
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8015

From Osbert Salvin   18 October 1871


Comments on lamellae in Prion. Offers to send specimen for CD to examine.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8016
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