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To ?   20 November [1871]


Asks for some pamphlets, the titles of which have been sent to him by Dr Spengel [see 8053].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (9 April 1963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8076

To ?   18 November [1871–81]


"With Mr. Charles Darwin’s compliments enclosing one guinea."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Nov [1871–81]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (14 September 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13887

From J. V. Carus   20 November 1871



Horns of castrated merino rams remain almost undeveloped.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 117–118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8077

From R. O. Jones   20 November 1871



The horns of castrated male lambs compared with horns of ewes. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 506.]

Author:  Robert Owen Jones
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 119–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8078

From S. R. S. Norton   20 November [1871]


Sends CD a German pamphlet, "War Goethe ein Darwinianer?"

Author:  Susan Ridley Sedgwick Norton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8079

From Francis Galton   21 November 1871


Asks that the rabbits CD has kept be sent to him; will continue [transfusion] experiments on rats, but using larger [surgical] connection.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A35–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8080

From W. E. Darwin   22 November 1871


Sends back proofs. Praises CD for calm treatment of Mivart. Looks at duck’s mouth. Asks whether CD has seen Snow’s article in the Spectator.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1871
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8080F

From David Forbes   22 November [1871]


Effect of turf covering on the disintegration of rocks. Weathering of rock; relative importance of different agents with different rocks.

Author:  David Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8081

To Federico Delpino   22 November 1871


Will send FD’s work [Studi sopra un lignaggio anemofilo delle composte (1871)] to Nature for review.

CD’s health has been poor all summer – he doubts that he will ever "have the strength to publish on Variability under a state of Nature".

Hopes to publish on cross- and self-fertilisation next summer.

Encloses his photo and asks for FD’s.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  22 Nov 1871
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8082

To S. R. S. Norton   23 November [1871]


Reports how his sons enjoyed their trip to America.

Is glad SRSN is settled in Dresden.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Ridley Sedgwick Norton
Date:  23 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  Houghton Library Harvard University (Charles Eliot Norton Papers, MS Am 1088.14: 1594)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8083

From George Busk   24 November 1871


Thanks for information on platycnemic tibiae found in America. Believes the condition is of two kinds as exemplified by Gibraltar and Cro-Magnon tibiae on one side and the Welsh form on the other. Would like to know which of the two forms the American bones are; their proportions suggest they are very like the Welsh tibiae.

Author:  George Busk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 385
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8084

From Francis Galton   24 November 1871


Going to Down to see the "most curious" results.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: 37–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8085

From E. S. Foster   25 November 1871


Offers to provide information on the habits of the animals of northern New York and Canada.

Author:  E. Sowden Foster
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8086

To Henry Lee   26 November 1871


Thanks HL for his kind note, the interesting notice, & the photograph.

He has made a mistake about the Lepas. It is the L. australis that is confined to the S. Hemisphere. L. hillii is found all over the world. Refers HL to Living Cirripedia [1851].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Lee
Date:  26 Nov 1871
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8086A

To J. D. Hooker   28 November [1871]



CD is considering repeating experiments on melastomads in which different pollen sizes produced differing seedling sizes.

Responds to JDH’s query on differences in pollen within the same species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 445–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8087

From K. T. E. von Siebold   29 November 1871


Thanks CD for copies of the Origin and Cirripedia;

sends his latest publication in return [Beiträge zur Parthenogenesis der Arthropoden (1871)]. Discusses his work on parthenogenesis which, he believes, is a case of atavism.

Author:  Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8088

To A. W. Bennett   [before 16 November 1871]


Discussed observations made in 1863 of Impatiens pollen and humble-bees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred William Bennett
Date:  [before 16 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 13 (1873): 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8303F

From M. C. Stanley   [16 November 1871]


W. Crookes’s article ["Enquiry into phenomena called spiritual", Q. J. Sci. n.s. 4 (1874): 77–97] "staggers" her. Would like to know CD’s opinion.

Author:  Mary Catherine Stanley, countess of Derby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9208

To M. C. Stanley   [18 November 1871]


Much perplexed by W. Crookes’s article. He can neither disbelieve nor believe. Article has removed some of his difficulty in that the supposed power is not an anomaly. Hopes men such as G. G. Stokes will be induced to witness Crookes’s experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Catherine Stanley, countess of Derby
Date:  [18 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 384
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9209

From S. S. Hennell   7 November 1871


Marriage is basis of all religious forms of thought, and this is the subjective equivalent of CD’s law that sex is the most important agency of universal development.

Author:  Sara Sophia Hennell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 166: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8055
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