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From Hermann Müller   9 October 1871

Summary

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

Summary

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

From T. H. Huxley   10 October 1871

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

From R. F. Albrecht   13 October 1871

Summary

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

From Osbert Salvin   14 October 1871

Summary

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

From Edward Bartlett   16 October 1871

Summary

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

Summary

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

From H. B. Brady   18 October 1871

Summary

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

Summary

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

From A. C. Ramsay   18 October 1871

Summary

Sends two papers ["On the physical relations of the new red marl", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 27 (1871): 189–98 and "On the red rocks of England", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 27 (1871): 241–54] bearing on the continuance of generic and specific terrestrial types, in areas of Europe and elsewhere, that lasted from the Upper Silurian to the Lias.

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8017

From J. D. Hooker   20 October 1871

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Summary

JDH’s servant carries his letter to Henry Holland about problems with Ayrton. Suggests servant take CD’s letter to Holland to town and post them at same time. Holland is said to be very intimate friend of Gladstone.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 103: 85–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8021

From J. D. Hooker   20 October 1871

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JDH has no intention of resigning. Thinks W. E. Gladstone would rather see Ayrton turned out than himself. Gladstone knows JDH has friends who would be troublesome. Only moral and political cowardice of Cabinet keeps Ayrton in office.

Lyell is much altered since autumn.

Has CD read Charles Martins’ paper on the glacial origin of the tourbières of the Jura [Arch. Sci. Phys. & Nat. 42 (1871): 286–308]?

John Scott has an admirable series on horticulture in Bengal ["Notes on horticulture in Bengal", J. Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India 2 (1871) pt 1: 241–96; 3 (1872) pt 1: 1–82].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 103: 87–92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8024

From A. C. Ramsay   20 October 1871

Summary

Glad CD agrees with his views as much as he does. Not surprised that his red rocks [Red Sandstones] ideas are disputed. The red marls of Auvergne support his inland water theory.

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8026

From C. S. Bate   22 October 1871

Summary

Has read in papers about CD’s forthcoming work [Expression]; sends anecdote about a dog visiting a dentist for relief of a toothache – thus showing "moral courage".

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8027

From H. B. Brady   22 October 1871

Summary

Explains further N. S. Shaler’s view [see 8015] on rattlesnake habits as consistent with natural selection: the rattle attracts rather than alarms its prey.

Author:  Henry Bowman Brady
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8028

From Osbert Salvin   22 October 1871

Summary

Sends specimen of Prion.

Discusses beaks of flamingo and other birds.

Comments on function of lamellae.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8029
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