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To H. Ramu   13 September 1871

Summary

Obliged for letter about appendages on faces of goats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  H Ramu
Date:  13 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 147: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7941

From Giuseppe Carboni   13 September 1871

Summary

Requests CD’s autograph.

Sends photograph of an emblem, which he uses as his personal symbol: "Moleshott, Büchner, Darwin: Scienza e Natura, Forza e Materia".

Author:  Giuseppe Carboni
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7942

To J. R. Martin   15 September 1871

Summary

Buys ten shares in the Artizans, Labourers, & General Dwellings Co.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Royle Martin
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.403)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7943

To A. D. Bartlett   15 September 1871

Summary

CD questions ADB on the mode of feeding of geese and on the existence of variations in the structure of the bill; is trying to trace gradations in structure and habits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7944

From E. A. Darwin   [after 13 September 1871]

Summary

Georgina [Tollet?] is eager to see a copy of Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 13 Sept 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7946

From W. W. Reade   15 September 1871

Summary

Believes CD will not consider him a good Darwinian since he accepts natural selection only as a secondary law.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7947

From H. Marval   15 September 1871

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Summary

Observations on behaviour of spiders in Astrakhan and Turkestan.

Author:  H. Marval
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7948

To J. D. Hooker   16 September [1871]

Summary

Is preparing new edition of Origin [6th] in which he will introduce new chapter to answer Mivart’s criticisms. Mivart is unfair: suppresses facts in CD’s later editions.

Sends article [by Chauncey Wright, see 7940] reviewing Genesis of species.

Mivart writes to CD full of respect, but reviles him in print.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 204–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7949

From W. W. Reade   18 September 1871

Summary

There is a primary law of growth and innate improvement. Natural selection is a secondary law that operates to "arrange the details". This is not Lamarckian, because will is not involved.

Thanks for Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

Amused by critics who say CD is metaphysically unsophisticated.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7950

From A. D. Bartlett   19 September 1871

Summary

Geese do not commonly sift water through their bills for food, as they feed on land. A few have well-developed lamellae for sifting. Will have his son check at Zoological Garden.

Author:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7951

To A. D. Bartlett   20 September [1871]

Summary

Asks whether any goose sifts water with its beak.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  20 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7952

From Edward Bartlett   20 September 1871

Summary

Reports on variations in the development of lamellae and how the bills are used in several kinds of geese. Will send skins for examination.

Author:  Edward Bartlett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7954

From W. W. Reade   20 September 1871

Summary

Surprised at Mivart’s harsh review [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90], considering courteous tone of his book. Assures CD he has not been converted by Mivart.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7955

From Roland Trimen   20 September 1871

Summary

On St G. J. Mivart’s Genesis of species and Chauncey Wright’s review of it [North Am. Rev. (July 1871)].

Author:  Roland Trimen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 178: 190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7956

From Michael Foster   20 September 1871

Summary

Offers his services for the future.

Working hard at establishing physiology at Cambridge.

Author:  Michael Foster
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7957

To T. H. Huxley   21 September [1871]

Summary

On Mivart’s Genesis of species, and THH’s intention to reply to it.

Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet [see 7940].

CD is revising Origin and will answer Mivart on incipient organs. "Pendulum is swinging against us, but will swing back again".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  21 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 279)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7958

From Edward Bartlett   21 September 1871

Summary

Lists [with prices] four birds that he has forwarded to CD.

Author:  Edward Bartlett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7959

From Osbert Salvin   21 September 1871

Summary

Promises to answer questions about ducks next week when he has a specimen.

Recently met Capt. Arthur Mellersh.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7960

From Louis Bouton   22 September 1871

Summary

Is enjoying Descent. Sends corroborating facts on heredity, concerning race of people from the Seychelles known for their tall stature, courage, and vigour.

Author:  Louis Sulpice (Louis) Bouton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7961

From John Murray   22 September [1871]

Summary

The pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart, see 7940] has been distributed to friends and to the press.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7962
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