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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

To Osbert Salvin   12 October [1871]

Summary

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

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

To W. H. Flower   13 October [1871]

Summary

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

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

To Edward Bartlett   15 October [1871]

Summary

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

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

To J. J. Weir   16 October 1871

Summary

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]

Summary

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

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

To J. J. Weir   19 October 1871

Summary

"Like you I have often wondered at the different food of the old and young, as with graminivorous birds feeding their young with insects."

Recommends forthcoming book by John Lubbock [Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  19 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 148: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8018

To A. C. Ramsay   19 October 1871

Summary

Thanks ACR for papers.

Glad present situation of our continents has been confirmed.

Wishes ACR would prove his view of origin of Red Sandstones, which many dispute.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Date:  19 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 261.9: 9 (EH 88205982)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8019

To Osbert Salvin   19 October [1871]

Summary

CD would like to see the Prion [see 8016]. May he immerse the head in warm water so as to open the beak? Directions for sending the parcel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  19 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8019A

To Hermann Settegast   20 October 1871

Summary

Thanks HS for the preface to the 3d edition [of Die Thierzucht (1872)].

Has purchased H. von Nathusius’ work [? Vorträge über Viehzucht und Rassenkenntniss, Th. 1 (1872)]; feels he has ignored all that CD has attempted to make out with respect to domesticated animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hermann Gustav (Hermann) Settegast
Date:  20 Oct 1871
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Autogr. I/101/2, Bl. 3–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8020

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

To J. D. Hooker   [20 October 1871]

Summary

Has written to Henry Holland in strongest terms. Will be surprised and disappointed if he does not accede to JDH’s request.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [20 Oct 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 211–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8022
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