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To J. V. Carus   5 December 1871


Sends sheets [of the 6th ed. of Origin].

Thanks JVC for his letter about the sheep.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  5 Dec 1871
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 82–83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8096

From George Henslow   5 December 1871


Has frequently defended evolution and natural selection among his clergy brethren.

Now elicits CD’s views on chance.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 166: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8097

From Federico Delpino   5 December 1871


Praise of CD. Acknowledges his indebtedness to CD for defining the subject of plant fecundation.

Expecting CD’s work on the effects of cross-fertilisation.

CD has put him in touch with George Bentham.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8098

To Nevil Story-Maskelyne   6 December 1871


Sends a copy of Orchids for his wife, T. M. Story-Maskelyne, and a few other items she may wish to have.

Climbing Plants may be purchased at Williams and Norgate; he has no clean copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mervyn Herbert Nevil (Nevil) Story-Maskelyne
Date:  6 Dec 1871
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 88953/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8098F

To George Henslow   7 December [1871]


Refers GH to vol. 2, p. 431 of Variation for the "perplexed conclusion" at which CD has arrived on variation and design. Has nothing to add to this statement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henslow
Date:  7 Dec [1871]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (C.452)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8099

From Nevil Maskelyne   8 December 1871


Thanks CD for papers he sent his wife. They will help her pass her time as an invalid.

Author:  Mervyn Herbert Nevil (Nevil) Story-Maskelyne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8100

From Hubert Airy   9 December 1871


Reply to CD’s letter of 5 Apr 1871 [7659], in which he asked HA for further details on when and how platysma myoides contracts.

Replies to CD’s questions about sources on leaf arrangement.

Gives news of speech and paper about CD.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8101

To John Scott   1 November 1871


JS should not consider repaying CD; the money was a gift, not a loan.

JS’s information on expression is the best he has received.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  1 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 185: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8045

To Osbert Salvin   1 November [1871]


He appreciates the two specimens [skins of Mergenetta and Aix sponsa], especially the Mergenetta, which as far as sifting is concerned, is a capital link between the shoveller and the common duck. Arrangements for their return.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  1 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8045A

From J. D. Hooker   2 November 1871



Henry Holland is taking an active part in helping JDH in the Ayrton affair.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 103: 96–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8046

To James Crichton-Browne   2 November [1871]


Asks JC-B to observe whether platysma muscle contracts during rigor or shivering fit.

Is just recommencing his essay on expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  2 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8047

To W. E. Darwin   3 [November 1871]


Is sending some proofs for correction by WED [6th ed. of Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  3 [Nov 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8048

From W. E. Darwin   [3 November 1871]


Apologises for not working very quickly on proofs. Comments on Huxley’s theological critique of Mivart.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8048F

From Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   3 November 1871


Wishes to translate Expression into Dutch.

Author:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 184: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8049

From G. J. Allman   4 November 1871


Learned of CD’s interest in new facts bearing on origins of specific forms and sends proof sheets of his Monograph on tubularian hydroids [1871–2] stating his views on the descent of existing hydroids from ancient graptolites.

Author:  George James Allman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8050

To W. E. Darwin   [4 November 1871]


Thanks WED for a correction [to proofs of Origin, 6th ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [4 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8051

From W. E. Darwin   4 November 1871


Will write to de Chaumont to ask whether anyone at Netley is able to observe shivering fits. Has not got H. Spencer essays.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1871
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8052F

From J. W. Spengel   4 November 1871


Sends CD additions to his bibliographical list [missing].

Reports observations indicating that chimpanzees show compassion.

Author:  Johann Wilhelm Spengel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8053

To Francis Darwin   [6 November 1871]


Asks who Fiske is. The articles [Harvard lectures?] are "so fair and in some respects so complimentary" that CD thinks he should write to him. [See 8058.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [6 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8054

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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