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From Henry Reeks   3 March 1873



Praise for and detailed comments on Expression.

Two cases of coloration in animals – one from sexual selection, the other helping to procure prey [see Descent, 2d ed., pp. 542–3].

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 88: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8703

From Francis Darwin   [1–15 March 1873]


Has sent Vichy water, discusses prescription. Tell Arthur Parslow not to continue on colchicum for gout if doesn’t suit him. May go to Pryor’s on Sunday.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1-15 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8714F

From James Crichton-Browne   2 March 1873


Thanks for Expression. Will write paper on it in next [July] West Riding Asylum Medical Report.

Sends photos of lunatics;

will send notes corroborative of CD’s views, including some on "hereditarily transmitted movements".

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 318
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8795

From Thomas Meehan   3 March 1873


Although he believes in evolution, TM feels that natural selection is an inadequate cause;

nor is he satisfied with E. D. Cope’s law of acceleration and retardation.

Discusses some of his work relating to nutrition and sex and colour and sex.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8796

From C.-F. Reinwald   4 March 1873


Recounts the difficulties in preparing the French translation of Origin: the 1870 war, the illness and death of J. J. Moulinié, the alterations and additions from the 6th English edition. Despite competition from Royer’s three editions, Reinwald is contemplating a new edition.

Descent, vol. 1, has almost sold out. Offers CD £40 for rights to reprint a corrected version of Descent.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8797

From W. H. Hall   5 March 1873



Asks CD about the origin of certain expressions in man.

Author:  William Honnywill Hall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 53.2: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8800

From W. F. Collier   7 March 1873


Opposes all corporal punishment. Pleased CD agrees with his pamphlet.

Author:  Collier, W. F.
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8801

From Henry Reeks   8 March 1873


Insists that suckling babies pound and scratch mothers’ breasts. Perhaps CD’s evidence to the contrary comes from ladies, who only expose small portion of bosom, as opposed to working-class women.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8802

From F. B. Johnston   9 March 1873



Various observations on sexual selection portion of Descent – ostriches, rosy-billed duck, egrets, rails, etc.

Author:  F. B Johnston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 88: 183–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8803

From Athénaïs Michelet   9 March 1873


Thanks CD for one of his books.

Author:  Adèle-Athénaïs Mialaret (Athénaïs) Michelet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 173
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8804

From Otto Caspari   12 March 1873


Sends CD a copy of his book [Die Urgeschichte der Menschheit, 2 vols. (1873)].

In Germany CD’s views have achieved great recognition among naturalists, but in other disciplines there is great controversy. OC’s book seeks to resolve the controversy by showing how state, morals, religion, and church have developed from natural beginnings.

Author:  Gotthold Heinrich Otto (Otto) Caspari
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8808

From G. M. Humphry   [before 14 March 1873]


A circular advertising a meeting at the Senate House, Cambridge, on 25 March to discuss a memorial to Professor Adam Sedgwick.

Author:  George Murray Humphry
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 14 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Lancet, 22 March 1873, p. 426
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8809F

From A. W. Bennett   16 March 1873


Thanks for CD’s regrets at AWB’s leaving Nature.

Plans English editions of Asa Gray’s books [How plants grow; How plants behave].

Other publication plans.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8811

From Hubert Airy   17 March 1873


Thanks for congratulations on appearance of abstract of HA’s paper [Nature 7 (1873): 343–4].

Explains again his theory of "contraction with twist" by which compact buds and a spiral phyllotaxy have evolved. Explains how the peculiar phyllotaxy of the teasel is explicable by this process of "condensation".

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 159: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8812

From William Pengelly   17 March 1873


CD’s notice in Nature [Collected papers 2: 171–2] induces WP to send letters from correspondents recounting stories of a dog that learned to open a door and of another that found his way home from London to Cowes.

Author:  William Pengelly
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1873
Classmark:  Pengelly ed. 1897, pp. 229–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8813

From J. C. Costerus and N. D. Doedes   18 March 1873


Two students express their gratitude and admiration.

Author:  Nicolaas Dirk Doedes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 200
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8815

From Arthur Nicols   [before 20 March 1873]


Compares sense of smell in dogs and cats.

Author:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 20 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Nicols 1885, pp. 51–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8817F

From G. H. Eggers   21 March 1873


An admirer sends clipping from Bremen newspaper on hybrid between orange and lemon.

Author:  G. H Eggers
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 163: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8819

From Johannes Huber   22 March 1873


Describes his critique of natural selection [Die Lehre Darwins kritisch betrachtet (1871)].

Author:  Johannes Nepomuk (Johannes) Huber
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8820

From Raphael Meldola   24 March 1873



Gives some information on variation of ocelli between sexes in butterfly species.

Proposes publishing a series of papers on mimicry.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 89: 83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8821
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