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To T. M. Hughes   13 March [1873]

Summary

Is glad and proud to honour the memory of Adam Sedgwick [d. 1873].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas McKenny Hughes
Date:  13 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS.Add. 7652/III I.11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8810

To G. M. Humphry   14 March 1873

Summary

Sorry that his health prevents him attending a meeting to honour Adam Sedgwick.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Murray Humphry
Date:  14 Mar 1873
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) 13 December 2016
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8810F

From A. W. Bennett   16 March 1873

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

To F. P. Cobbe?   18 March [1873?]

Summary

CD has discovered correspondent intends to present a petition to the House of Commons on which CD’s is the sole signature. Asks that his name be erased unless other signatures are added.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Power Cobbe
Date:  18 Mar [1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8814

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

Summary

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

To Thomas Meehan   19 March [1873]

Summary

Does not understand TM’s views on sex and vitality.

Agrees no real "essences" in genera, only broken groups of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Meehan
Date:  19 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 352
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8816

To William Pengelly   19 March [1873]

Summary

Thanks WP for his accounts of sagacity of dogs. "I can believe almost anything about them."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Pengelly
Date:  19 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  Documenting History (dealers) (1995)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8817

From Arthur Nicols   [before 20 March 1873]

Summary

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

To Arthur Nicols   [20 March 1873]

Summary

Responds to Nichols’ observations on sense of smell in cats and dogs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Date:  [20 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Nicols 1885, p. 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8817G

To William Turner   21 March [1873]

Summary

Sends £10 subscription for James Murie.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner
Date:  21 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8818

From G. H. Eggers   21 March 1873

Summary

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

Summary

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

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Summary

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

From W. W. Reade   25 March [1873]

Summary

H. W. Bates says CD is in town. WWR would like to call.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8822

To Raphael Meldola   26 March [1873]

Summary

Thanks RM for note on ocelli.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  26 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350, Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8823

From Robert Swinhoe   26 March 1873

Summary

Discusses expression among the Chinese. Reports certain physical characters and the practice of certain unusual customs.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8824

To T. L. Brunton   26 March 1873

Summary

Thanks for Indian [Medical] Gazette. Comments on article.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  26 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 143: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8825

From G. B. Thornbery   27 March 1873

Summary

Has read several of CD’s books; is curious about his remarks on "movements which are no longer useful but still inherited". Asks CD’s opinion on why people still swing arms with opposite leg in walking.

Author:  Gregory Beddome Bromberg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 316
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8827
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