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From William Main   2 April 1873


Having now read Expression, WM repeats his criticism of "antithesis". Explains his theory of up-and-down-tending lines.

Author:  William Main
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8836

From N. D. Doedes   4 April 1873


Debates the existence of God.

Author:  Nicolaas Dirk Doedes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8841

From Adolph Reuter   6 April 1873


Sends photograph of a diseased roebuck shot by Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia.

Author:  Adolf Reuter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8844

From J. D. Hooker   [7 April 1873]



Thinks the Huxley fund should be done. Difficulty will be getting him to accept it.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 153–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8847

From Charles Voysey   7 April 1873


Sends his 6th volume.

Author:  Charles Voysey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 180: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8848

From John Tyndall   8 April [1873]


William Spottiswoode was not at home, but JT sought out Herbert Spencer. Spencer will come with JT to see CD [about the Huxley fund].

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8849

From John Tyndall   9 April [1873]


Is convinced that the "brotherly spirit of the transaction" will cause Huxley not to raise objections.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8852

From John Tyndall   10 April 1873


W. G. Armstrong and T. H. Farrer have both contributed [to the Huxley fund].

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 106: C12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8855

From J. D. Hooker   11 April 1873



George Henslow is worse. All plans to go abroad have been given up. James Paget’s diagnoses enclosed.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 151–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8857

From Samuel Butler   15 April 1873


Thanks CD for his kind letter about The fair haven [1873]. Encouraged by its reception. All he wants is to compel "an attitude of fixed attention in the place of cowardly shrinking from examination". Says he will try "a novel pure and simple with little ""purpose"" next".

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 106: A11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8859

From John Tyndall   16 April 1873


It is Huxley’s "duty to do what we wish him to do – his duty to his wife and children, his duty to us and to the world". Shares CD’s wish that Mrs [Henry] L[yell?] had not subscribed – it suggests the idea of an effort.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 106: C13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8860

From James Crichton-Browne   16 April 1873


Sends 15 studies in expression, acted by his wife.

Describes David Ferrier’s experiments on electrical brain stimulation of animals; these show direct relation between convolutions of the brain and groups of muscles [West Riding Asylum Med. Rep. (July 1873)].

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 319
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8861

From Federico Delpino   20 April 1873


Left the Garibaldi at Rio de Janeiro.

Phylogeny of aphids.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8868

From John Tyndall   21 April 1873


[Sir Joseph?] Whitworth’s contribution brings total to over £2000. Wishes CD could be persuaded to come to lunch with Huxley and Emerson.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 106: C15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8870

From W. M. Canby   22 April 1873



Sends leaves of Dionaea with insect prey in them. Size of insects captured may be affected by leaves not being fully grown.

Author:  William Marriott Canby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8871

From T. H. Huxley   24 April 1873


Is overwhelmed by generosity of his friends. Admits he felt morally beaten and without energy for first time in his life. Someday wants the names of the friends.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 99: 62–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8873

From J. D. Hooker   25 April 1873



Charmed by Huxley’s letter of appreciation [8873].

Lady Lyell’s sudden death.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 155–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8880

From T. H. Huxley   26 April 1873


Concern for Lady Lyell;

will clear away work and set off for holiday in June.

Sends Critiques and addresses.

A life of J. D. Forbes [by J. C. Shairp, P. J. Tait, and A. A. Reilly (1873)] suggests that THH and Tyndall conspired to keep JDF from getting the Copley Medal. THH feels obliged to correct this.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 104: 223–24a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8882

From Herbert Spencer   26 April 1873


Wants to use CD’s support to put pressure on Michael Foster to enable Huxley to take an immediate holiday.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8883

From Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft   26 April 1873



Author:  Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 230: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8883F
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