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To John Tyndall   11 April 1873


Sends JT the list and amounts subscribed for Huxley. It will probably amount to £1800. He will write to Huxley and use every argument he can to make him accept.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  11 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 14 (EH 88205952)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8856

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

To Albert Günther   12 April [1873]


CD did not bring any tortoises back from the Galapagos. There may be specimens at the Military Institution in Whitehall.

Sorry AG was unable to lunch with the Darwins during their stay in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  12 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library (40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8858

To A. W. Merriam   13 April 1873


Thanks AWM for "Comus" and an abusive New Orleans Mardi Gras newspaper editorial; he cannot tell from the "wonderful mistakes" whether the writer is "witty, ignorant, or blunders for the sake of fun".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Walter Merriam
Date:  13 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Tinker 1953, p. 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8858F

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

To Francis Darwin   16 April [1873]


"Try only 1 or 2 drops of Formic A[cid]."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  16 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8862

To Adolph Reuter   17 April 1873


Thanks for letter and curious photographs. Urges AR not to send anything valuable unless he publishes it elsewhere because CD is growing old and may not have strength and time to continue his former researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Reuter
Date:  17 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 226–227)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8864

To James Crichton-Browne   17 April [1873]


Photographs sent by JC-B show great power of acting.

David Ferrier’s researches sound wonderful. Does he believe that he excites an idea and this leads to the movement, or that he acts directly on the motor nerves?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  17 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 344
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8865

To Francis Darwin   [17 April 1873]


Fears all the seeds are dead. Will try with less vapour of formic acid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [17 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8866

To John Tyndall   18 April [1873]


The Huxley fund amounts to £1955. CD trembles about THH’s answer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  18 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 15 (EH 88205953)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8867

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

To W. B. Carpenter   21 April [1873]


Writes of his extreme interest in WBC’s article ["On the hereditary transmission of acquired psychical habits", Contemp. Rev. 21 (1873): 779–95].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  21 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.6: 7 (EH 88205924)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8869

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

To T. H. Huxley   23 April 1873


Informs THH that 18 friends have given him a fund of £2100 to enable him to take a holiday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  23 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 295)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8872

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

To T. H. Huxley   25 April 1873


Affected by THH’s letter – will send a copy to the other 17 friends. Hopes for his and public’s sake his health will improve.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  25 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 297)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8875

To John Tyndall   25 April [1873]


Sends Huxley’s "charming letter". Asks whether it should be sent to Lady Millicent Jones. CD is "so happy about the whole affair".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  25 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 16 (EH 88205954)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8877
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