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To J. V. Carus   8 May [1873]


John Murray has announced his next book [Cross and self-fertilisation] without CD’s knowledge. It is only half-written. JVC will hear when it is published and will decide whether it is worth translating. It will be dry, but, CD believes, of value.

Has read an account of JVC’s Scottish lectures.

Invites JVC to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  8 May [1873]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 104–105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8906

From Hermann Müller   19 May 1873


Praises Expression.

Reports on Fritz Müller’s observations of cross- and self-fertilisation. HM will cultivate the two forms [i.e., mainly self-fertilised and mainly cross-fertilised] in the way CD has described.

He continues his observation of wild flowers. Encloses drawing of Viola tricolor with notes on its self-fertility.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 76: B181–2, DAR 77: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8907

From S. J. Pozzi   11 May 1873


French translation of Expression [1874].

Author:  Samuel Jean Pozzi
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 174: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8908

From Hermann Müller   12 May 1873


Thanks for CD’s praise of his book [see 8901].

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 300
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8909

From Ludwik Masłowski   14 May 1873


Requests permission to translate Descent into Polish.

Author:  Ludwik Masłowski
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8910

From C.-F. Reinwald   14 May 1873


Samuel Pozzi’s translation of Expression progressing slowly.

J. J. Moulinié’s translation of Descent is stylistically poor, which may account for low sales.

Difficult to find European naturalists to translate CD’s works. They would rather write books on "Darwinisme" under their own names.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8911

From W. W. Reade   14 May 1873


Has completed his book [The African sketch-book (1873)].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8912

To Friedrich Hildebrand   15 May 1873


Asks for results of FH’s experiments fertilizing some flowers with pollen from the same flower, & other flowers with pollen from distinct flowers borne by the same plant.

Has read FH’s paper on the distribution of the seeds of the Graminæ (Hildebrand 1872, pp. 740–1) with great interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  15 May 1873
Classmark:  Klaus Groove (private collection); sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8912F

To S. J. Pozzi   15 May 1873


Answers questions about the translations of some species names.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Jean Pozzi
Date:  15 May 1873
Classmark:  Nicholas Bourdet (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8912G

To Charles Lyell   16 May [1873]


Thanks CL for copy of Antiquity of man [4th ed. (1873)]; will read the modified or new parts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  16 May [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.427)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8913

From V. O. Kovalevsky   17 May 1873


Wishes to dedicate his memoir ["Monographie der Gattung Anthracotherium", Paleontographica 22 (1876): 131–347] to CD as founder of evolutionary theory.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 169: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8914

From Arthur Russell   19 May 1873


In Variation CD claims there are no distinct races of carp, but AR says that in Germany a peculiar and constant variety of carp has been bred.

Author:  Arthur John Edward (Arthur) Russell, Lord Arthur Russell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 226
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8915

To V. O. Kovalevsky   21 May 1873


VOK’s paper ["Osteology of Hyopotamidae", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 21 (1872–3): 147–65] appears a very valuable one.

Discusses work of VOK’s brother [Alexander] on Sagitta and the ascidians.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  21 May 1873
Classmark:  Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg branch: SPBB ARAS (Fond 300. Register 1a. Folder 4. P. 1-2 r)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8916

From Arthur Mostyn-Owen   21 May 1873


Offers to exchange a water-colour portrait of CD, done, he believes, by Fanny Biddulph, for a copy of Descent.

There has been a decrease of game-birds in the area.

Author:  Arthur Mostyn Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 173: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8917

To J. J. Weir   22 May 1873


Has no doubt he will find JJW’s address interesting.

Thinks same spot for nesting might prove attractive to birds, though they had had no intercommunication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  22 May 1873
Classmark:  Bernard Quaritch (dealers) 2003
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8919

From Friedrich Hildebrand   23 May 1873



Sends results of his observations of cross- and self-fertilisation of Hypecoum grandiflorum and Eschscholzia californica [see Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 331–2].

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 76: B179–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8920

To Anton Kerner von Marilaun   24 May [1873]


Thanks for ‘Die Schutzmittel des Pollens gegen die Nachtheile vorzeitiger Dislocation und gegen die Nachtheile vorzeitiger Befeuchtung’ (Preventive measures of pollen against damage by premature dislocation and moistening; Kerner 1873) and several pamphlets.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anton Kerner von Marilaun
Date:  24 May 1873
Classmark:  Archive of the University of Vienna (151.273-2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8920F

From A. F. Baker   25 May 1873


Calls CD’s attention to the fact that Huxley’s view [in Lessons in elementary physiology (1866)] of lymphatic fluid as overflow from blood supports CD’s view of secretion of tears in Expression.

Author:  Augustine FitzGerald Baker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8921

From Arthur Nicols   25 May 1873


Thanks to CD his candidature for the Zoological Society has been entertained.

Observed a flamingo, at the Zoological Gardens, that vomited on a bustard in answer to the latter’s harsh cries.

Author:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 172: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8922

From Hermann Müller   27 May 1873


Poa annua shows putative evidence of nectar secretion in grasses. He will continue observations as CD requests.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 301
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8923
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