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From Francis Darwin   [15–8 September 1873]


FD has asked J. B. Sanderson about Mucin.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15–18 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10156F

From Francis Darwin   [30 September 1873]


He is travelling overnight by train from London to Pantlludw and will wake A. R. Ruck with a morningade on his flute.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8942F

From J. D. Hooker   [September 1873]


Abstracts literature on sensitive plants (Linnaeus, L. P. Cailletet, W. R. McNab).

The Mimosa at Down is M. pudica.

Dichogamy in Eucalyptus difficult to decide, but Thiselton-Dyer thinks there is some protandry.

[Letter is in W. T. Thiselton-Dyer’s hand.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 209.6: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9038

From Andrew Clark   3 September 1873


Diagnosis of CD’s illness; prescribed diet.

Author:  Andrew Clark, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9041

From Gerard Krefft   6 September 1873


Proud of CD’s good opinion of him. He worked in a merchant’s office in Germany for many years. Emigrated to Australia as a gold-digger and took up natural history after he was 30.

Author:  Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 169: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9044

From M. D. Conway   10 September [1873]


Comparative study of "ethnical scriptures" shows that natural selection has operated in the evolution of religion.

Author:  Moncure Daniel Conway
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 220
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9049

From W. S. Wade   11 September 1873


Reports case of a man with an eyelid abnormality that apparently was acquired in infancy but was inherited by his children.

Author:  William Swift Wade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 181: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9050

From James Crichton-Browne   12 September 1873


Thanks CD for his praise of West Riding Asylum Medical Reports.

Hopes CD will come to Asylum if he attends BAAS meeting at Bradford.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 320
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9053

From J. D. Hooker   16 September 1873



Mimosa too far gone to send now.

CD’s marjoram is the common [Origanum] vulgare, not the pot herb.

On the water injury, Thiselton-Dyer and he may have used too fine a spray, but plant is insensitive.

Horribly angry at P. G. Tait’s letter in Nature [8 (1873): 381–2].

Tyndall writes that he is strong – the next number of Nature will prove it.

G. Henslow is much better.

JDH leaves for Bradford [BAAS meeting] tomorrow.

Rejoices at CD’s success with Drosera; longs to be at Nepenthes.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 162–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9057

From Francis Darwin   [19 September 1873]


Reports that S. W. Moore may be able to provide various substances for CD’s research on the digestive power of Drosera (sundew).

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9059F

From S. V. Wood Jr to Charles Lyell   19 September 1873


Thanks for proofs of the Supplement to Crag Mollusca. Sends crab apples.

Author:  Searles Valentine Wood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Sept 1873
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.117/6327-9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9059G

From Edward Frankland   22 September 1873



CD’s discovery of acidity of Drosera secretion is interesting. EF explains how hydrochloric acid can be detected and identified. [See Insectivorous plants, p. 88.]

Author:  Edward Frankland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 38–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9062

From J. D. Hooker   [23 September 1873]



Thanks for C. E. Norton’s address.

Tyndall’s answer [Nature 8 (1873): 399] has surprised and disappointed him;

great trouble in announcing Tyndall’s election as President Elect [of BAAS] yesterday. Tyndall may throw up the Presidency. Spottiswoode and JDH have concocted a letter telling him the facts.

A very poor dull meeting. Comments on papers by W. C. Williamson, Clerk Maxwell, David Ferrier, Burdon Sanderson [Rep. BAAS 43: lxx–xci, 23–32,126–7, 131–3].

Has heard Huxley is back quite well.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 173–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9063

From John Murray   23 September [1873]


Sends CD an account that has the novelty of having a balance against CD.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 436
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9064

From E. A. Darwin   25 September [1873]


EAD sees advantages to Frank’s becoming CD’s assistant.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B90–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9069

From G. H. Darwin   [25 September – 3 October 1873]


Criticises CD’s letter to Nature ["Complemental males in certain cirripedes", Collected papers 2: 177–82].

On the elimination of useless parts.

GHD fails to see the point of CD’s use of the law of distribution about a mean.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Sept – 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 205.1: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9070

From John Murray   25 September [1873]


Acknowledges CD’s cheque.

Sends CD cheque for profits on Orchids and a statement of stock on hand of CD’s works [missing].

Origin and Expression sales are stagnant.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 437, DAR 210.11: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9071

From W. W. Keen   26 September 1873


Sends corrections of Descent and Expression.

Author:  William Williams Keen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 89: 24–5, DAR 169: 2, and Expression 2d ed., p. 169 n. 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9072

From Hubert Airy   26 [September–November 1873]


The Royal Society referees have rejected HA’s phyllotaxy paper, and it will not be printed in Philosophical Transactions. HA is not sorry for he has found new facts which limit the applicability of his views. Now believes that the original leaf arrangement was not necessarily always two-ranked but rather that existing arrangements have developed from a variety of forms with differing numbers of leaf-ranks.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 [Sept-Nov] 1873
Classmark:  DAR 159: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9073

From M. T. Masters   27 September 1873


Seeks an interview with CD to discuss reorganisation of Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9075
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