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To W. W. Baxter   11 December [1873–5]


Requests hydrated magnesia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  11 Dec [1873-5]
Classmark:  Bromley Historic Collections, Bromley Central Library (144/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13772G

From Alfred Moschkau   2 [December] 1873


Discusses variation and selection in Harz canaries.

Author:  Otto Carl Alfred (Alfred) Moschkau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 [Dec] 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 249
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9125

To W. Thistleton-Dyer   [December? 1873?]


Asks for Cassia plants.

What books could CD give R. I. Lynch to show his gratitude?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [Dec? 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9165

To T. H. Farrer   1 December [1873]


Suggests a reference to Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 1 Dec 1873, p. 497, when THF takes up Coronilla.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  1 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/17a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9166

From T. L. Brunton   2 December 1873


Offers to experiment on the digestibility of chondrin and chlorophyll by Dionaea for CD.

Has noticed that painters depicting complex expressions give different expressions to the two sides of the face.

Author:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9167

To T. L. Brunton   3 December 1873


Is interested in comparative nutritive values of chondrin and gelatin. The former seems to excite Drosera more, though albumen does so to a higher degree than either. Also asks if chlorophyll is digested by animals; Drosera digests it hardly at all.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  3 Dec 1873
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9168

From T. H. Huxley   3 December 1873


A letter from Anton Dohrn declines the proposed fund [that THH and others suggested be raised in England for marine biological station at Naples].

Hooker’s inaugural as President of Royal Society a success.

R. Owen distinguished himself in his way.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 330; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 13: 252)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9169

To Richard Fordman   4 December [1873]


Thanks RF for his kind note; cannot quite believe or disbelieve stories of children raised by wolves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Fordman
Date:  4 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Massachusetts Historical Society (Grenville H. Norcross Autograph Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9170

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   4 December 1873


Wishes to identify a species of Cassia whose movements interest him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  4 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9171

From Jonathan Peel   4 December 1873



On the vermiform appendix,

snipes breeding in England,

and the horns of crossbred sheep.

Author:  Jonathan Peel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 88: 132–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9172

To T. H. Huxley   5 December [1873]


Sorry to hear of Dohrn’s troubles. Has written to prospective donors saying that nothing can be done because of attitude of Dohrn’s father.

New [2d] edition of Descent is an awful job.

Diet no longer doing much for his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 305)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9173

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   6 December 1873


Movement in plants.

Information on species of Cassia.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 178: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9174

From Hubert Airy   7 December 1873


Illustrates, with reference to different species of Gasteria, the role of twisting in the development of leaf arrangement.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 159: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9175

From Richard Strachey   9 December 1873



Sends observations from a friend in India confirming CD’s view that bees cut the tubes of flowers to extract [nectar] in order to save time.

Also observations on snails descending from trees on threads suspended from their tails.

Author:  Richard Strachey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 46.2: C56–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9176

To Richard Strachey   10 December [1873]


The case of the bees interests CD. He does not doubt that because of the size of their jaws humble-bees will be found all over the world to be the biters and hive-bees to profit from their work.

Thinks he has heard of land shells descending in the manner described by RS.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Strachey
Date:  10 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  The British Library (IOL Mss Eur F127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9177

To Jonathan Peel   10 December [1873]


Obliged for letter about horns of sheep.

Mentions case of death from objects impacted in appendix.

Is aware of his error about snipe breeding.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jonathan Peel
Date:  10 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 241
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9178

To F. S. B. François de Chaumont   17 December [1873]


Thanks FdeC for his note and invites criticisms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Stephen Bennet François de Chaumont
Date:  17 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (RAMC/473/3) Trustees of the Army Medical Service Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9179

To J. E. Lee   17 December 1873


Formal note enclosing five guineas for William Pengelly testimonial fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Lee
Date:  17 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (John Edward Lee letterbook, #4700 bd ms 3+)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9180

To Smith, Elder & Co   17 December [1873]


Suggests that his Coral reefs be republished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  17 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 159–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9181

From Alfred Moschkau   17 December 1873


Thanks CD for book.

Mentions controversy involving Haeckel.

Describes his lectures on Darwinism.

Author:  Otto Carl Alfred (Alfred) Moschkau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9182
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