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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

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

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

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

To Francis Galton   28 May 1873


Comments about questionnaire CD completed for FG [for Galton’s English men of science (1874)].

Describes his early interest in collecting and his education.

Asks about determining the mean heights of two groups of men.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  28 May 1873
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/15); Pearson 1914–30, 2: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8924

To Hermann Müller   30 May 1873


Further comments on HM’s [Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  30 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 435; Krause 1884
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8929

To Anton Dohrn   2 June [1873]


Thanks AD for kind review of Expression. AD’s remarks on necessity of tracing development of functions are novel and valuable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  2 June [1873]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (D.O. autogr. 12/50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8933

To B. T. Lowne   3 June 1873


Comments on BTL’s book [The philosophy of evolution (1873)].

"You are a bold man to speak in favour of pangenesis."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Thompson Lowne
Date:  3 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8934

To George Cupples   7 June [1873]


Thanks for report on J. V. Carus’ lecture.

Glad to hear suspicion about J. H. Stirling groundless.

CD has not seen R. W. Emerson. In last two or three years has seen several Yankees. Saw a good deal of the Nortons [Charles Eliot and Susan Ridley Sedgwick].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cupples
Date:  7 June [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.428)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8936

To A. A. L. P. Cochrane   [after 7 June 1873]


Is obliged because of health to decline the invitation [see 8938] to make a voyage on the Admiral’s ship. "… I must rest contented with past memories …"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Auckland Leopold Pedro Cochrane
Date:  [after 7 June 1873]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (20–1 July 1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8938A

To László Dapsy   9 June 1873


Is glad to hear LD’s translation [of Origin (1873–4)] progresses well.

Offers to send a photograph of himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Laszlo Dapsy
Date:  9 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 96: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8940

To Albert Günther   14 June [1873]


Thanks AG for information [unspecified]; so trifling an error will not alter his opinion that AG is "the most accurate of men".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  14 June [1873]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library (37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8943

To C. H. Blackley   14 June [1873]


Thanks for sending Experimental researches. He will read it as soon as he finishes a book in hand. [See 8965.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Harrison Blackley
Date:  14 June [1873]
Classmark:  Arbor 441–2 (September–October 1982): 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8943A

To E. W. Lane   23 June 1873


Thanks EWL for his book about hydropathy [Old medicine and new (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Wickstead Lane
Date:  23 June 1873
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.429)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8946

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   24 June 1873


Wishes JSBS to look over an abstract of his Drosera experiments and to answer some questions on it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  24 June 1873
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8948

To Federico Delpino   25 June [1873]


Discusses role of insects in crossing varieties of Lathyrus odoratus and other species.

Comments on Hermann Müller [Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)],

and Anton Kerner ["Die Schutzmittel des Pollens", Ber. Naturwiss. Med. Ver. Innsbruck, 3 (1873): 100–68].

Admires FD’s work on anemophilous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  25 June [1873]
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8951

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   26 June [1873]


Would welcome JSBS visit to discuss Drosera. Nitrogenous fluids can act as ferments only if they act merely by exciting molecular movement in adjoining molecules.

Glass and cotton excite movement and cause cell contents to change visibly. Huxley coming to see this phenomenon.

Studied effect of poisons 12 or 15 years ago to see whether the action was similar to that on nervous tissue.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  26 June [1873]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-08)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8952

To J. D. Hooker   28 June 1873


Thanks for Dionaea.

George Bentham’s last Linnean Society [Presidential] Address [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1873): viii–xxix]. Admires it greatly.

CD’s recent work leads him to a different theory [from GB’s] on the separation of the sexes of plants.

Huxley has been at Down working with CD on Drosera – very helpful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 263–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8956
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