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From Federico Delpino   18 June 1873



Sends information on Lathyrus odoratus, Phaseolus multiflorus and Pisum sativum.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 77: 152–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8945

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

From C. F. Martins   23 June 1873


CM and Henri Sicard have given what CM thinks is the first zoology course in France based on descent of species.

In Rome he was struck by ancient Greek statues of mythical figures which use the idea of environmental influence. Ascribes these ideas to both CD and Lamarck.

Author:  Charles Frédéric Martins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8947

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

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   25 June 1873



Informs CD of the effects of certain salts and other chemicals on animals.

Comments on CD’s results with Drosera. Suggests some experiments.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 116–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8949

From A. C. Smith   25 June 1873


Wonders whether CD has any idea how the cuckoo manages to match its eggs to those of its host; believes it possible that the diet of the nestling cuckoo, which varies with its host, may affect its behaviour and the colour of its eggs.

Author:  Alfred Charles Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8950

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

From W. W. Reade   26 June 1873


Is tired of inaction and so is leaving for Egypt and the East.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 176: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8953

From J. D. Hague   26 June 1873


Confirms previous observations on ants [see 8788].

Author:  James Duncan Hague
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 June 1873
Classmark:  Nature, 24 July 1873, p. 244
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8954

From T. F. Cheeseman   27 June 1873


Sends his paper on fertilisation of the New Zealand species of the orchid Pterostylis [Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 4 (1871): 270–84].

Author:  Thomas Frederick Cheeseman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8955

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

To Charles Lyell   28 June [1873]


Thanks for the extract from the American paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  28 June [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8956F

From Friedrich Max Müller   29 June 1873


Sends three lectures on the origin of human language [see 8962].

Although a "sincere admirer", he differs with CD on the relation of human to so-called animal language.

Author:  Friedrich Max Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8957

From J. D. Hooker   30 June 1873



Leaves Wednesday with Huxley for holiday.

Family news.

He too thinks well of Bentham’s address.

Asa Gray elected Foreign F.R.S.

G. J. Allman is being proposed for Royal Medal by JDH and Huxley.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 157–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8958

To W. H. Flower   30 June 1873


Thanks for sending WHF’s lecture, ‘On palaeontological evidence of the modifications of animal forms’ (Flower 1873).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  30 June 1873
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8958F

From Gerard Krefft   [after 12 July 1873]


JLGK’s public advocacy of Darwinism brings him into numerous arguments.

Author:  Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8959

To J. D. Hooker   1 July [1873]


Agrees with JDH on G. J. Allman’s work. Approves of JDH’s text proposing GJA for Royal Medal.

Will be proud to see General Richard Strachey at Down – a truly great man.

Specimens of Drosera are waiting to be examined.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 July [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 265–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8960

From Hermann Müller   1 July 1873



Sends a note on R. Caspary’s observations of Corydalis self-fertilisation [see Cross and self-fertilisation, p. 331].

Has begun his experiments on the self- and cross-fertilised flowers.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1873
Classmark:  DAR 76: B184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8961

To Friedrich Max Müller   3 July 1873


Thanks FMM for his "Lectures [on Mr Darwin’s philosophy of language", Fraser’s Mag. n.s. 7 (1873): 525–41, 659–78].

CD is not worthy to be FMM’s adversary as he knows very little about language and, being fully convinced man is descended from some lower animal, he is forced to believe a priori that language has developed from inarticulate cries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Max Müller
Date:  3 July 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 425
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8962
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