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To ?   11 March 1874


Thanks correspondent for offer of [unidentified] rare book but does not accept it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  11 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9351

To Edmund Hartnack   1 March 1874


Has been waiting several months for a microscope objective and would like it without delay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edmund Hartnack
Date:  1 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9326

To T. W. Denby   1 March 1874


Writes concerning the land he wishes to purchase from Sir John Lubbock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas William Denby
Date:  1 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9327

From Leonard Darwin   1 March 1874


Notes on movements of Mimosa pudica.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 209.2: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9328

To the Royal Society of London   2 March [1874]


A certificate for admission [of Robert Swinhoe] to Royal Society with many signatures has been lost by the Post Office. Asks for another so he can get the signatures anew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Royal Society of London
Date:  2 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9329

To H. B. Tristram   3 March [1874]


Thanks HBT for all the trouble he has taken for Robert Swinhoe and himself. Will try to get six signatures on a new certificate and deliver it to the Royal Society in time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Baker Tristram
Date:  3 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  New York Academy of Medicine (MS 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9330

From J. D. Hooker   3 March 1874



The row at the Linnean Society and other troubles.

The Agricultural Society has sent Anton De Bary £100 to investigate the potato disease – an insult to M. J. Berkeley, who had worked on it for 30 years.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 189–92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9331

From F. E. Abbot   3 March 1874


Asks CD to read and comment, for publication, on his forthcoming essay in Index on the evolution of conscience and morals through action and reaction between man and the moral environment.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 159: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9332

To J. D. Hooker   4 March [1874]



CD guessed Carruthers was stirred up by Owen. Disgraceful treatment of Bentham.

Work on Descent and Coral reefs stops his doing anything of real interest.

Asa Gray’s letter. CD has acknowledged the honour [honorary membership in the Boston Soc. Nat. Hist.].

"What a demon on earth Owen is. I do hate him."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 313–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9333

To T. L. Brunton   4 March 1874


On digestive powers of Drosera and those of higher animals.

Comments on expression on two halves of human face.

Responds to TLB’s views of serpent- and fire-worship.

Poison of venomous snakes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9334

To Eugène Desmarest   4 March 1874


Thanks for letter announcing election to honorary member of the Entomological Society of France. Has always felt entomology admirable for throwing light on general problems in biology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eugène Desmarest
Date:  4 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Annales de la Société entomologique de France 5th ser. 4 (1874): xlvi
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9334F

From T. H. Huxley   6 March 1874


Has heard from Dohrn about his financial problems. Asks CD’s advice on what to do.

THH’s article in Contemporary Review ["Universities: actual and ideal" (1874), Collected essays, vol. 3 (1894)].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 193–4; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Huxley: 13.256, 13.258)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9336

To Anton Dohrn   7 March 1874


CD is grieved to hear that AD is overworked and troubled about the Zoological Station. Glad he is now writing to seek assistance from English naturalists. Sends a subscription of £100 and £10 each from George and Francis Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  7 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 712)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9338

From J. T. Moggridge   7 March 1874


Sends abstract of Martin Ziegler’s paper on sensitive movements in Drosera ["Sur un fait physiologique observé sur des feuilles de Drosera", C. R. Hebd. Acad. Sci. 74 (1872): 1227–9].

JTM’s experiments with formic acid and ants have failed to reveal the secret of the ants, but have taught him a great deal about germination.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9339

To J. V. Carus   8 March [1874]


Looks forward to a visit from JVC and family in August.

Sheets of vol. 1 of Descent [2d ed.] are going to printer;

new edition of Coral reefs is half printed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  8 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 114–115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9340

To a member of the Athenaeum Club   9 March [1874]


Seeks correspondent’s support for his nephew, Henry Parker, for membership in the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Member of the Athenaeum Club
Date:  9 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9341

To Thomas Woolner   9 March 1874


Seeks support for election of his nephew, Henry Parker, to the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Woolner
Date:  9 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (A26/112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9342

To John Tyndall   9 March [1874]


Asks JT to support his nephew, Henry Parker, for election to the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  9 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 33 (EH 88205971)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9343

To Alfred Newton   9 March [1874]


Asks AN to vote for CD’s nephew, Henry Parker, at the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  9 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9344

From T. L. Brunton   9 March 1874


Writes on the possible origin of serpent-worship.

Is glad CD does not think his view regarding the two sides of the face is erroneous.

Author:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 160: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9345
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