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To G. H. Darwin   1 August [1874]


GHD’s article will not do. It is too long and the denial seems weak and confused; also, it ought to be in the form of a letter to the editor. Encloses draft of the sort of letter of denial he thinks GHD should write.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  1 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 27, 29, 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9580

From H. H. Bancroft   3 August 1874


Sends a volume and will send next volumes of a work intended to contribute to the study of mankind.

Author:  Hubert Howe Bancroft
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 160: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9581

From J. T. Knowles   4 August 1874


Regrets he is unable to republish Whitney’s article in the Contemporary Review. Would much appreciate an article from CD on the subject and suggests that CD might quote from Whitney to any extent he likes.

Author:  James Thomas Knowles
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 169: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9582

To W. D. Whitney   5 August 1874


Praises WDW’s essay on language [North Am. Rev. 119 (1874): 61–88] which argues against Max Müller’s views and is a good defence against an attack made in Quarterly Review on CD’s short discussion of language.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Dwight Whitney
Date:  5 Aug 1874
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (William Dwight Whitney Family Papers (MS 555) Box 21, folder 556 1874 Aug 1–12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9583

From G. H. Darwin   5 August 1874


Regrets he cannot follow the line of denial CD suggests. Explains why he must defend himself against charge that he approves of oppressive laws.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9585

From H. M. Wilkinson   5 August 1874



Reports his observations of Utricularia [in their natural state] as CD requested.

Author:  Henry Marlow Wilkinson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 84–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9586

From John Tyndall   5 August 1874


Asks CD to look over those parts of the proofs of his Belfast address [Rep. BAAS 44 (1874): lxvi–xcvii] that mention CD.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 106: C16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9587

To G. H. Darwin   [5 or 6 August 1874]


Has no objection to sending GHD’s letter as it is. The only accusation it seems necessary to rebut is about licentiousness. Regrets this is not made more prominent.

Gives some suggestions for GHD’s reply to Mivart’s attack.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [5 or 6] Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 28, 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9588

From Leyson Lewis   [before 6 August 1874]


Encloses specimen of a male hop with female flowers. It is the only peculiarity in the ground.

Author:  Leyson Lewis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 8 August 1874, p. 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9589F

From G. H. Darwin   6 [August] 1874


Sends a draft of his letter to the editor of the Quarterly Review [137 (1874): 587–9], answering Mivart’s charges. Encloses draft of CD’s letter to John Murray, urging publication of GHD’s defence, with George’s amendments.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 [Aug] 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C56–8; DAR 210.2: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9590

From M. T. Masters   6 August 1874


Thanks for the monoecious hop. It was the first monstrosity he ever observed.

Contemplates an article in Gardeners’ Chronicle on the horticultural bearing of CD’s fertilisation work.

Will publish note forwarded by CD on a male hop with apparently female flowers (Gardeners’ Chronicle, 8 August 1874, p. 174). 

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9591

From G. H. Darwin   [6 or 7 August 1874]


Urges CD not to break with Murray even if he does not force the editor [of Q. Rev.] to insert GHD’s letter [in response to Mivart’s attack]. Murray may have a rule not to meddle with editor.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 or 7] Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9592

To M. T. Masters   7 August [1874]


Discusses flower structures of the hop.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  7 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.447)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9593

To Quarterly Review   7 August 1874


[Drafts by CD of the letter sent by George Darwin]. Responds to charges made in a review article [by St G. J. Mivart]. [See 9598. The final letter was printed in Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 587–9.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Quarterly Review
Date:  7 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 96: 118–119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9594

To G. H. Darwin   [8 August 1874]


Approves of GHD’s letter [to Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 587–9] and his present plan, which removes all CD’s objections. Will make his own letter to Murray less imperious. "It will be a dreadful evil to me, if … we come to a quarrel."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [8 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9596

To John Tyndall   11 August [1874]


CD has not received the proofs [of JT’s Belfast address to BAAS].

Wishes JT were through with Belfast [meeting of BAAS, 1874]. CD cannot imagine surviving such a week of excitement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  11 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 20 (EH 88205958)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9597

To John Murray   11 August 1874


Asks JM, as a favour, to use his influence with the Editor of Quarterly Review to print George Darwin’s answer to the charge made by the author of "Primitive man" [St George Mivart] that GD approved "of the encouragement of vice to check population".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 48–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9598

To John Tyndall   12 August [1874]


Returns proofs [of JT’s Belfast address, Rep. BAAS 44 (1874): lxvi–xcvii]. Gratified by what it says about his work and is anxious to read the whole address; it is a grand subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  12 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 21 (EH 88205959)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599

From John Murray   12 August 1874


Acknowledges CD’s complaint against a paper [by St George Mivart] in the last Quarterly Review [see 9568]. Agrees to print George Darwin’s answer [see 9596].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41914 p. 203)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599A

From D. T. Gardner   13 August 1874


The Club is proposing to celebrate Humboldt’s 105th birthday and would welcome a message from CD.

Author:  Daniel T. Gardner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9600
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