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To ?   [9 December 1874, 14 December 1875, or 10 January 1877]


Invites correspondent to luncheon on Friday or Saturday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [9 Dec] 1874 or [14 Dec] 1875 or [10 Jan] 1877
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (catalogue 76 1994)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9724F

To ?   24 December [1874–81]


Sends compliments and thanks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Dec [1874-81]
Classmark:  William Patrick Watson (dealer) (catalogue 21 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9778G

To William Ogle   [4 December 1874, 10 December 1875, 17 December 1875, or 12 January 1877]


Invites WO to lunch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ogle
Date:  [4 Dec] 1874 or [10 or 17] Dec 1875 or [12 Jan] 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.460)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9219

To G. H. Darwin   12 [December 1874 or January 1875?]


Regrets the trouble GHD has had.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 [Dec 1874 - Jan 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9221

To J. D. Hooker   2 December [1874]



Farrer has taken the case to Northcote. JDH’s letter will show how overworked he is.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 349
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9739

To G. H. Darwin   2 December [1874]


Appleton will bring out the new edition of Descent in the U. S., so GHD’s work will now be in three editions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  2 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9741

To Thomas Belt   3 December [1874]


Invites TB to visit. Wants to make his acquaintance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Belt
Date:  3 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9742

To H. A. Huxley   [5 December 1874]


Wants to see Huxley tomorrow, but knows he is going down to High Elms to see Colenso.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henrietta Anne Huxley
Date:  [5 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9743F

To G. H. Darwin   [6 December 1874]


Returns historical sketch [of GHD’s "cousin paper"?] with comments. "For Heavens sake put a sentence in some conspicuous place that your results seem to indicate that consanguineous marriage, as far as insanity is concerned, cannot be injurious in any very high degree."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [6 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9746

To G. J. Romanes   [7 December 1874]


Speaks of visiting GJR at the Brown Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [7 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.453)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9747

To John Fiske   8 December [1874]


Praises JF’s book [Cosmic philosophy (1874)].

Has long wished to understand H. Spencer but is not convinced by him and some others. CD cannot trust deduction from a starting principle, as his mind is so fixed by the inductive method.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fiske
Date:  8 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (FK 1110–1112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9749

To F. C. Noll   8 December [1874]


Thanks for the essay on a curious new cirripede. He will not accept the offer of microscopical preparations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Carl Noll
Date:  8 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (Historische Sammlungen EH 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9750F

To G. J. Romanes   [9 December 1874]


Invites GJR to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [9 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.454)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9751

To C.-F. Reinwald   [12 December 1874]


Thanks for translation of his Journal of researches. Is pleased by its appearance.

Also thank Edmond Barbier for his kind words. [See 9752.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Date:  [12 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 271.2: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9752A

To Theodor Eimer   12 December 1874


Thanks for work on Lacerta muralis coerulea [Zoologische Studien auf Capri 2 (1874)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustav Heinrich Theodor (Theodor) Eimer
Date:  12 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9755

To J. D. Hooker   14 December 1874



Thanks JDH for his and Huxley’s countering of the false attack on George [Darwin] by Mivart. Encloses a note to Mivart on which he asks JDH’s opinion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 350–1, DAR 97: C73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9757

To John Murray   14 December 1874


Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9758

To St. G. J. Mivart   14 December 1874


Asks StGJM to confirm that he is the author of the article on Tylor and Lubbock ["Primitive man", Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 40–77] in which an attack was made on George Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9759

To John Lubbock   15 December [1874]


Asks JL to send ten shillings for the Down Friendly Club.

Has just read JL’s paper on bees and wasps [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 12 (1876): 110–39]. Is astonished by their stupidity. The experiments on colour are especially good. Suggests JL examine their retinas; sends enclosure [missing] on eyes of reptiles and birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  15 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (Rathbone XXI.12.3: 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9760

To G. J. Romanes   16 December 1874


Thanks GJR for copy of his book [Christian prayer and general laws (1874)].

Discusses breeding and sterility.

Discusses experiments to test Pangenesis. Cites useful references.

Suggests GJR visit Kew gardens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  16 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.455)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9762
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