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To ?   12 November 1874

Summary

Is obliged for addressee’s courteous note and is indifferent to how his name is used.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Collection (MiscMS 253)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717F

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

Summary

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]

Summary

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 Donders   [after 15 July 1874]

Summary

Wishes he had known of atropia and hopes he will have time to try it next summer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 15 July 1874]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (7 May 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9548F

To ?   [1874–5?]

Summary

Although he formed a high opinion of one of the correspondent’s papers, regrets that he could not presume to give an opinion of the merits of a candidate in chemistry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1874–5?]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9217

To ?   1 January 1874

Summary

CD sends thanks for the honour conferred by his election as an honorary member, though ill health may prevent his taking advantage of the privileges granted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  1 Jan 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9222

To ?   3 January 1874

Summary

Has no objection to having his name appear as honorary member of [unidentified] club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Jan 1874
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9224

To ?   8 June 1874

Summary

Asks about insects and seeds on leaves of Pinguicula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 June 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.435)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9230

To Nature   11 February [1874]

Summary

Prefaces Fritz Müller’s observations on termites and stingless bees [see 9281].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  11 Feb [1874]
Classmark:  Nature, 19 February 1874, pp. 308–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9283

To ?   11 March 1874

Summary

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 Nature   6 April [1874]

Summary

Comments on J. T. Moggridge’s article on the fertilisation of Fumaria capreolata [Nature 9 (1874): 423].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  6 Apr [1874]
Classmark:  Nature, 16 April 1874, p. 460
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9393

To ?   12 April 1874

Summary

Thanks an unknown correspondent for the 4th edition of his 'remarkable work'.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Apr 1874
Classmark:  Enns Entomology Museum, University of Missouri
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9405F

To Nature   18 April [1874]

Summary

CD has observed hundreds of primrose flowers cut off their stalks, and conjectures that this was done by birds to obtain the nectar. Asks readers of Nature in England and abroad whether primroses are subject to such destruction in their localities.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  18 Apr [1874]
Classmark:  Nature, 23 April 1874, p. 482
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9418

To Nature   7 and 11 May [1874]

Summary

Thanks Nature correspondents for their observations on destruction of primroses [Nature 9 (1874): 509; 10 (1874): 6–7]. Reports an error in his observations: ovules, as well as nectar, are taken by the birds. As the habit of cutting off primrose flowers is widespread, CD concludes it is instinctive in bullfinches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  7 and 11 May [1874]
Classmark:  Nature, 14 May 1874, pp. 24–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9444

To J. V. Carus   30 October 1874

Summary

Will soon send remaining sheets [of Descent, 2d English ed.]. Fears JVC’s errata have come too late for printing.

His new work [Insectivorous plants] will make a rather big book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  30 Oct 1874
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 112–113)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9702

To T. L. Brunton   30 October 1874

Summary

Discusses expression on two halves of the face. Mentions photograph [of picture by Rubens].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  30 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9703

To John Fiske   3 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JF for copy of Cosmic philosophy [1874].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fiske
Date:  3 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (FK 1110-1112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9706

To John Murray   5 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JM for granting his request. Will write to D. Appleton.

CD is sorry about heavy loss from Expression; still thinks the book will sell in the course of years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9710

To G. H. Darwin   [20? August 1874]

Summary

Likes GHD’s article ["Professor Whitney on the origin of language", Contemp. Rev. (1874): 894]. "You have defended me nobly."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [20? Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9711

To G. H. Darwin   5 November [1874]

Summary

Mainly family news.

Eager to read GHD’s political economy MS "though Heaven knows whether I shall understand it".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9712
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