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From Charles Lyell   1 September 1874

Summary

Comments on Tyndall’s [Presidential] Address at Belfast meeting [of BAAS] and praise of CD’s work there. Mentions criticism of Belfast clergy.

CL saw some crustacean footprints while in Ireland.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1874
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 445–6; Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9619

From D F. Nevill   2 September [1874]

Summary

Hooker has told her of CD’s work on insectivorous plants. Offers plants, but her Dionaea plants are too small now.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9620

To Charles Lyell   3 September [1874]

Summary

Discusses belief in immortality and a personal God.

Describes his holiday in Southampton.

Comments on papers of John Wesley Judd.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  3 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.448)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9621

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   3 September [1874]

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Will prepare experiments with the fatty acids on digestion of gluten. Has found it is digested slowly, but entirely, with pepsin and hydrochloric acid.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9623

From Chauncey Wright   3 September 1874

Summary

Writes at length on the origins and meanings of particular head movements as used to express assent or disagreement, especially the sideways movements of the head as an expression of consideration or contemplation.

Also discusses space and colour perception.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 181: 172, 173 f. 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9624

To D. F. Nevill   3 September 1874

Summary

Thanks DFN for her letter [see 9620].

Has nearly finished work on Dionaea.

Asks her to send a specimen of Drosera dichotoma.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  3 Sept 1874
Classmark:  Nevill 1910, pp. 107–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9624F

From T. L. Brunton   4 September 1874

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Observations of effect of pepsin and hydrochloric acid on urea indicate that it is not digested [by Drosera].

Author:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 86–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9625

From W. C. Marshall   5 September [1874]

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Sends Pinguicula vulgaris leaves with seeds on them, together with his observations on proportion of leaves with insects on them.

Author:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 128–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9626

To D. F. Nevill   7 September 1874

Summary

Thanks her for specimen of Drosera. Asks for an epiphytic Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  7 Sept 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.449)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9627

To W. C. Marshall   7 September [1874]

Summary

Thanks for the Pinguicula leaves, from which he has picked off sixteen seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  7 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  Stockholms Auktionsverk (dealers) (15 December 2015)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9627F

From D. F. Nevill   8 [September 1874]

Summary

Offers Utricularia montana and gives instructions for growing Drosera.

Wishes to visit CD at Down when she comes to London.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 [Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9628

To J. D. Hooker   8 September [1874]

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Lady Dorothy Nevill has no Dionaea.

CD anxious to talk with JDH about Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 334–335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9629

From H. C. Sorby   9 September 1874

Summary

Reports on his spectroscopic examination of the colouring matter in the hairs (tentacles) of Drosera.

Author:  Henry Clifton Sorby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 88–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9630

From John Price   10 September 1874

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Observations on flotation of Utricularia vulgaris.

Author:  John Price
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9631

To D. F. Nevill   11 September [1874]

Summary

Returns a Drosera, from which he cut a piece for microscopic examination.

Utricularia montana just arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  11 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9632

From D. F. Nevill   [11 September 1874]

Summary

Has sent the Utricularia with the bladders that CD described.

In Variation CD does not mention a rare breed of Siamese cat, which she owns.

Asks for another photograph.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9633

To D. F. Nevill   12 September [1874]

Summary

CD has never before seen the Utricularia DN has sent. Hooker had told him about it. Asks that her gardener observe young Utricularia: CD is interested in internal structure of little balls on bladders.

Sends photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  12 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9634

To James Verrell?   13 September [1874]

Summary

Should like to borrow again a volume which he returned in error. Requests The Quarterly Magazine of the High Wycombe Natural History Society for 1867 and 1868 to locate paper on Utricularia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Verrell
Date:  13 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  Gallery of History (dealers), 20 October 1983
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9635A

From S. W. Pennypacker   14 September 1874

Summary

He has physical peculiarities that support CD’s theories: e.g., ability to dilate nostrils like a rabbit and to spread out the toes of both feet.

Author:  Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 174: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9636

From Joseph Simms   14 September 1874

Summary

Sends copy of one of his books.

Asks for drawing of CD’s right foot.

Author:  Joseph Simms
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 177: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9637
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