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To T. H. Huxley   24 December [1874]

Summary

THH’s letter to Mivart is "tremendous". CD’s feelings and intentions about the matter.

If THH has made out homology of the skull, it is grandest discovery in years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 311)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9776

To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1874]

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Encloses note from Huxley and copy of Huxley’s answer to Mivart – a tremendous reproof. On Huxley’s advice, CD will not write to Mivart. Thinks Mivart’s private apology to Huxley makes the case even worse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 358–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9777

From Daniel Oliver   24 December 1874

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Sends capsules with results from Genlisea specimens and fragments of Polypompholyx.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9778

To Asa Gray   25 December 1874

Summary

Read AG’s article [see 9753] on longevity and duration of varieties with great interest.

Death of Mrs Hooker.

Hopes Insectivorous plants will be out in the spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  25 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9779

From J. D. Hooker   [26 December 1874]

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Has gone over Huxley’s letter, thinks it a model. All must now await developments. If Mivart does not apologise, JDH will write to him.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 241–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9780

To Ernst Haeckel   26 December 1874

Summary

Comments on review of EH’s Anthropogenie [1874].

Mentions recent work of Huxley and other scientists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  26 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A–Abt. 1: 1–52/32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9781

From D. F. Nevill   26 [December 1874]

Summary

Would like to know the results of CD’s Utricularia experiments.

A Brazilian love-bird, escaped from captivity, has been found in a robin’s nest, apparently starved to death along with three young robins.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 [Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9782

To G. J. Romanes   27 December 1874

Summary

Discourages grafting ears of rabbits. Suggests comb of fowl.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  27 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.457)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9783

To John Tyndall   27 December 1874

Summary

Asks JT to persuade Lady Lubbock to change physicians and put herself in the care of Andrew Clark. Thinks this alone will save her.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  27 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 22 (EH 88205960)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9784

To J. D. Hooker   27 December [1874]

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Has not heard from Mivart. He is not so good a Christian as JDH and cannot forgive a man for malicious lying merely because he says he is sorry. Does not think Mivart will apologise. Still thinks the simple, most manly thing, is to write to Mivart directly and tell him what he thinks of him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 360–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9785

To Arnold Dodel   27 December 1874

Summary

Thanks AD-P for the copy of his work [see 9756].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dodel-Port
Date:  27 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Zentralbibliothek, Zürich (Ms. Z VIII 417.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9786

From John Tyndall   28 December 1874

Summary

JT had not known Lady Lubbock was ill. Will try to persuade her [to change physicians]. Agrees Andrew Clark is best.

Hooker has survived his crisis [death of his wife].

St G. J. Mivart’s act is a natural outflow of his character.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 106: C17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9787

From J. D. Hooker   29 December 1874

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Explains that his letter had to do with how he should act publicly to Mivart if he retracted. He would not forgive him. If he does not retract, it would no longer be possible to keep him Secretary of the Linnean Society.

Drosophyllum will be sent when weather permits.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 243–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9788

To D. F. Nevill   29 December 1874

Summary

CD thought he had already reported to DN on Utricularia. The large swellings in roots store water. The minute bladders are adapted to catch live animals and feed on decayed remains.

Will visit DN when in London this winter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  29 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 147: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9789

To James Crichton-Browne   29 December [1874?]

Summary

States his very high opinion of [JC-B’s?] abilities as judged from his writings and many excellent letters, and his suitability for some post in histology and pathology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  29 Dec [1874?]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9790

To Messrs Asher   31 December [1874–81]

Summary

Please to send parcel to Orpington Station.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Messrs Asher
Date:  31 Dec [1874-81]
Classmark:  Jeremy Norman (dealer) (Catalogue 47, item 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9790F

From H. M. Wilkinson   15 September 1874

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Utricularia has broken into pieces and appears to be decaying.

Author:  Henry Marlow Wilkinson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 91–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9640

From W. J. L. Wharton   [15 September 1874]

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Describes the coral formations of Zanzibar and east coast of Africa.

Author:  William James Lloyd Wharton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 69: A63–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9641

From D. F. Nevill   16 [September 1874]

Summary

CD should remove packing moss, and he will find bladders in foot-stalks of Utricularia DN sent.

Experimenting on insectivorous plants.

Implores CD to visit.

Thanks for photograph.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 [Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9642

From Milan Radovanović   17 September 1874

Summary

Has translated Origin into Serbian and wants CD’s authorisation to publish.

Author:  Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 176: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9643
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