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To Nature   [before 2 November 1876]

Summary

Summarises, with comments, two letters from Johann von Fischer [10598, 10600] on the display by monkeys of their brightly-coloured hindquarters, and the relation of this behaviour to sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 2 Nov 1876]
Classmark:  Nature, 2 November 1876, pp. 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10660

To ?   21 December 1876

Summary

Sends his signature

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10728F

To ?   [1876]

Summary

Letter of reference giving his opinion of the character of a man who has been his footman for a year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10745

To ?   25 February 1876

Summary

Sends his autograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  25 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (Palsbo Ac, sp. 100)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10410

To ?   21 March 1876

Summary

Thanks for sending the impressions of the gems, but, because CD is ignorant of archaeology, the recipient should not send one for inspection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 3269/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10423F

To Nature   6 May [1876]

Summary

Reports seeing flowers of wild cherry bitten off in same manner as primroses [see 9418 and 9444]. In this case it was done by a squirrel, though birds also bite the flowers of the cherry-tree.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  6 May [1876]
Classmark:  Nature, 11 May 1876, p. 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10498

To ?   19 May 1876

Summary

Sends his autograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 May 1876
Classmark:  International Autograph Auctions (dealers) (8 June 2013, lot 625)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10510F

To ?   13 June 1876

Summary

CD thanks the editor of a picture book "for … the photographs of your striking pictures, & for the honour which you have done me by the introduction of my name and likeness into one of them".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 June 1876
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (24 and 25 November 1981)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10537

To ?   13 June 1876

Summary

Thanks for his interesting essay on insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 June 1876
Classmark:  Alexander Historical Auctions (dealers) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10537F

To ?   24 October [1876]

Summary

Asks his correspondent to thank Prof. Reichenbach for his kindness. A plant was discovered in flower at Kew, and he was able to examine the doubtful point.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (June 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10221F

From Nemo   [1876?]

Summary

A believer in evolution seeks to convince CD that a spiritual creative force, rather than natural selection, explains its operation.

Author:  Nemo
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1876?]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10333

To ?   [1876?]

Summary

Complies with correspondent’s request; encloses photographs of himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1876 or later?]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10339

To ?   3 February 1876

Summary

Sends autograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (19 March 2015)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10378

To ?   15 February 1876

Summary

Thanks correspondent for present of book [unspecified].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  15 Feb 1876
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.485)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10393

To Andrew Clark   [late June 1876]

Summary

Wishes to arrange for William Darwin to see AC. William has suffered a concussion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Clark, 1st baronet
Date:  [late June 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10553

To John Scott   1 July 1876

Summary

CD has read the two reports on culture of poppies with interest and has planted seeds.

Suggests an experiment for evidence on whether plants, thought merely varieties, are like species and fail to intercross, despite insect pollination.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  1 July 1876
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10555

From J. D. Hooker   4 July 1876

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Summary

JDH hopes Thiselton-Dyer does not discourage Frank’s investigation of insectivorous plants.

Preparing new editions of botany text-books.

His marriage is set for August.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 104: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10556

From C. F. Martins   5 July 1876

Summary

Richard Gordon’s French translation of Climbing plants [1877] is half printed.

In Martins’ Introduction to [Éd. Barbier’s translation of] Insectivorous plants [1877] he wants to include a complete bibliography of CD’s works: their extent is not generally known in France.

Author:  Charles Frédéric Martins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10557

From Andrew Clark   8 July 1876

Summary

Directions for diet and exercise, with psychological counsel.

Author:  Andrew Clark, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.9: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10558

To Edmund Gurney   8 July 1876

Summary

Read EG’s article ["Some disputed points in music", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 20 (1876): 106–30]. Diversity of musical taste in man indicates that it is acquired during individuals’ lives. The origin of the "sense of sublimity".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edmund Gurney
Date:  8 July 1876
Classmark:  LL 3: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10559
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