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To ?   25 February 1876


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 ?   3 February 1876


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


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 J. J. Weir   14 February [1876]


Declines invitation to accompany JJW to Crystal Palace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  14 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10392

To J. H. Gilbert   16 February 1876


Describes self- and cross-fertilisation experiments.

Asks JHG’s advice on setting up an experiment designed to test whether the cause of variation in cultivated plants lies in different substances absorbed from the soil when absorption is not interfered with by other plants in a state of nature. Can JHG suggest how he can get soil free of all the substances which plants naturally absorb?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Henry Gilbert
Date:  16 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Rothamsted Research (GIL13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10399

To Fritz Müller   [18 February 1876]


Has received seeds of Cecropia pellata from Kew.

Has asked Hermann Müller to send copy of FM’s paper as soon as published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  [18 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 39) (EH 88205869)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10400

To J. N. Lockyer   18 February [1876]


Asks that the copy of Nature containing letter from Fritz Müller be forwarded to FM [see 10324].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Norman (Norman) Lockyer
Date:  18 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) catalogue 112 (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10403

To Lawson Tait   22 February [1876]


Herbert Spencer invented the term "survival of the fittest". CD used it but found "natural selection" more convenient.

He has often spoken of natural selection’s destruction of individuals which do not come up to "proper standards of structure", which comes to nearly the same thing as RLT’s suggested distinction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  22 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Randall House, Santa Barbara (dealers) catalogue XXV (1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10406

To Arthur Nicols   [after 24 February 1876]


Supports AN’s idea [of a natural history book for children].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 65/1v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10409

To J. B. Innes   7 February [1876]


Sends forms to be signed so that the trustees of the Down Friendly Society may be properly registered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  7 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Robert M. Stecher Collection, Historical Division, Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10833

To J. M. F. Ludlow   11 February 1876


Writes as a trustee of the Down Friendly Society regarding difficulties over the recording of the names of the trustees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow
Date:  11 Feb 1876
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (FS 1/232, no. 643)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10840

To John Tyndall   4 February 1876


Sends congratulations and a teapot on the occasion of JT’s engagement.

Is pleased JT is not giving up on the spontaneous generation question. Feels strongly that subject will not be clear until it is understood how J. S. Burdon Sanderson and others succeeded in getting bacteria in infusions they had boiled for a long time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 24 (EH 88205962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10379

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [4 February 1876]


Congratulates WTT-D on [election of E. Ray Lankester to] Linnean Society.

Mentions visit to Royal Society.

Pleased to see George Bentham looking well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [4 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 56–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10380

To Eduard Koch?   6 February 1876


Discusses use by correspondent of clichés from one of his books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Koch
Date:  6 Feb 1876
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.273a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10383

To Società dei Naturalisti di Modena   8 February 1876


Thanks for his election as an Honorary Member

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Società dei Naturalisti di Modena
Date:  8 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Società dei Naturalisti e Matematici di Modena
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10383F

To Fritz Müller   [9 February 1876]


Has sent FM’s letter on to Nature ["Brazil kitchen middens, habits of ants, etc.", Nature 13 (1876): 304–5].

Would be grateful for Ceropegia seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  [9 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 38) (EH 88205868)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10384

To H. T. Stainton   11 February [1876]


Has signed enclosure [Royal Society nomination for McLachlan] with pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  11 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10385

To A. C. Thomson   11 February 1876


Writes regarding affairs of the Down Friendly Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Christie Thomson
Date:  11 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10386

To A. B. Buckley   11 February [1876]


Comments on her new book [A short history of natural science (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  11 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10387

To [Post Office Savings Bank]   11 February [1876]


Writes regarding affairs of the Down Friendly Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Post Office Savings Bank
Date:  11 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10388
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