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To ?   24 October [1876]


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

To J. V. Carus   [early October 1876]


Tells JVC that to the title on the first page [of Cross and self-fertilisation] is to be added "in the vegetable kingdom".

Guesses that Orchids [2d ed.] will be 20 or 30 pages longer than the old edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  [early Oct 1876]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 66–67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10627

To Francis Darwin   2 October [1876]


Thanks FD for corrections [to Orchids (1877)].

Thinks Johann von Fischer’s paper on monkeys’ rumps [Der Zoologische Garten 17 (1876): 116–27, 174–9] worth translating, and he intends to write a letter on it to Nature [Collected papers 2: 207–11].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  2 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10629

To Otto Zacharias   5 October [1876]


The sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation will be sent to OZ as they become ready.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Otto Zacharias
Date:  5 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  Swiss National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/03)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10632

To George Cross   6 October [1876]


CD is much interested in a change in Drosera reported by GC, but "rather doubts" exclusion of insects can have caused it; would like to see the plant and suggests sending it to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cross
Date:  6 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10633

To William Clowes & Sons   7 October [1876]


Approves the type for Orchids [2d ed.]. The printer should advise Murray that it will be 300 pages.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Clowes & Sons
Date:  7 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  University of California Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Special Collections (Charles Darwin / Evolution Collection Mss 28 Correspondence Box 4: 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10634

To Francis Darwin   8 October [1876]


Sends an article for FD.

Is glad he is able to work on his teasel paper [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 26 (1878): 4–8]; suggests some observations FD could make.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  8 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10635

To M. T. Masters   10 October [1876]


Discusses views of [Alexander James] Maule on potatoes.

Discusses graft-hybrids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  10 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 347
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10637

To Francis Darwin   [11 October 1876]


Asks for reference to an article on a mandrill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [11 Oct 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10638

To Francis Darwin   [12 October 1876]


Has seen notice on Empetrum but cannot understand how leaves in bud could act as fly-catchers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [12 Oct 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10641

To Moritz Wagner   13 October 1876


Comments on essays by MW [Das Ausland, May 1875]. Criticises his theory of isolation as source of species change: "But my strongest objection to your theory is that it does not explain the manifold adaptations in structure in every organic being". Believes MW has misunderstood his views: "I believe that all the individuals of a species can be slowly modified within the same district … I do not believe that one species will give birth to two or more new species, as long as they are mingled together within the same district."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Moritz Friedrich (Moritz) Wagner
Date:  13 Oct 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 198; LL 3: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10643

To Georg von Seidlitz   13 October 1876


CD is much obliged to receive Beiträge zur Descendenz-Theorie [1876].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Georg Karl Maria (Georg) von Seidlitz
Date:  13 Oct 1876
Classmark:  Zoologische Staatssammlung, Munich
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10643F

To J. D. Hooker   17 October [1876]



Frank, who has been reclusive and very hardworking, is returning from Wales after a period of mourning for Amy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 423–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10644

To J. V. Carus   18 October [1876]


Proof sheets [of Cross and self-fertilisation] have been lost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  18 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 68–69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10645

To G. H. Darwin   21 October [1876]


Refers him to Nature [14 (1876): 553] in which a Russian doctor [Prof. Poplavsky] contradicts GHD on deaf mutes not being closely interrelated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10647

To George Henslow   23 October [1876]


Floral structure. The order of the development of the whorls and its relationship to a protandrous or protogynous condition in flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henslow
Date:  23 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  Darwin Library–CUL, Henslow 1888 (tipped in opposite p. 190)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10648

To R. B. Smyth   23 October 1876


Thanks for the third number of the Geological survey of Victoria.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Brough Smyth
Date:  23 Oct 1876
Classmark:  State Library Victoria, Melbourne (MS 8781 Box 1176/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10649

To Gustav Jäger   23 October 1876


Thanks for a copy of GJ’s Zoologische Briefe (Jäger 1876).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustav Jäger
Date:  23 Oct 1876
Classmark:  Frau Dr Hildegard Jaeger (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10651F

To J. D. Hooker   25 October [1876]



Asks JDH to find young imperfect flowers of Hoya. CD has observed seed set although there was no trace of anthers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 425–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10653

To J. V. Carus   25 October 1876


Sends sheets [of Cross and self-fertilisation].

Heliotypes for Expression delayed because new negatives must be made.

Thanks Herr Koch [of Schweizerbart] for copies of Coral reefs and Climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  25 Oct 1876
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 149)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10654
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