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To Nature   [before 2 November 1876]


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 W. E. Darwin   [after 20 November 1876]


Has written of his idea [on the formation of the gravels near Southampton] to James Geikie, who thought it very feasible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [after 20 Nov 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10486

From H. N. Moseley   3 November 1876


Sends a Japanese book illustrating the expression of emotions.

Author:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10661

To Asa Gray   4 [November 1876]


Sends some sheets [of Cross and self-fertilisation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  4 [Nov 1876]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (130c)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10662

To H. N. Moseley   5 November 1876


Thanks for Japanese book and for HNM’s papers on observations made during Challenger voyage.

Would be pleased if HNM visited him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Date:  5 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10663

From J. F. McLennan   7 November 1876


L. H. Morgan has plagiarised his and Henry Maine’s works for years.

Encourages George Darwin to continue his work on consanguineous marriages.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10664

From H. N. Moseley   7 November 1876


Accepts invitation to Down for 17 or 18 November.

Author:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 255
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10665

From Frigyes Medveczky   11 November 1876


Writing under the name of Friedrich von Bärenbach, FM sends his paper on J. G. Herder as a precursor of Darwin’s theory [Herder als Vorgänger Darwins (1877)]; hopes CD will acknowledge him as such.

Author:  Frigyes Medveczky
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10666

From E. B. Tylor   11 November 1876


Is attempting to write a book on elementary lessons in anthropology [Anthropology (1881)] and wonders whether CD’s son [Francis] would care to collaborate and aid him with the biological parts.

Author:  Edward Burnett Tylor
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10667

From Asa Gray   12 November 1876


Thanks for sheets of new book. Intends to talk about it at a scientific social club meeting.

Is amused to read CD’s criticisms of his own style, as in the U. S. it is spoken of as being as faultless as his temper. Corrects a reference.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 165: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10668

To E. B. Tylor   12 November 1876


Responds to request that his son [Francis] aid EBT with book. Comments on EBT’s excellence as anthropologist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Burnett Tylor
Date:  12 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Kew Books (dealers) Newsletter 6 (1976)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10669

To August Weismann   13 November 1876


Thanks for present of Studien [zur Descendenz-Theorie, vol. 2 (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  13 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 347
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10670

From J. D. Hooker   14 November 1876



JDH prepares Anniversary Address to the Royal Society [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. (1876): 339–62].

Return of Challenger.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 104: 69–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10671

To John Murray   15 November 1876


Is satisfied with sales of his books.

Did not expect Orchids to sell more than 600 or 700 copies.

Only bad item is Expression, which astonishes him, since it sells well in Germany.

Asks size of printing of Cross and self-fertilisation; thinks 1500 would be ample.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 Nov 1876
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 306–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10672

From Peter Henderson   15 November 1876


Reports graft-hybrids in Cytisus.

Author:  Peter Henderson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10673

From J. W. Judd   15 November 1876


Thanks for new edition of Coral reefs [1874]

and Volcanic islands [1876].

His travels and studies confirm CD’s explanation of the banded structure of lavas.

Author:  John Wesley Judd
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 168: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10674

From Horace Pearce   16 November 1876


Asks advice on transplanting insectivorous plants.

Author:  Horace Pearce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 174: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10675

To James Geikie   16 November 1876


On JG’s Great ice age.

Discusses formation of drift deposits near Southampton.

Comments on Axel Blytt [Immigration of Norwegian flora (1876)].

Has had fearful misgivings that the step-like plains of Patagonia may have been caused by changes in level of sea, not land.

Comments on book [Archibald Geikie, Life of Sir Roderick I. Murchison (1875)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  16 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 144: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10676

From Charles Voysey   17 November 1876


Asks CD’s opinion of a proposed protest [unspecified] and asks whether he will sign it.

Author:  Charles Voysey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 202: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10677

From H. N. Moseley   [after 17 November 1876]


Finds he does not have a duplicate of the Japanese natural history book. Sends other volumes of grotesque pictures.

He can show F. W. Hutton erred in calling Peripatus novae zelandiae self-fertilising; suspects J. F. Bullar has made a similar error on parasitic Isopoda. They both mistook spermatophores for testes.

Author:  Henry Nottidge Moseley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 17 Nov 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10678
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