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To F. M. Balfour   13 December 1876


CD is glad to propose FMB for Royal Society. Explains information and certificates needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Maitland Balfour
Date:  13 Dec 1876
Classmark:  National Records of Scotland (GD433/2/103C/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10716

From A. R. Wallace   13 December 1876


Responds to CD’s new work [Cross and self-fertilisation]. Suggests results might have been more convincing if CD had measured weights instead of heights. The fact that infertile hybrids have not been produced means that the "one great objection" has not been got rid of: the physiological characteristic of species. Suggests an experiment to produce "sterile mongrels" which would remove objection.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: B130–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10717

From George Bentham   13 December 1876


Believes Aegiphila to be exclusively American.

Contrasts fertilisation of Australian Acacia with Brazilian Mimosa.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10718

From William Renton   14 December 1876


Corrects Descent [1: 294] on inheritance of tortoise-shell colour in cats. It does not violate rule that characters appearing late in one sex are transmitted exclusively to the same sex.

Author:  William Renton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10719

To Samuel Smiles   15 December 1876


Thanks SS for present of Life of a Scotch naturalist [1876]. Has read every one of his biographies with "extreme pleasure".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Smiles
Date:  15 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum (MS 97–1947)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10720

To Samuel Smiles    16 December 1876


Has written via John Murray to thank for SS’s biography of Thomas Edward (Smiles 1876).

Is happy to sign a memorial concerning a Civil List pension for Thomas Edward.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Smiles
Date:  16 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10720F

To J. D. Hooker   15 December 1876



JDH has sent a short-styled Forsythia from Kew. CD surmises that all Forsythia at Kew may be short-styled, hence he is curious to know whether they set seed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 95: 429
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10721

To John Scott   15 December 1876


CD is eager for further information about Lagerstroemia, which is sterile with its own pollen. Does the collection of dried plants reveal more than one form? Plans to republish papers on dimorphism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  15 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10721F

From Julius von Haast   16 December 1876


Sends a passage relevant to Pangenesis [on regional accents distinguishable in the speech of those born deaf] from Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor [ed. G. S. Hillard, vol. 1 (1876)], p. 196.

Tells of the controversy about evolution raging in Dunedin, with clergy playing a prominent part.

Author:  John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10722

From Robert Shaw   16 December 1876


Discusses further his theory relating to the soaring capacity of birds.

Mentions hybrids produced by various crossings of game-birds.

Author:  Robert James (Robert) Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 177: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10723

From Alphonse de Candolle   16 December 1876


Thanks for Cross and self-fertilisation.

Discusses geographical implications of inbreeding. Can the length of time an insular flora has been isolated be estimated by its weakness due to inbreeding?

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10724

From Peter Henderson   16 December 1876


His long experience with propagation of Cytisus and other "sports".

Author:  Peter Henderson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10725

From Robert Caspary   17 December 1876


Thanks for copy of Cross and self-fertilisation.

Francis Darwin’s observation of nectaries in Pteris is most curious.

Doubts cross-fertilisation in the rare cases of two flowers on the same stalk in Victoria and Euryale.

Author:  Johann Xaver Robert (Robert) Caspary
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10726

From J. D. Hooker   18 December 1876


Notes variation in style and stamen length in Forsythia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 110: B78a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10727

To Asa Gray   20 December 1876


Thanks for information about Hottonia.

Has found dimorphism in Forsythia.

Considers AG’s arguments on different terms for dimorphism, but cannot change to using the proposed new term [see 10699].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  20 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (116)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10728
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