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To C. F. Claus   9 July 1876


Thanks for copy of Claus’s book, Untersuchungen zur Erforschung der genealogischen Grundlage des Crustaceen-Systems: ein Beitrag zur Descendenzlehre (Studies on the investigation of the genealogical foundation of the Crustacea: a contribution to the theory of descent; Claus 1876).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Friedrich Claus
Date:  9 July 1876
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (1 December 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10559F

To G. H. Darwin   13 July [1876]


All rejoice that J. C. Adams thinks well of GHD’s work and will present his paper to the Royal Society.

Gives news of his other sons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  13 July [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10561

To J.-B. Liagre   18 July 1876


Acknowledges receipt of publications of the Académie royale de Belgique.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean-Baptiste Liagre
Date:  18 July 1876
Classmark:  Académie royale de Belgique (Bibliothèque et Archives)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10561F

To William Ogle   22 July [1876]


Would like to cite WO’s case of bees perforating white but not blue monkshood (Aconitum napellus) in his next book [Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 427–8]. Believes it is probably sterile if insects are excluded.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ogle
Date:  22 July [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 261.5: 16 (EH 88205914)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10563

From A. R. Wallace   23 July 1876


Responds to CD’s comments and criticism of Geographical distribution.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: B126–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10564

From William Ogle   23 July 1876



Recounts his observations on the different ways bees perforate flowers of white and blue varieties of monkshood. [See Cross and self-fertilisation, p 428.]

Author:  William Ogle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 77: 164–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10565

From Wilhelm Breitenbach   26 July 1876


Observations on pollinia of Orchis maculata

and on Primula elatior. [On latter, see Forms of flowers, p. 34.]

Author:  Wilhelm Breitenbach
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 111: B50–4; DAR 160: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10566

From Casimir de Candolle   30 July 1876


Experimenting on climbing plants.

Has no further information on Dionaea.

Author:  Anne Casimir Pyramus (Casimir) de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10567

To August Müller Beeck   31 July [1876]


CD refuses to send AMB a copy of one of his works. "I did think your request unreasonable, as I have to give from 50 to 100 copies of all my books to those who aid me.––"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  August Müller Beeck
Date:  31 July [1876]
Classmark:  Maggs Brothers (dealers) (19 August 1991)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10567A

To Gaston de Saporta   12 August 1876


Thanks GdeS for his Recherches sur les végétaux fossiles [1876].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  12 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10568

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   3 August 1876


Requests orchid specimens for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  3 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 41–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10569

From Lawson Tait   4 August [1876]


Wishes to make CD an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Natural History Society.

RLT has attempted [in a paper] to apply evolution to moral life.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10570

To Lawson Tait   6 August 1876


CD accepts membership in the Birmingham Natural History Society.

Thanks RLT for article. CD cannot quite agree that "under a theological point of view, the origin of evil is explained by survival".

Is glad RLT has not given up polydactylism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  6 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10571

To Hermann Müller   7 August 1876


Comments on Fritz Müller’s article on Hedychium.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  7 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 146: 437
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10572

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   8 August [1876]


Thanks for WTT-D’s kindness about the orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  8 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10573

From Lawson Tait   8 August 1876


Proposes to work on the origin of diseases; is going to study syphilis.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10574

To Asa Gray   9 August 1876


AG’s Darwiniana [1876].

Cross and self-fertilisation has now gone to press.

Is preparing new edition of Orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  9 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10575

To J. D. Hooker   10 August 1876



Asa Gray’s directed variation would make natural selection superfluous.

CD has read new theological reconciliations of Darwinism and religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 95: 415–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10576

To Ernst Haeckel   12 August 1876


Glad EH is coming to England.

Will be visiting eldest son in Southampton in September [but visit apparently delayed until 7 Oct, see "Journal"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  12 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 39 [9892])
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10577

To John Lubbock   16 August [1876]


Glad to have heard JL’s admirable speech read aloud.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  16 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 49644: 159)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10578
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