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To R. D. Fitzgerald   18 August [1876]


Thanks for RDF’s Australian orchids [1874]. It comes just as CD’s Orchids [2d ed.] is going to press.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert David Fitzgerald
Date:  18 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (A 2546)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10579

From Milan Radovanović   18 August 1876


Sends Serbian edition of Ernst Haeckel’s Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte translated by his late brother.

Serbian edition of Origin, translated by MMR, not yet published because of war with Turks.

Author:  Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10580

From George Rolleston   18 August 1876


Sends three of his anthropological papers.

CD understates his case when he says the mandibular wattle of the "Irish greyhound pig" has no analogue or homologue.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10581

To Smith, Elder & Co.   21 August [1876]


Asks for tougher paper to be used for maps in Coral reefs, 2d ed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  21 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582

To Milan Radovanović   25 August [1876]


His thanks for the present of Haeckel’s work.

He will be much gratified to have MMR translate Origin if the state of his country permits. [See 10580.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Date:  25 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  Russian State Archive of Literature and Arts (RGALI), Moscow (fund 1347, dossier 1, file 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582A

To George Rolleston   24 August [1876]



Thanks GR for his notes and essays [see 10581].

Similar appendages to those GR mentions [see 10581] appear on the necks of goats, but the idea of reversion to a common progenitor of goats and pigs "stumps" CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  24 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  George family (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582F

To Bibliographisches Institut   28 August 1876


Thanks for A. E. Brehm’s Thierleben [2d ed. (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bibliographisches Institut
Date:  28 Aug 1876
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10583

From G. J. Romanes   [after 23 September 1876]


No results yet with graft-hybrids.

Has been writing a paper.

"Lankester seems to have doubled up [H.] Slade [the medium] in fine style".

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 23 Sept 1876]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10584

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   1 September 1876


Thanks for Catasetum and other specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  1 Sept 1876
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 45–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10585

From J. A. Ransome-Marriott   1 September 1876


Reports on rats that gnawed holes in lead pipes.

Author:  John Arthur Ransome-Marriott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10586

From Gaston de Saporta   2 September 1876


Claims to have proved the great antiquity of several plant races. But this does not contradict the tendency to vary. Insists that heredity can make permanent varieties of sufficient duration to occur as fossils.

Author:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 177: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10587

From P. A. Hanaford   3 September 1876


PAH’s friend, a florist, is repeating CD’s experiments with Dionaea muscipula.

CD’s works stir interest in America.

Author:  Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10588

From Hermann Müller   4 September 1876


Bombus mastrucatus, an alpine bee, conforms to his observations that B. terrestris breaks open the flowers of Trifolium pratense. However, in the Alps, B. terrestris does not behave this way.

Gentiana species are adapted to lepidopteran cross-fertilisation.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 306
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10589

To G. S. Ffinden   5 September 1876


Sends £25 subscription, though he is not a churchman.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Sketchley Ffinden
Date:  5 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 11 (EH 88206063)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10590

To Gaston de Saporta   10 September 1876


Hopes GdeS will publish on subjects discussed in his letter [10587]. CD had noted similar persistence of variation in fossil shells.

Calls his attention to Nägeli’s work on Hieracium.

Expresses skepticism about O. Heer’s view that dicotyledonous plants developed suddenly. Believes they must have developed slowly in some part of the globe completely isolated from other regions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  10 Sept 1876
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10591

To J. D. Hooker   11 September [1876]



CD grieves over death of Frank’s wife Amy; worries that it will weaken Frank’s determination to pursue his scientific work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 417–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10592

To W. E. Darwin   11 September [1876]


Reports the death of Francis’ wife, Amy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  11 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10593

To Japetus Steenstrup   11 September 1876


Thanks JS for three essays. Has read with great interest the essay on the basking shark ["Sur les appareils tamiseurs ou fanons branchiaux du Pélerin", Kjo|benhaven Oversigt (1873): 47–66]. The explanation that the comb-like structures are of the nature of teeth is a "most wonderful case".

Sends his photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:  11 Sept 1876
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to); Kantonsbibliothek Vadiana (VadSlg NL 202: 33: 27q)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10594

From Wilhelm Breitenbach   11 September 1876


His research on Orchis maculata.

Discusses effect of disuse of anthers in Salvia officinalis.

Pleased CD can use his observations on Primula elatior.

Author:  Wilhelm Breitenbach
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 292
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10595

To Leonard Darwin   11 September [1876]


Informs LD of the death of Francis Darwin’s wife, Amy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Darwin
Date:  11 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10596
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