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To Alfred Newton   2 January 1877


Thanks AN for telling him of the complex cross among wagtails. CD is surprised that so much close interbreeding does not check their propagation.

CD does not suppose he will ever have strength to work up his data on hybridism, so he will not write to Mr Monk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  2 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10766

To Asa Gray   3 January 1877


Asks AG not to send his rare specimens [of Leucosmia].

Is glad of the notice about black pigs.

Has great faith in Jeffries Wyman;

thinks A. R. Wallace founds his speculation on a feeble basis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  3 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10768

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   3 January [1877]


Suggests that the scarcity of holly berries is owing to the scarcity of bees during the spring, rather than to frost. He does not know what caused the scarcity of bees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  3 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 6 January 1877, p. 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10769

To G. J. Romanes   4 January 1877


Discusses certificate proposing GJR as Fellow of Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  4 Jan 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.504)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10770

To Francis Galton   [6–12 January 1877]


Has received French essay on effects of conscription on [decreasing] height of men, due to unfit left at home to propagate race. Would FG care to see it?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [6–12 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10774

To Francis Galton   9 January [1877]


Can FG come to lunch on Sunday? George Darwin wants to meet him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  9 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10776

To Howard Miller   10 January 1877


Declines offer involving embryological studies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Howard Miller
Date:  10 Jan 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.505)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10777

To G. M. Tracy   [after 11 January 1877]


GMT’s observations [on scarcity of holly berries] throw doubt on CD’s conclusions [see Collected papers 2: 189–90].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Murton Tracy
Date:  [after 11 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 174r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10781

To August Weismann   12 January 1877


Comments on AW’s book [Studien zur Descendenz-Theorie (1875–6)], especially on mimicry in caterpillars.

Mentions sets of drawings of British Lepidoptera in all stages. Would AW like to see them?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 148: 348
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10784

To T. L. Brunton   13 January 1877


CD asks if he may call next day for talk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  13 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 143: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10785

To Emile Alglave   [after 13 January 1877]


Has not seen Delboeuf’s article [see 10786] and would be obliged for a copy. He is not likely to have any comments as he is engaged in other work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Émile Alglave
Date:  [after 13 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 8v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10787

To D. F. Nevill   15 January 1877


Thanks DN for references.

The Apocyanaceae that catch Lepidoptera represent the most gratuitous case of cruelty in nature known to CD, since the captured butterfly is of no use to the plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  15 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10789

To R. B. Sharpe?   16 January 1877


Has received from the region of the River Uruguay in S. America "a wonderful nest" of a bird called "El boyero", said to perch on the back of cattle and horses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Bowdler Sharpe
Date:  16 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10793

To Wilhelm Rimpau   16 January 1877


Thanks for essays ["Das Aufschiessen der Runkelrüben", Landwirtsch. Jahrb. Berlin 5 (1876): 31–45; "Die Züchtung neuer Getreide Varietäten", ibid 6 (1877): 193–233]. Surprised about Beta vulgaris.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Date:  16 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 147: 304
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10796

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   17 January [1877]


CD confesses his error with respect to the cause of the scarcity of holly berries. It appears that several causes in combination have led to it. CD still believes rarity of bees played a part, though a subordinate one.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  17 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 20 January 1877, p. 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10797

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   17 January 1877


Thanks WTT-D for praise of Cross and self-fertilisation

and for information about Mussaenda.

Has some algae from Queensland if WTT-D is interested.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  17 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 58–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10798

To J. V. Carus   17 January 1877


JVC’s publisher [Schweizerbart] must decide soon how many copies of two maps in Volcanic islands and South America are needed.

Has sent new edition of Orchids – greatly altered, but he hopes improved.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  17 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 156–157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10799

To Lawson Tait   17 January [1877]


CD has only a trifling point to make in criticism [of RLT’s excerpt from Diseases of women]: he believes "the high value of well-bred males is due to their transmitting their good qualities to a far greater number of offspring than can the female".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  17 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10800

To Thomas Belt   18 January 1877


Thinks it would be a serious mistake for TB to give up his profession. How the Royal Society will distribute funds is as yet very uncertain, and CD feels that TB may well receive no support as his proposal is too theoretical.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Belt
Date:  18 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 143: 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10804

To W. H. Leggett   22 January 1877


Comments on WHL’s paper ["Pontederia cordata", Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 6 (1875–9): 62–3]. Cites Fritz Müller’s conclusion that plant is trimorphic. Has WHL made further observations?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Leggett
Date:  22 Jan 1877
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10808
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