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From J. J. Murphy   23 January 1877


Requests permission to use illustrations from F. Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin in the new edition [of his Habit and intelligence, 2d ed. (1879)].

Author:  Joseph John Murphy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 324
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10812

To J. D. Hooker   25 January [1877]



CD notes growth of Royal Society may force it to hire officers.

Speculates on cold resistance of bacterial germs.

Will communicate to Royal Society Frank’s paper on the ingestion of solid particles by the protoplasmic protrusions of Dipsacus glands.

CD working on plant dimorphism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 430–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10814

From Hermann Müller   25 January 1877


Thanks CD for calling attention to a "considerable error" in his observations on Hottonia fertility [in Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)]. [See Forms of flowers, p. 52.]

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 110: A26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10815

From A. W. Malm   26 January 1877


Sends his papers [unspecified].

Linnaeus was a "Darwinist" because he placed the simians in the genus Homo.

Author:  August Wilhelm Malm
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10816

From J. D. Hooker   27 January 1877



JDH recounts discussion at Royal Society over Günther’s paper on distribution and affinities of gigantic tortoises ["Description of the living and extinct races of gigantic land-tortoises, Parts III and IV", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 25 (1876–7): 506–7]. Huxley suggests they are Miocene relics.

Royal Society will publish Frank’s Dipsacus paper [but see 10971 and 11073].

Thiselton-Dyer will review Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 104: 77–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10817

From G. J. Allman   27 January 1877


On Royal Society Council’s deliberations on awards. GJA argues that older men should be given first claim lest they die neglected; CD had stressed importance of encouraging younger men.

Author:  George James Allman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10818

To J. D. Hooker   28 January 1877



CD thinks A. Günther’s tortoises are relics of closely allied forms, once widely distributed. Expressed this view to AG a few months ago. Cannot explain their restriction to volcanic islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 95: 432–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10819

To Pietro Siciliani   28 January 1877


Thanks for a copy of PS’s Critica nella filosofia zoologica del XIX secolo: dialoghi di Pietro Siciliani … (Naples: Cav. Antonio Morano Editore, 1876).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Pietro Siciliani
Date:  28 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Siciliani 1877, pp. 7–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10819F

From J. B. Saint-Lager   30 January 1877


Sends CD parts of the Annales [Soc. Bot. Lyon] in response to his request for a particular article.

States that, despite CD’s work, he does not believe that any plants, including insectivorous ones, can utilise organic material, and that they live solely on mineral elements in the soil and air.

Author:  Jean Baptiste Saint-Lager
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10820

From C. C. Graham   30 January 1877


He has defended Tyndall, CD, and others against attacks of a clergyman.

Author:  Christopher Columbus Graham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10821

To G. S. Ffinden   31 January 1877


Encloses £25 contribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Sketchley Ffinden
Date:  31 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 12 (EH 88206064)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10823

From E. A. Darwin   27 January [1877]


Carlyle hoped CD had not been annoyed by that forged letter, which was the reverse of his opinion. [Enclosed is a published extract, said to be taken from a Thomas Carlyle letter, which denies CD’s intellect and regrets his influence.]

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B99–100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11333

From Marcellin de Bonnal   [1877]


Asks CD why some living forms have evolved and others have not.

Author:  Antoine-Marcellin (Marcellin) de Bonnal
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13779

To [E. M. Dicey?]   [1877]


Gives his opinion on the education of girls in physiology. Would regret that any girl who wished to learn physiology should be checked.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elinor Mary Bonham-Carter; Elinor Mary Dicey
Date:  [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10746

From Charles and Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   2 January [1877]


Agrees to propose GJR for membership in Royal Society.

Remarks on GJR’s paper on Medusae [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 167 (1877): 659–752].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  2 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.503)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10765

From R. F. Cooke   5 January 1877


Orchids [2d ed.] will soon be published.

1000 more copies of Descent [2d ed.] will soon have to be printed, so CD could send any alterations to be made in the plates.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 484
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10771
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