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To ?   [before 22 May 1877?]


Writes as Treasurer of the Down Friendly Society; discusses financial matters related to the Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 22 May 1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8932

From Francis Darwin   [before 21 May 1877]


Edwin Ray Lankester wants to reprint FD’s paper ‘Food bodies’ in the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 21 May 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10520F

From C. W. Thomson   1 May 1877


Is sorting material collected by the Challenger and wonders whether CD would care to examine the cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Wyville Thomson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10947

To [Francis Lloyd]   1 May [1877]


CD does not feel a subscription could be got up to aid correspondent. Sends a cheque for £10.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Lloyd
Date:  1 May [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10948

To W. H. Flower   2 May [1877]


‘The pigs-foot has been dispatched to day per Rail.’

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  2 May [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10949

From W. H. Flower   3 May 1877


Discusses abnormal pig’s foot sent to him by CD.

Author:  William Henry Flower
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.511)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10950

To Albert Günther   4 May [1877]


Pigeons’ skins dispatched today.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  4 May [1877]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/200/11/115a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10951

To Albert Günther   7 May 1877


Sends MS about pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  7 May 1877
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/200/15/112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10952

To George King   7 May 1877



Thanks GK for the seeds of the Melastomaceae

and skins of the pigeons,

and forwards a note to Dr Scully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George King
Date:  7 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 185: 113i
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10952F

From A. G. Butler   8 May 1877


Can CD explain why house sparrows persist in trying to build a nest in a spot from which it is daily removed?

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 388
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10953

To Fritz Müller   9 May 1877


Is printing a book on dimorphic plants [Forms of flowers] in which he will make considerable use of FM’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  9 May 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10954

From C.-F. Reinwald   9 May 1877


French translation of Insectivorous plants published.

Climbing plants has not sold well.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10955

From George Rolleston   9 May 1877


Discusses the structure of the human cranium, in particular a find by Cocchi and observations by Canestrini.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10956

To A. G. Butler   9 May 1877


"I have always been inclined to think that sparrows were acute & crafty birds, but you certainly show that they are Fools, & if they go on behaving in so idiotic a manner, you will do quite right to expose their conduct in some public Journal!--"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Date:  9 May 1877
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10957

From G. H. Darwin   [before 28 May 1877]


Cambridge University will offer CD an honorary degree.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 28 May 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10958

From D. B. Miller   12 May 1877


Offers a supplementary component to sexual selection which CD ignored in Descent: the direct effect of differences in ardour between males and females.

Author:  David Benton Miller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10959

To Fritz Müller   14 May 1877


Requests observations on sensitive Mimosa and movements of plants in rain.


Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  14 May 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10960

To Karl von Scherzer   14 May [1877]


Received Moritz Wagner’s essays [Das Ausland (May 1875)] and sent him a long letter [10643] disagreeing with his views because they do not explain adaptation.

Thanks for Büchner’s essay [Die Darwin’sche Theorie, 4th ed. (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl von Scherzer
Date:  14 May [1877]
Classmark:  Uppsala University Library: Manuscripts and Music (Waller Ms gb-00526)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10961

From W. B. Bowles   17 May 1877


Has read a German author’s exposition of CD’s theory.

Believes "missing link" between higher mammals and man consists of a race of "speaking monkeys" – akin to Africans – who pollute blood of better race and impede civilisation.

Author:  William Burrows Bowles
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 263
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10963

To John Price   17 May 1877


Stripes on animals curious subject for investigation. Not likely to take it up again.

Recommends cutting plant stems under water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Price
Date:  17 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 147: 279
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10964
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