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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

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

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

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

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

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

From W. B. Bowles   18 May 1877


Is less certain of views in letter of 17 May [10963]. Asserts interest in explaining the presence of "speaking monkeys", which occur in higher as well as lower classes.

Author:  William Burrows Bowles
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 264
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10965

From E. S. Morse   18 May 1877


Lectured on Darwinism in Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Buffalo, and to 3500 people in New York City.

Despite close friendship with Cope and Hyatt and many explanations by the latter, he cannot understand their views.

Thanks CD for appreciation of his papers.

Author:  Edward Sylvester Morse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 245
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10966

From E. H. von Baumhauer   19 May 1877


CD elected unanimously as a foreign member of the Dutch Society of Sciences. [See 10970.]

Author:  Edouard Henri von Baumhauer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 230: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10967A

From Asa Gray   22 May 1877


Asked C. E. Bessey whether Lithospermum longiflorum was dimorphic like its relatives. Encloses CEB’s reply.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 110: B53–7, DAR 165: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10969

From G. H. Darwin   28 May 1877


Writes in detail about Cambridge offer of the honorary LL.D.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10974

From J. D. Hooker   29 May 1877



JDH’s view of Thiselton-Dyer’s engagement to his daughter, Harriet.

JDH is pleased to help with "bloom" questions.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 104: 82–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10975

From J. D. Hooker   31 May 1877



Responding to CD’s request for assistance with his study of "bloom", JDH sends seeds, a list of available plants, and a list of English wild plants with "bloom".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 104: 84–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10977
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