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To G. C. Robertson   13 July [1877]

Summary

Thanks for offprints [of "Sketch of an infant", Collected papers 2: 191–200]. Several Germans have asked permission to translate it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Croom Robertson
Date:  13 July [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11052

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   14 July [1877]

Summary

"Frank and I are working very hard on ""bloom"" and sleep" [movements]. Asks for succulent species for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  14 July [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 70–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11053

From Ernst Krause   14 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for permission to print ["Sketch of an infant"] in Kosmos.

Discusses children’s ability to distinguish colours.

Describes disagreements among German supporters of CD. Discusses reaction of German protestants to Darwinism.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 169: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11054

To Rudolph Ludwig   [16 July 1877]

Summary

Thanks RABL for his book on crocodiles [Fossile Crocodiliden (1877)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Rudolph August Birminhold Sebastian (Rudolph) Ludwig
Date:  [16 July 1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.517)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11055

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   16 July 1877

Summary

Is forwarding several plants requested by CD.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11056

To J. M. F. Ludlow   16 July [1877]

Summary

Writes as a trustee of Down Friendly Society, which wishes to have one of its rules modified to permit the distribution of surplus funds. [Apparently an earlier draft of 11058.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow
Date:  16 July [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11057

To J. M. F. Ludlow   17 July [1877]

Summary

Wishes to have a resolution lately passed by the Down Friendly Society confirmed at the earliest convenience. [See also 11057.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow
Date:  17 July [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11058

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   18 July [1877]

Summary

Thanks him for various plants sent for experiments.

Frank [Darwin] has been feeding Drosera meat to study differences between fed and unfed plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  18 July [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 72–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11059

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   18 July 1877

Summary

Has sent Mimosa. The horticultural and physiological Mimosa is M. albida, which has a western distribution, rather than M. sensitiva as it is commonly called in error.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 209.2: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11060

To C. G. Semper   18 July 1877

Summary

Thanks for CGS’s work [“Über Schneckenaugen” (1877)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Date:  18 July 1877
Classmark:  Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf (slg 60/Dok/56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11061

From Adam Fitch   20 July 1877

Summary

Queries about cauliflowers.

Author:  Adam Fitch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 164: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11063

To J. M. F. Ludlow   20 July [1877]

Summary

Writes as a trustee of the Down Friendly Society. Hopes the Society will soon be permitted to distribute its surplus funds, as there is agitation to dissolve the club and divide its assets.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow
Date:  20 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 202: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11064

To the National Debt Office   [after 29 July 1877]

Summary

Writes as a trustee of Down Friendly Society about withdrawing some funds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  National Debt Office
Date:  [after 29 July 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11065

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   22 July [1877]

Summary

Describes experiments on sensitivity of plant leaves to water.

Frank [Darwin] has found that Drosera leaves fed with meat contain more starch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  22 July [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 74–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11066

To H. H. M. Herbert   20 July 1877

Summary

With 88 others signs a letter supporting the representation of natives in the legislative assembly of the Union of South Africa.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th earl of Carnarvon
Date:  20 July 1877
Classmark:  The Times, 23 July 1877, p. 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11066F

From A. R. Wallace   23 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers.

Further objections to "voluntary" sexual selection. Believes that he can explain all the phenomena of sexual ornaments and colours by laws of development aided by simple natural selection.

Excited by Thomas Belt’s "oceanic glacier river-damming" hypothesis. The last paper, "Glacial period in the Southern Hemisphere" in the Quarterly Journal of Science is particularly fine.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11067

From W. G. Smith   24 July 1877

Summary

Reports a fossil fungus, complete with fossil zoospores, within the vascular bundles of a Lepidodendron from the Coal Measures. The genus is Pythium and it appears no different from living species.

Author:  Worthington George Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11068

From J. F. McLennan   24 July 1877

Summary

Asks for details on CD’s Descent references to female infanticide.

JFM’s work on the laws of incest finds strong evidence for man’s relation to animals.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11069

From R. I. Lynch   25 July 1877

Summary

List of plants sent.

Author:  Richard Irwin Lynch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 209.12: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11070

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   25 July 1877

Summary

Is acquiring some "maritime and glaucous" plants for CD.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11071
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