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To Nature   21 November [1877]

Summary

Sends letter from Fritz Müller [11191] containing observations on plants and insects of South Brazil, with prefatory comments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  21 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  Nature, 29 November 1877, p. 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11245

From W. D. Fox   29 November [1877]

Summary

Congratulates W. E. Darwin, who is about to be married,

and CD for the LL.D. conferred upon him by Cambridge.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11261

To John Murray   30 November 1877

Summary

Thanks for accounts which make everything intelligible to him. Since he was glad to have Orchids published at one-half of profits for himself, he believes it would be very shabby to accept JM’s new offer of two-thirds profits. Thinks it would be fairer to both to change to JM’s usual practice with authors [i.e., annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all copies have been sold].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11262

To Horace Darwin   1 November [1877]

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Summary

Wants HD to observe earthworm activity at Roman antiquities of Chedworth and Cirencester.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  1 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11221

From E. A. Darwin   2 November [1877?]

Summary

A friend of EAD’s has removed a CD letter pasted into a book given by CD to a library, and kept it lest the author think CD did not like his book.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11223

From ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier   [2 November 1877]

Summary

A student meeting at Edinburgh University has unanimously voted to nominate CD as candidate for lord rector, if he will agree to stand.

Author:  ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11224

To ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier   [2 November 1877]

Summary

Although honoured by being asked, regrets the state of his health prevents his standing as a candidate for Lord Rector of Edinburgh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier
Date:  [2 Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11225

To J. D. Hooker   6 November [1877]

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Requests seeds for study of movement in cotyledons. Would love to study Welwitschia cotyledons.

Son William is to be married 28 November.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 459–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11226

From A. D. Austin   6 November 1877

Summary

His discovery that in the binocular vision of the stereoscope faces can be blended with decided improvement in beauty. Suggests the possibility of experiments in thus photographing the faces of animals, different races and orders of men.

Author:  Albert Duncan Austin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1877
Classmark:  Galton 1878, p. 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11226A

From J. D. Hooker   7 November 1877

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Sent rare cycad seeds for CD’s cotyledon study.

Welwitschia seed germinated at Kew had ordinary cotyledons. JDH thinks mature Welwitschia leaves are original cotyledons.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 104: 97–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11227

From G. M. Asher   7 November 1877

Summary

On receiving CD’s letter GMA wrote for wheat seeds to send CD. Gives information on the wheat and on grasses to suggest that variability of the soil accounts for replacement of kubanka by saxonka.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11228

To J. D. Hooker   8 November [1877]

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CD and Frank working hard on cotyledonary movement.

CD suggests technique for growing Welwitschia.

Approves of J. D. Dana and of O. Heer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 461–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11229

From G. M. Asher   11 November 1877

Summary

Regarding CD’s inability to find a young botanist to investigate Russian wheat; comments on utter lack of organisation in scientific research in Britain as compared with Germany.

Gives arguments against CD’s suggestion that the saxonka seeds could have long dormancy period which would account for their gradual overtaking of kubanka.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11230

From J. T. Riches   12 November 1877

Summary

Has studied the Comparettia falcata, not mentioned in Orchids, and found it is often self-fertilising.

Author:  John Thomas Riches
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11231

From R. A. Vance   12 November 1877

Summary

Writes of his observations on the "valves of Houston" in the rectum, which he believes to be rudimentary organs.

Author:  Reuben Aleshire Vance
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 180: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11232

To J. W. Clark   12 November 1877

Summary

Thanks his correspondent for his letter; hopes he will convey to the president how obliged he is for the invitation, which he cannot accept as it would tire him too much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Willis Clark
Date:  12 Nov 1877
Classmark:  H. Bruce Rinker PhD (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11232F

To Fritz Müller   13 November 1877

Summary

Asks for Cassia seed for experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  13 Nov 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11233

From J. D. Hooker   13 November 1877

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JDH cannot attend at the bestowal of CD’s honorary doctorate at Cambridge.

O. C. Marsh is rash to suggest all vertebrate types originated in America.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 104: 99–100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11234

To Lawson Tait   13 November [1877]

Summary

CD declines to write for RLT’s new journal. He is not fitted for the work and dislikes it particularly. It costs loss of time as he "cannot change with ease from one job to another".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11235

From J. G. Joyce   15 November 1877

Summary

Memorandum on Silchester. Report by IGJ of investigations carried out at Silchester with Frank and Horace [Darwin] on earthworm activity at the site of a Roman villa. Sections of vertical cuttings at Silchester, traced from the journal of the excavations of the Roman house, and notes on the same.

Author:  James Gerald Joyce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 64.2: 63–6; DAR 65: 104, 106, 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11236
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