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From M. T. Masters   [13 December 1877]

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Sends the name of a plant: Cotyledon stolonifera.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 68: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11279

From E. A. Greaves   14 December 1877

Summary

Offers to sell CD a portrait of Dr Erasmus Darwin by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Author:  Elizabeth Anne Greaves
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11280

From Gaston de Saporta   16 December 1877

Summary

He has heard CD is about to be elected to the Académie des Sciences.

Cross and self-fertilisation, with its emphasis on insect pollination, helps explain the problem he has worked on for so long: i.e., the rapid diversification of angiosperms in the fossil record occurs in conjunction with the diversification of insects.

Author:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11281

From J. C. Conybeare   17 December 1877

Summary

JCC and his young daughter have observed that blossoms of Drosera rotundifolia open in afternoon, which contradicts Forms of flowers.

Author:  John Charles Conybeare
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11282

From G. J. Romanes   2 December 1877

Summary

Thanks for letter. Values CD’s opinion more than that of anybody else.

Perfectly astonished at reception CD got among popular audiences at GJR’s lectures.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11283

To A. W. Rimpau   13 December [1877]

Summary

Thanks for letter about beet. Will strike out statement about it in MS of new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Date:  13 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 304v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11284

To Axel Key   20 December 1877

Summary

Expresses his gratitude and admiration for AK’s and M. G. Retzius’s Studien in der Anatomie des Nervensystems und des Bindegewebes (2 vols. 1875–6).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Axel Henrik (Axel) Key
Date:  20 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Gustaf Retzius arkiv, Inbundna serien, Engelsmän I, s 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11284A

From A. W. Malm   21 December 1877

Summary

Thanks for Origin, 6th ed.

Author:  August Wilhelm Malm
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11285

From J. V. Carus   23 December 1877

Summary

A misprint in Variation.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11286

To Gaston de Saporta   24 December 1877

Summary

Such honours as proposal for election to Institut affect CD very little.

GdeS’s idea that dicotyledonous plants were not developed until sucking insects evolved is a splendid one. The suggestion that fertilisation of the surviving members of the most ancient dicotyledons should be studied is a good one. CD hopes GdeS will keep it in mind.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  24 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11287

From B. J. Sulivan   25 December 1877

Summary

BJS was pleased to see CD’s son [William] and his wife at Charles Langton’s.

His own son is preparing for marriage.

Reports meeting a former Beagle shipmate.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11288

To J. V. Carus   26 December [1877]

Summary

Thanks JVC for a correction [for 3d German edition of Variation]. He is the most accurate translator that ever lived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  26 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 174–175)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11289

To R. A. Blair   27 December 1877

Summary

Asks for the wing of a goose said to have transmitted effects of an injury by hereditary descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reuben Almond Blair
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.529)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11290

To W. C. Marshall   27 December 1877

Summary

Cannot allow WCM to pay extra charge for glass. Rooms all very comfortable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11291

From Hyde Clarke   27 December 1877

Summary

Informs CD of his work on the "unity of language in its development".

Author:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11292

To Albert Gaudry   28 December 1877

Summary

Thanks AG for his kindness in sending his valuable work [Les enchaînements du monde animal vol. 1 (1878)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  28 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11293

To M. T. Masters   [6–12 December 1877]

Summary

Reports on the flowering and growth of a branch of Echeveria stolonifera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  [6–12 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 29 December 1877, p. 805
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11294

To Hyde Clarke   [29 December 1877]

Summary

"If you finally succeed in proving that all languages have been developed from a common root, you will indeed have effected a most valuable piece of work."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Date:  29 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (23–4 February 1959)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11295

From Lawson Tait   31 December [1877]

Summary

Speculation on the process by which tails have been lost; believes he has evidence from man that it is related to spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11297

From F. J. Cohn   31 December 1877

Summary

Sends details of H. H. R. Koch’s work on bacteria, including first photographs.

J. S. Burdon Sanderson’s and Koch’s collaboration on systemic fever.

Thinks movement of Francis Darwin’s Dipsacus filaments is an artifact.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11298
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