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To Albert Gaudry   28 December 1877


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]


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]


"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

To the Down Friendly Society   31 December [1877?]


Reports, as treasurer, on the financial position of the Club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Down Friendly Society
Date:  31 Dec [1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11300

To John Price   8 September [1877–80?]


Kind of JP to send notes on horses, but will not write on subject again.

Erasmus Darwin has not left his house for three years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Price
Date:  8 Sept [1877-80]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13836

To G. H. Darwin   24 November [1877]


Thinks he had better not sign GHD’s paper [as a candidate for F.R.S.], since he obviously is no judge of the quality of his work.

Asks if Thomson did not overlook heat generated by the crushing and folding of strata during the refrigeration of the globe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11251

To J. D. Hooker   25 November [1877]



Neptunia seeds germinated by applying great heat. CD wants advice of Kew gardener, R. I. Lynch, on how to proceed.

Printed public oration for CD’s Cambridge doctorate enclosed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 463
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11253

To J. D. Hooker   28 November [1877]



Suggests revisions in JDH’s 1877 Presidential Address to the Royal Society [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. (1877): 427–46].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 465
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11257

To John Murray   28 November 1877


On publishing details for various CD books.

Has no corrections for new issue of Descent [2d ed.].

Questions amount of cheque for profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 293–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11258

To John Murray   30 November 1877


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 G. J. Romanes   [1 and 2 December 1877]


Comments on GJR’s lecture on evolution.

Regrets failure of graft experiments.

Hopes GJR will not give up on Pangenesis. Mentions article by Gustav Jäger on Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  1 and 2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.526)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11265

To W. D. Fox   2 December 1877


Working hard on physiology of plants.

His son George sees no reason to change his view on marriage of cousins.

George’s astronomical work is too deep for CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 155)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11266

To Jacob Moleschott   [2 December 1877]


Is obliged to JAWM for the honour done in sending CD his Der Kreislauf des Lebens (1877).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jacobus Albertus Willebrordus (Jacob) Moleschott
Date:  [2 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Laage 1980, p. 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11267A

To J. B. Innes   5 October 1877


CD’s opinion of a specimen sent by JBI from an unknown tree, and the Ross-shire tale about it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  5 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11168

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   7 October 1877


Wants seed with large cotyledons to test for sensitivity and movement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  7 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 101–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11171

To Hjalmar Linnström   7 October 1877


Gives permission to translate Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Hjalmar (Hjalmar) Linnström
Date:  7 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Uppsala University Library: Manuscripts and Music (Waller Ms gb-00522)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11172

To Alphonse de Candolle   10 October 1877


AdeC’s two letters on bloom will be very useful; his remarks on evaporation and absorption seem very just. CD has made few experiments as yet. The investigation has been tedious and difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11176

To [W. W. Bailey]   10 October 1877


Thanks for information, which will be useful if CD ever brings out a corrected edition of his book [Forms of flowers].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Steven Raab (dealer) (May 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11176F

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   11 October [1877]


Movements in cotyledons; outlines tracing technique. [A tracing of movements of red cabbage cotyledon enclosed.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  11 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 103–5) (Image reproduced with the kind permission of the Board of Trustees)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11178

To Gaston de Saporta   11 October 1877


Thanks GdeS for communicating his discovery. It is especially important at a time when several naturalists have declared that development occurs quite suddenly at intervals. Joseph Le Conte in N. America urges that even new families and orders are developed within an extremely short period.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  11 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 147: 422
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11179
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