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To ?   4 July [1877?]


Passes judgment on photo of embryological interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 July [1877?]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (23 July 1963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11590

To ?   [before 22 May 1877?]


Writes as Treasurer of the Down Friendly Society; discusses financial matters related to the Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [before 22 May 1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8932

To Nature   24 February [1877]


Darwin consents to his correspondence with Pieter Harting being published in Nature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  24 Feb [1877]
Classmark:  The 19th Century Shop (dealers) (July 2004)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9872F

To Nature   21 November [1877]


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

To ?   30 March 1877


Sends autograph as requested.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  30 Mar 1877
Classmark:  L’Autographe (dealers) (1997?)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10918F

To ?   7 June 1877


Thanks correspondent for his essay and kind allusions [to Cross and self-fertilisation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 June 1877
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (MA 9975)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10989

From ?   13 June 1877



Objects to the passage about the Irish quoted by CD in Descent [1: 174].

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 69: A12–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10998

To ?   24 June [1877]


Advises correspondent on adopting a career; "each person shd. follow his natural bent & improve his special abilities".

Strongly recommends study of J. S. Mill’s Logic.

His own zeal for science was most stimulated by Herschel’s Introduction to the study of natural philosophy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 June [1877]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (25 July 1972); Kobunso (dealer) (1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11014

To ?   26 June [1877]


Asks for a copy [of an unknown item] to be sent to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 June [1877]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (5 May 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11016F

To Nature   15 August [1877]


CD forwards letter from F. J. Cohn [11093] that provides confirmation of observations by Francis Darwin on the contractile filaments protruded from the glands of Dipsacus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  15 Aug [1877]
Classmark:  Nature, 23 August 1877, p. 339
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11108

To ?   26 February 1877


Acknowledges receipt of a publication from a German author. Hopes that the German will not be too difficult to understand in an "important & abstruse" subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 Feb 1877
Classmark:  eBay (September 2001)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10871A

From T. A. Edison   7 December 1877


Offers to send green insects that give off a powerful odour of napthalene.

Author:  Thomas Alva Edison
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 163: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11271

From John Michels   9 December 1877


Sends a drawing [missing] of alleged fossil man found in Colorado. JM is certain it is a hoax perpetrated by P. T. Barnum. It was designed to conform to CD’s well-known views of man’s ancestor.

Author:  John Michels
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11272

From A. W. Rimpau   10 December 1877


Sends his paper ["Die selbst-sterilität des Roggens", Landwirtsch. Jahrb. 6 (1877): 1073–6] on self-sterility in Secale cereale. AWR was wrong in claiming Beta vulgaris was perfectly self-sterile.

Reports results of crossing wheat varieties. In the first generation offspring are always uniform; some are intermediate, some resemble one parent. In the second generation, on the contrary, he got a diversity of parental and intermediate forms.

Author:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11273

To W. W. Bailey   10 December [1877]


"Many thanks for the specimens which will be very useful whenever a new Edition is required."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Alfred Williams Anthony collection: box 7, folder 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11274

To E. H. Sieveking   11 December 1877


Would like the letters from grandfather [Erasmus Darwin] to J. A. H. Reimarus to be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Henry Sieveking
Date:  11 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.528)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11275

To C. H. Merriam   [11 December 1877]


Thanks him for sending his Birds of Connecticut.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Clinton Hart Merriam
Date:  [11 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Waverly Auctions (dealers) (9 March 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11276A

From M. T. Masters   [13 December 1877]



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


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


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
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