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To Nature   16 December 1879

Summary

Reports information sent by E. Schulte [12254] on the colours of the male Diadema bolina.

Discusses extent to which consciousness came into play in the origin of certain instincts, including sexual display.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Nature, 8 January 1880, p. 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12359

To Nature   15 December [1879]

Summary

CD has repeated a test of whether hybrids of the common and Chinese goose are fertile inter se. Reports his success, and comments on its significance for the theory of descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  15 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 1 January 1880, p. 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12391

To Nature   [before 27 March 1879]

Summary

In reply to a query [in Nature 19 (1879): 433] CD reports that vessels full of water were kept on the deck of a ship to discourage rats from gnawing holes in the ship’s water casks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 27 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 27 March 1879, p. 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8826

To ?   23 October 1879

Summary

Is obliged for the note about Wallis Nash’s death, but he has since heard that the report was false.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Ronald T. Raines (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12268F

To ?   5 June 1879

Summary

Unable to accept invitation.

Looked at leaves and saw no sign that animal matter was absorbed. Believes insects were caught only accidentally.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (5 December 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12089

To ?   21 April 1879

Summary

Thanks for letter and articles: gratifying to hear that agriculturalists attend to his works.

Cannot decipher German writing so has stuck the address from the letter on the envelope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Apr 1879
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (July 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006F

To ?   9 January 1879

Summary

Thanks correspondent for the copies of his engraving. "The work seems to be, though I cannot pretend to be a judge, a vy fine production".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823

To ?   23 January [1879?]

Summary

Orders a sheet of gold-beater’s skin for plant experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1879?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11841

To Nature   [before 20 March 1879]

Summary

Comments on a letter from Fritz Müller [11839] and particularly on the subject of the disappearance of certain structures in organisms. FM’s explanation deserves serious consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 20 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 20 March 1879, pp. 462–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11945

From James Paget   18 November 1879

Summary

Thanks for Erasmus Darwin. It is a rare life and an unmatched illustration of the transmission of intellectual strength.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 174: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12328

From Eduard Schulte   18 November 1879

Summary

Supports CD’s theory but doubts that butterfly life-cycle is consistent with it. Metamorphosis of butterflies is not comparable to that of other insects.

Comments on butterfly fertilisation of flowers.

Author:  Eduard Schulte
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12329

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   20 November 1879

Summary

Wants a plant identified;

would like some cotton seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 195–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12330

To E. S. Galton   20 November 1879

Summary

Thanks ESG for list of errata in his part [of Erasmus Darwin].

Extends sympathy on death of Edward Wheler, E. S. G’s brother-in-law.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Sophia Galton
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12331

From James Torbitt   20 November 1879

Summary

Intends to get his ideas on the "wearing out" of varieties printed.

This year’s crosses were failures.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12332

To A. S. Packard   23 November 1879

Summary

Has never heard of bees that are carnivorous; hopes someone will investigate ASP’s observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alpheus Spring Packard, Jr
Date:  23 Nov 1879
Classmark:  English Heritage, Down House (Scrapbook)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12333

From Ernst Krause   24 November 1879

Summary

German edition of Erasmus Darwin will not appear until next year.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12334

From John Ball   28 November 1879

Summary

Thanks CD for noticing some difficulties in his hypothesis. Concedes that there is no proof that higher plants are more intolerant of carbon dioxide than lower plants. Argues that the main difference between the lowlands and the high mountains in Palaeozoic times would be the much greater climatic fluctuations that would occur on the mountains. Discusses carbon dioxide diffusion in the Palaeozoic atmosphere. Thinks that the large number of species and genera peculiar to high mountains favours the assumption that "their diffusion must date from a geologically remote period" [see ML 2: 20–2].

Author:  John Ball
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12335

From J. D. Hooker   29 November 1879

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Summary

Congratulations on Erasmus Darwin; likes CD’s part better than Ernst Krause’s.

Received false notice of Asa Gray’s death.

Gray and JDH engaged in comparing widely separated but floristically similar regions.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12336

From James Torbitt   [after 19 November 1879]

Summary

Encloses a report on JT’s potato varieties by William Meredith, one of the many individuals in the country who are growing them.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 19 Nov 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12337

From E. S. Galton   19 November 1879

Summary

Her brother-in-law, Edward Wheler, died on Sunday.

Sends some corrections for Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Emma Sophia Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov 1879
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12337F
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