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From J. J. Weir   [before 30 May 1868]

Summary

Reversion of tamed animals to wild behaviour.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 30 May 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5748

From W. D. Fox   [before 14 May 1868]

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Summary

Pairing habits of birds: polygamy among ducks and canaries.

Information on the proportion of sexes in fowls and other birds.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 14 May 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5762

From J. J. Weir   [4–7] May 1868

Summary

Proportion of sexes in ruffs [see Descent 1: 306].

Colour display in linnets, songbirds. Courtship display of Australian pigeon at zoo.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4–7] May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 75–6, DAR 86: C3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6151

From A. R. Wallace   1 May [1868]

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Answers CD’s objection [see 6121 and 6146] about sexual differences and protective colouring. Summarises his theory of colour in nature.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 83: 191–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6153

From James Murie   1 May 1868

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Measurements of the Bornean ape (Macacus inornatus, Gray). [See Descent 1: 151.]

Author:  James Murie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 80: B124, B156–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6155

From B. D. Walsh   1 May 1868

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BDW believes the coloration of species [of Anthocaris] provides a case of sexual selection.

The state of entomology in the U. S.; Darwinism now a common creed, especially among entomologists.

Author:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A115–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6156

From George Cupples   1 May 1868

Summary

Has read Variation;

is preparing a monograph on Scotch deerhounds. Offers CD information on size of male and female deerhounds.

Might not the effect of human mother’s imagination on "character of offspring" support Pangenesis?

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 283
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6157

From Edward Blyth   3 May 1868

Summary

Reports another case of syndactylism.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6158

From Gilbert William Child   3 May [1868]

Summary

Requests CD testimonial for Sherardian Professorship of Botany.

Author:  Gilbert William Child
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6159

From John Scott   4 May 1868

Summary

Replies to CD’s query on expression of emotions.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6160

From G. W. Child   7 May [1868]

Summary

Thanks CD for testimonial.

Author:  Gilbert William Child
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6166

From George Cupples   11–13 May 1868

Summary

Answers CD’s queries on difference in size of male and female Scottish deerhounds; female preference for larger males; details about ratio of sexes born. Quotes from letter of Archibald McNeill on difference in size of male and female Scotch deerhounds.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11–13 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 83: 119–20, DAR 83: 121–6, DAR 85: B28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6169

From Albert Günther   13 May 1868

Summary

Sends proofs of his fish paper.

Will observe modification of colour in fish.

Is studying the development of the axolotl.

Encloses notes in reply to CD’s queries on fishes.

Author:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 242a, DAR 82: B23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6170

From Giovanni Canestrini   14 May 1868

Summary

Asks CD’s permission to translate Variation into Italian [translation not published until 1876].

Author:  Giovanni Canestrini
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6173

From Otto Staudinger   15 May 1868

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Has often thought CD would find vast material for his ideas in study of entomology and Lepidoptera. His price-list of specimens proves only that collectors of Lepidoptera catch more males than females, not that there are more. He accounts for this by the less active habits of the females. [See Descent 1: 312.]

Author:  Otto Staudinger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A103-6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6174

From John Harward   15 May 1868

Summary

On false claims that female cattle can be produced at will.

Author:  John Harward
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6175

From Henry Nicholson Ellacombe   16 May 1868

Summary

Asks function of several twisted parts (stem, petals, germen) in hardy orchids. His reading of Orchids makes him suspect that the parts are connected with fertilisation.

Author:  Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 163: 14/1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6177

From Thomas Henry Farrer   17 May 1868

Summary

Raises a question about a statement in Orchids; his observations differ.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 163: 14/2; DAR 164: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6178

From Asa Gray   18 May 1868

Summary

Has passed on copy of Variation to American Academy [of Arts and Sciences]. The U. S. reprint is not very nicely printed.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6179

From Edward Blyth   18 May 1868

Summary

Replies to CD’s queries regarding sexual differences in gibbons’ voices, chameleon behaviour, and the occurrence of spurs in pheasants and peahens. Discusses sexual differences in structure and habit within certain bird species.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 83: 148, DAR 84.1: 107–8, 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6180
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