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From Thomas Barbot Beale   17 December [1868 or later]


On why it is said Indian elephants do not breed in captivity; mating habits of male so violent as to require restraint.

Author:  T. B Beall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec [1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13777

From W. D. Fox   9 December [1868]


Hybrid geese.

Proportions of sexes in sheep and cattle.

Pairing habits of crows.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 126–7, DAR 85: B36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6455

From James Croll   2 December 1868


Sends abstract of his views on change of climate and a copy of a paper.

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 262
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6489

From James Croll   [2 December 1868]


Glacial climates.

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Dec 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 50: E3–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6489F

From Frederick Behrens   3 December 1868


Requests autograph.

Author:  Frederick Behrens
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6490

From J. B. Innes   4 December 1868


Full background on the difficulties of the vicarage of Down.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6492

From J. B. Innes   7 December 1868


Describes a supposed cross between a cow and a red deer or doe.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6493

From John Lubbock   8 December 1868


Thanks for the pamphlets; JL’s paper, "Primitive condition of man" [Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 6 (1868): 328].

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 170: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6494

From G. H. Darwin   8 December 1868


Sends news of his and Frank’s doings at Cambridge.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6495

From T. H. Huxley   18 December 1868


Sends letter [from Haeckel?] opened by mistake.

August Schleicher a great loss.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 316
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6498

From J. Noordhoek Hegt   11 December 1868



On spurs in peacocks. [See Descent 1: 290 n.]

Author:  J. Noordhoek Hegt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6499

From J. B. Innes   12 December 1868


Will try to get more information about the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer].

The rumours about John Robinson [curate of Down] cause JBI concern. He will seek to get the facts – will try to protect Robinson against malicious rumours, but if he is immoral he must go forthwith.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6501

From J. B. Innes   14 December 1868


Hopes Miss [Sarah Elizabeth] Wedgwood will sell part of her land for a parsonage at Down. Recounts his futile efforts to obtain land in the past.

Encloses news item about the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer].

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 23, 23a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6502

From John Evans   14 December 1868


Apologises; CD is correct: the object his foreman found is not organic.

Author:  John Evans
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 163: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6503

From John Hellins   16 December 1868



Results of his breeding have not borne out his opinion that females are more numerous in Lepidoptera [see Descent 1: 313]. Still convinced he is right, suggests only way to settle question is by controlled breeding of large numbers of each species.

Author:  John Hellins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 85: B76–7, B84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6506

From J. B. Innes   18 December 1868


Has forwarded a veterinary surgeon’s description of the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer, see 6504]. A neighbour who has seen it is convinced it is genuine.

JBI can do no more about John Robinson.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6507

From V. O. Kovalevsky   22 December 1868


The first half of vol. 2 of Variation is printed.

News of his marriage.

Sends portraits of Russian scientists.

Hopes CD will write his book on man and asks permission to translate it.

Moving to Germany for two or three years.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 169: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6510

From J. D. Hooker   [23 December 1868]



T. H. Farrer’s paper is capital.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Dec 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 247; Linnean Society of London MS. SP 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6511

From William Alexander Wooler   29 December 1868


Observations that confirm CD’s deduction that half-bred Persian cats are fruitful one with another. Relates case of Persian characters reappearing in the offspring of a common cat which was the descendant of a half-bred Persian.

Author:  William Alexander Wooler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6516

From Sven Nilsson   31 December 1868



On the development of horns in Lapland reindeer. [See Descent 1: 288.]

Author:  Sven Nilsson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6517
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