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From A child of God   [after 24 February 1871?]


Urges CD to repent and seek salvation through Christ.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770

From John Murray   27 February [1871]


First edition [issue] of Descent is exhausted. Asks CD to send corrections at once for a new printing of at least 1000 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 390
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7519

From Anton Dohrn   28 February 1871


Thanks CD for Variation.

From his work on insect embryology he sees a great parallelism between insect and vertebrate embryology.

The zoological station is slowly advancing.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 206
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7520

From George Rolleston   [after 22 February 1871]


Suggests alteration in Descent [1st ed. 7th thousand] in citing pagination of George Busk’s paper "The caves of Gibraltar" [Trans. Int. Congr. Prehist. Archaeol. 3 (1868): 106–67].

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 22 Feb 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7521

From Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   [before 21 February 1871]



Notes on Variation and Descent.

Author:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 21 Feb 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 90: 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7529

From J. W. Abernethy   [after 18 February 1871]


A poem, "Burns to Darwin".

Author:  Julian Willis Abernethy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 18 Feb 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 140.4: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13771

From St George Jackson Mivart   24 February [1871]


Would be pleased if CD called.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5926

From James Anderson   [after 24 February 1871?]


Sends two books detailing a new medical method that will produce "a state of health & vigour on every occasion & in every instance" and is applicable to "the entire circle of animated nature" [William Hibbert, Important discovery. Hibbert’s new theory and practice of medicine (1870) and The new theory and practice of medicine (1870)]. The volumes apply to animals and man. Subsequent books will detail the method for insects and plants.

[Letter erroneously addressed to E. A. Darwin, and forwarded by EAD to CD.]

Author:  James Anderson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7407

From C.-F. Reinwald   1 February 1871


Has left Paris because of the war.

J. J. Moulinié and Carl Vogt are at work on Descent, which CR plans to publish in Paris.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7472

From W. W. Reade   1 February 1871


Sir Andrew Smith says Hottentots and Kaffirs laugh till they cry.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7473

From Erasmus Wilson   3 February 1871


On irritation of cutaneous nerves exciting responses in unconnected skin muscles.

Author:  William James Erasmus (Erasmus) Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7475

From W. E. Darwin   6 February 1871


Does shut eyes when scratching himself. Will ask Langstaff about muscles used when playing flute. Is back at work but hobbling around.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1871
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7476F

From W. B. Dawkins   8 February 1871


The box of bones sent by CD has led to a series of explorations. Reports on Yorkshire cave-hunting.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7477

From Felice Finzi   9 February 1871


Sends a publication to Darwin.

Asks for a portrait.

Author:  Felice Finzi
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7478A

From Thomas Meehan   10 February 1871


Sends CD some remarks he made before the Academy of Natural Sciences [Philadelphia].

TM is indebted to the Origin for first suggesting to him which observations might be useful to those working out the greater laws of nature.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7479

From James Crichton-Browne   16 February 1871


Values CD’s approbation more than that of anyone else now living.

CD’s "searching questions". Sends answers separately.

Offers his observation on morbid pigmentation of skin.

Offers photographs of abnormal features in patients – ears with bristles, women with two sets of nipples.

Encloses notes on weeping and laughter in the insane.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 312
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7484

From J. V. Carus   17 February 1871


The pages [of Descent] CD wishes to correct are not yet printed.

JVC’s work on the translation has been interrupted by illness.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7485

From John Murray   18 February [1871]


Bound copies [of Descent] have been dispatched to CD.

Robert Cooke, JM’s cousin and partner, has been nominated for Athenaeum; asks CD’s support.

Begs CD not to permit any notice by F. P. Cobbe to appear until after next week.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 387
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7486

From David Forbes   18 February 1871


Thanks for copy of Descent.

Author:  David Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7487

From V. O. Kovalevsky   18 February 1871


VOK and his wife walked 25 miles through the Prussian lines to Paris.

Natural history collections undamaged by bombardment, but Edmond Hébert and A. J. Gaudry fear Prussians will rob them.

Several sheets of Descent lost as they passed through the lines.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 169: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7488
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