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From D. Thomas   [after 11 March 1871]

Summary

CD is "bent upon linking the monkey race to us"; DT finds it striking that CD should so resemble an ape.

Author:  D. Thomas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 11 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13849

From Frederic Bateman   31 March [1871]

Summary

Sends his work discussing the anatomical seat of the faculty of language [On aphasia (1870)]. Concludes that it may be impossible to find any cerebral centre for speech and that this fact opposes the idea of the descent of man from some lower form.

Author:  Frederic Bateman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7155

From Leonard Darwin   [after 4 March 1871]

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Recommends a photographer to CD for Expression.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 186: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7405

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [21 March 1871]

Summary

Copy of and note on a picture of Noah’s daughter averting her eyes in shame.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [21 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 195.1: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7406

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [before 3 March 1871]

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On "moral sense" in Descent.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 41–53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7470

From J. J. Aubertin   1 March 1871

Summary

Was reminded of CD by his new book [Descent] in a shop;

reports having come on train as far as Bromley in previous summer, but found no means of travelling the seven miles to Down. Might try again.

Author:  John James Aubertin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7526

From John Tyndall   1 March [1871]

Summary

JT suggests that Ogle call upon him so that they can arrange experiments suitable for his purpose.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7527

From T. H. Farrer   1 March 1871

Summary

Parallel between CD’s account of morality [in Descent], of social instinct preceding selfishness, and Henry Maine’s account of notions of property of a community preceding individual property [in Ancient law (1861)].

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7528

From James Murie   2 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for Descent.

He is "driven" from his post.

He has homologised the face muscles of cetaceans and man. Although the former do not show expression, the nose and upper lip muscles are highly developed.

Author:  James Murie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7531

From W. R. Greg   2 March [1871?]

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Quotes authority on the decline in height of French army recruits.

Author:  William Rathbone Greg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar [1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 87: 149–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7532

From Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   2 March 1871

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Dutch translation [of Descent].

Notes about reversion.

Hermaphroditism in fishes.

Polydactylism.

Author:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 90: 21–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7533

From A. F. Baillie   3 March 1871

Summary

Rereading Journal of researches, particularly on Buenos Aires and varieties of cattle observed there [pp. 145–6]. Reports a case of a cow in which the characters of the niata and two other breeds were combined.

Author:  Alexander Francis Baillie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7536

From J. J. Moulinié   3 March 1871

Summary

French translation of Descent all but complete.

Hopes translation of Origin will soon be finished.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7538

From Herbert Spencer   3 March 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Descent; wishes it had appeared earlier so that he could have made use of the facts in his Principles of psychology [2d ed. (1870–2)].

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7540

From T. H. Farrer   3 March 1871

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On private property, with regard to tools and arms; comments on Maine’s book and the history of law regarding property.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 165–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7541

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [3–9 March 1871]

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Agrees that social instinct or love for fellows is the beginning of moral feeling. Responds to CD’s letter [7537].

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3–9 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 56–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7542

From J. J. Aubertin   4 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for letter and invitation to come to Down.

Sorry about CD’s bad health; Brazilian climate has improved his own.

Sorry to hear Miss Butler is dead.

Author:  John James Aubertin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7545

From W. W. Reade   4 March 1871

Summary

Praise for gentle but resolute tone of Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7546

From William Johnson   5 March 1871

Summary

Reports case of apparent consciousness of complicity in an elephant.

Believes that Darwinism is applicable to Greek language.

Author:  William Johnson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7547

From J. F. McLennan   6 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for copy of Descent. Dining with Vernon Lushington, who is jubilant over the book.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7549
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