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From John Murray   22 March 1871

Summary

Completes payment for 2d issue [of Descent]; has sold 1300 of the 2000 copies printed. Will probably print 2000 more for 3d issue.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 394
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7611

From R. H. Tiddeman   23 March 1871

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On the case of a male acquaintance with two pairs of mammae.

Author:  Richard Hill Tiddeman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 141–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7614

From J. F. McLennan   24 March 1871

Summary

Unfortunately he has missed an opportunity to review Descent in Nature.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7618

From G. B. A. Duchenne   25 March 1871

Summary

Gives CD permission to use photographs of expressions.

Author:  Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 243
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7623

From M. B. Bathoe   25 March [1871]

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Anecdotal comments on various sections of Descent:

Red Indians erecting their ears;

reasoning in a pet antelope, stag deer, and mongoose;

use of foot as prehensile organ by carpenters in India.

Author:  Maria Burnley Bathoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 87: 31–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7624

From Mary Charlton   25 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for £50 contribution to Edward Cresy’s memorial. £1000 collected so far for an annuity for Mrs Cresy.

Author:  Mary Charlton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7625

From J. D. Hooker   26 March 1871

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Answers CD’s questions.

Reception of Descent. Evolution accepted everywhere; descent of man accepted calmly.

Morocco plans.

Fears for Huxley, who is overworked.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 103: 65–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7627

From John Morley   26 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for CD’s letter on his review of Descent in the Pall Mall Gazette [21 Mar 1871].

Author:  John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7628

From Harrison Weir   28 March 1871

Summary

Effects of first impregnation on litters from subsequent pregnancies.

Power of selective breeding to produce different varieties.

Author:  Harrison William Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7633

From F. C. Donders   28 March 1871

Summary

Answers to CD’s queries will take time. CD may not be aware of the influence of accommodation on the diameter of the pupil of the eye. Parrots, for example, contract or dilate the pupil independently of amount of light [see Expression, p. 304]. Sends his book on the subject [On the anomalies of accommodation and refraction of the eye (1864)].

Author:  Frans Cornelis (Franciscus Cornelius) Donders
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7634

From William Turner   [after 28 March 1871]

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Note on errata in first volume of Descent.

Author:  William Turner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7637

From P. B. Mason   29 March 1871

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More details on children with hairy backs;

reasons for greater mortality rate of male children.

Author:  Philip Brookes Mason
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 90: 72–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7641

From J. M. Fleming   29 March 1871

Summary

Discusses breeding fancy pigeons from the wild blue rock-dove.

Author:  James Murray Fleming
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 164: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7642

From James Crichton-Browne   29 March 1871

Summary

Sends scraps of information. Everything he has sent is unreservedly at CD’s disposal.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 314
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7643

From Anne Barnard   30 March 1871

Summary

On reading Descent was reminded of having seen, on a visit to an idiot asylum with her father [J. S. Henslow], a woman with long pointed ears.

Author:  Anne Barnard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7644

From John Morley   30 March 1871

Summary

Questions CD’s attribution of a sense of beauty to animals and his use of natural selection to explain phenomena JM feels it more appropriate to describe as social selection.

Author:  John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 170, DAR 88: 165–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7645

From Edouard van Beneden   31 March 1871

Summary

Many thanks for copy of Descent.

Would like to visit CD when he comes to England.

Author:  Édouard Joseph Louis Marie (Édouard) van Beneden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7648

From James Crichton-Browne   [29–31 March 1871]

Summary

On the power of concentration to influence body organs.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29–31 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 324
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7649

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
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