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From William Preyer   27 April 1871


Thanks CD for Origin, 5th ed.

Comments on reviews of Descent by the Duke of Argyll and A. R. Wallace.

Lists the Darwinian professors at Jena.

WP’s work shows external ear to have no physiological functions.

W. Müller’s book not yet arrived. Will send Müller’s next works.

Author:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 52, DAR 174: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7721

From R. I. Thompson   27 April 1871



About a dog that acquired habits from a cat and her kittens.

Author:  Ralph Ingham Thompson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 113–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7722

From Williams & Norgate   28 April 1871


Information on the publishing history of a book [J. C. Lavater, Physiognomische Fragmente, 4 vols. (1775–8)].

Author:  Williams & Norgate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7725

From O. G. Rejlander   30 April 1871



Since it is difficult to catch the expressions CD wants, OGR is posing himself.

Author:  Oscar Gustaf Rejlander
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 53.1: C47, C48, 176: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7728

From C. A. J. Brooke   30 April 1871


Sends a small apparatus from Sarawak for getting fire.

Author:  Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1871
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 49677: 35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7729F

From G. H. Darwin   [1–4 April 1871]


Mentions some photos relating to expression.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1–4 Apr 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7790

From W. E. Darwin   [April 1871?]



J. S. Mill’s account of the moral sense in Utilitarianism [1863] appears muddled. [See Descent 1: 71 n.]

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Apr 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7048

From C. L. Balch   [after 15 April 1871]


CD’s photographs have been sent to [J. W. A.] McDonald, the sculptor, who will make a marble bust for the Liberal Club of New York and a bronze or plaster one for sale; CD will receive a copy. CD has been elected an Honorary Member of the Club, and

CB asks whether he could give them a few words of advice on a practical method of biological study for beginners.

Author:  Charles Leland Balch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 15 Apr 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7408

From E. J. Pfeiffer   [before 26 April 1871]


Suggests aesthetic sense in animals is merely secondary to sexual selection.

Author:  Emily Jane Pfeiffer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 26 Apr 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 174: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7411

From Francis Darwin   [before 22 April 1871?]


Expressions in attitudes of prayer and adoration.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 22 Apr 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7420

From Frank Chance   [before 25 April 1871]


His beard is darker than his hair, an exception to CD’s rule in Descent [2: 319]. Encloses sample of his hair, beard, and whiskers.

Author:  Frank Chance
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 25 Apr 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 89: 198–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7522

From W. B. Tegetmeier   [after 25 April 1871]



Points out errata in Descent.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 25 Apr 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7523

From J. E. Gray   2 April 1871



Sexual differences in sloths. J. G. Wagler article on sloths [Isis 24 (1831): 604–12].

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 95–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7652

From E. B. de Fonblanque   2 April 1871


Encloses notes that illustrate apparent intelligent reasoning by a dog which tricked an adversary, and by an elephant peaceably enduring a painful operation.

Author:  Edward Barrington de Fonblanque
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7653

From A. F. Boardman   3 April 1871


Apologises for shortcomings of his argument in earlier letters, explaining he has had little scientific education, but a life-long interest in progressive development. Resumes theorising.

Author:  Alex F Boardman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7654

From C. M. C. Darwin   3 April 1871


A friend with similar interests has asked to be introduced to CD, as he has some facts that will amuse him.

Author:  Charlotte Maria Cooper Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 99: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7655

From J. E. Gray   3 April 1871



Corrects error in his letter [7652] about date of Wagler article in Isis. Wagler said it was females that had the yellow dorsal spot.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7656

From Hubert Airy   3 April 1871



Comments on discussion of residual organs in Descent [ch. 1].

Describes his ability to contract the platysma myoides at will.

Suggests reason for loss of voluntary movement of ears in men and monkeys.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 37–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7657

From James Crichton-Browne   3 April 1871


Sends photographs of general paralytics. Expressions of exaltation of [these?] patients do not come out well in the photographs.

Is experimenting with idiots under his care. Has been unable to produce a blush in any one of them.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 53.1: A30, C134–6; DAR 161: 315
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7658

From David Wedderburn   6 April 1871



Sexual selection in deer.

Assemblies of black cocks.

Nests of spotted flycatcher.

Author:  David Wedderburn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 163, 167–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7660
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