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From C. W. Peach   1 May 1871

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Sends specimens of gulf-weed and cirripedes for CD to identify.

Various observations on Descent,

inherited deafness,

recognition of musical notes by dog, etc.

Author:  Charles William Peach
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 177–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7731

From C. H. Brett   1 May 1871

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Corrects Descent: snipes do breed in Ireland.

Author:  Charles Henry Brett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 90: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7732

From Francis Galton   2 May 1871

Summary

Is sending his reply to Nature, justifying his misunderstanding as well as he can [see 7717].

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7733

From Herbert Spencer   2 May 1871

Summary

Intends to answer Sir A. Grant’s article if CD does not. [A. Grant, "Philosophy and Mr Darwin", Contemp. Rev. 17 (1871): 274–81; H. Spencer, "Mental evolution", Contemp. Rev. 17 (1871): 461–2.]

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7734

From Henry Lonsdale   3 May 1871

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Credit for observation on supra-condyloid foramen in man is really due to Robert Knox, not John Struthers, as in Descent.

Author:  Henry Lonsdale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 47–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7736

From Charles Langstaff   3 May 1871

Summary

Contraction of platysma occurs during surgery under chloroform from touch of knife, independently of fear.

Author:  Charles Langstaff
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 195.2 (letters): 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7737

From M. T. Masters   6 May 1871

Summary

After reading Descent, MTM sends report of a dog that woke its master at 7 a.m. on work days and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7740

From Luigi Pomba   6 May 1871

Summary

Arrangements for Italian translation of Descent [1871].

Author:  Luigi Pomba
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 174: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7741

From William Preyer   8 May 1871

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Delighted that CD does not hesitate to follow his theory to its last consequences. "This is far more difficult in England than in Germany."

Wilhelm Müller in his new book [Beiträge zur pathologischen Anatomie und Physiologie des menschlichen Rückenmarks (1871)], adduces many facts in favour of CD’s theory.

Various observations on the human ear. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 14 n.]

Author:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 49–51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7745

From John Murray   10 May 1871

Summary

Offers CD same payment for the 3d issue of Descent as for 2d.

Has bespoke four better drawings of birds in case a 4th issue is needed.

Vanity Fair wants CD’s portrait by Carlo Pellegrini ["Ape"].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7750

From J. W. Spengel   10 May 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for his letter referring to JWS’s bibliographical paper ["Darwinian bibliography", Z. Ethnol. 3 (1871): 56–67]. Will be glad to inform CD of any additions to the list and would be grateful for information on future publications.

Author:  Johann Wilhelm Spengel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7751

From V. O. Kovalevsky   10 May 1871

Summary

Paris is in the hands of "brigands and socialists", but one grows accustomed to sporadic bombardment,

and VOK is peacefully studying invertebrate palaeontology collections.

Reports on Paul Gervais’ successful cross between a Triton and an axolotl.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 169: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7752

From F. E. Abbot   11 May 1871

Summary

Wishes to inform CD that, contrary to CD’s impression, natural selection is widely accepted in U. S. by educated men; encloses copies of his lectures, papers, and the Index.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7753

From Francis Galton   12 May 1871

Summary

Writes that he does not share at all in Lionel Beale’s letter in Nature [4 (1871): 25–6];

his new experiments are not hopeful.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: 31–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7754

From G. H. Darwin   [14 May 1871]

Summary

Has arranged a trip to the U. S. with Cambridge friends; believes it would be much jollier if Frank could go too.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 May 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7757

From A. R. Wallace   14 May 1871

Summary

Recommends [W. M. Williams] The fuel of the sun [1870] as remarkably illuminating about physical astronomy. Williams solves the problem of duration of sun’s heat in "a most satisfactory manner".

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 106: B100–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7758

From Andrew Smith   16 May 1871

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Disagrees with CD and especially with Lubbock and McLennan about communal marriage. [See Descent 2: 361–3.]

Author:  Andrew Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 179–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7760

From Francis Darwin   [after 16 May 1871]

Summary

He is waiting to hear about the requirements for the MB examination before considering the possible trip to north America.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 16 May 1871]
Classmark:  Philip Trevelyan (private collection) DAR 274.1: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7761F

From Francis Darwin   [after 22 May 1871]

Summary

Thanks for the cheque, and also for the offer to pay for him to go on a trip to north America with G. H. Darwin.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 22 May 1871]
Classmark:  Philip Trevelyan (private collection) DAR 274.1: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7761G

From Francis Darwin   [after 22 May 1871]

Summary

Explains about the attendance at St George’s hospital that is required for the MB examaminations, and how this would affect plans for a trip to north America.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 22 May 1871]
Classmark:  Philip Trevelyan (private collection) DAR 274.1: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7765G
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