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To ?   6 January [1873 or 1874]


"If you will apply to any bookseller whatever you will procure a copy.–– Publisher Murray."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  6 Jan [1873-4]
Classmark:  John Wilson (n.d.) (dealer)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7429A

To ?    2 January [1873 or 1874]


CD appreciates the correspondent’s suggestion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Jan [1873-4]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Nachl. 141 (Slg. Adam) 33, Darwin, Charles)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8139F

To ?   9 January 1873


Has pleasure in signing the [missing] enclosure, with every word of which he fully agrees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8728F

To the Spectator   11 January 1873


Discusses two factors possibly causing modification of body or mind of an organism; habit and direct action of external conditions on the one hand, and selection, natural or artificial, on the other; considers their relative importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Spectator
Date:  11 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Spectator, 18 January 1873, p. 76.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8731

To Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   28 January [1873]


Is pleased that HHHvZ has appended his notes to his translation [of Expression and is obliged for the abstract of these notes [see 8712].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Date:  28 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (catalogue 68 1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11337A

To J. D. Hooker   27 January [1873]


Drosophyllum arrived; none of his observations turned out as he expected, but nevertheless he understands its habits better than he did. The secreting hairs that he observed may be explained as a mere chemical reaction.

Comments on various articles he has read.

Asks for Thiselton-Dyer’s notes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 253–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8185

To Mary Treat   1 January 1873


Asks for certain observations to be made on Drosera and Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Date:  1 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Amy Nagashima (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8719

To Francis Galton   4 January [1873]


Comments on FG’s article ["Hereditary improvement", Fraser’s Mag. 87 (1873): 116–30]. Finds it "the sole feasible, yet I fear utopian, plan of procedure in improving the human race".

Thanks for rabbits for Balfour.

Mentions reading W. R. Greg’s Enigmas [of life (1872)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  4 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8724

To J. D. Hooker   5 January [1873]


Asks whether his observations on absorptive powers of glandular hairs of plants are new facts.

Asks for a Drosophyllum.

Comments on Francis Galton’s article in Fraser’s Magazine,

Greg’s Enigmas,

and Alphonse de Candolle’s Histoire des sciences.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 243–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8726

To Asa Gray   8 January 1873


Has received, through AG, a letter on Dionaea [from W. M. Canby] which has greatly interested him. CD asks AG to question his correspondent on whether it catches large or small insects.

Mary Treat will observe Drosera filiformis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  8 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (102)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8728

To J. D. Hooker   9 January 1873


Explains why he wants Drosophyllum.

Hopes JDH will be elected President of Royal Society.

Agrees with JDH on Greg’s Enigmas.

Would like Greg to visit Down if JDH comes as CD’s "protector".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 248–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8729

To M. D. Conway   11 January [1873]


Thanks MDC for letter on expression [see 8694].

Invites him to Down on 24th. CD warns that his health does not permit him to talk long with anyone.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Moncure Daniel Conway
Date:  11 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  Columbia University in the City of New York, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8730

To J. D. Hooker   12 January [1873]


Had thrown Geographical Society’s Proceedings in waste-basket, but as Strachey shows such admirable powers of discrimination he will fish it out and read the whole article.

Comments on 3d ed. of Sachs’s work [Lehrbuch der Botanik (1873)]. Wishes he were more controversial.

Has become wonderfully interested in Drosera and Dionaea.

9000 copies of Expression have been printed and most are sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 251–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8733

To A. R. Wallace   13 January [1873]


Response to ARW’s criticisms in his review [of Expression, Q. J. Sci. n.s. 3 (1873): 113–18].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  13 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8735

To James Paget   18 January [1873]


JP’s note [8739] suggests reversion, but that is an easy trap. Will look to the ears of "our brethren at the Zool. Gardens".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  18 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8740

To Alphonse de Candolle   18 January [1873]


The evidence of tameness of Alpine butterflies [see 8672] seems good and the fact is surprising to CD for they can hardly have acquired this in their short life-time.

The question whether butterflies are attracted to bright colours independently of the supposed presence of nectar is still unanswered.

CD has great difficulty in believing that any temporary condition of parents can affect the offspring.

Pangenesis is much reviled, but CD must still look at generation from this point of view, which makes him averse to believing that an emotion has any effect on the offspring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  18 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8741

To Ernst Haeckel   20 January 1873


On EH’s Die Kalkschwämme [1872].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  20 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 52/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8743

To Hubert Airy   [before 21 January 1873]


Sends HA’s paper ["On leaf arrangement"] with a supporting note [from CD] to Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hubert Airy
Date:  [before 21 Jan 1873]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS. Add. 7656: RS899)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8744

To J. D. Baldwin   21 January [1873]


Discusses JDB’s views on the spread of human-like creatures across the world, and the development of language.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Denison Baldwin
Date:  21 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  Steven S. Raab Autographs (September 2001) (dealer)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8746F

To G. H. Darwin   22 January 1873


Concerned about GHD’s health. Sends a prescription for a cough mixture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8747
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