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To Nature   [before 13 February 1873]

Summary

Sends a letter from William Huggins about a case of inherited fright in three generations of mastiffs. Discusses the different origins of instincts and their inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Feb 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 February 1873, pp. 281–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8765

To E. H. Giglioli   6 February [1873]

Summary

Thanks his Italian colleague for articles on the skull of a chimpanzee.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Enrico Hillyer Giglioli
Date:  6 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  Andrusier Autographs (dealer) (22 November 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8201A

To John Chapman   1 February 1873

Summary

Thanks for Chapman 1873 (Chapman, John. 1873. Neuralgia and kindred diseases of the nervous system).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Chapman
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Western University Archives, History of Medicine Collection, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada (A04-011-051)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8751F

To ?[a New Orleans newspaper]   [c. February 1873]

Summary

CD responds to a poem, "Comus", and a New Orleans Mardi Gras editorial; he cannot tell from the "wonderful mistakes" whether the writer is "witty, ignorant, or blunders for the sake of fun".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  New Orleans newspaper
Date:  [c. Feb 1873]
Classmark:  Benfey (1997):179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8753F

To J. V. Carus   1 February 1873

Summary

Has no corrections for second German edition [of Expression]. Plans to bring out an improved edition in a year or two.

Thanks for reference JVC sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 102–103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8754

To F. S. B. François de Chaumont   3 February [1873]

Summary

Thanks for J. D. MacDonald’s paper ["Distribution of invertebrata", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 21 (1872–3): 218–23].

CD feels lines of genetic connection between animals offer a most difficult problem; Ernst Haeckel may have done mischief by facing the difficulty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Stephen Bennet François de Chaumont
Date:  3 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (RAMC/474/2); Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8757

To W. B. Dawkins   3 February 1873

Summary

A letter of recommendation for W. B. Dawkins in his application for the Woodwardian professorship of geology in the university of Cambridge.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Boyd Dawkins
Date:  3 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Cambridge University Archives (GEOL 9/*1 2b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8757F

To J. E. Gray   4 February [1873]

Summary

Is glad JEG has made out what the guemul is ["On the Guémul", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 4th ser. 10 (1872): 445–6; 11 (1873): 214–20, 308–10].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  4 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.411)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8758

To Matthew Arnold   9 February [1873]

Summary

Thanks MA for his Literature and dogma [1873].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Matthew Arnold
Date:  9 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8762

To F. B. Goodacre   11 February [1873]

Summary

Thinks FBG’s idea of a room at the British Museum of domestic birds and animals an excellent one, but a collection of plants would be much more difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  11 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763F

To C. I. F. Major   11 February 1873

Summary

Is sorry that CIFM has had to give up translating Expression into Italian.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major
Date:  11 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Kotte Autographs (30 October 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763G

To Gerard Krefft   17 February 1873

Summary

Is glad JLGK has been interested in Descent.

Thanks him for his observations on monkey behaviour [see 8698]

and drawings of skulls, which CD has sent to George Busk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
Date:  17 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 5828)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8768

To J. D. Hooker   17 February 1873

Summary

Is drawing up the account of his crossing experiments. Requests JDH to add the families after nine genera, the names of which he encloses. Whenever there is no objection he would like to arrange the families in some sort of natural order.

Recommends Spalding’s article on instinct in Macmillan’s Magazine [27 (1873): 265–81].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 257–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8769

To George King   18 February 1873

Summary

Thanks for information on worm-castings. Comments on disintegration of castings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George King
Date:  18 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8772

To W. M. Canby   19 February 1873

Summary

CD would like to know what were the sizes of insects caught by the older leaves of Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Marriott Canby
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  The Society of Natural History of Delaware
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8773

To Albert Gaudry   19 February 1873

Summary

Thanks for gift of first part of AG’s magnificent work [Animaux fossiles du mont Léberon (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b.7, fasc. 28, doc. 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776

To James Shaw   19 February 1873

Summary

Thanks for a photograph of a donkey and children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) (22 April 2020 lot 47289)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776A

To Williams & Norgate?   19 February [1873]

Summary

Orders a copy of the St Paul’s Magazine for February.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  19 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  Alexander Historical Auctions (dealers) (9 May 2012, lot 849)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776F

To J. D. Hooker   21 February [1873]

Summary

Will see whether formic acid delays germination of fresh seeds.

Thinks primer not at all a folly. Refers JDH to Asa Gray’s "child’s book" [see 8363].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 259–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8779

To T. W. Higginson   27 February [1873]

Summary

Praises TWH’s Army life in a black regiment [1870]. CD always thought well of Negroes, and is delighted to have his impressions confirmed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Date:  27 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  LL 3: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8790
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