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To Frederick Allen’s agent   [October 1873]


Has heard that Mr Allen wishes to let his house and thinks it probable that it would suit his son [Francis]. Asks whether he may have refusal of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Agent for Mr Allen
Date:  [Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 157–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9079

To Karl Marx   1 October 1873


Thanks KM for gift of his "great work on Capital" [2d German ed. of Das Kapital]. Wishes he understood more of "the deep & important subject of political Economy".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Heinrich (Karl) Marx
Date:  1 Oct 1873
Classmark:  International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels Papers D. 1013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9080

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   1 October [1873]


Hears from Frank [Darwin] that Drosera behaves perversely. Suggests that motor influence may move longitudinally away from the excited glands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  1 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9081

To G. H. Darwin   3 October [1873]


CD thinks GHD’s letter is an excellent clarification [of CD’s conjectural view on the elimination of useless parts in species], but does not want to publish it as his [CD’s] own. Asks GHD to think carefully before he publishes it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9085

To Edward Frankland   7 October [1873]


Requests a piece of the most sensitive litmus paper in order to test the secretions of minute hairs of plants which catch minute flies. [See 9098.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  7 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9090A

To Alexander Bain   9 October 1873


Thanks AB for his review of Expression [May 1873, in The senses and the intellect, 3d ed. (1874), pp. 697–714]. Admits vagueness of some points. Has never grasped AB’s principle of spontaneity. But, as they look at everything so differently, it is not likely that they should agree closely.

A recent review by T. S. Baynes, [Edinburgh Rev. 137 (1873): 492–528] is "magnificently contemptuous" toward CD and many others.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Bain
Date:  9 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 143: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9092

To W. H. Leggett   10 October [1873]


Has not seen number of Botanical Bulletin with account of Apocynum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Leggett
Date:  10 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9093

To Francis Darwin   10 October 1873


Asks for details about microscope parts.

Wants FD to ask Hooker for species of Desmodium; CD believes he has found new movements.

Also ask whether Hooker has Drosophyllum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873-8 f.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9095

To G. H. Darwin   12 October [1873]


Asks GHD whether he can tell him what inclination a polished or waxy leaf ought to hold to the horizon in order to let vertical rain rebound off as much as possible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9096

To Edward Frankland   13 October 1873


Finds the negative information sent by EF of great interest [see 9094].

More on his own experiments and the perplexing results when using the sensitive litmus paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  13 Oct 1873
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9096A

To Horace Darwin   [15 October 1873]


Sends notes on waxy secretion on leaves for F. M. Balfour; cannot procure any more Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  [15 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 258: 548a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9096F

To J. D. Hooker   18 October [1873]


Hopes to get another species of Desmodium from Mr Rollisson.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  18 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Garden Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873–8 f.3a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9100

To Edward Frankland   18 October [1873]


Apologises for his ignorance in interpreting the results secured in his testing with blue litmus paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  18 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9100A

To A. G. Dew-Smith   19 October [1873]


Sends Dionaea plant for experiment involving temperature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert George Dew-Smith
Date:  19 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9101

To John Downing   20 October [1873]


Gratified that a man of JD’s experience agrees with him.

Would enjoy seeing him at Down but it could only be for a half-hour’s talk at most, because of his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Downing
Date:  20 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 418
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9104

To G. H. Darwin   21 October [1873]


CD gives his criticisms of GHD’s essay on religion and the moral sense. Urges him to delay publishing for some months and then to consider whether it is new and important enough to counterbalance the effects of its publication. J. S. Mill would never have influenced the age as he has done had he not refrained from expressing his religious convictions. Cites John Morley’s Life of Voltaire [1872]: direct attacks produce little effect; real good comes from slow and silent side attacks. "My advice is to pause, pause, pause."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1:14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9105

To Francis Darwin   22 October 1873


Lists observations he would like FD to make on the dried species of Desmodium at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9106

To J. D. Hooker   [before 20 October 1873?]


Lists plants in which he is interested, including Neptunia and Mimosa species.

Do any strictly tropical plants have glaucous leaves?

Asks for observations on irritable plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [before 20 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873-8 f.39b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9107

To J. D. Hooker   23 October [1873]



Neptunia is evidently a hopeless case.

Good news that fluid of Nepenthes is acid.

No discovery ever gave him more pleasure than proving a true act of digestion in Drosera.

Has become profoundly interested in Desmodium. Asks whether Frank [Darwin] can look over the whole dried collection of the genus.

Has JDH any seed of Lathyrus nissolia?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 282–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9108

To Francis Darwin   23 October [1873]


Wants FD to look at the little lateral leaflets of Desmodium. CD has "a wild hypothesis that the little leaflets may be tendrils reconverted into leaflets".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9110
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