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To J. D. Hooker   20 December [1873]



His indignation at the malignant, odious, hypocrite Owen’s attack on JDH. History of Secretaryship [of Royal Society in Nature 9 (1873): 129–30] was best answer to Owen.

Is hard at work on new edition of Descent – a truly awful job.

No use going on with experiments on effects of water on bloom-divested leaves. May have erred. Or it may be that water is only injurious when there is a good supply of actinic rays. Will wait until spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 308–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9187

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   22 December 1873


Concerning secretion of "bloom";

movements of Robinia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  22 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 3–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9189

To C. G. Ehrenberg   30 December 1873


Thanks CGE for gift of his latest work [Mikrogeologische Studien (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Date:  30 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Nachlass Ehrenburg Nr. 321)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9192

To James Crichton-Browne   30 December 1873


Will do what he can to help JC-B with his work on expression of patients suffering from general paralysis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  30 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 143: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9193

To W. W. Baxter   11 December [1873–5]


Requests hydrated magnesia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  11 Dec [1873-5]
Classmark:  Bromley Historic Collections, Bromley Central Library (144/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13772G

To W. Thistleton-Dyer   [December? 1873?]


Asks for Cassia plants.

What books could CD give R. I. Lynch to show his gratitude?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [Dec? 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9165

To T. H. Farrer   1 December [1873]


Suggests a reference to Annals and Magazine of Natural History, 1 Dec 1873, p. 497, when THF takes up Coronilla.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  1 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/17a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9166

To T. L. Brunton   3 December 1873


Is interested in comparative nutritive values of chondrin and gelatin. The former seems to excite Drosera more, though albumen does so to a higher degree than either. Also asks if chlorophyll is digested by animals; Drosera digests it hardly at all.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  3 Dec 1873
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9168

To Richard Fordman   4 December [1873]


Thanks RF for his kind note; cannot quite believe or disbelieve stories of children raised by wolves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Fordman
Date:  4 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Massachusetts Historical Society (Grenville H. Norcross Autograph Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9170

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   4 December 1873


Wishes to identify a species of Cassia whose movements interest him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  4 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9171

To T. H. Huxley   5 December [1873]


Sorry to hear of Dohrn’s troubles. Has written to prospective donors saying that nothing can be done because of attitude of Dohrn’s father.

New [2d] edition of Descent is an awful job.

Diet no longer doing much for his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 305)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9173

To Richard Strachey   10 December [1873]


The case of the bees interests CD. He does not doubt that because of the size of their jaws humble-bees will be found all over the world to be the biters and hive-bees to profit from their work.

Thinks he has heard of land shells descending in the manner described by RS.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Strachey
Date:  10 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  The British Library (IOL Mss Eur F127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9177

To Jonathan Peel   10 December [1873]


Obliged for letter about horns of sheep.

Mentions case of death from objects impacted in appendix.

Is aware of his error about snipe breeding.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jonathan Peel
Date:  10 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 241
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9178

To F. S. B. François de Chaumont   17 December [1873]


Thanks FdeC for his note and invites criticisms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Stephen Bennet François de Chaumont
Date:  17 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (RAMC/473/3) Trustees of the Army Medical Service Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9179

To J. E. Lee   17 December 1873


Formal note enclosing five guineas for William Pengelly testimonial fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Lee
Date:  17 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (John Edward Lee letterbook, #4700 bd ms 3+)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9180

To Smith, Elder & Co   17 December [1873]


Suggests that his Coral reefs be republished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  17 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 159–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9181

To Alfred Moschkau   19 December 1873


Discusses speech of parrots and starling. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 85 n.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Otto Carl Alfred (Alfred) Moschkau
Date:  19 Dec 1873
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.433)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9184

To Down School Board   19 December 1873


Expresses his opinion that the Board should allow the school hall to be used as a reading room in the evenings by the villagers of Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Down School Board
Date:  19 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Bromley Historic Collections, Bromley Central Library (P/123/25/3/1/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9185

To Eduard Koch   20 December [1873]


Thanks for copy of translation of Variation

and the "admirable work on the microscopical structure of rock" [C. G. Ehrenberg, Mikrogeologische Studien (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Koch; E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Date:  20 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9186
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