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To ?   7 June 1877

Summary

Thanks correspondent for his essay and kind allusions [to Cross and self-fertilisation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 June 1877
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (MA 9975)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10989

To ?   24 June [1877]

Summary

Advises correspondent on adopting a career; "each person shd. follow his natural bent & improve his special abilities".

Strongly recommends study of J. S. Mill’s Logic.

His own zeal for science was most stimulated by Herschel’s Introduction to the study of natural philosophy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 June [1877]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (25 July 1972); Kobunso (dealer) (1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11014

To ?   26 June [1877]

Summary

Asks for a copy [of an unknown item] to be sent to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  26 June [1877]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (5 May 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11016F

To Edward Atkinson, Vice-Chancellor Cambridge University   8 June [1877]

Summary

Is honoured that the Council wish to offer a Grace to the Senate [of the University of Cambridge] conferring upon him an honorary LL.D. degree.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Atkinson
Date:  8 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10991

To L. H. Morgan   9 June 1877

Summary

Thanks LHM for his Ancient society [1877].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lewis Henry Morgan
Date:  9 June 1877
Classmark:  University of Rochester Libraries, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10992

To Edward Atkinson   9 June 1877

Summary

Pleased that a Grace has been submitted to confer on CD an honorary LL.D.; hopes his health will permit him to attend the ceremony.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Atkinson
Date:  9 June 1877
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 6582: 377)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10993

To Francis Darwin   [10 June 1877]

Summary

Asks FD to forward some eczema mixture to Southampton for him

and to hunt out notes on earthworm activity at Beaulieu Abbey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [10 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10995

To G. J. Romanes   11 June [1877]

Summary

Discusses effects of natural selection. Discusses absence of blending between geographical races as a problem. Discusses effect of natural selection on productivity of an organism.

Comments on GJR’s review of Grant Allen’s book [Physiological aesthetics (1877)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  11 June [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.516)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10996

To Lawson Tait   15 June [1877]

Summary

Thanks RLT for his work, Diseases of women.

CD is also interested by RLT’s letter reporting a cat rearing chickens. "What a wonderful instinct is the maternal one."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  15 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11001

To J. D. Hooker   16 June [1877]

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Summary

CD cannot see the Emperor of Brazil because he is in Southampton, but he sends sincere respects for the Emperor’s role in assisting science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 443–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11002

To J. V. Carus   17 June [1877]

Summary

Forms of flowers will soon be published and is not a long book.

Does not suppose he will publish any more books, "though perhaps a few more papers". He "cannot endure being idle, but Heaven knows whether I am capable of any more good work".

Erratum JVC sent was due to a printer’s error after he had seen last proofs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  17 June [1877]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 166–167)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11005

To G. C. Robertson   22 June [1877]

Summary

Has no objection to the flattering wish of the Cologne Gazette [to publish a translation of "Sketch of an infant", Collected papers 2: 191–200], but wishes the editor had first read the article. Still doubts it was worthy of admission to Mind.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Croom Robertson
Date:  22 June [1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (Croom Robertson: MS ADD 88/9–15/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11011

To G. C. Robertson   24 June [1877]

Summary

Asks permission for French translation [of "Biographical sketch of an infant"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Croom Robertson
Date:  24 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 326
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11013

To Otto Busch   26 June 1877

Summary

Thanks OB for his work on Schopenhauer [Arthur Schopenhauer. Beitrag zu einer Dogmatik der Religionslosen (1877)]

and for his remarks on bees and clover. When CD spoke, last spring, of the few seeds produced by red clover, he supposed it was due to rarity of humble-bees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Otto Georg Moritz (Otto) Busch
Date:  26 June 1877
Classmark:  Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (bMs 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11019

To Ernst Krause   30 June 1877

Summary

CD interested in EK’s argument against belief that sense of colour has been recently acquired by man. Describes his observations of the difficulty his own children had in distinguishing, or naming, colours.

Adds that it appeared to him the gustatory sense of his children, when young, differed from that of grown-up persons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  30 June 1877
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11023

To G. H. Darwin   [3 June 1877]

Summary

Has not yet heard from Cambridge. Thinks perhaps they do not intend to give him the degree.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10946

To J. M. Rodwell   3 June 1877

Summary

Thanks for an extract from a sermon, in which CD is abused by an archimandrite: he considers it a great honour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Medows Rodwell
Date:  3 June 1877
Classmark:  Phillips (dealers) (June 1995)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10981F

To Asa Gray   4 June [1877]

Summary

C. E. Bessey’s case [see 10969] came too late, as the sheets had been printed, but CD thinks it should be carefully investigated as a possible case of incipient heterostyly.

Is trying to make out the function of "bloom", the waxy secretion on leaves and fruits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  4 June [1877]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10982

To G. J. Romanes   5 June 1877

Summary

Sends quotation from Lamarck’s Philosophie zoologique [(1809), 2: 318] on effects of habit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  5 June 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.515)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10983

To [Henry Huntsman?]   5 June [1877]

Summary

Urgently requests a pair of braces. "Please remember that I am 6. ft high & require rather long bracers."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Huntsman
Date:  5 June [1877]
Classmark:  Barton L. Smith (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10984A
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