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To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   7 October 1877

Summary

Wants seed with large cotyledons to test for sensitivity and movement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  7 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 101–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11171

To Hjalmar Linnström   7 October 1877

Summary

Gives permission to translate Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Hjalmar (Hjalmar) Linnström
Date:  7 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Uppsala University Library: Manuscripts and Music (Waller Ms gb-00522)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11172

To Alphonse de Candolle   10 October 1877

Summary

AdeC’s two letters on bloom will be very useful; his remarks on evaporation and absorption seem very just. CD has made few experiments as yet. The investigation has been tedious and difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11176

To [W. W. Bailey]   10 October 1877

Summary

Thanks for information, which will be useful if CD ever brings out a corrected edition of his book [Forms of flowers].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Steven Raab (dealer) (May 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11176F

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   11 October [1877]

Summary

Movements in cotyledons; outlines tracing technique. [A tracing of movements of red cabbage cotyledon enclosed.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  11 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 103–5) (Image reproduced with the kind permission of the Board of Trustees)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11178

To Gaston de Saporta   11 October 1877

Summary

Thanks GdeS for communicating his discovery. It is especially important at a time when several naturalists have declared that development occurs quite suddenly at intervals. Joseph Le Conte in N. America urges that even new families and orders are developed within an extremely short period.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  11 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 147: 422
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11179

To T. M. Reade   12 October [1877]

Summary

CD is occupied with vegetable physiology.

Prefers to read MS when published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  12 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11180

To C. T. E. von Siebold   15 October 1877

Summary

Thanks CTEvS for photographs of human abnormality;

regrets death of Rudolf von Willemoes-Suhm.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold
Date:  15 Oct 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.525)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11184

To Robert Damon   15 October 1877

Summary

Cannot give information requested. Seems incredible that mere contact should be poisonous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Damon
Date:  15 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 212–213)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11185

To Raphael Meldola   19 October [1877]

Summary

Interesting article by Fritz Müller on sexual selection in butterflies, Kosmos [1 (1877): 388–95].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  19 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11189

To John Tyndall   20 October 1877

Summary

Has read JT’s address ["Science and man", The Times, 2 October 1877, p. 8]. What JT says about CD honours and pleases him. JT’s short character of Faraday is beautiful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  20 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 26 (EH 88205964)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11193

To J. D. Hooker   21 October [1877]

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Summary

Welcomes JDH home from American expedition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 457–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11195

To W. C. Williamson   22 October [1877]

Summary

Specimen ruined in transit.

Drosera spathulata modified form of D. rotundifolia.

Sends reference regarding Bolbophyllum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Crawford Williamson
Date:  22 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  James G. Zimmer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11196

To Raphael Meldola   22 October [1877]

Summary

Thinks Weismann would welcome a translation.

Was dissatisfied with Wallace’s article.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  22 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11197

To [Agnes Taylor?]   22 October [1877]

Summary

CD sends £5.5.0 with a formal note "as some aid to Mrs Beke", but does not wish to subscribe for Dr Beke’s work on Mt Sinai.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Agnes Taylor
Date:  22 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Morton Pepper (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11198

To R. I. Lynch   23 October [1877]

Summary

Asks for some seeds of coniferous plants. Wants to examine their first leaves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Irwin Lynch
Date:  23 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11199

To W. E. Darwin   24 October [1877]

Summary

Returns [unspecified] enclosure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  24 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11205

To W. C. Williamson   24 October [1877]

Summary

Thanks WCW for sending specimens. Drosera spathulata must be descended from some form like D. rotundifolia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Crawford Williamson
Date:  24 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 March 1973)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11206

To W. E. Gladstone   25 October [1877]

Summary

Sends WEG the two articles [see 11163] with references.

CD thinks savages do not have names for shades of colours, which is curious since those he has known have names for every slight promontory or hill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  25 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 44455: 210)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11207

To C. E. Norton   25 October 1877

Summary

CD and Emma are delighted with forthcoming marriage of W. E. Darwin to Sara [Sedgwick].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Eliot Norton
Date:  25 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Charles Eliot Norton Papers, MS Am 1088.14: 1597)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11208
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