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To R. A. Vance   4 December 1877

Summary

Thanks RAV for valuable letter [11232]. CD too ignorant of anatomy to form a decided opinion, but is inclined to attribute spiral folds to reversion and the valves to partial abortion of the fold. Asks RAV to verify by examining lower intestine of an opossum for the structure. If missing he would hesitate to allude to reversion. If RAV can prove the nature of these remnants it would be a conclusion of much interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reuben Aleshire Vance
Date:  4 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11269

To W. W. Bailey   10 December [1877]

Summary

"Many thanks for the specimens which will be very useful whenever a new Edition is required."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Alfred Williams Anthony collection: box 7, folder 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11274

To E. H. Sieveking   11 December 1877

Summary

Would like the letters from grandfather [Erasmus Darwin] to J. A. H. Reimarus to be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Henry Sieveking
Date:  11 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.528)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11275

To C. H. Merriam   [11 December 1877]

Summary

Thanks him for sending his Birds of Connecticut.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Clinton Hart Merriam
Date:  [11 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Waverly Auctions (dealers) (9 March 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11276A

To A. W. Rimpau   13 December [1877]

Summary

Thanks for letter about beet. Will strike out statement about it in MS of new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Date:  13 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 304v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11284

To Axel Key   20 December 1877

Summary

Expresses his gratitude and admiration for AK’s and M. G. Retzius’s Studien in der Anatomie des Nervensystems und des Bindegewebes (2 vols. 1875–6).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Axel Henrik (Axel) Key
Date:  20 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Gustaf Retzius arkiv, Inbundna serien, Engelsmän I, s 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11284A

To Gaston de Saporta   24 December 1877

Summary

Such honours as proposal for election to Institut affect CD very little.

GdeS’s idea that dicotyledonous plants were not developed until sucking insects evolved is a splendid one. The suggestion that fertilisation of the surviving members of the most ancient dicotyledons should be studied is a good one. CD hopes GdeS will keep it in mind.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  24 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11287

To J. V. Carus   26 December [1877]

Summary

Thanks JVC for a correction [for 3d German edition of Variation]. He is the most accurate translator that ever lived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  26 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 174–175)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11289

To R. A. Blair   27 December 1877

Summary

Asks for the wing of a goose said to have transmitted effects of an injury by hereditary descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reuben Almond Blair
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.529)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11290

To W. C. Marshall   27 December 1877

Summary

Cannot allow WCM to pay extra charge for glass. Rooms all very comfortable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11291

To Albert Gaudry   28 December 1877

Summary

Thanks AG for his kindness in sending his valuable work [Les enchaînements du monde animal vol. 1 (1878)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  28 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b. 7, fasc. 28, doc. 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11293

To M. T. Masters   [6–12 December 1877]

Summary

Reports on the flowering and growth of a branch of Echeveria stolonifera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Date:  [6–12 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 29 December 1877, p. 805
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11294

To Hyde Clarke   [29 December 1877]

Summary

"If you finally succeed in proving that all languages have been developed from a common root, you will indeed have effected a most valuable piece of work."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Date:  29 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (23–4 February 1959)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11295

To the Down Friendly Society   31 December [1877?]

Summary

Reports, as treasurer, on the financial position of the Club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Down Friendly Society
Date:  31 Dec [1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11300

To G. J. Romanes   [1 and 2 December 1877]

Summary

Comments on GJR’s lecture on evolution.

Regrets failure of graft experiments.

Hopes GJR will not give up on Pangenesis. Mentions article by Gustav Jäger on Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  1 and 2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.526)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11265

To W. D. Fox   2 December 1877

Summary

Working hard on physiology of plants.

His son George sees no reason to change his view on marriage of cousins.

George’s astronomical work is too deep for CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 155)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11266

To Jacob Moleschott   [2 December 1877]

Summary

Is obliged to JAWM for the honour done in sending CD his Der Kreislauf des Lebens (1877).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jacobus Albertus Willebrordus (Jacob) Moleschott
Date:  [2 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Laage 1980, p. 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11267A

To R. F. Cooke   11 December [1877]

Summary

Sends corrected sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation. How many copies will be printed? Asks whether he is correct in thinking that he has not been paid for the July printing.

Plans to correct Forms of flowers when new edition is needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  11 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 297–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11276

From Charles and Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   5 December 1877

Summary

Discusses planting onions for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  5 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.527)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11270
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