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To J. J. Weir   18 September [1873]

Summary

JJW is quite at liberty to use CD’s name as patron of cat show.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  18 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (B MS Misc.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8524

To J. J. Weir   22 May 1873

Summary

Has no doubt he will find JJW’s address interesting.

Thinks same spot for nesting might prove attractive to birds, though they had had no intercommunication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  22 May 1873
Classmark:  Bernard Quaritch (dealers) 2003
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8919

From J. J. Weir   13 November 1873

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Hybrid Motacilla.

Case of female duck leaving mate to pair with male of another species.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 88: 179–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9139

To J. J. Weir   1 May 1875

Summary

August Weismann is interested in JJW’s experiments on birds and the caterpillars they eat.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  1 May 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.468)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9962

To J. J. Weir   4 November 1876

Summary

Promises to propose JJW for membership in Zoological Society.

Sympathises with JJW’s enthusiasm about the Danais and hopes it may become naturalised in this country.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  4 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (29 October 1962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10698

From J. J. Weir   27 December 1881

Summary

Discusses mule’s resemblance to parents.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 467
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13582

To J. J. Weir   29 December 1881

Summary

Comments on JJW’s observations on mule

and hermaphroditism in hybrid moths.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  29 Dec 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13587

From J. J. Weir   [before 30 May 1868]

Summary

Reversion of tamed animals to wild behaviour.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 30 May 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5748

From J. J. Weir   [after 27 February] 1868

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Trusts his paper ["Apterous Lepidoptera" (1867), printed for the West Kent Natural History, Microscopical, and Photographic Society] showed that he is thoroughly a disciple of CD.

Cites evidence that birds undoubtedly distinguish colours. [see Descent 2: 110.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 27 Feb] 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 77–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5939

To John Jenner Weir   27 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks JJW for his paper on apterous insects [see 5939], which contained much new information.

Asks JJW for any information he may have on sexual selection.

Describes an experiment, still untried, of staining tail-feathers of male pigeons in bright colours to find the effect on courtship.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  27 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5942

To J. J. Weir   29 February [1868]

Summary

JJW’s note on birds was one of the most interesting CD has ever received. Asks several questions. CD is puzzled by cases of magpies whose mates were killed but who always immediately found others.

Alexander Wallace denies any effect of colour in sexual selection among Lepidoptera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  29 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5958

From J. J. Weir   [before 3] March 1868

Summary

Aggressive behaviour of a bullfinch toward new arrival in JJW’s aviary.

Sexual differences in goldfinches: size of beaks.

Sexual selection in Lepidoptera.

Thinks Dr Alex Wallace’s observations on Bombyx not conclusive in proving that no preference is shown by females.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3] Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 51–2 and DAR 82: A107–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5964

From J. J. Weir   [before 5] March 1868

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Does not think females give preference to any males. Coloration, pugnacity; cases of use of colour in struggle for existence. [see Descent 1: 395.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 5] Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A109–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5985

To J. J. Weir   [6 March 1868]

Summary

Discusses beaks and relative numbers of the sexes of goldfinches.

Comments on sexual selection among butterflies.

Mentions Kerguelen moth collected by Hooker.

Comments on JJW’s observations on coloured birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  [6 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.348)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5986

From J. J. Weir   7 March 1868

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Various facts about birds: pairing, finding new mates, protective coloration, polygamy, sexual differences.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A21–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5995

From J. J. Weir   11 March 1868

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Courtship of goldfinches. Male display. [See Descent 2: 95.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 53–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6005

To J. J. Weir   13 March [1868]

Summary

Thanks for facts about birds displaying plumage during courtship; "for Butterflies I must trust to analogy altogether in regard to sexual selection".

Invites JJW to visit in summer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  13 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 2952: 8–10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6009

From J. J. Weir   16 March 1868

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Sexual selection of pigeons, ducks;

polygamous birds.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 57–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6016

To J. J. Weir   22 March [1868]

Summary

Glad to hear about pigeons. Did not know some birds could win affections of females more than others, except among peacocks.

Comments on polygamy in birds.

Discusses sex ratios among birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  22 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6038

From J. J. Weir   23 March 1868

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Relates a variety of facts about sexual selection in birds. [See Descent 2: 104–5.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 61–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6041
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