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To ?   13 August 1878


Cannot help with correspondent’s study. CD has a poor ear for music. Recommends Helmholtz’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 Aug 1878
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11655

To ?   28 September 1878


Urges publication of an exposure of Williams the spiritualist medium.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 Sept 1878
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.549)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11711

To Nature   [21? May 1878]


CD’s letter on wide distribution of freshwater plants and animals introduces a letter to him from Arthur H. Gray [see 11497].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [21? May 1878]
Classmark:  Nature, 30 May 1878, pp. 120–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11520

To ?   2 January 1878


Thanks correspondent for note and specimen; they will be of use in new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 249: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308A

To the syndics of Cambridge Botanic Garden   4 December 1878


Letter recommending R. I. Lynch [for position as Curator, Botanic Garden, Cambridge].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Syndics of Cambridge Botanic Garden
Date:  4 Dec 1878
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11770

To John Tyndall   4 December [1878]


Has observed, perhaps erroneously, that certain plants were excited to movement by a prolonged high note on the bassoon. Would now like to try a siren and asks JT to bring one from the Royal Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 27 (EH 88205965)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11771

To James Torbitt   [1]4 December 1878


Congratulates JT on success in breeding potato varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [1]4 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11772

To G. J. Romanes   5 December [1878]


Comments on GJR’s anonymous book [A candid examination of theism (1878)]. Notes possible theological objections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  5 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.553)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11773

From John Tyndall   5 December 1878


Will provide the siren.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 106: C22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11774

From F. S. Arnold   [2]6 December 1878


Would like CD to explain how he reconciles two passages in 6th ed. of Origin.

Author:  Francis Sorell Arnold
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2]6 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 159: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11775

From C. G. Semper   6 December 1878


Asks whether he may use CD’s letters in his work [Die natürlichen Existenzbedingungen der Thiere (1880)] in order to show that Moritz Wagner has misrepresented CD’s views.

Discusses the influence of isolation and external conditions on animals, and the relative importance of the direct effect of external conditions and of selection in bringing about change.

Author:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 202: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11776

To C. G. Semper   [after 6 December 1878]


Gives CGS permission to use his letters in any way he thinks fit.

Discusses the direct effect of external conditions as an agent of change in organisms; has encountered many cases since the publication of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Date:  [after 6 Dec 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 120v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11777

From Anthony Rich   7 December 1878


Informs CD of his intention to bequeath his property to him.

Author:  Anthony Rich
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.12: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11778

From G. J. Romanes   [8] December 1878


Thinks conservation of energy not evidence for Deity. Agrees with CD that there is little hope to illuminate subject with light of intellect. Intends to drop it.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8] Dec 1878
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11779

To R. A. Blair   9 December 1878


Says deformity of wings of geese is not related to injury to gander. Forwards a report on the birds [11717].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reuben Almond Blair
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.554)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11780

To Anthony Rich   9 December 1878


Is deeply gratified by AR’s proposed generosity.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anthony Rich
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.12: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11781

To W. H. Flower   9 December 1878


Much obliged to WHF and Dr Garron for their trouble [over deformed goose wings]. Has no doubt that WHF’s view of the deformity is the right one. Will send WHF’s report to Blair.

CD and Emma enjoyed extremely meeting the Dean at WHF’s house.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11782

To G.S. Ffinden   9 December 1878


Encloses a cheque for £5.5.0 for the Down Coal and Clothing Club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Sketchley Ffinden
Date:  9 Dec 1878
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer), Catalogue 64 (1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11782A

From Anthony Rich   10 December 1878


Gives CD details of the property he proposes to bequeath to him.

Author:  Anthony Rich
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.12: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11783

To G. J. Romanes   11 December [1878]


Sends copy of H. D. Lindemuth, "Vegetative Bastarderzeugung" [Landwirtsch. Jahrb. 7 (1878): 887–939].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  11 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.555)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11784
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