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From Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald   [May 1867]


Writes about the Carl Vogt and J. J. Moulinié translation [of Variation].

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5521

From A. R. Wallace   1 May 1867



Never imagined that the facts about sexual selection could be new to CD. Thought fact that brightly coloured females build concealed nests and almost all those in which sexes differ remarkably build exposed nests might be new to him. Some problems remain. Sends his notes for CD to use if he wants.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5522

To V. O. Kovalevsky   2 May [1867]


CD has sent some revised proof-sheets and ordered the stereotypes [for Russian translation of Variation]. First volume is dull, but he hopes second is more interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  2 May [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5523

From Jean Jacques Moulinié   3 May 1867


Through Carl Vogt, he has received the right to translate Variation into French [(1868), preface by Carl Vogt].

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 266
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5525

From John Maurice Herbert   3 May 1867


Asks whether CD will subscribe to a memorial for Richard Dawes [1793–1867].

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5526

To Ludwig Rütimeyer   4 May [1867]


Thanks LR for sending his works.

Correcting proofs of Variation.

Chapter on pigs and cattle derived mostly from LR’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Ludwig (Ludwig) Rütimeyer
Date:  4 May [1867]
Classmark:  Universitätsbibliothek Basel, Handschriften (G IV 91, 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5527

To A. R. Wallace   5 May [1867]


Returns ARW’s notes. He will work up subject much better than CD.

Apologises for the note of illiberality in his letter regarding ARW’s work on the colouring and other sexual differences in mammals.

Discusses laws of inheritance based on sexual selection.

He questions the extent of applicability of principles of protection and sexual selection to lower animal forms, though Ernst Haeckel has shown how protection may account for transparency and absence of colour in lower oceanic animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 May [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 46434 f. 89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5528

To J. M. Herbert   7 May [1867]


Contributes to a memorial for Richard Dawes.

Describes his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  7 May [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.327)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5529

From Nicholas Trübner   7 May 1867


Weisse of Stuttgart is keen to publish a translation of the book on which CD is working [Variation].

Author:  Trübner, Nicholas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 178: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5530

To V. O. Kovalevsky   16 May [1867]


Sends proof-sheets [of Variation]. Will not charge VOK for right of translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  16 May [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5531

To J. D. Hooker   [12] May [1867]


Sends Fritz Müller’s address; has sent him Insular floras [pamphlet].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12] May [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5532

From Ernst Haeckel   12 May 1867


Thanks CD for new edition of Origin [4th ed. (1866)].

Comments on CD’s criticism of the harsh tone of Generelle Morphologie. Thinks he may have harmed himself but not the cause. Believes a radical reform of the science necessary, and since most scientists take a prejudiced view of the matter, a vigorous attack is essential.

Describes his travels in Canaries, Spain, and France.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5533

From Julius von Haast   12 May – 2 June 1867


JvH will help with expression queries. Considers CD’s investigation highly important and original. Sends list of men to whom he is sending copies of the questions.

Author:  John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May – 2 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5534

From J. W. Salter   14 May 1867


Having tried all other sources for aid, JWS is forced to turn to CD’s generosity. His financial position is bad; frequent and serious illness prevents him from working properly.

Author:  John William Salter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5535

From V. O. Kovalevsky   14 May 1867


The proofs CD sent seem to have been lost in the post. Asks him to send another set by ordinary letter post.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5536

From V. O. Kovalevsky   15 May 1867


Lost proofs have arrived.

Proposes to append the woodcuts of dog and cat varieties from Brehm [Illustrirtes Thierleben (1864–7)], which he has also translated, to the Russian edition of Variation.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5537

From V. O. Kovalevsky   [after 24? May 1867]


Repeats details of his previous letter [5537] as he was unsure whether CD received it.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24? May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5538

From J. D. Hooker   17 May 1867



Cannot come to Down; John Smith is unwell.

Will go to Paris again at end of month.

Wallace and F. J. H. von Mueller of Victoria are most likely candidates for Royal Society Gold Medal for biology.

Encloses letter from Henry Barkly.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 163–4; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspoddence 188: 125)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5539

From Camille Dareste   19 May 1867


CD’s letter [3992] gave him encouragement in his work [on monstrosities], which, he regrets, is little understood or appreciated in France. Hopes to be able to produce anomalies at will as a result of his experiments. Sends a recent paper ["Rapport sur un veau monstrueux", Arch. Com. Agric. Arrondissement Lille (1867)].

Author:  Gabriel-Madeleine-Camille (Camille) Dareste
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5540

To V. O. Kovalevsky   20 May [1867]


CD is sorry proof-sheets were lost; hopes clean sheets will have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  20 May [1867]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5541
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