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From Thomas Barbot Beale   17 December [1868 or later]


On why it is said Indian elephants do not breed in captivity; mating habits of male so violent as to require restraint.

Author:  T. B Beall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec [1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13777

From W. D. Fox   9 December [1868]


Hybrid geese.

Proportions of sexes in sheep and cattle.

Pairing habits of crows.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 126–7, DAR 85: B36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6455

To J. B. Innes   1 December 1868


Problems with Mr Robinson, who has suddenly departed for Ireland for a month. The parish urgently needs some respectable man to hold the living permanently.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  1 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 96: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6486

To J. D. Hooker   2 December 1868


Enthusiastic about JDH’s plan for a British Flora – "a grand idea to make a Flora a guide for knowledge already acquired & to be acquired". Gives examples of subjects.

No work exists on various biological points in plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 94: 102–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6487

From James Croll   2 December 1868


Sends abstract of his views on change of climate and a copy of a paper.

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 262
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6489

From James Croll   [2 December 1868]


Glacial climates.

Author:  James Croll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Dec 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 50: E3–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6489F

From Frederick Behrens   3 December 1868


Requests autograph.

Author:  Frederick Behrens
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6490

To James Croll   4 December [1868]


Acknowledges receipt of book and manuscript.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Croll
Date:  4 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6491

From J. B. Innes   4 December 1868


Full background on the difficulties of the vicarage of Down.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6492

To Frederick Behrens   6 December 1868


Sends his autograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick Behrens
Date:  6 Dec 1868
Classmark:  Josh B. Rosenblum (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6492F

From J. B. Innes   7 December 1868


Describes a supposed cross between a cow and a red deer or doe.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6493

From John Lubbock   8 December 1868


Thanks for the pamphlets; JL’s paper, "Primitive condition of man" [Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 6 (1868): 328].

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 170: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6494

From G. H. Darwin   8 December 1868


Sends news of his and Frank’s doings at Cambridge.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6495

To G. H. Darwin   [9 December 1868]


Asks GHD to look in William Thomson’s book [W. Thomson and P. G. Tait, Treatise on natural philosophy, vol. 1 (1867)] to see how many million years ago Thomson says earth’s crust solidified. CD is troubled by "brevity of the world", because pre-Silurian creatures must have lived during endless ages "else my views wd be wrong, which is impossible – Q.E.D.".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [9 Dec 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6496

To J. B. Innes   10 December [1868]


Does not think the supposed cow–deer hybrid worth investigating.

John Robinson [the curate at Down] reported to be walking with girls at night.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  10 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6497

From T. H. Huxley   18 December 1868


Sends letter [from Haeckel?] opened by mistake.

August Schleicher a great loss.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 316
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6498

From J. Noordhoek Hegt   11 December 1868



On spurs in peacocks. [See Descent 1: 290 n.]

Author:  J. Noordhoek Hegt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6499

To W. D. Fox   12 December [1868]


Thanks WDF for information about sheep and cattle.

Mentions corrections for new edition of Origin [5th ed. (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.357)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6500

From J. B. Innes   12 December 1868


Will try to get more information about the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer].

The rumours about John Robinson [curate of Down] cause JBI concern. He will seek to get the facts – will try to protect Robinson against malicious rumours, but if he is immoral he must go forthwith.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6501

From J. B. Innes   14 December 1868


Hopes Miss [Sarah Elizabeth] Wedgwood will sell part of her land for a parsonage at Down. Recounts his futile efforts to obtain land in the past.

Encloses news item about the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer].

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 23, 23a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6502
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