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To Nature   14 April [1881]

Summary

Summarises a letter from Fritz Müller [missing] giving details of leaf movement in Mucuna, Desmodium, and Bauhinia. CD is especially interested in the paraheliotropic movements, which appear to be as common as sleep movements.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  14 Apr [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 28 April 1881, pp. 603–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13117

To Williams & Norgate   20 February 1881

Summary

Queries account for book "Fauna Neapol. II"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 Feb 1881
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (catalogue 67 1998)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13058F

To Nature   22 February [1881]

Summary

Summarises the "remarkable facts about the movements of plants" in Fritz Müller’s letter of January [12996]. CD comments that Müller’s observations support the conclusion that he and Francis Darwin arrived at – that leaves go to sleep to escape the full effects of radiation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  22 Feb [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 3 March 1881, p. 409
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13061

From ?   [March 1881]

Summary

Notes on the thickness of mould on the slope of the inland side of Beachy Head.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Mar 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 65: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13070

To Nature   [before 30 December 1880]

Summary

Quotes an extract from a letter from Mr Sanderson of Chislehurst on the disappearance of black or spotted sheep from Australian flocks when the coloured sheep ceased to be of use to man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 30 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 30 December 1880, p. 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12955

To ?   5 November 1880

Summary

Refers correspondent to Descent for some information on marriage arrangements, and on the mental and moral nature of monkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12797

To Nature   5 November [1880]

Summary

Sir Wyville Thomson misunderstands natural selection when he says the theory "refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection". CD demurs at the "extreme variation" and the "only". No one has said evolution depends only on natural selection. CD has adduced many facts on the effects of use and disuse and on the direct action of the environment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  5 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 11 November 1880, p. 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12800

To ?   23 October 1880

Summary

Answers correspondent’s questions on his birth date and when he began work on origin of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12771

To ?   3 August 1880

Summary

CD sends thanks for further instructions for making a solution, which will be followed as soon as Francis [Darwin] returns.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Aug 1880
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12676

To ?   27 April 1880

Summary

Thanks correspondent for writing, "but such malconformations, as you mention, are not very rare & therefore do not possess much novelty".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Apr 1880
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (July 1986)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12591

To ?   19 March 1880

Summary

Henry Forbes in a letter to Moseley describes herons on the Keeling Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12538F

To Nature   9 April [1880]

Summary

Forwards a letter from E. S. Morse on Omori shell mounds refuting F. V. Dickins’ review [Nature 21 (1880): 350] of Morse’s memoir ["The shell mounds of Omori", Mem. Sci. Dep. Univ. Tokyo 1 (1879) pt 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  9 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 15 April 1880, p. 561
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12571

To Athenæum   1 February 1880

Summary

[A revised version (but also not sent) of the draft letter 12439.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12449

To Athenæum   24 January 1880

Summary

[Draft letter that was never sent, headed "First letter disapproved by everybody" in CD’s hand.] Explains that he had, in fact, mentioned in the MS of his part of Erasmus Darwin that Krause had added to his essay as it appeared in Kosmos. During subsequent revision, this mention was accidentally omitted. [Apropos of S. Butler’s charges against CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  24 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B98–B101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12439

To Nature   16 December 1879

Summary

Reports information sent by E. Schulte [12254] on the colours of the male Diadema bolina.

Discusses extent to which consciousness came into play in the origin of certain instincts, including sexual display.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Nature, 8 January 1880, p. 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12359

From Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

On the Christian God; questioning of CD’s religious beliefs.

Author:  Maria
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12385

To Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

Regrets he has not time to develop points touched on in her letter and that he does not understand what information she wants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 24v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12386

From Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

Writes at length on importance of God and Catholicism, and the need to seek salvation.

Author:  Maria
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12387

To Nature   15 December [1879]

Summary

CD has repeated a test of whether hybrids of the common and Chinese goose are fertile inter se. Reports his success, and comments on its significance for the theory of descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  15 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 1 January 1880, p. 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12391

To ?   [28 February 1849]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for lecture tickets, but regrets he will be unable to attend.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [28 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 40/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1230
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