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From Emma Darwin to Patrick Matthew   21 November [1863]

Summary

CD is too ill to write.

As for natural selection, he is more faithful to PM’s "own original child" than PM is himself. To illustrate, CD relates the metaphor of an architect selecting well-shaped stones and rejecting ill-shaped ones. [See Variation 2: 431.]

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Patrick Matthew
Date:  21 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (Acc. 10963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4344

From Emma Darwin to George Maw   28 December 1863

Summary

CD too unwell to write but has signed the [unspecified] paper and forwarded it as requested.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  28 Dec 1863
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4360

From Emma Darwin to ?   23 October [1863?]

Summary

Apologises that CD is too unwell to do any work, but he is most interested in the frequent occurrence of inherited variations in one locality. It would have been a pleasure to visit if his health had permitted.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct [1863?]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4321F

From Emma Darwin to Alfred Newton   4 November [1863]

Summary

CD thanks AN for the note and remarks on the partridge’s leg. CD is too ill to write a note, but will send [for] the specimen as soon as he can. [See 4326.]

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  4 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4330F

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   19 November [1863]

Summary

CD agrees about reversion.

The discovery of crossing in cryptogams is very interesting.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  19 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4343

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   23 September [1863]

Summary

CD too unwell to read. JS should not send Primula paper MS until CD returns home.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  23 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4302

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   24 September [1863]

Summary

JS’s MS [of Primula paper] arrived, but CD is too ill to read it.

CD has sent JS’s paper on orchid sterility to Botanische Zeitung and to Hooker.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  24 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4304

From John Scott to Emma Darwin   25 September [1863]

Summary

Regrets CD’s poor health.

"Do not return Primula MS."

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4307

From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker   [7 December 1863]

Summary

CD too ill to write.

Has evidence of long life of seed transported on a partridge’s foot.

Sends a squib by Samuel Butler on the Origin.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [7 Dec 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4351

From Emma Darwin to John Murray   [before 17 December 1863]

Summary

CD too ill to write.

Asks that a presentation copy of Origin be sent off.

He has authorised an Italian translation of Origin.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [before 17 Dec 1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 128–129)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4352

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   8 December [1863]

Summary

Thanks WDF for his letter [on steel traps].

Gives a better report of CD’s health since he gave up water-cure.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  8 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4355

From Emma Darwin to Julius von Haast   12 December [1863]

Summary

CD too unwell to answer JvH’s letter.

He was interested in the "marvellous ground parrot"

and the report on "naturalisation of animals in New Zealand".

Honoured by election to the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Date:  12 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (Haast family papers, MS-Papers-0037-051-3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4356

From Emma Darwin to Alphonse de Candolle   17 December [1863]

Summary

CD sends thanks for pamphlet.

He has been very unwell for three months; it will be long before he can apply himself to his usual pursuits.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  17 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4358

From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker   26 December [1863]

Summary

CD would be pleased to sit for a bust by Thomas Woolner for JDH, but he is too ill now.

Emma’s views on slavery and the Civil War.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4359

From E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin   11 November [1863]

Summary

CD’s Copley Medal. The numbers were ten to eight in CD’s favour but the Cambridge men mustered strongly for Sedgwick.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  11 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B116–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4671

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   [29 September 1863]

Summary

Thanks to WDF’s directions, Anne’s tombstone has been found.

CD improved, but recovery is slow. She describes treatment.

Encloses paper she and CD have written [see 4294, which was wrongly addressed by ED and had not reached WDF].

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 Sept 1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (Fox 141)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4312

From John Lubbock to Emma Darwin   24 October 1863

Summary

Sorry to hear of CD’s poor health.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  24 Oct 1863
Classmark:  DAR 170: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4322

From Emma Darwin to W. E. Darwin   [28 October 1863]

Summary

CD’s health.

Family and local news.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [28 Oct 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 219. 1: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4323F

From John Lubbock to Emma Darwin   6 November 1863

Summary

Returns a borrowed extract from the [Zoological?] Record.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 170: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4331

From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   11 November 1863

Summary

Asks whether he ought to write to CD while he is ill.

Wonders if he might use Haast’s notes on introduced animals for a notice he is preparing ["Note on the replacement of species in the colonies and elsewhere", Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 4 (1864): 123–7].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 171–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4339
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