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From W. E. Darwin to Emma and/or Charles Darwin   c. 20–5 September 1877


Description of their English dinner companions at a foreign hotel.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin; Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  c. 20-25 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 210.5: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11146F

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From W. E. Darwin to Emma Darwin   26 October [1877]

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  26 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11209F

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From Emma Darwin to T. H. Farrer   [16 October 1877]


CD desires her to say that the cream of THF’s letter of congratulations about William [Darwin]’s marriage [to Sara Sedgwick] lay in the P.S. about "the beloved worms, and not in any such trifles as marrying, &c".

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  16 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11268

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From Francis Darwin   [14 June? 1877]


Forwards letters.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 June? 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10762F

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  • Emma Darwin were away from home from 8 June until 4 July, visiting first Caroline Sarah and Josiah Wedgwood
  • Wedgwood , Emma’s sister, lived in Down. The letters to her have not been found. Francis played the bassoon. His ‘bassoon man’ was William Henry Stone , a physician at St Thomas’s Hospital, London ( letter from Emma Darwin

To G. J. Romanes   27–8 May [1877]


Discusses Francis Darwin’s paper on teasel [Dipsacus].

Comments on GJR’s investigation of spiritualism.

Comments on book by Grant Allen [Physiological aesthetics (1877)].

Invites him to visit

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  27–8 May [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.514, Mss.B.D25.546)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10973

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  • Wedgwood and Josiah Wedgwood III at Leith Hill Place in Surrey, then moving on to visit William Erasmus Darwin in Southampton on 13 June ( Correspondence vol. 25, CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II), Emma Darwin’ …

To W. D. Fox   2 December 1877


Working hard on physiology of plants.

His son George sees no reason to change his view on marriage of cousins.

George’s astronomical work is too deep for CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 155)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11266

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  • Wedgwood , and her family, from 8 to 13 June 1877 (CD’s ‘ Journal’ (Appendix II)). Emma Darwin

From W. D. Fox   29 November [1877]



Congratulates W. E. Darwin, who is about to be married,

and CD for the LL.D. conferred upon him by Cambridge.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11261

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  • Wedgwood and Susan Elizabeth Darwin were CD’s sisters. Susan had died in 1866; Caroline had been in poor health (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter to W. D. Fox, 26 May [1876] ). George Howard Darwin had published on cousin marriage (G. H. Darwin 1875; see also G. H. Darwin 1873b). Ellen Sophia Fox . CD had received an honorary LLD from Cambridge University on 17 November 1877 ( Emma Darwin’ …