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CD’s notes arising from conversations with J. D. Hooker   8 December 1844

Summary

[Notes on conversations with J. D. Hooker.] Geographical distribution; diffusion and distribution of species. Island and mountain floras; means of migration (high-roads, icebergs).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 35–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-798

Notes on marriage   [July 1838]

Summary

Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/about-darwin/family-life/darwin-marriage. Debates with himself the pros and cons of marriage. Considers plans for future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [July 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-420

Notes on marriage   [after 7 Apr 1838]

Summary

Published as an appendix to vol. 2 of the Correspondence; see https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/about-darwin/family-life/darwin-marriage. Considers his options for the future. Debates marriage and the best place to live. Feels the need for experiment and direct observation which would be difficult living in London; he "could not go on as Lyell does correcting & adding up new information to old train".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 7 Apr 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8 :1, DAR 210.8: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-409

To ?   5 December 1872

Summary

Obliged for the note of reference, but does not know what to think of the statement about the watering mouth.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8660F

To ?   5 December 1872

Summary

Thanks for gift of a book, and offers to send copy of Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (3 November 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8660H

To ?   9 December 1872

Summary

Thanks an unidentifiable natural history society for electing him an honorary member.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Galerie Frédéric Castaing (dealer) (November 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8665F

To ?   9 January 1873

Summary

Has pleasure in signing the [missing] enclosure, with every word of which he fully agrees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8728F

To the Spectator   11 January 1873

Summary

Discusses two factors possibly causing modification of body or mind of an organism; habit and direct action of external conditions on the one hand, and selection, natural or artificial, on the other; considers their relative importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Spectator
Date:  11 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Spectator, 18 January 1873, p. 76.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8731

To Nature   [before 13 February 1873]

Summary

Sends a letter from William Huggins about a case of inherited fright in three generations of mastiffs. Discusses the different origins of instincts and their inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Feb 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 February 1873, pp. 281–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8765

To Nature   [before 13 March 1873]

Summary

Recounts instances suggesting that animals have a sense of direction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 March 1873, p. 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8809

To Nature   [before 27 March 1879]

Summary

In reply to a query [in Nature 19 (1879): 433] CD reports that vessels full of water were kept on the deck of a ship to discourage rats from gnawing holes in the ship’s water casks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 27 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 27 March 1879, p. 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8826

To Nature   [before 3 April 1873]

Summary

Comments on article ["Perception and instinct in lower animals", Nature 7 (1871): 377–8].

Explains his contention that "many of the most wonderful instincts have been acquired, independently of habit, through the preservation of useful variations of pre-existing instincts". Cites examples: sterile workers of several species of social insects have acquired different instincts; movements of tumbler pigeons. Speculates that "many instincts have originated from modification or variations in the brain".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 3 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 3 April 1873, pp. 417–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8838

To Nature   [before 3 April 1873]

Summary

"The following fact with respect to the habits of ants, which I believe to be quite new, has been sent to me by a distinguished geologist, Mr J. D. Hague [see 8788]; and it appears well worth publishing."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 3 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 10 April 1873, pp. 443–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8853

To ?   28 April 1873

Summary

"I was born in the town of Shrewsbury Feb. 12, 1809."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Swann Galleries (dealer) (26 April 1984)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8888A

To ?   4 May [1873]

Summary

Explains that his publisher has erred in announcing his book [Cross and self-fertilisation] prematurely. [See 8890 and 8897.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 May [1873]
Classmark:  Remember When Auctions (Catalogue 41: 16 March 1997)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8897A

To ?   12 November 1874

Summary

Is obliged for addressee’s courteous note and is indifferent to how his name is used.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Collection (MiscMS 253)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717F

To ?   [9 December 1874, 14 December 1875, or 10 January 1877]

Summary

Invites correspondent to luncheon on Friday or Saturday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [9 Dec] 1874 or [14 Dec] 1875 or [10 Jan] 1877
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (catalogue 76 1994)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9724F

To ?   24 December [1874–81]

Summary

Sends compliments and thanks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Dec [1874-81]
Classmark:  William Patrick Watson (dealer) (catalogue 21 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9778G

To ?   [February 1875 or earlier?]

Summary

Reports that Variation is out of print. Suggests means of obtaining a copy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [Feb 1875 or earlier?]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) catalogue p. 192 (20 July 1989)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9790A

To ?   [after 17 February 1875]

Summary

CD is obliged for a note he will use for a new [2d] edition of Variation [1875].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 17 Feb 1875]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9795
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