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To ?   28 June [1871]


Thanks for the photographs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7836F

From Lionel Ashburner   25 June 1871


Gives examples of animal species in which adult males castrate or kill younger males.

Author:  Lionel Robert (Lionel) Ashburner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10551

From Alexander Agassiz   [before 1 June 1871]



Instances of sexual differences in viviparous fishes, suggested by reading chapters on sexual selection [in Descent] and by Mivart’s Genesis of species.

Notes on echinoderms.

Author:  Alexander Agassiz
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 69: A43–6 DAR 89: 29–31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7415

From Hugh Browne   June 1871


Believes his letter of 17 Apr bears also on vol. 1 of Descent.

Ability to move ears is common in his family.

Similarity of foot of man to that of gorilla continues beyond foetal stage.

Invites CD to stay overnight if visiting the area.

Author:  Hugh Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7696

From J. T. Moggridge   [before 22] June 1871


At Wallace’s suggestion he offers CD his observations on the seed-gathering habits of ants. Suggests their role in seed dispersal.

At work on the last part of his book [Contributions to the flora of Mentone (1867–71)].

Has found that Ophrys insectifera can reproduce asexually.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 22] June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7788

From G. H. Darwin   [after 13 June 1871]


Discusses his position at Cambridge, which is apparently under threat.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 13 June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7791

To Edward Suess   1 June [1871]


Thanks for his election to the Austrian Imperial Academy.

Is sorry ES has suffered in health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Suess
Date:  1 June [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.397)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7792

To Thomas Bradfield   2 June [1871]


Thanks for the fact about the dog.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Bradfield
Date:  2 June [1871]
Classmark:  Doyle, New York (dealers) (8 May 2007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7792F

To Alexander Agassiz   1 June [1871]


Discusses homologies in various animal groups.

Comments on Mivart [Genesis of species].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Agassiz
Date:  1 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7793

To C. V. Riley   1 June [1871]


Comments on CVR’s book [Third annual report on the noxious, beneficial, and other insects of the State of Missouri (1871)].

Discusses mimetic insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Valentine Riley
Date:  1 June [1871]
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (December 1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7794

From Thomas Bradfield   1 June 1871



Instance of a dog able to discriminate a note played out of tune. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 569.]

Author:  Thomas Bradfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 181–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7795

To V. O. Kovalevsky   2 June [1871]


Thanks VOK for sending F. Körte’s book [Die Streich-, Zug- oder Wander-Heuschrecke (1828)]. The passage CD wrote about [see 7735] must occur in the second edition. If VOK ever comes upon the 1829 edition, it would be of use to him.

Agrees that the Versailles army has been savagely brutal [in siege of Paris], but thinks the "Communists [Communards] have made themselves everlastingly infamous".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  2 June [1871]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7796

From A. G. Butler   2 June 1871



Facts contradicting Wallace’s views on coloration of Lepidoptera.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 108–111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7797

To John Murray   3 June [1871]


Is disappointed at high price, 7s 6d, being considered for the cheap edition of the Origin [6th ed.]. Has been told that, in Lancashire, workmen club together to buy the Origin.

Little chance that Expression will be done this autumn.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 June [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 246–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7798

To John Higgins   3 June 1871


Acknowledges sum of £266 11s. 9d.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  3 June 1871
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/6/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7798F

From Henry Reeks   3 June 1871


Observations on habits of caribou and deer in Newfoundland.

Suggests nightingale egg coloration evolved from white to olive for protection.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7799

From Michael Foster   4 June [1871]


Sends answers to CD’s queries on expression.

Author:  Michael Foster
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 162, DAR 195.1: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7800

From J. B. Innes   5 June 1871


On Down parish matters.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 167: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7801

From W. E. Darwin   5 June 1871



Follows up CD’s observation of 13 May 1871, of a New Forest pony shedding its winter coat.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 90: 75, 75a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7802

To Michael Foster   6 June [1871]


Comments on MF’s "little essay" [see 7800].

Invites him to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Michael Foster
Date:  6 June [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.419)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7803
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