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To William Thierry Preyer   [before 21 March 1869]

Summary

Replies to inquiries about his life and career.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Date:  [before 21 Mar 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 262–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6540

To Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing   3 March 1869

Summary

Thanks TRRS for copy of his lecture [Darwinism (1869)]. Praises his "admirable example of liberality".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing
Date:  3 Mar 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.362)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6640

To A. R. Wallace   5 March [1869]

Summary

Reception of ARW’s book, Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6642

To T. C. Eyton   6 March [1869]

Summary

Thanks TCE for fawn’s head.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  6 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.366)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6645

To Armand de Quatrefages   6 March 1869

Summary

Wishes to introduce his son, George Howard Darwin.

Has glanced at the second of AdeQ’s articles on natural history in Revue de deux mondes; ordered first article but second is already out of print.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Armand (Armand de Quatrefages) Quatrefages de Bréau
Date:  6 Mar 1869
Classmark:  Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Manuscrits (Manuscripts NAF 11824 ff. 72–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6645F

To J. D. Hooker   8 March [1869]

Summary

Transmits letter [from Fritz Müller].

Has been asked to permit a French translation of Orchids and Journal of researches.

At work on sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 116-17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6647

To R. F. Cooke   9 March [1869]

Summary

Suggests best form of lettering for spine of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 198–199)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6648

To Thomas Henry Huxley   10 March 1869

Summary

At writer’s request, forwards long letter on Comte by Vernon Lushington.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 262)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6649

To T. H. Huxley   12 March [1869]

Summary

Apologises for passing on what he agrees were offensive remarks in V. Lushington’s letter. Has told VL he had no right to make them. Asks THH to make allowance for red-hot disciples defending the master.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  12 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 264)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6658

To Vernon Lushington   [12 March 1869]

Summary

Huxley has acknowledged receipt of VL’s letter. Both he and CD feel that some of VL’s statements were a little offensive although CD is sure this was not intended. Was glad to read the condensed statement of Comte’s claims in VL’s letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vernon Lushington
Date:  [12 Mar 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6660

To W. C. Tait   12 and 16 March 1869

Summary

Thanks for specimen of Drosophyllum.

Describes capacity of various plants to catch flies.

Cannot name fern specimen.

Laugher pigeon descended from Columba livia.

Discusses tailless dogs.

Believes astronomical phenomenon responsible for oscillation of level of earth’s crust.

Would WCT like copy of Orchids?

Expected plants [Drosophyllum] have arrived.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Chester Tait
Date:  12 and 16 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 147: 541; Sotheby’s (dealers) (19 July 1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6661

To Fritz Müller   14 March 1869

Summary

Translation of Für Darwin has been published [Facts and arguments for Darwin (1869)].

Discusses dimorphic plants, commenting on FM’s observations on Oxalis.

Is greatly interested in Eschscholzia, which seems somewhat more self-sterile in Brazil than in England.

Thinks FM’s grass is "most wonderful".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  14 Mar 1869
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6662

To J. D. Hooker   17 March [1869]

Summary

Envies JDH’s Russian trip.

Thanks for information on Aucuba. Urges him to experiment – case "has highest physiological importance, not to mention Pangenesis".

Has heard that Huxley has been attacking views of Sir W. Thomson.

Has received 12 plants of Drosophyllum lusitanicum from Oporto.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 118–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6666

To Fritz Müller   18 March 1869

Summary

On English edition of Für Darwin; CD’s gratitude and admiration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  18 Mar 1869
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6668

To George Cupples   18 March [1869]

Summary

Suggests that Cupples weigh puppies from one week old, rather than two weeks old.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cupples
Date:  18 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  Former collection of Pr. Georges Teissier (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6668F

To T. H. Huxley   19 March [1869]

Summary

Thanks for THH’s address [to Geological Society, Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 25 (1869): 28–53]. Admires it and enjoyed attack on William Thomson hugely, but would tremble if he were in THH’s boots. Distinction made by THH between evolutionists and uniformitarians is too great. CD’s sentences on age of world in Origin will do, but he might have been less timid had he read THH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  19 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 266)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6670

To Charles Lyell   20 March [1869]

Summary

Discusses views of Wallace, H. N. Moseley, and Croll on the mechanics of glacier movement.

Comments on Wallace’s new book [The Malay Archipelago (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  20 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.367)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6672

To Julius Dub   20 March 1869

Summary

CD will supply the sheets of the new edition of the Origin [5th ed. (1869)] if JD goes ahead with his work [Kurze Darstellung der Lehre Darwin’s über die Entstehung der Arten der Organismen (1870)]. Has no objection to JD’s quoting him, but wonders whether the German publisher of Origin might not feel injured.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christoph Julius (Julius) Dub
Date:  20 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 96: 62, 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6673

To John Dean Caton   20 March 1869

Summary

Asks about coat colour of elk,

the mane of American bison,

and about sexual preferences of female deer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Dean Caton
Date:  20 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 143: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6674

To A. R. Wallace   22 March [1869]

Summary

Comments on Wallace’s Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  22 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6677
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