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From F. M. Balfour   [20 March – 14 April 1875]

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Gives Carl Claus’s identifications of the organisms sent by CD.

Author:  Francis Maitland Balfour
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Mar – 14 Apr 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9203

From Oswald Heer   1 March 1875

Summary

Comments on his Flora fossilis Arctica [vol. 3 (1875)]. Discusses successive appearance of plant families in geological periods. Relates plant development to rise of herbivorous mammals.

Comments on death of Charles Lyell.

Author:  Oswald Heer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9876

From George Cupples   1 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for presentation copy of Descent, 2d ed.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 161: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9877

From Moritz Traube   2 March 1875

Summary

Sends two treatises which explain cell-wall formation and some aspects of cell growth in physico-chemical terms ["Experimente zur Theorie d. Zellenbildung und Endosmose", Arch. Anat. Physiol. (1867): 87–128, 126–65].

Author:  Moritz Traube
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 178: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9878

From A. W. Bennett   12 March 1875

Summary

Has found the relation of pollen-grain size to style size in Primula to be the opposite of CD’s view; asks whether there is an error or just remarkable variation.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9884

From Lawson Tait   12 March [1875]

Summary

Purpose of bushy tails; their usefulness to their owners as a means of keeping warm.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885

From W. B. Dawkins   14 March 1875

Summary

Is glad CD is pleased with his book [Cave hunting (1874)].

Relationship between language and race. The Basques.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9887

From John Fiske   15 March 1875

Summary

Thanks CD for Descent

and for his praise of Cosmic philosophy [1874].

Author:  John Fiske
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 164: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9888

From Lawson Tait   16 March [1875]

Summary

Uses of tails of mice. Functions of tails generally.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9889

From E. J. Johnston   16 March 1875

Summary

Reports an Araujia in Portugal that captures various insects on the horns of its stigma. Relates this to another asclepiad, Apocynum, which also captures insects. Is this "insectivory" or insect fertilisation?

Author:  Edwin John Johnston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 168: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9890

From J. D. Hooker   17 March 1875

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No action on assistance yet, but has had a private note from Disraeli asking whether Thiselton-Dyer is his recommendation.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9891

From Lawson Tait   17 March [1875]

Summary

Sends a short essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] on which he would welcome CD’s opinion. Believes problems of pathology can be attacked by regarding them from "Darwinian" point of view.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9892

From Horatio Piggot   20 March 1875

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Suggests advantage to students of adding coloured drawings of the coral-producing zoophytes in next edition of Coral reefs.

Author:  Horatio Piggot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 69: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9894

From Anton Bachmaier   21 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for reference concerning regeneration of human fingers and toes.

Sends lecture on language.

Asks for information about animal communication by vocal sounds.

Author:  Anton Bachmaier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9897

From E. J. Johnston   22 March 1875

Summary

He will write to Portugal for the insect-capturing Araujia.

Author:  Edwin John Johnston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 168: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9898

From John Murray   23 March [1875]

Summary

Sends CD a cheque for 68 guineas – his two-thirds share of profit on sale of 2000 copies of 2d edition of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 446
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9899

From J. P. Thomasson   23 March 1875

Summary

On nesting habits of pied and spotted flycatchers.

JPT disagrees with CD’s comment in Descent.

Marriages of first cousins produce congenital deaf-mutism.

Author:  John Pennington Thomasson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 178: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9900

From A. E. J. Modderman to Charles Darwin and 20 others   24 March 1875

Summary

Informing CD (and 20 others) of the award of an honorary degree by Leiden University.

Author:  Antony Ewoud Jan Modderman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Leiden University Libraries (shelfmark ASF inv.nr. 327 document 55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9900F

From Oswald Heer   23 March 1875

Summary

Discusses his work [Flora fossilis Arctica, vol. 4, pt 1 (1876)].

Sends copy of [Fossile Pflanzen von Sumatra (1874)]. Comments on climate in Tertiary period, especially on Sumatra.

Comments on theory of Thomas Belt concerning climatic change in ice age.

Author:  Oswald Heer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9901

From Thomas Burgess   26 March 1875

Summary

TB, who sailed with CD [as a Royal Marine] in the Beagle, asks for CD’s portrait. Recalls some events they shared.

Author:  Thomas Burgess
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 106: D15–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9903
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