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To ?   5 June 1879

Summary

Unable to accept invitation.

Looked at leaves and saw no sign that animal matter was absorbed. Believes insects were caught only accidentally.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (5 December 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12089

To ?   23 October 1879

Summary

Is obliged for the note about Wallis Nash’s death, but he has since heard that the report was false.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Ronald T. Raines (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12268F

To Nature   16 December 1879

Summary

Reports information sent by E. Schulte [12254] on the colours of the male Diadema bolina.

Discusses extent to which consciousness came into play in the origin of certain instincts, including sexual display.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Nature, 8 January 1880, p. 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12359

To Nature   15 December [1879]

Summary

CD has repeated a test of whether hybrids of the common and Chinese goose are fertile inter se. Reports his success, and comments on its significance for the theory of descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  15 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 1 January 1880, p. 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12391

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 ?   21 April 1879

Summary

Thanks for letter and articles: gratifying to hear that agriculturalists attend to his works.

Cannot decipher German writing so has stuck the address from the letter on the envelope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Apr 1879
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (July 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006F

To ?   9 January 1879

Summary

Thanks correspondent for the copies of his engraving. "The work seems to be, though I cannot pretend to be a judge, a vy fine production".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823

To ?   23 January [1879?]

Summary

Orders a sheet of gold-beater’s skin for plant experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1879?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11841

To Nature   [before 20 March 1879]

Summary

Comments on a letter from Fritz Müller [11839] and particularly on the subject of the disappearance of certain structures in organisms. FM’s explanation deserves serious consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 20 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 20 March 1879, pp. 462–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11945

From J. F. Moulton   10 December 1879

Summary

At CD’s request he has read Malcolm Guthrie’s book [On Mr Spencer’s formula of evolution (1879)], which is a critique of First principles. He finds it a helpful clarification of Spencer’s views; however, it is as pseudo-scientific as the book it criticises.

Author:  John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12350

From Raphael Meldola   11 December 1879

Summary

Sends subscription form for English edition of Weismann’s Studien.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12351

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   11 December [1879]

Summary

Wants some apheliotropic plants for experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  11 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 197–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12352

To Raphael Meldola   12 December [1879]

Summary

Would like to subscribe to English edition of Weismann.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  12 Dec [1879]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12354

From A. G. Butler   13 December 1879

Summary

Supplies facts on the colours of each sex in butterflies from the genera Ornithoptera and Heterochroa.

Author:  Arthur Gardiner Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 391
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12355

From J. F. Moulton   13 December 1879

Summary

Herbert Spencer, though not the scientific thinker he sees himself to be, was extremely important in conditioning the generation’s acceptance of evolution. Compares Spencer and Robert Chambers as teachers, rather than discoverers, of new ideas.

Author:  John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 279
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12356

To Asa Gray   16 December 1879

Summary

Thanks for AG’s trouble about the seeds. Is curious to see their germination and the early seedling growth.

Asks for cotton seeds, as he observes odd movements of the cotyledon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (130a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12357

From A. B. Buckley   16 December 1879

Summary

On Wallace’s need for a regular income. He has been rejected as Superintendent of Epping Forest. Thinks men such as Lubbock, Hooker, and CD might help.

Author:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 366
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12358

To J. D. Hooker   17 December 1879

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Summary

Miss Arabella Buckley’s letter on Wallace’s poor health and finances leads CD to seek JDH’s aid in getting a Government pension.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 95: 491–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12360

To A. B. Buckley   17 December 1879

Summary

Discusses possibility of Government pension for Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  17 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 143: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12361

From J. D. Hooker   18 December 1879

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Argues against pension for Wallace because of his spiritualism; the underhanded way he brought about discussion of spiritualism at BAAS; his pocketing money from a bet on the sphericity of the earth; his lack of absolute poverty.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 136–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12362
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