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To Nature   7 November [1881]

Summary

Summarises letter of William Nation [13350]. The facts given strongly support the conclusion that there is some close connection between the parasitic habits of birds that lay their eggs in others’ nests and the fact of their laying eggs at "considerable intervals of time".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  7 Nov [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 17 November 1881, p. 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13471

To ?   23 November 1881

Summary

Sends copies of Variation, Descent, and Journal of researches from "the library of my late brother".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Nov 1881
Classmark:  Charles Hamilton (dealer) (29 January 1970)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13507

To Nature   [before 15 September 1881]

Summary

Quotes from a Fritz Müller letter of 9 Aug supporting CD’s views that leaves position themselves at night so as to minimise heat loss by radiation. It is a new fact to CD that leaves take different positions at different seasons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 15 Sept 1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 15 September 1881, p. 459
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13338

To ?   5 October 1881

Summary

Has resolved never to write for periodicals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Oct 1881
Classmark:  Rick Northwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13373F

To ?   31 July [1881?]

Summary

Thanks for note and plant specimen. Will take care of it for his own sake and Kew’s.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 July [1881?]
Classmark:  David Schulson (dealer) (January 1997?)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13267

To ?   20 August 1881

Summary

Fly adheres to ceiling by viscid matter on feet. Refers correspondent to B. T. Lowne, Anatomy and physiology of the blow-fly (1870).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RL.10387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13292

To ?   21 August 1881

Summary

Encloses a letter from his son G. H. Darwin and another from his son Francis Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Aug 1881
Classmark:  C. G. Boerner in Leipzig (dealer) (4–6 December 1911)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13294G

To ?   21 August 1881

Summary

Declines an invitation to write for an unidentified periodical. "I am unable to write short articles in an interesting manner, & they would consume much of my time."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  21 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (March 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13296A

To ?   5 September 1881

Summary

Asks him to deliver two or three feet of linoleum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Sept 1881
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (21–2 July 1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13317A

To Nature   22 February [1881]

Summary

Summarises the "remarkable facts about the movements of plants" in Fritz Müller’s letter of January [12996]. CD comments that Müller’s observations support the conclusion that he and Francis Darwin arrived at – that leaves go to sleep to escape the full effects of radiation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  22 Feb [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 3 March 1881, p. 409
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13061

From ?   [March 1881]

Summary

Notes on the thickness of mould on the slope of the inland side of Beachy Head.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Mar 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 65: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13070

To Nature   14 April [1881]

Summary

Summarises a letter from Fritz Müller [missing] giving details of leaf movement in Mucuna, Desmodium, and Bauhinia. CD is especially interested in the paraheliotropic movements, which appear to be as common as sleep movements.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  14 Apr [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 28 April 1881, pp. 603–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13117

To ?   17 June 1881

Summary

Thanks correspondent for sending paper on molluscs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  17 June 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.591)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13208

To Nature   13 July [1881]

Summary

Communicates two cases of inheritance reported by J. P. Bishop [in 13137]. The work of E. Brown-Séquard has demonstrated that effects of injuries can be inherited ["Hereditary transmission of an epileptiform affection accidentally produced", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 10 (1860): 297–8]. E. Dupuy has sent CD a still more remarkable case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  13 July [1881]
Classmark:  Nature, 21 July 1881, p. 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13245

To ?   18 July 1881

Summary

Asks what to do with [unspecified] receipt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 202: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13248

From T. H. Farrer   5 November 1881

Summary

Has received Earthworms.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 164: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13461

To L. J. Jones   6 November 1881

Summary

Explains source of error [in Earthworms].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lawrence John Jones, 4th baronet
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.600)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13462

To John Lubbock   6 November 1881

Summary

Supports the statements on Henry Hicks in JL’s address.

Bonney is an "objector general".

CD has always supported A. C. Ramsay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 49645: 104–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13463

From Wilhelm Pfeffer   6 November 1881

Summary

It is impossible to trace the direct connections between stimuli and responses in plant movements. Disagrees with much of Julius von Wiesner [Die Bewegungsvermögen der Pflanzen (1881)]. Disagrees with CD on induced movements and circumnutation.

Author:  Wilhelm Friedrich Philipp (Wilhelm) Pfeffer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 174: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13464

From T. M. Reade   6 November 1881

Summary

Praise for Earthworms.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 176: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13465
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