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From George Henslow   [c. August 1867?]


Thanks CD for his interesting papers.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Aug 1867?]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5336

From Edouard Bornet   [before 20 August 1867]


Sends ten different forms of Draba and Jordan’s instructions on when to sow seeds.

Reports sterility of a cross of two varieties of Papaver.

Thanks CD for a memoir.

Author:  Jean-Baptiste-Édouard (Édouard) Bornet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 20 Aug 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 256
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5592

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 August [1867]


Thanks WBT for proofs of his new book [Pigeons (1868)].

Hopes he still intends to try the experiment with dyed pigeons.

Was surprised to hear of B. P. Brent’s death.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  4 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5593

To John Murray   4 August [1867]


Asks whether JM is interested in publishing A. E. Brehm, Illustrirtes Thierleben [4 vols. (1864–7)], which has had immense sale on the continent.

Is making good progress with proofs [of Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 171–172)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5594

From Charles Lyell   4 August 1867


Comments on proof-sheets of Variation.

His revisions of Principles of geology, 10th ed.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1867
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 415–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5595

From William Bowman   5 August 1867


Supposes that infants’ eyes bulge and become engorged with blood during fits of sneezing or screaming, but doubts Charles Bell’s experiment of opening and observing eyes turn from pale to red [Anatomy and philosophy of expression (1844)].

Discusses the action of the eye when looking at distant objects.

Author:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 160: 267 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5596

From John Murray   5 August [1867]


He is unacquainted with Brehm’s work [Thierleben]. Asks that a volume be sent so he can form an opinion on publishing it.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 349
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5597

From Robert Swinhoe   5 August 1867


Will do his best to get observations on expression among the Chinese.

Reports observations on hedgehogs collecting fruit with their spines.

Discusses the domestic pig of Formosa, its wild ancestors, and its capacity to breed with other races.

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5598

To John Murray   6 August [1867]


Sends the four volumes [of Brehm’s Thierleben] for Murray’s consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  S. J. Hessel (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5599

To Carl Vogt   7 August [1867]


Thanks for CV’s Mémoire sur les microcéphales [1867]. Curious how CD and CV have come to similar conclusions about atavism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Vogt
Date:  7 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms fr. 2188, ff. 302–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5600

To William Bowman   7 August [1867]


Thanks for reply to queries. Spectroscope an instance of unimagined glorious prospects of science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Date:  7 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 10 (EH 88206062)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5601

From Seth Sutton    8 August 1867


Reports observations, as requested by CD, on expression in chimpanzees and orangs at Zoological Garden, London [see Expression, p. 95].

Author:  S Sutton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 322
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5602

To Asa Gray   8 August [1867]


Thanks AG for sending W. M. Canby’s letter on Dionaea. Although already familiar with the facts concerning the secretions, the letter "fires me up to complete and publish on Drosera, Dionæa, etc."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  8 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  J. L. Gray ed. 1893, 2: 557
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5602A

To B. D. Walsh   9 August [1867]


Is not sure he thinks so much of BDW’s argument in his last paper as of some others he advanced. Is BDW sure Lucanidae use jaws for holding female in copulation rather than for fighting other males?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  9 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5603

From Andrew Murray   12 August 1867


He is planning a new journal to replace Natural History Review. Unlike the old one, it would be confined to reviews and would include an index of works on travel.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5604

To Fritz Müller   15 August [1867]


Queries about expressions in crying monkeys.

Has received letter from Hermann Müller on orchid fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  15 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5605

From George Henslow   15 August 1867


Proposes writing a note for Linnean Society ["Note on the structure of Genista tinctoria", J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 468], in part using information CD gave him at Down.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5606

From B. J. Sulivan   16 August [1867]


Discusses a rare shell found by BJS on the Beagle voyage, an account of which has just been written by Davidson [possibly in Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 20 (1867): 81–3].

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 289
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5607

To Hermann Müller   16 August [1867]


Made aware by Asa Gray of error with respect to Cypripedium. Does not doubt it is self-fertilised.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  16 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 429, Krause 1884
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5608

From J. D. Hooker   17 August 1867



His opinion of two novels: Mary Barton and North and south [both by Mrs Gaskell].

Sends R. O. Cunningham’s letters.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 174–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5609
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