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From Nemo   [1876?]


A believer in evolution seeks to convince CD that a spiritual creative force, rather than natural selection, explains its operation.

Author:  Nemo
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1876?]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10333

To ?   [1876?]


Complies with correspondent’s request; encloses photographs of himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1876 or later?]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10339

To ?   [1876]


Letter of reference giving his opinion of the character of a man who has been his footman for a year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10745

From W. T. Thiselton Dyer   [1876]


Cancelled: part of 11847

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10340

To William Robinson   4 January 1876


Thanks for the copies of the Garden, which contain a drawing of CD and notice of his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Robinson
Date:  4 Jan 1876
Classmark:  Nate D. Sanders (dealer) (28 September 2017, lot 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10346

From J. H. Gilbert   6 January 1876


Thanks for a copy of Insectivorous Plants.

Author:  Joseph Henry Gilbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1876
Classmark:  Rothamsted Research (GIL13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10346F

From John Murray   6 January [1876]


At last, Expression is beginning to sell again.

Cooke has not yet decided on number of Variation [2d ed.] to print.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10347

To G. H. Darwin   8 January [1876]


Asks GHD to calculate average or mean heights of crossed and self-fertilised plant species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  8 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10348

From G. H. Darwin   [after 8 January 1876]



Provides CD with a method of obtaining a numerical ratio that expresses the superiority in heights of crossed plants to self-fertilised plants.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 8 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 77: 144–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10349

To William Robinson   10 January [1876?]


Accepts WR’s offer of copies of the Garden for the next half-year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Robinson
Date:  10 Jan [1876?]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (5 May 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10350

From Charles O’Shaughnessy   10 January 1876


He has confuted Descent.

Enclosures announce his cures of potato blight, epilepsy, etc.

Author:  Charles O’Shaughnessy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 173: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10351

From W. H. Dallinger   10 January 1876


Has confirmed CD’s observations on Drosera.

Asks whether CD agrees that it is "no longer a fact" that the bladders of Utricularia vulgaris enable the plant to become lighter for fecundation and heavier when that act is accomplished. Plans to undertake further observations, under very high-powered microscopes, of mechanism of digestion.

Author:  William Henry Dallinger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 162: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10352

From Hermann Hoffmann   10 January 1876


Bug on Tilia, cited in Variation, was Cimex apterus.

Author:  Karl Heinrich Hermann (Hermann) Hoffmann
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10353

To W. H. Dallinger   [after 10 January 1876]


CD has read all of WHD’s and J. J. Drysdale’s papers [on spontaneous generation, monads, and the origin of life] and finds them the best work on the subject.

The function of bladders in Utricularia is not to float the plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Dallinger
Date:  [after 10 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI MS CG/u/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10354

From T. W. Clarke   12 January 1876


Two photographs of T. W. Clarke, Jr, aged three, offered as examples of expression.

Author:  Thomas William Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10355

From Ernst Haeckel   13 January 1876


Sends copy of Arabische Korallen [1876].

Comments on reception of his paper on "Gastrula" [see 10012].

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10356

To Francis Galton   13 January [1876]


Thanks FG for his report [on the statistical validity of CD’s experiments; see Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 16–18]. Discusses FG’s comments, his own experiments, and the means by which the results may be analysed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  13 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10357

From S. L. Lovén   [14 January 1876]


Has sent his paper on Echinoidea [see 10373] as a token of his veneration. He tried to address the confusion in knowledge about the different parts of the exoskeleton of the Echinodermata by tracing certain relations of homology not previously noticed. Much more work is required.

Author:  Sven Ludvig (Sven) Lovén
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Sven Lovéns arkiv, Utgående brev, vol. B1:5, nr 26, s 331-333)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10357A

To Ernst Haeckel   15 January [1876]


Thanks EH for Arabische Korallen [1876].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  15 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 36 [9889])
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10358

From T. B. Blow   15 January 1876


Reports on the tendency of the normally fruitless Convolvulus arvensis, to form fruit when roots are cut and plant is in danger of dying.

Author:  Thomas Bates Blow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10359
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