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To ?   25 February 1876

Summary

Sends his autograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  25 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (Palsbo Ac, sp. 100)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10410

To ?   3 February 1876

Summary

Sends autograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (19 March 2015)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10378

To ?   15 February 1876

Summary

Thanks correspondent for present of book [unspecified].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  15 Feb 1876
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.485)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10393

To J. J. Weir   14 February [1876]

Summary

Declines invitation to accompany JJW to Crystal Palace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  14 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10392

To J. N. Lockyer   18 February [1876]

Summary

Asks that the copy of Nature containing letter from Fritz Müller be forwarded to FM [see 10324].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Norman (Norman) Lockyer
Date:  18 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) catalogue 112 (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10403

From Lawson Tait   21 February 1876

Summary

RLT to review 2d ed. of Variation and write an article on Pangenesis.

Discussion of "Survival of the Fittest".

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 28–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10405

To Lawson Tait   22 February [1876]

Summary

Herbert Spencer invented the term "survival of the fittest". CD used it but found "natural selection" more convenient.

He has often spoken of natural selection’s destruction of individuals which do not come up to "proper standards of structure", which comes to nearly the same thing as RLT’s suggested distinction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  22 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Randall House, Santa Barbara (dealers) catalogue XXV (1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10406

From Arthur Nicols   24 February 1876

Summary

Is putting together a natural history book for intelligent children [The puzzle of life (1877)]; would like CD’s opinion on the project in general and on the completed first chapter in particular.

Author:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 172: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10408

To Arthur Nicols   [after 24 February 1876]

Summary

Supports AN’s idea [of a natural history book for children].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 65/1v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10409

To J. B. Innes   7 February [1876]

Summary

Sends forms to be signed so that the trustees of the Down Friendly Society may be properly registered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  7 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Robert M. Stecher Collection, Historical Division, Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10833

To J. M. F. Ludlow   11 February 1876

Summary

Writes as a trustee of the Down Friendly Society regarding difficulties over the recording of the names of the trustees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow
Date:  11 Feb 1876
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (FS 1/232, no. 643)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10840

From John Tyndall   2 February 1876

Summary

Tells CD of his engagement to Louisa, eldest daughter of Lord Claud Hamilton.

His investigations [into spontaneous generation] continue. He will deal with Bastian’s work [The modes of origin of lowest organisms (1871)].

The medical journals see that the end of the nonsense they have so long countenanced is nigh.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: C20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10377

To John Tyndall   4 February 1876

Summary

Sends congratulations and a teapot on the occasion of JT’s engagement.

Is pleased JT is not giving up on the spontaneous generation question. Feels strongly that subject will not be clear until it is understood how J. S. Burdon Sanderson and others succeeded in getting bacteria in infusions they had boiled for a long time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 24 (EH 88205962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10379

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [4 February 1876]

Summary

Congratulates WTT-D on [election of E. Ray Lankester to] Linnean Society.

Mentions visit to Royal Society.

Pleased to see George Bentham looking well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [4 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 56–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10380

From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

Summary

JT will not quit the subject [of spontaneous generation] until light is let in on every cranny of the question.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1876
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10381

From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

Summary

The teapot is exquisite. Louisa says to say "the gift is worthy of the giver. Nothing higher can be said."

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1876
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10382

To Eduard Koch?   6 February 1876

Summary

Discusses use by correspondent of clichés from one of his books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Koch
Date:  6 Feb 1876
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.273a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10383

To Società dei Naturalisti di Modena   8 February 1876

Summary

Thanks for his election as an Honorary Member

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Società dei Naturalisti di Modena
Date:  8 Feb 1876
Classmark:  Società dei Naturalisti e Matematici di Modena
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10383F

To Fritz Müller   [9 February 1876]

Summary

Has sent FM’s letter on to Nature ["Brazil kitchen middens, habits of ants, etc.", Nature 13 (1876): 304–5].

Would be grateful for Ceropegia seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  [9 Feb 1876]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 38) (EH 88205868)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10384

To H. T. Stainton   11 February [1876]

Summary

Has signed enclosure [Royal Society nomination for McLachlan] with pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  11 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10385
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