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To J. V. Carus   20 December 1876


Sends an omitted reference to an article by Dr Ascherson [Bot. Ztg. (1871): 444 et seq.] for Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  20 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 154–155)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10730

From Asa Gray   22 December 1876


Discusses some dimorphic plants.

Sends specimens of Rhamnus but his few specimens of Leucosmia are very poor.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 110: B36–7, B74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10731

To Karl von Scherzer   24 December 1876


Thanks for volume on craniology

and for suggestion to Austrian Government that CD receive volumes on Novara voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl von Scherzer
Date:  24 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10733

From George Rolleston   26 December 1876


Sending certificates for Balfour and Moseley for CD to sign.

Calls attention to a paper by Emil Bessels on Eskimos, which he extracts [see 10737].

CD has cited GR for material that is not his in Variation, 2d ed., 1: 469, on transmission of mutilation.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10734

From E. M. Heckel     27 December 1876


Has read and greatly admires CD’s latest book, Cross and self-fertilisation; seeks permission to translate it into French and to add some annotations. [EMH’s translation was published in 1877.]

Author:  Édouard Marie (Édouard) Heckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10735

From Hermann Müller   28 December 1876


No papers on heterostyly have appeared since 1873.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 309
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10736

From George Rolleston   29 December 1876


Studying anatomy of the Irish pig.

Emil Bessels’ paper is in Archiv für Anthropologie 8 (1875): 107. He connects a band of poor Eskimos encountered at Smith’s Sound with glacial man.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10737

From Ernst Haeckel   30 December 1876


Describes new journal, Kosmos, to be edited by Ernst Krause. Asks CD to lend his name to journal.

Has sent Anthropogenie, 3d ed.

Will send his study [Biologische Studien, pt 2: Studien zur Gastraea-theorie (1877)] in January.

Thanks CD for hospitality at Down.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10738

To Ernst Haeckel   31 December 1876


Thanks for EH’s Anthropogenie, 3d ed.

Sends Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  31 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 42 [9895])
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10739

To Édouard Heckel   31 December 1876


Would be honoured to have Cross and self fertilisation translated into French by EH; he has written to his French publisher, Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald.

EH’s notes will add interest and he would like to read them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Édouard Marie (Édouard) Heckel
Date:  31 Dec 1876
Classmark:  Aguttes (dealers) An Aristophil sale (17 November 2019, lot 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10739F

From Allen Thomson   31 December 1876


Is happy to sign F. M. Balfour’s application for admission to the Royal Society.

Remembers CD from Edinburgh days.

Author:  Allen Thomson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10740

From F. J. Cohn   31 December 1876


Acknowledges presentation copy of Cross and self-fertilisation.

Thanks for visit to Down.

Praise for CD’s theories.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 161: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10741

From T. H. Farrer   31 December 1876


Much pleased with CD’s book [Cross and self-fertilisation]. Is struck by width and caution of his generalisations and by the application of experiment to processes of life hitherto merely observed.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 164: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10742

To Francis Darwin   [c. December 1876]


Asks for details of dimorphism in Sethia from Thwaites, Enumeratio plantarum Zeylaniae [1864]. [See Forms of flowers, p. 122.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [c. Dec 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 153: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10762

From George Henslow   [c. 7 December 1876]


Considers some flowers especially adapted for self-fertilisation, and believes all flowers are self-fertilising under some conditions. Gives examples of plants in which he believes all flowers are cleistogamous. Believes self-fertilisation is the primordial condition of flowering plants.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 7 Dec 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8204
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