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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

From G. H. Darwin   [after 28 March 1876]


Personal news – is unwell.

Mentions "Twin-papers" ["Short notes on heredity, etc., in twins", J. Anthropol. Inst. 5 (1876): 324–9] sent by Galton.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Mar 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10242

From J. D. Hooker   [18 April 1876]



JDH has heard from Asa Gray, who approves of the botany primer [Botany (1876)].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Apr 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10282

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From H. B. Smyth   15 January 1876


Reports an observation on his child’s behaviour;

claims to have captured two moths of different species in the act of copulating with each other.

Author:  Henry Beardmore Smyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 177: 204
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10360

From A. S. von Mansfelde   17 January 1876


Proposes an unorthodox theory of generation that explains sex determination and atavism.

Author:  Alexander Siedschlag von Mansfelde
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 180: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10361

From James Torbitt   24 January 1876


Are plants that arise from vegetative propagation individuals or merely parts of the original parent plant?

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10365

From M. T. Masters   24 January 1876


He is surveying the literature on the struggle for existence among pasture plants. Asks CD for the "many cases on record" of changed relations among plants under slightly changed conditions alluded to in the Origin. [See M. T. Masters, J. B. Lawes and J. M. Gilbert "Agricultural, botanical, and chemical results of experiments on the mixed herbage of permanent meadow, conducted for more than twenty years in succession on the same land (pt 2, The botanical results)", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 173 (1883): 1181–413.]

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10366

From W. E. Darwin   [before 29 January 1876?]


Purchases cigarettes for CD.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 29 Jan 1876?]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10366F

From M. T. Masters   26 January 1876



In response to CD’s query, answers that he has frequently heard discussions at the Horticultural Society of a saccharine secretion from leaves of the lime and has no doubt it really does occur. [See Cross and self-fertilisation, p. 402.]

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 76: B185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10367
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