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From George Hodgskin   6 January 1877


Sends nest of a Uruguayan bird.

Author:  George Hodgskin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 166: 225
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10773

To Francis Galton   [6–12 January 1877]


Has received French essay on effects of conscription on [decreasing] height of men, due to unfit left at home to propagate race. Would FG care to see it?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [6–12 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10774

From Otto Zacharias   7 January 1877


Discusses publication of CD’s essays in three German popular periodicals.

Haeckel is ill.

German translation of George Darwin, "Marriage between first cousins" [1875] has sold 250 copies.

Author:  Otto Zacharias
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 184: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10775

To Francis Galton   9 January [1877]


Can FG come to lunch on Sunday? George Darwin wants to meet him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  9 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10776

To Howard Miller   10 January 1877


Declines offer involving embryological studies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Howard Miller
Date:  10 Jan 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.505)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10777

From Allen Stoneham   11 January 1877


Has read CD’s note on the scarcity of holly berries ["Holly berries" (1877), Collected papers 2: 189–90] resulting from the scarcity of bees. Believes the shortage of bees resulted from the wet year 1875, which led to a very poor honey harvest.

Author:  Allen Stoneham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10778

From G. M. Tracy   11 January 1877


Observations on and explanations of the scarcity of fruit and berries (especially holly berries) evident that year.

Author:  George Murton Tracy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10779

From H. W. Bates   11 January 1877


Encloses extract [missing] on a caterpillar.

Mentions William Buckler’s magnificent drawings of caterpillars [The larvae of the British butterflies and moths, Ray Soc. (1886–91)], but doubts Buckler will lend them for any Darwinian purpose. John Hellins has a portion of drawings and is more liberal.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10780

To G. M. Tracy   [after 11 January 1877]


GMT’s observations [on scarcity of holly berries] throw doubt on CD’s conclusions [see Collected papers 2: 189–90].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Murton Tracy
Date:  [after 11 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 174r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10781

From T. M. Reade   12 January 1877


TMR’s address ["Geological time" (Presidential Address, 1876), Proc. Liverpool Geol. Soc. 3 (1878): 211–35] not yet published. Will send copy.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR2.D.1.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10782

From Francis Galton   12 January 1877


Would like to see essay [on effects of conscription in France, see 10774]. Knows of Swiss memoir to the same effect. Author says Swiss yeomen apt to leave homestead to sickly son. Landed populations deteriorate.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Pearson 1914–30, 2: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10783

To August Weismann   12 January 1877


Comments on AW’s book [Studien zur Descendenz-Theorie (1875–6)], especially on mimicry in caterpillars.

Mentions sets of drawings of British Lepidoptera in all stages. Would AW like to see them?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 148: 348
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10784

To T. L. Brunton   13 January 1877


CD asks if he may call next day for talk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  13 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 143: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10785

From Emile Alglave   13 January 1877


Asks whether CD has any observations to make on J. R. L. Delboeuf’s article ["Les mathématiques et la transformisme"] in Revue Scientifique [2d ser. 29 (1877): 669–79]. He would be pleased to receive a letter or article for publication.

Author:  Émile Alglave
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 202: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10786

To Emile Alglave   [after 13 January 1877]


Has not seen Delboeuf’s article [see 10786] and would be obliged for a copy. He is not likely to have any comments as he is engaged in other work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Émile Alglave
Date:  [after 13 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 8v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10787

From Alfred Grugeon   14 January [1877]


Believes CD is in error in his notice on the scarcity of holly berries [Collected papers 2: 189–90] in asserting that holly is not a hermaphrodite.

Author:  Alfred Grugeon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10788

To D. F. Nevill   15 January 1877


Thanks DN for references.

The Apocyanaceae that catch Lepidoptera represent the most gratuitous case of cruelty in nature known to CD, since the captured butterfly is of no use to the plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Date:  15 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10789

From W. H. Leggett   15 January 1877


At Asa Gray’s request, writes what he knows about Pontederia cordata.

Author:  William Henry Leggett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 109: B127–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10790

From F. W. Pim   15 January 1877


Reply to CD’s note ["Holly berries", Collected papers 2: 189–90] from a beekeeper: attributes the scarcity of bees to the harshness of weather in preceding spring.

Author:  Frederic William Pim
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 174: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10791

From L. E. Becker   16 January 1877


Sends letter clipped from Manchester Courier on CD’s accounting for scarcity of holly berries by scarcity of bees, and writer’s explanation of latter.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10792
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