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From W. E. Darwin   [12 or 19 July 1877]

Summary

Discusses an experiment.

His dogs appear to have rabies.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 or 19] July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 210.5: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10743

From Thomas Meehan   1 July 1877

Summary

Credits himself with stimulating most of the American work on plant cross-fertilisation. Sends his review of Cross and self-fertilisation [in Penn Monthly (June 1877)]. Suggests CD, A. Gray, and TM now agree on the extent of self-fertilisation in nature.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11028

From Oscar Comettant   1 July 1877

Summary

Circular letter advertising Ernest Lavigne’s scheme to educate wealthy foreign children in Paris.

Author:  Jean Pierre Oscar (Oscar) Comettant
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11029

From Alfred Espinas   1 July 1877

Summary

On painful state of CD’s reception in France.

Author:  Alfred Victor (Alfred) Espinas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 163: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11030

From Arnold Dodel-Port   3 July 1877

Summary

Sends CD lithograph plates as examples of a book he hopes to publish.

Author:  Arnold Dodel-Port
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 162: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11032

From Max Schlesinger   4 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for allowing him to translate his paper ["Biographical sketch of an infant"] for the Cologne Gazette. Sends copies.

Author:  Max Schlesinger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11034

From Hermann Hoffmann   4 July 1877

Summary

Reports monstrous Papaver hybridum not mentioned in M. T. Masters’ Teratology [1869].

Author:  Karl Heinrich Hermann (Hermann) Hoffmann
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 166: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11035

From John Brigg   6 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for account of F. A. Pouchet’s experiments. Cannot yet dispute his conclusions.

Continues experiments on the colour of goldfish as affected by light and presence of plants.

Author:  John Brigg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 309
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11037

From William Preyer   6 July 1877

Summary

Asks for CD’s "Sketch of an infant" [Collected papers 2: 191–200]. He has made observations on new-born children and mammals to determine what behaviour is inherited and what acquired.

Author:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 174: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11038

From C. L. Bernays   7 July 1877

Summary

Has enjoyed CD’s last publications, especially on self-fertilisation of plants.

Believes a visit by CD to the U. S. would do much to promote his theories.

Reports on American campaign against locusts [by C. V. Riley].

Author:  Charles Louis Bernays
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11040

From Ernst Krause   9 July 1877

Summary

Asks permission to print translation of "A biographical sketch of an infant" [Collected papers 2: 191–200] in Kosmos.

Notes divisions among German Darwinists.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 169: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11045

From George Bentham   10 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers. Comments on the chapter on cleistogamic flowers; offers some corrections.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11046

From Daniel Oliver   12 July 1877

Summary

Thanks for Forms of flowers.

Alexander Dickson would like to know whether anyone has described the epidermal cells lining the pitcher of Cephalotus.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 173: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11048

From C. G. Semper   13 July 1877

Summary

Sends work on dorsal eyes of Onchidium ["Über Schneckenaugen", Arch. Mikrosk. Anat. 14 (1877): 118–24]. Comments on work.

Author:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11050

From George Bentham   [after 12 July 1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query on "bloom".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11051

From Ernst Krause   14 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for permission to print ["Sketch of an infant"] in Kosmos.

Discusses children’s ability to distinguish colours.

Describes disagreements among German supporters of CD. Discusses reaction of German protestants to Darwinism.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 169: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11054

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   16 July 1877

Summary

Is forwarding several plants requested by CD.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11056

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   18 July 1877

Summary

Has sent Mimosa. The horticultural and physiological Mimosa is M. albida, which has a western distribution, rather than M. sensitiva as it is commonly called in error.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 209.2: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11060

From Adam Fitch   20 July 1877

Summary

Queries about cauliflowers.

Author:  Adam Fitch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 164: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11063

From A. R. Wallace   23 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers.

Further objections to "voluntary" sexual selection. Believes that he can explain all the phenomena of sexual ornaments and colours by laws of development aided by simple natural selection.

Excited by Thomas Belt’s "oceanic glacier river-damming" hypothesis. The last paper, "Glacial period in the Southern Hemisphere" in the Quarterly Journal of Science is particularly fine.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 106: B134–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11067
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