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To Athenæum   24 January 1880

Summary

[Draft letter that was never sent, headed "First letter disapproved by everybody" in CD’s hand.] Explains that he had, in fact, mentioned in the MS of his part of Erasmus Darwin that Krause had added to his essay as it appeared in Kosmos. During subsequent revision, this mention was accidentally omitted. [Apropos of S. Butler’s charges against CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  24 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B98–B101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12439

To Athenæum   1 February 1880

Summary

[A revised version (but also not sent) of the draft letter 12439.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12449

To ?   19 March 1880

Summary

Henry Forbes in a letter to Moseley describes herons on the Keeling Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12538F

To Nature   9 April [1880]

Summary

Forwards a letter from E. S. Morse on Omori shell mounds refuting F. V. Dickins’ review [Nature 21 (1880): 350] of Morse’s memoir ["The shell mounds of Omori", Mem. Sci. Dep. Univ. Tokyo 1 (1879) pt 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  9 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 15 April 1880, p. 561
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12571

To ?   27 April 1880

Summary

Thanks correspondent for writing, "but such malconformations, as you mention, are not very rare & therefore do not possess much novelty".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Apr 1880
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (July 1986)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12591

To ?   3 August 1880

Summary

CD sends thanks for further instructions for making a solution, which will be followed as soon as Francis [Darwin] returns.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Aug 1880
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12676

To ?   23 October 1880

Summary

Answers correspondent’s questions on his birth date and when he began work on origin of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Oct 1880
Classmark:  Jeremy Norman (dealer) (catalogue 69, item 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12771

To ?   5 November 1880

Summary

Refers correspondent to Descent for some information on marriage arrangements, and on the mental and moral nature of monkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12797

To Nature   5 November [1880]

Summary

Sir Wyville Thomson misunderstands natural selection when he says the theory "refers the evolution of species to extreme variation guided only by natural selection". CD demurs at the "extreme variation" and the "only". No one has said evolution depends only on natural selection. CD has adduced many facts on the effects of use and disuse and on the direct action of the environment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  5 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 11 November 1880, p. 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12800

To Nature   [before 30 December 1880]

Summary

Quotes an extract from a letter from Mr Sanderson of Chislehurst on the disappearance of black or spotted sheep from Australian flocks when the coloured sheep ceased to be of use to man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 30 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Nature, 30 December 1880, p. 193
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12955

To ?   18 August [1880?]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for information on a plant. It is too late for his present work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Aug [1880?]
Classmark:  Harvard University, Department of Psychology
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13289A

To J. D. Hooker   [29 December 1880]

Summary

Asks JDH to read the enclosed Memorial, sign it, and send it to T. H. Huxley.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [29 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Jeffrey Winograd (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11300F

From W. E. Darwin   10 February [1880]

Summary

"Dia" [as a prefix] means "through, across".

WED’s wife would like to meet the Huxleys.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 209.7: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11352

From B. J. Sulivan   2 January [1880]

Summary

Repeats extracts of a letter received from Bishop Stirling’s daughter containing anecdotes and observations of the Fuegian natives.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 308
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11818

From Francis Darwin   [before 15 December 1880]

Summary

Will stay until London until after the Linnean Society meeting unless CD wants anything. Asks to send abstracts of papers. Has made short abstracts of papers for Nature.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 15 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12379F

From William Clowes & Sons   [before 8 November 1880]

Summary

Explains delay in printing proofs [of Movement in plants?].

Author:  William Clowes & Sons
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 8 Nov 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12380

From James Torbitt   [18 March 1880]

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Summary

On the disease-resisting qualities and yield of certain potatoes.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Mar 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 52: E15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12381

To W. E. Darwin   [before 16 September 1880]

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Summary

Wants some more rubber bands for his wrist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [before 16 September 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12383

From O. A. Ainslie   2[5] November 188[0]

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Summary

Thanks for CD’s letter, and further discussion of the sale of Tromer Lodge.

Author:  Oliver Alexander Ainslie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2[5] Nov 188[0]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 11b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12388

To Williams & Norgate   [before 4 September 1880]

Summary

Requests a list of books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  [before 4 Sept 1880]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (11 July 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12390F
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