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To Nature   9 April [1880]


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


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

From Asa Gray   [1 April 1880]



Germination and root of Ipomoea.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Apr 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 209.6: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12556

From James Torbitt   1 April 1880


Is keeping down his expenditure; has some landowners growing potatoes for him.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12557

From Jules Rouquette   2 April 1880


Sends a poem he has composed in honour of CD.

Author:  Jules (Saint Geniez) Rouquette
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 201: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12558

From G. H. Schneider   2 April 1880


Describes studies with Ernst Haeckel

and research on psychology of lower animals.

Sends book [Der thierische Wille (1880)] and describes his views on the subject.

Author:  Georg Heinrich Schneider
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 177: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12559

From S. M. Herzfeld   2 April 1880


Impoverished German doctor asks for money.

Author:  S. M. Herzfeld
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 166: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12560

To G. H. Schneider   3 April 1880


CD thanks the author for the copy of Der thierische Wille.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Georg Heinrich Schneider
Date:  3 Apr 1880
Classmark:  Alfred S. Posamentier (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12560F

To Adolf Ernst   4 April 1880


Thanks for interesting letter; is sure it would be worth while to test fertility of illegitimate offspring of heterostyled plants.

Would welcome any information on occurrence of bloom-covered leaves on dry plains.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Ernst
Date:  4 Apr 1880
Classmark:  State Darwin Museum, Moscow (GDM KP OF 8973)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12561

From Asa Gray   4 April 1880



Encloses a letter from Volney Rattan of California.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 209.6: 204–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12562

From S. M. Herzfeld   4 April 1880


Thanks for cheque.

Wants to see CD.

Author:  S. M. Herzfeld
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 166: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12563

To W. E. Darwin   5 [April 1880]


Discusses a book

and the "splendid news about the elections".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  5 [Apr 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12564

To Henry Faulds   7 April 1880

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Faulds
Date:  7 Apr 1880
Classmark:  Faulds [1912?], pp. 22–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12564F

From W. E. Darwin   6 April [1880]


Is beginning Geikie’s Ice age. Describes flints found on the common. Comments on exciting election.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12564G

To Francis Galton   7 April 1880


Encloses letter [see 12488] and circular from Henry Faulds [regarding thumb impressions]. Anthropology Institute may care about it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  7 Apr 1880
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12565

From Valentine Ball   8 April 1880


Has received CD’s acknowledgment, through Ernest De La Rue, for the copy he sent of Jungle life [in India (1880)].

Offers to collect material for CD on his return to India.

Author:  Valentine Ball
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 160: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12566

From Francis Galton   8 April 1880


Will see what can be done about getting thumb impressions, to see if the markings are persistent.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 105: A103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12567

From Henry Woodward   8 April 1880


Seeks testimonial, as he is applying for the Keepership of Geology at the British Museum.

Author:  Henry Woodward
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 181: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12568

From C. W. Fox   8 April 1880


W. D. Fox’s sufferings have ended; he died that morning.

Author:  Charles Woodd Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 164: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12569

To E. S. Morse   9 [April] 1880


[Copy erroneously dated March.]

Has forwarded ESM’s letter to Nature ["Omori shell mounds", Collected papers 2: 222–3].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sylvester Morse
Date:  9 [Apr] 1880
Classmark:  Peabody Essex Museum: Phillips Library (E. S. Morse Papers, E 2, Box 3, Folder 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12570
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