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From A child of God   [after 24 February 1871?]


Urges CD to repent and seek salvation through Christ.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770

From Francis Galton   2 December 1871


The rabbits arrived safely.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8090

From Ulrich Kirchenpauer   4 December 1871


Wishes to have CD’s autograph.

Author:  Ulrich Kirchenpauer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 201: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8094

From George Henslow   5 December 1871


Has frequently defended evolution and natural selection among his clergy brethren.

Now elicits CD’s views on chance.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 166: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8097

From Federico Delpino   5 December 1871


Praise of CD. Acknowledges his indebtedness to CD for defining the subject of plant fecundation.

Expecting CD’s work on the effects of cross-fertilisation.

CD has put him in touch with George Bentham.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8098

From Nevil Maskelyne   8 December 1871


Thanks CD for papers he sent his wife. They will help her pass her time as an invalid.

Author:  Mervyn Herbert Nevil (Nevil) Story-Maskelyne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8100

From Hubert Airy   9 December 1871


Reply to CD’s letter of 5 Apr 1871 [7659], in which he asked HA for further details on when and how platysma myoides contracts.

Replies to CD’s questions about sources on leaf arrangement.

Gives news of speech and paper about CD.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8101

From F. W. C. Simmons   10 December 1871



Maoris of New Zealand admire beards, contrary to statement in Descent [2: 349].

Author:  Frank Walter Churchill Simmons
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 185–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8104

From Hubert Airy   12 December 1871


Thanks for letter and reference to Nägeli’s observations on leaf arrangement in the bud.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 14b (fragile, damaged)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8105

From Louis Bouton   15 December 1871


Pleased to hear from CD. Sends more facts about the life and habits of the inhabitants of the Seychelles.

Author:  Louis Sulpice (Louis) Bouton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8107A

From J. D. Hooker   [17 December 1871]



Cannot come to lunch to meet Sir Henry Holland. Holland may have seen Robert Lowe [Lord Sherbrooke] already. Will CD let him know his views?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Dec 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8108

From Mary Treat   20 December 1871



Describes fly-catching activity of Drosera longifolia.

Experiments on Papilio asterias; sex of adult determined by length of larval feeding time.

Author:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8113

From Ernst Haeckel   21 December 1871


Comments on Die Kalkschwämme [1872].

A Franciscan prior, Padre Buona-Grazia, agrees with human descent.

His trip to Dalmatia.

German reception of Descent.

Mentions current work.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 166: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8114

From J. D. Hooker   22 December 1871



Philosophical Club dinner.

Lyell contradicts W. B. Carpenter on current in Straits of Gibraltar.

James Orton’s report on fossil shells found by L. Agassiz 2000 miles up the Amazon. Their identification disposes of the glacial hypothesis.

No news yet from Gladstone on Ayrton affair.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 103: 99–100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8117

From Francis Galton   22 December 1871


Encloses "account of Dr H. M. Butler’s hereditary odd habit".

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A40; DAR 195.4: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8118

From Archibald Geikie   24 December 1871


Sends a paper on denudation ["On modern denudation", Trans. Geol. Soc. Glasgow 3 (1871): 153–90].

Author:  Archibald Geikie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8119

From A. C. Ramsay   27 December 1871


Sends description and measurements of the 18th century courtyard pavement of his house, the stones of which have sunk as a result of earthworm action [see Earthworms, pp. 192–3].

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8122

From W. E. Darwin   28 December [1871]


Sends three sheets but keeps one. Suggests looking at a curved field on the way to Orpington.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Dec [1871]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8122G

From Archibald Geikie   29 December 1871


Action of earthworms and weather on surface soil of old earthworks and fortifications.

Author:  Archibald Geikie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8123

From G. H. Darwin   30 December 1871


Varying depth of top-soil in a ridge-and-furrow field with a depression.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Dec 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8124
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