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To Francis Darwin   6 January 1872

Summary

Asks FD questions about his sketch [missing] of ridges and furrows. [FD’s answers are interlined.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8147

To Francis Darwin   13 May [1872]

Summary

Will FD try to persuade A. D. Bartlett to show a live snake to a porcupine and observe whether the porcupine rattles the quills on its tail? [See 8333.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  13 May [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 153: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8325

To Francis Darwin   [before 15 April 1873]

Summary

Sends to Pantlludw [North Wales] bottle of formic acid. FD and Amy [Darwin] can search for spawn. If found, keep in two basins and add 6 drops of acid to one and look for differences.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [before 15 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8848A

To Francis Darwin   16 April [1873]

Summary

"Try only 1 or 2 drops of Formic A[cid]."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  16 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8862

To Francis Darwin   [17 April 1873]

Summary

Fears all the seeds are dead. Will try with less vapour of formic acid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [17 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8866

To Francis Darwin   15 August [1873]

Summary

Observations on bees’ biting holes in Lathyrus.

Suggests an experiment FD could carry out with Drosera.

CD is working on Mimosa, and "everything has turned out as perversely as possible".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  15 Aug [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9014

To Francis Darwin   18 [August 1873]

Summary

Pollination and floral structure of Lathyrus. Asks where bees bite through the flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  18 [Aug 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 9; DAR 271.4: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9015

To Francis Darwin   [4 September 1873]

Summary

Asks FD to bring any book that gives the affinities of the various earths, alkalis and metals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [4 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.9: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9040F

To Francis Darwin   10 October 1873

Summary

Asks for details about microscope parts.

Wants FD to ask Hooker for species of Desmodium; CD believes he has found new movements.

Also ask whether Hooker has Drosophyllum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873-8 f.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9095

To Francis Darwin   22 October 1873

Summary

Lists observations he would like FD to make on the dried species of Desmodium at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9106

To Francis Darwin   23 October [1873]

Summary

Wants FD to look at the little lateral leaflets of Desmodium. CD has "a wild hypothesis that the little leaflets may be tendrils reconverted into leaflets".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9110

To Francis Darwin   [17 September 1874]

Summary

Asks FD to come early to write from dictation.

Thanks Amy for her drawing of Utricularia montana.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [17 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9218

To Francis Darwin   [September 1875 or later?]

Summary

Asks FD to make out [Hermann] Hoffmann’s conclusions about the fertilisation of Phaseolus multiflorus [in Untersuchungen zur Bestimmung des Werthes von Species und Varietät (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [Sept 1875 or later?]
Classmark:  CUL, Darwin Pamphlet Collection R112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9219A

To Francis Darwin   [c. February 1875?]

Summary

Begs FD’s pardon: his notes on Utricularia amethystina are on same page with those on U. nelumbifolia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [c. Feb 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9219B

To Francis Darwin   [July 1874 – September 1876]

Summary

Has had a nice stay with William, who is charming but rather languid and cannot read to himself.

Love to Amy [Darwin] and Mrs Ruck.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [July 1874–Sept 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9523A

To Francis Darwin   [c. 27 July 1874]

Summary

Has been examining Utricularia minor. Same essential structure but catches smaller Entomostraca. One bladder had 24, another 20, and another 15 Entomostraca. "What slaughter! We must make out the functions of the beast––".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [c. 27 July 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9565A

To Francis Darwin   30 April [1875]

Summary

Sends a chapter [of Insectivorous plants]. Never was there anything so dull, but later chapters will be better. Please correct an error on p. 86.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  30 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9958B

To Francis Darwin   [31 August 1875 or later]

Summary

Sends proofs of Variation [2d ed.] for FD to look over.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [31 Aug 1875 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10178

To Francis Darwin   [30 April 1876]

Summary

CD has just had an interview with Edward Frankland, who "almost laughs" at FD’s idea of getting potash and soda out of the soil by treating it with sulphuric acid. Asks FD to send him a soil sample to give to Frankland. Sends enclosures giving address and labels for soil samples.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [30 Apr 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10485B

To Francis Darwin   [1 May 1876]

Summary

Expresses his pride in FD, whose article ["On the structure of the snail’s heart", J. Anat. Physiol. 10 (1876): 506–10] was highly praised by G. H. Lewes.

Lewes has also been quoting FD’s letter in Nature [13 (1876): 384–5] on pycrotoxine in relation to the vivisection controversy.

Was introduced to James Sully, author of the article in Mind on Wilhelm Wundt ["Physiological psychology in Germany", 1 (1876): 20–43]

and Sensation and intuition (1874) [see 10320], by "Mrs Lewes" (George Eliot).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [1 May 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10489A
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