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To [?]   22 [March? 1867]


CD must decline his correspondent’s kind offer [unspecified], but he is out of health and has passed the part about dogs in a work now at the printer’s [Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  22 [Mar? 1867]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5453

To Athenæum   1 January 1867


Expresses his support for new books being sold with the pages cut.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Jan 1867
Classmark:  Athenæum, 5 January 1867, pp. 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5343F

To J. V. Carus   4 November [1867]


Sends corrected title of Variation and report of progress in printing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  4 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 51)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5669

From William Sweetland Dallas   4 November 1867


WSD is pleased that CD approves his index draft [for Variation]; notes his objection to long list of references under "Dogs" and will try to find a principle for shortening it. He has not indexed all authors’ names; is this practice satisfactory?

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5670

To Charles Kingsley   6 November [1867]


He had no idea that the double function of an excretory passage had played a part in the history of religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  6 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5670F

To W. S. Dallas   8 November [1867]


Suggestions on listing authors in the index [for Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sweetland Dallas
Date:  8 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5671

From Edward Wilson   8 November 1867


Has sent CD’s queries on expression to some friends; encloses one set of replies [missing].

Author:  Edward Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 181: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5672

From Charles Kingsley   8 November 1867


Remarks on Darwinism’s reception. The radical press shies away, out of ignorance, because CD may be made out to be a Tory. He has met a Darwinian Marchioness.

The mystery of sex is the origin of all religion.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5673

From Francis Elliott Kitchener   9 November 1867


Sends Swiss Aquilegia flowers in which insects have eaten away the spurs.

Suggests fetid smell of Stapelia attracts carrion flies.

Author:  Francis Elliott Kitchener
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5674

From W. S. Dallas   10 November 1867


Thanks CD for his two notes [on indexing references to authors]; will increase the scope of his citations by including those quoted in footnotes in support of statements in the text.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5675

From J. V. Carus   11 November 1867


Is not writing prospectus [of Variation] – merely sketch of contents and tenor of first volume for advertisement to booksellers.

Questions on details for the translation.

Publisher anxious to get volume out.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5676

To J. V. Carus   14 November [1867]


Sends revision of vol. 1 [of Variation]. Advance sale at auction sold 1200 copies, to CD’s great surprise. Publication delayed by index.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  14 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 52–53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5678

From C. L. Brace   14 November 1867



Distribution of plants.

Removal of posterior molars a common dental practice in America [see Descent 1: 27].

Author:  Charles Loring Brace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 80: B154–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5679

To J. D. Hooker   17 November [1867]


Has finished last revise of his book [Variation].

Is curious to know what JDH thinks of Pangenesis. It is fearfully imperfect, yet satisfying, for it connects large groups of facts by an intelligible thread.

Thomas Woolner is coming [to do a bust of CD].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 35–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5680

From Isabella Elinor Aylmer   18 November 1867


Writing article on Chillingham Park and its wild cattle; requests information on CD’s observations on their character and original breed. Was referred to CD by Lord and Lady Tankerville.

Author:  Isabella Elinor Aylmer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 159: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5681

From Asa Gray   18 November 1867


Is reading sheets of Variation.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 165: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5682

From W. E. Darwin   19 November 1867


Suggests his father lend him the money to pay WED’s succession duty and thereby secure a discount.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov 1867
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5682F

From J. D. Hooker   19 November 1867



Will not be inclined to challenge Pangenesis.

Admits CD’s victory over JDH’s continental hypothesis (but will not give up Greenland).

Relation of variation to circumstances is shown by discovery of endemic St Helena umbellifer having same palm-like habit as an endemic Madeiran species.

Has completed Boott’s Carices [Illustrations of the genus Carex, pt 4 (1867)],

is printing W. H. Harvey’s work [Genera of South African plants, 2d ed. (1868)],

and is revising English edition of Alphonse de Candolle’s Laws of botanical nomenclature [trans. H. A. Weddell (1868)].

Arrangements at Kew. Gardener [John Smith] is very ill; Oliver reigns supreme in the Herbarium.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 182–4, DAR 47: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5683

To W. E. Darwin   20 November [1867]


Sends WED £200.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  20 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5685

From Samuel James Augustus Salter   20 November 1867


Has read CD’s queries in the Field regarding the markings of dun-coloured horses. JS has for some years been working on and observing the occurrence of ass-like striped markings in horses and wonders whether CD received any response to his queries.

Author:  Samuel James Augustus Salter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5686
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