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To Hardwicke’s Science-Gossip   [before 1 December 1867]

Summary

Sends, as corroboration of earlier articles on hedgehogs carrying fruit on their spines, a passage from a letter from R. Swinhoe [5598] describing hedgehogs carrying strawberries to their holes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hardwicke’s Science-Gossip
Date:  [before 1 Dec 1867]
Classmark:  Hardwicke’s Science-Gossip 3 (1867): 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5702

To H. J. Slack   2 December [1867]

Summary

Explains that he has made it a rule not to write for periodicals, however eminent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry James Slack
Date:  2 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Bruun Rasmussen (dealers) (March 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5703F

To Charles Lyell   7 December [1867]

Summary

Discusses transport of frog spawn and young molluscs by birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  7 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.337)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5708

To Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf Günther   7 December [1867]

Summary

Sends his photograph.

Asks for any information of well-marked sexual differences in snakes, batrachians, or lizards. The rattlesnakes at the Zoological Garden differ considerably in colour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  7 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5710

To Philip Lutley Sclater   9 December [1867]

Summary

Asks for index to Zoological Society’s Proceedings.

Mentions article on "Barbets" by PLS in Intellectual Observer [12 (1867–8): 241–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.338)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5713

To J. P. M. Weale   9 December [1867]

Summary

Has had no less than seven grasses germinate from locust dung sent by JPMW.

JPMW’s paper on Bonatea is being printed by Linnean Society. [See J. P. M. Weale, "Structure and fertilisation of the genus Bonatea", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6.]

Refers to Lyell’s new edition of Principles [10th ed., 2 vols. (1867–8)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Philip Mansel Weale
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5714

To the Linnean Society   9 December [1867]

Summary

Gives his comments on the merits of a paper on South African botany [by J. P. M. Weale, "Notes on Bonatea", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Linnean Society
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London, SP1249, 1253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5715

To Herbert Spencer   9 December [1867]

Summary

Thanks for copy of HS’s First principles [? 2d ed. (1867)].

Comments on HS’s Principles of biology [1864, 1867].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 485a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5717

To Abraham Dee Bartlett   9 December [1867]

Summary

Asks for name of the birds that have only once obtained summer plumage.

Wishes he could persuade ADB to experiment to see whether bower-birds prefer gay colours.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5719

To St George Jackson Mivart   9 December [1867]

Summary

Thanks for his memoir ["On the appendicular skeleton of the Primates"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (21 and 22 July 1988, pp. 212–13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5720A

To J. V. Carus   10 December [1867]

Summary

Sends errata for German edition of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  10 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 35–36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5721

To Charles Kingsley   13 December [1867]

Summary

Discusses the reception of CD’s views at Cambridge and elsewhere.

Variation delayed by the index, but will appear at the end of the year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  13 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Quaritch (dealers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5728F

To A. C. L. G. Günther   21 December [1867]

Summary

Thanks AG for information.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  21 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.339)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5735

To F. Du C. Godman   23 December [1867]

Summary

Will be pleased to receive FCG’s paper. Already has that of [G. R.] Crotch. Encourages further independent work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick Du Cane Godman
Date:  23 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5738F

To Roland Trimen   24 December [1867]

Summary

Invites RT to come to Down for a week-end.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  24 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5739

To John Smith   26 December [1867]

Summary

CD is obliged for a note by JS on crossing the Victoria regia, just received from Hooker; encourages JS to further experiments, saying there is much to be learned on self-fertilisation of plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Smith
Date:  26 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5740

To John Murray   31 December [1867]

Summary

Introduces Clair Grece who wishes to translate a work on English grammar from the German.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 64–65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5743

To Eduard Koch   13 December [1867]

Summary

English edition of Variation delayed by the index, ES may publish German edition at the end of December. Asks that Carl Gegenbaur be substituted for Haeckel on list of presentation copies of German edition, Haeckel will receive copy of English edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Koch; E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Date:  13 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart (Cod. hist. 4o 333a. No 77, 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5727