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To Nature   21 November [1877]

Summary

Sends letter from Fritz Müller [11191] containing observations on plants and insects of South Brazil, with prefatory comments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  21 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  Nature, 29 November 1877, p. 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11245

From John Murray   27 November [1877]

Summary

Sends CD his share of profits on Descent and Forms of flowers.

Wants to reprint Cross and self-fertilisation because supply of copies is entirely exhausted.

Congratulates CD on his Cambridge honour [LL.D.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 495
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11255

From Fritz Müller   [27 November 1877]

Summary

Sends proboscis of a Sphinx-moth that is 22 cms long.

Discusses eleven species of butterfly which visit Lantana, a plant which blooms only for three days and whose flowers are yellow on the first day, orange on the second, and purple on the third. Most species only visit the flowers when they are yellow.

Describes and draws the odiferous organs of a Sphinx-moth.

Describes a secondary sexual character of several species of Callidryas and other Pierinæ: the costal margin of the anterior wing is sharply serrated in the males, while it is smooth in the females.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 November 1877]
Classmark:  Transactions of the Entomological Society of London (1878): (Proceedings) ii–iii
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11255F

From Leonard Darwin   28 November 1877

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Summary

LD is supplying coloured-glass light filters for CD’s experiments.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 186: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11256

To J. D. Hooker   28 November [1877]

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Suggests revisions in JDH’s 1877 Presidential Address to the Royal Society [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. (1877): 427–46].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 465
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11257

To John Murray   28 November 1877

Summary

On publishing details for various CD books.

Has no corrections for new issue of Descent [2d ed.].

Questions amount of cheque for profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 293–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11258

From John Murray   29 November [1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query about payment made to him [for Descent and Forms of flowers] and explains the basis on which it was made. Because of CD’s wish to be paid before editions are sold off, profits must be estimated. If he were willing to accept annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all were sold, there would be no uncertainty. This is JM’s usual practice.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11259

From W. D. Fox   29 November [1877]

Summary

Congratulates W. E. Darwin, who is about to be married,

and CD for the LL.D. conferred upon him by Cambridge.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11261

To John Murray   30 November 1877

Summary

Thanks for accounts which make everything intelligible to him. Since he was glad to have Orchids published at one-half of profits for himself, he believes it would be very shabby to accept JM’s new offer of two-thirds profits. Thinks it would be fairer to both to change to JM’s usual practice with authors [i.e., annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all copies have been sold].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11262

To Williams & Norgate   1 November [1877–9?]

Summary

Asks to be sent Dr Frank’s Die Natur: wagerechte Richtung von Pflanzentheilen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  1 Nov [1877-9]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (November 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10234F

From W. W. Bailey   [November 1877]

Summary

Encloses flowers. Long-styled form may be a sport.

Author:  William Whitman Bailey
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11162

To James Cartmell   [November 1877]

Summary

Regrets he cannot accept JC’s invitation to the [Master’s] Lodge [of Christ’s College] when he comes to Cambridge to accept his LL.D., as his health demands he stay quite by himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Cartmell
Date:  [Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 26v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11218

To Horace Darwin   1 November [1877]

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Wants HD to observe earthworm activity at Roman antiquities of Chedworth and Cirencester.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  1 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11221

From E. A. Darwin   2 November [1877?]

Summary

A friend of EAD’s has removed a CD letter pasted into a book given by CD to a library, and kept it lest the author think CD did not like his book.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11223

From ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier   [2 November 1877]

Summary

A student meeting at Edinburgh University has unanimously voted to nominate CD as candidate for lord rector, if he will agree to stand.

Author:  ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11224

To ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier   [2 November 1877]

Summary

Although honoured by being asked, regrets the state of his health prevents his standing as a candidate for Lord Rector of Edinburgh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier
Date:  [2 Nov 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11225

To J. D. Hooker   6 November [1877]

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Requests seeds for study of movement in cotyledons. Would love to study Welwitschia cotyledons.

Son William is to be married 28 November.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 459–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11226

From A. D. Austin   6 November 1877

Summary

His discovery that in the binocular vision of the stereoscope faces can be blended with decided improvement in beauty. Suggests the possibility of experiments in thus photographing the faces of animals, different races and orders of men.

Author:  Albert Duncan Austin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1877
Classmark:  Galton 1878, p. 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11226A

From J. D. Hooker   7 November 1877

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Sent rare cycad seeds for CD’s cotyledon study.

Welwitschia seed germinated at Kew had ordinary cotyledons. JDH thinks mature Welwitschia leaves are original cotyledons.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 104: 97–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11227

From G. M. Asher   7 November 1877

Summary

On receiving CD’s letter GMA wrote for wheat seeds to send CD. Gives information on the wheat and on grasses to suggest that variability of the soil accounts for replacement of kubanka by saxonka.

Author:  Georg Michael Asher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11228
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