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From Francis Darwin to George King   [after 21 November 1881]


CD asks him to say that the beautiful specimens of Dischidia arrived safely.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George King
Date:  [after 21 Nov 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 113b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13501F

From Francis Darwin to Raphael Meldola   12 January 1882


CD happy to lend Weismann’s pamphlet to RM.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  12 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13611

From Francis Darwin to Alphonse de Candolle   24 January [1881]


FD and CD have been interested in AdeC’s diagram for illustrating inheritance. The difficulty of estimating different qualities in oneself and others is very great. Encloses a diagram illustrating how FD compares himself with his parents. CD has filled in a comparison with his father. It shows he resembles his father more than FD resembles CD. [The qualities compared are: stature, hair, eyes, pulse, musical capacity, ability to draw, tendency toward biological sciences, tendency toward mathematical sciences, perseverence, memory, aptitude for foreign languages.]

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  24 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13642

From James Niven to Francis Darwin   12 March 1882


Sends [for CD’s possible use] his observations on spines of fir used by worms to block burrows.

Author:  James Niven
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1882
Classmark:  DAR 64.2: 101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13726

From Francis Darwin to Lawson Tait   [30 March 1882]


CD will be glad to keep the proof of the medal.

He is decidedly better again.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  30 Mar 1882
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13749

From William Graham to Francis Darwin   [after 20 April 1882]


Sends enclosed letters and hopes they are not too late. Letter of 8 July 1881 important because it contains clear statement of CD’s attitude to religious questions.

Author:  William Graham
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 20 April 1882]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 483
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13769G


Author:  Edmund Langton
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 245
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2055

From Francis Galton to Francis Darwin   7 April 1871



CD will take care of the eight little rabbits. FG outlines their future.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A25–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7662

From Samuel Butler to Francis Darwin   [before 30 May 1872]



Sends drawings of dogs in different attitudes, drawn by his friend A. May. FD should not trouble CD unless he thinks the drawings will please him. [See Expression, pp. 54–5.]

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [before 30 May 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 106: A6–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8305

From Francis Darwin to Daniel Oliver   [after 6 January 1875]


Asks DO to return enclosed post-card with locality of Genlisea aurea specimen that DO had sent.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  [after 6 Jan 1875]
Classmark:  Newcastle University Special Collections (Spence Watson/Weiss Archive GB186 SW/6/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9803F

From Francis Darwin to Lawson Tait   22 July [1875]


CD sends words that he is too busy to work on the Drosera RLT has sent. CD also regrets that the fluid on virgin pitchers of Nepenthes was not tested with white of egg. Until that is done, he doubts whether physiologists would admit the presence of the ferment.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  22 July [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10087

From Francis Darwin to Horace Pearce   24 November 1876


Explains how they look after Drosera plants.

Encloses his father’s autograph.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Pearce
Date:  24 Nov 1876
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (27 May 2007, lot 590)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10687F

From Francis Darwin to the Auckland Star   4 January 1877


His father is grateful for the account of the alleged discovery of men with tails.

His father does not believe in their existence of the tailed men, although the tails may be an inherited monstrosity.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Auckland Star
Date:  4 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Auckland Star, 1 March 1877, p. 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10770F

From Samuel Butler to Francis Darwin   24 September 1877


Offers to send MS of part of his new book [Life and habit] which gently pokes fun at CD. His book will offer an alternative to Pangenesis.

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 199.5: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11152

From Henry Jackson to Francis Darwin   18 November 1877


Nomenclature for kinds of heliotropism.

Author:  Henry Jackson
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 209.11: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11239

From Samuel Butler to Francis Darwin   25 November 1877



SB’s book [Life and habit (1878)] will be bound shortly. He will send two copies, one of which can be given to CD. To SB’s surprise it has turned out to be an attack on CD’s views and a defence of Lamarck; describes how he was brought to the opinions expressed in it.

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 393
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11254

From Anton Stecker to Francis Darwin   12 March 1878


Will publish Origin first

and then Descent.

AS is looking for a job in a zoological museum or accompanying an expedition.

Author:  Anton Stecker
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 177: 250
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11418

From Francis Darwin to Anton Stecker   17 March 1878


Sends father’s regrets that CD will not be able to help Stecker as appointments are few in number and much sought after.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Anton Stecker
Date:  17 Mar 1878
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11429F

From William Martindale to Francis Darwin   24 May 1878


WM, a pharmaceutical chemist, sends Stoddard’s pure sea-salts.

Bolton, the chemist FD mentioned, is dead and his books were probably destroyed. His successor, Linford, went bankrupt.

Author:  William Martindale
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  24 May 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11527

From Francis Darwin to ?   23 August 1878


Writes for CD. Thanks correspondent for curious case of inheritance, which CD cannot use as he is working in different directions.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Aug 1878
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (GEN MSS MISC Group 104 F-1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11672
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