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From Francis Darwin to the Auckland Star   4 January 1877

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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 Francis Darwin   [before 21 May 1877]

Summary

Edwin Ray Lankester wants to reprint FD’s paper ‘Food bodies’ in the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 21 May 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10520F

To Francis Darwin   [c. 20 March 1877]

Summary

Asks FD to mollify Daniel Oliver and assure him that CD asks "only for what I wd. give my life’s blood for".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [c. 20 Mar 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10752

From Francis Darwin   [14 June? 1877]

Summary

Forwards letters.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 June? 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10762F

From Francis Darwin to G. N. de Stoppelaar    25 April 1877

Summary

Sends thanks for diploma on CD’s behalf.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Gerardus Nicolaas de Stoppelaar
Date:  25 Apr 1877
Classmark:  Zeeuws Archief (Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10940F

From Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   7 June 1877

Summary

CD is going away and has asked FD to thank GJR for his amusing letter [of 6 June], which CD thinks should be published in Nature. CD thinks the guinea pig theory very probable.

CD thinks there may be something in the ‘veneration’ theory.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  7 June 1877
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. d. 3823, fols. 154–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10989F

From Francis Darwin   11 June 1877

Summary

Lists the tasks he has completed; sends on letter from Romanes; news of Bernard.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10994F

To Francis Darwin   [10 June 1877]

Summary

Asks FD to forward some eczema mixture to Southampton for him

and to hunt out notes on earthworm activity at Beaulieu Abbey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [10 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10995

From Francis Darwin to P. P. C. Hoek   [c. 24 June 1877]

Summary

CD has written to [Charles] Wyville Thomson in favour of PPCH’s request [for duplicates of Pycnogonida collected by the Challenger expedition], and hopes it will be successful.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Paulus Peronius Cato Hoek
Date:  [c. 24 June 1877]
Classmark:  Artis Library (P. P. C. Hoek Archive: Darwin correspondence)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11014F

From Francis Darwin to W. M. Moorsom   29 October 1877

Summary

His father thanks WMM for his letter about the elephant case [see 11214]. If the story is true, CD thinks that the fruit must contain some alkaloid such as that in Indian hemp.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Warren Maude Moorsom
Date:  29 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 146: 385b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11216A

From Francis Darwin to T. F. Cheeseman   12 December 1877

Summary

Writes for CD, thanking TFC for his pamphlet on Selliera. CD was so interested that he ventured to forward it to Nature for publication.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Frederick Cheeseman
Date:  12 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Library Tāmaki Paenga Hira (T. F. Cheeseman Papers MS 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11277

From E. A. Greaves to Francis Darwin   31 December 1877

Summary

Accepts CD’s offer of £50 for portrait of Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Elizabeth Anne Greaves
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11299

From Francis Darwin   [28 October 1877?]

Summary

FD has sent proofs; nutating of Ricinus; Horace Darwin and the wormograph.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Oct 1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11302F

From Francis Darwin to Thomas Edison   [20–9 December 1877]

Summary

His father asks him to thank TAE for sending the curious case of the insects [see 11271].

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Alva Edison
Date:  [20–9 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Thomas Edison National Park (Edison Document File, 1878 Folder: (D-78-02) Edison, T.A. – General)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11312A

From Charles and Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   2 January [1877]

Summary

Agrees to propose GJR for membership in Royal Society.

Remarks on GJR’s paper on Medusae [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 167 (1877): 659–752].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  2 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.503)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10765

From Charles and Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   5 December 1877

Summary

Discusses planting onions for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  5 Dec 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.527)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11270