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To Alfred Newton   2 January 1877

Summary

Thanks AN for telling him of the complex cross among wagtails. CD is surprised that so much close interbreeding does not check their propagation.

CD does not suppose he will ever have strength to work up his data on hybridism, so he will not write to Mr Monk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  2 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10766

From Alfred Newton   1 April 1879

Summary

Asks CD to join W. H. Flower and Huxley in signing a memorial in support of Dr Cone. He is a U. S. Army surgeon who has been working on an ornithological bibliography and needs support to complete his work in England.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 172: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11965

To Alfred Newton   2 April [1879]

Summary

"I have signed the enclosed with pleasure."

Thanks AN for his kind expression about Frank [Darwin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  2 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11970

From Alfred Newton   29 October 1881

Summary

Thanks CD for the reference to Audubon’s story. T. M. Brewer is to be trusted, but his account does not suggest why the bird always moved northward.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 172: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13441

From Alfred Newton   21 March 1863

Summary

Sends tuber of Chilean wild potato, requested through Hooker and P. L. Sclater.

Plans to exhibit a bird’s foot with a large ball of clay attached. This phenomenon supports CD on seed dispersal.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Mar 1863
Classmark:  DAR 172: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4054

From Alfred Newton   31 October 1863

Summary

Tells CD where to pick up the partridge’s foot with the ball of earth attached; sends a copy of his remarks on the same. [See Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 13 (1864): 99–101.]

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Oct 1863
Classmark:  DAR 172: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4326

From Emma Darwin to Alfred Newton   4 November [1863]

Summary

CD thanks AN for the note and remarks on the partridge’s leg. CD is too ill to write a note, but will send [for] the specimen as soon as he can. [See 4326.]

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  4 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4330F

To Alfred Newton   24 March [1863]

Summary

Thanks for potatoes, which may be useful in crossing.

Germination of seeds in earth on partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  24 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4435

To Alfred Newton   29 March [1864]

Summary

Eighty-two plants have germinated from earth on wounded partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  29 Mar [1864]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4440

From Alfred Newton   2 April 1864

Summary

Marvels that seeds from the lump of clay on the partridge’s foot have germinated. At Zoological Society [J. E.?] Gray ridiculed him. Now Frank Buckland would like to see the specimen.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 172: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4446

To Alfred Newton   6 April [1864]

Summary

CD has thrown away injured partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  6 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4453

From Alfred Newton   7 April 1864

Summary

CD need not worry about having discarded the partridge’s foot.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 172: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4456

From Alfred Newton   27 October 1865

Summary

Asks CD to support his candidacy for Professorship of Zoology at Cambridge. Since he has spent many years travelling, he is not well enough known at the University.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 172: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4925

To Alfred Newton   29 October [1865]

Summary

Declines writing testimonial for AN for the Cambridge Professorship in Zoology. The post requires expertise in comparative anatomy and histology, whereas AN’s work is on habits and colours of birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  29 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4926

From Alfred Newton   30 October 1865

Summary

CD need not apologise for not writing a testimonial for him. He knows comparative anatomy, although he has confined his publication to ornithology. Agrees that with a few members of the University a recommendation from CD would be harmful.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 172: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4927

From Alfred Newton   27 November 1866

Summary

Thanks for new edition of Origin [4th ed.].

Has met CD’s son [George] at Trinity College.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 172: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5285

To Alfred Newton   19 January [1867]

Summary

Seeks explanation of the case of the Rhynchaea, of which the female is more beautiful than the male, with the young resembling the latter. Wallace has told CD that at Nottingham AN explained this by the male being the incubator.

Does the male black Australian swan, or the black and white S. American swan, differ from the female in colour of plumage?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  19 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5371

From Alfred Newton   21 January 1867

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Suggests that, in some birds, plumage of males is less colourful than that of females; the reason is that the males perform the duties of incubation [see Descent 2: 204 n.].

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Jan 1867
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 22–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5374

To Alfred Newton   23 January [1867]

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Thanks for the information about the male plumage. [See 5374.] Will look to the papers in Ibis to which AN has referred him. He finds AN’s theory captivating.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  23 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5376A

From Alfred Newton   1 March 1867

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Male dotterels take care of young and are less brilliantly coloured than females.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1867
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 28–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5426
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