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From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   25 June 1873



Informs CD of the effects of certain salts and other chemicals on animals.

Comments on CD’s results with Drosera. Suggests some experiments.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 116–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8949

From A. C. Smith   25 June 1873


Wonders whether CD has any idea how the cuckoo manages to match its eggs to those of its host; believes it possible that the diet of the nestling cuckoo, which varies with its host, may affect its behaviour and the colour of its eggs.

Author:  Alfred Charles Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8950

To Federico Delpino   25 June [1873]


Discusses role of insects in crossing varieties of Lathyrus odoratus and other species.

Comments on Hermann Müller [Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)],

and Anton Kerner ["Die Schutzmittel des Pollens", Ber. Naturwiss. Med. Ver. Innsbruck, 3 (1873): 100–68].

Admires FD’s work on anemophilous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  25 June [1873]
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8951

From Francis Darwin   [before 26 June 1873]


Has discussed with E. E. Klein about the purchase of a Hartnack microscope from Paris.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 26 June 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9092F
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Darwin’s reading notebooks


In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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