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From Lionel Ashburner   25 June 1871


Gives examples of animal species in which adult males castrate or kill younger males.

Author:  Lionel Robert (Lionel) Ashburner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10551

To W. E. Darwin   15 March [1871]


Wants WED to thank F. de Chaumont for some valuable observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  15 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (RAMC/473/1). Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11936

From A child of God   [after 24 February 1871?]


Urges CD to repent and seek salvation through Christ.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 24 Feb 1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770

From J. W. Abernethy   [after 18 February 1871]


A poem, "Burns to Darwin".

Author:  Julian Willis Abernethy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 18 Feb 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 140.4: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13771

To E. A. Darwin   7 September [1871]


Wants to sell some shares held in trust by EAD and Josiah Wedgwood [III].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  7 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13789

To Miss Fenwick   8 February [1871–82]


Sends two waste sheets of MS of Descent; Miss F can cut out any portion she likes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miss Fenwick
Date:  8 Feb [1871-82]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Hay MSS Ms.44.31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13806

From C. Shuttleworth   27 November [1871–80]


Reports peculiar behaviour in a fantail pigeon, which persistently courted a ginger-beer bottle.

Author:  Caroline Jemima (Caroline) Shuttleworth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov [1871-80]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13840

From D. Thomas   [after 11 March 1871]


CD is "bent upon linking the monkey race to us"; DT finds it striking that CD should so resemble an ape.

Author:  D. Thomas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 11 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13849

To [?]   27 September [1871–81]


Thanks for a book. "I am so much overworked at present that I cannot read it now, & I am a very poor German scholar".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Sept [1871-81]
Classmark:  David Schulson (dealer) (August 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13886

To [?]   18 November [1871 or later]


"With Mr. Charles Darwin’s compliments enclosing one guinea."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Nov [1871 or later]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (14 September 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13887

To ?   19 May [1871]


Thanks for references about dogs. Fears work will not allow him to deal with subject again. Heartily subscribes to what correspondent says about qualities of dogs. Loves his "with all my heart".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 May [1871]
Classmark:  Paul C. Richards (dealer) (Catalogue 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889

To W. H. Flower   [1871?]


Does not know rules for admission to museum [of the Royal College of Surgeons]. CD’s son [Francis] wishes much to inspect some of the preparations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  [1871?]
Classmark:  B. J. Harrison (private collection); sold by Bonhams (dealers), 15 July 2004
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5767

From St George Jackson Mivart   24 February [1871]


Would be pleased if CD called.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5926

To ?   7 April [1871]


Asks correspondent to thank Thomas Laycock for his references. CD has been away from home and has not yet consulted his copy of Laycock’s Mind and brain [1860].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  R. M. Smythe (dealer) (November 1998)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6102A

To A. B. Buckley   18 December [1871]


Thanks her for marked proof-sheets.

Discusses climate in earlier geological periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  18 Dec [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6508

To Louis Bertillon   18 December 1871


Thanks for his article Valeur philosophique de l'hypothèse du transformisme (Bertillon 1870), which is very clear.

Would not himself trust so much in Agassiz’s conclusions.

Glad the essay has been published, as he believes ‘there are but few in France who admit the doctrine of evolution’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis-Adolf Louis (Louis) Bertillon
Date:  18 Dec 1871
Classmark:  Librairie la 42ème Ligne, Paris (dealers) (2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6508F

From C. H. Thiebout   [1871]


As a follower of CD, Spencer, and Kant, wishes to announce his work on the origin of "foolish illnesses" and prostitution [? Kort begrip der proefunderlijke zielkunde (1869)].

Author:  Carel Hendrik Thiebout
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6523

To T. H. Huxley   [11 or 18 May 1871]


Asks for a ticket for THH’s lecture at the Royal Institution for WED. With ED’s and HED’s forgeries of CD’s signature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [11 or 18] May 1871
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6541F

To W. B. Dawkins   12 April [1871]


Sends contribution of £5 to Settle Cave Exploration Fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Boyd Dawkins
Date:  12 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS.7781/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6695

From G. H. Darwin   [c. 17 July 1871]


Gives CD some information on wills.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 17 July 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6765
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