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To ?   [13 February – 21 March 1872]


"Be so good as the send receipt to above address".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [13 Feb – 21 Mar 1872]
Classmark:  Famous Notables (dealers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8211F

To ?   15 February [1872–4]


Seeks permission for his son to look for a paper for him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  15 Feb [1872-4]
Classmark:  University of California Berkeley, Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources and Public Health Library Special Collections (Darwin Collection QH365.D251)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9292

To W. E. Darwin   23 [February 1872 – October 1874]


Asks for investment advice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  23 [Feb 1872 - Oct 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13800

From W. E. Darwin   [29 February 1872]


Amount of clay present in certain chalk samples.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Feb 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7469

To J. J. Moulinié   1 February 1872


Encloses a letter to be prefixed to JJM’s translation of the Origin.

Expresses his satisfaction that JJM has undertaken the translation [of a fourth French edition] of Origin. Urges the use of the sixth English edition so as to include corrections and additions.

His interest in influencing the eminent men of science in France.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  1 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library); Paul C Richards (Cat. 241)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8191

From Francis Galton   1 February 1872


Asks to have one pair of rabbits sent to him; is abandoning experiments with the rats.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 105: A44–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8192

From Asa Gray   2 February 1872


Notes the occurrence in U. S. of "vermiform piles" produced by earthworms.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 165: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8194

From John Murray   2 February [1872]


Accedes to CD’s request to let Appleton have a set of stereotypes of the 6th English edition of Origin at a little above cost.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 406
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8195

From Arthur Mellersh   2 February 1872


Exchange of photographs among CD, AM, and Philip G. King.

Author:  Arthur Mellersh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8196

From C. F. Martins   3 February 1872


CD’s views, on which he has lectured, will succeed with time.

Joachim Barrande’s refutation cannot be impartial because he is a devout Catholic.

Many young French naturalists support CD but are silent for fear of their jobs. Houget has been reprimanded for his Darwinism.

Author:  Charles Frédéric Martins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8197

To Anton Dohrn   3 February 1872


Thanks AD for his article in Das Ausland ["Englische Kritiker und Anti-Kritiker über den Darwinismus", 49 (1871): 1153–7].

Mivart’s book [Genesis of species], which misinterprets CD’s views, has produced a great effect in England.

He has answered the point about incipient structures being useless in new [6th] edition of Origin.

His Descent has had immense circulation, but has met with approval of hardly any naturalists. He supposes it was a mistake to publish it, but it will pave way for a better work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  3 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 699)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8199

From J. D. Hooker   [5 February 1872?]



Sends a communication [missing] from Gov. J. H. Lefroy of Bermuda.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [5 Feb 1872?]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 105–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8200

From Friedrich Hildebrand   5 February 1872


Praise for Descent.

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 166: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8201

From J. F. Mackenzie   8 February 1872


An engineer in India, who has read Descent, sends observations on native racial characters.

Author:  John Finlayson Mackenzie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8202

To Friedrich Hildebrand   9 February 1872


Comments on FH’s paper ["Verbreitungsmittel der Compositenfrüchte", Bot. Ztg. 30 (1872): 1–14].

Discusses function of mucus filaments on seeds of Compositae and other plants.

Comments on Eugen Askenasy’s publication [Beiträge zur Kritik der Darwin’schen Lehre (1872)].

Comments on evolutionary views of Carl Nägeli.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  9 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Klaus Groove (private collection). [Sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018.]
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8206

From W. W. Reade   13 February 1872


Sending sheets of his forthcoming work on Africa [Martyrdom of man (1872)] with views that differ from CD’s on music and sexual selection.

The Pall Mall Gazette will review the new [6th] edition of the Origin, together with Mivart’s Genesis of species [1871].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8210

To A. R. Wallace   [19 February 1872]


Sends 6th ed. of Origin;

draws attention to his criticism of ARW’s estimate of Kovalevsky;

mentions his disagreement with much of Spencer’s doctrine

and in a postscript points out an inaccuracy in an article in Once a Month.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  [19 Feb 1872]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8211

To J. D. Hague   20 February 1872


Thanks for a quarto work on the mining industry. CD’s sons much obliged for kindness in California.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Duncan Hague
Date:  20 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8211G

To John Murray   14 February [1872]


Asks to have copy of Origin [6th ed.] sent to the Pall Mall Gazette for review with Mivart’s Genesis [of species (1871)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Feb [1872]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (11 December 2007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8212

To J. D. Hooker   [16 or 23 February or 1 or 8 or 15 March 1872]


Suggests a visit to Kew to see the hot houses the following Sunday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [16 or 23] Feb 1872 or [1, 8 or 15] Mar 1872
Classmark:  Newcastle University Library, Special Collections (Pybus Archive FP/2/7/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8212F
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