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To Alphonse de Candolle   11 December 1872


Thanks AdeC for great pleasure his new book [Histoire des sciences (1873)] has given him. Comments on several of the essays.

When AdeC backs up Asa Gray in saying all instincts are congenital habits, CD must protest.

Asks several questions about butterflies of the Alps discussed on p. 322 [of Histoire].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  11 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8672

To Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers   11 December 1872


Thanks HdeL-D for his photograph and encloses one of himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Félix Joseph Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers
Date:  11 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Archives de l’Académie des sciences, Paris (27 J Fonds Lacaze-Duthiers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8673

To J. V. Carus   12 December [1872]


Has not strength nor time to alter and improve Variation.

First English edition of Expression now at 9000 copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  12 Dec [1872]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 90–91)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8674

From E. A. Darwin   13 December [1872]


Hopes to have a visit to discuss proportions to be left to the children under their wills; thinks 5/6 to the boys, 1/6 to the girls who "will have as much as is good for them".

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B86–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8675

From Mary Treat   13 December 1872



Drosera filiformis captures only small insects [but see 8989].

Writes of her experiments with butterflies.

CD’s theory steadily gains ground in the U. S., despite Agassiz.

Author:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 23–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8676

To A. R. Wallace   14 December [1872?]


Will be in London for a week. Invites ARW to lunch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  14 Dec [1872?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8677

To Alpheus Hyatt   14 December [1872]


Sends copy of last edition of Origin.

Respecting AH’s theory that acceleration of growth produces new characters, urges AH to examine decapods that do and do not pass through zoea stage. Believes there are no marked differences between them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alpheus Hyatt
Date:  14 Dec [1872]
Classmark:  Maryland Historical Society (Alpheus Hyatt Papers MS 1007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8678

From James Dickson   14 December 1872


Sends CD the case of a man he knew who could reject food voluntarily, in substantiation of the passage in Expression [p. 259] in which CD says "the suspicion arises that our progenitors must formerly have had [this] power".

Author:  James Dickson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8680

To C. L. Dodgson   14 December [1872]


His thanks for the excellent photograph. [See 8668.]

He is no longer working on expression but appreciates the obliging offer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Date:  14 Dec [1872]
Classmark:  A Dodgson family member (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8680A

From Julius Althaus   16 December 1872


In his admirable work on expression CD has left out influence of fifth pair of cerebral nerves on the portiodura and on physiognomy; sends reference to his paper on this subject ["On certain points in the physiology and pathology of the fifth pair of cerebral nerves", Med.-Chir. Trans. 52 (1869): 27–42].

Author:  Julius Althaus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 159: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8681

To T. H. Huxley   [17] December [1872]


Plans to see THH in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [17] Dec [1872]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 308)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8682

From Dora Roberts   17 December [1872 or later]


Describes a case of maternal instinct, in which a hen protected kittens.

Author:  Dora Roberts
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec [1872 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8683

From Julius Herschel   17 December 1872


Report of yellow fever among Brazilian monkeys probably untrue; his correspondent is only a journalist.

Encloses letter about monkeys allegedly dying from yellow fever.

Author:  Thomas Russell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 166: 190, DAR 181: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8684

From Jules Michelet   15 November 1872


Darwin and his followers have connected France and England like the projected tunnel and have demonstrated that the French and English are more free than Germany from scholasticism.

Author:  Jules Michelet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8685

From A. Smither   19 December 1872


Considers that the erection of hair and feathers in fear may serve a real defensive purpose, which he details.

Author:  A Smither
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 177: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8686

From T. H. Huxley   20 December 1872


Personal affairs – the move to Marlborough Place.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 166: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8687

To Ernst Haeckel   20 December 1872


Comments on EH’s forthcoming [Die Kalkschwämme (1872)].

Thinks EH is working much too hard.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  20 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8688

From S. J. Housley   20 December 1872



Describes the pointed right ear of his son.

Author:  Samuel John Housley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 87: 54–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8689

To F. C. Donders   21 December 1872


Mentions publication of Expression.

Asks whether children born blind ever frown, shed tears, or contract orbicular muscles.

Congratulates FCD on his anniversary [as Professor at Utrecht].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frans Cornelis (Franciscus Cornelius) Donders
Date:  21 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 143: 416
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8690

To D. H. Tuke   22 December 1872


Comments on DHT’s Influence of the mind upon the body [1872].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Hack Tuke
Date:  22 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Boston College Libraries, John J. Burns Library (Authors Collection (MS 1986–087) Box 4, Folder 32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8691
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