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From Anton Dohrn   27 January 1873


The Naples Zoological Station and its library are growing fast. His life is a constant battle with the municipality, but has managed to make a little progress on vertebrate ancestry and morphology. His views get further away from what is generally accepted.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8750

From J. V. Carus   29 January 1873


A new [German] edition of Expression is to be done. Has CD anything to add or alter?

JVC cites an article on cessation of breathing during mental concentration that supports Gratiolet as quoted in Expression, p. 179.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8751

To John Chapman   1 February 1873


Thanks for Chapman 1873 (Chapman, John. 1873. Neuralgia and kindred diseases of the nervous system).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Chapman
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Western University Archives, History of Medicine Collection, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada (A04-011-051)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8751F

To James Paget   29 January [1873?]


Has heard from Ashwin Conway Newman of Guy’s Hospital of a case of a child without any prepuce whose father was a renegade, uncircumcised Jew, but whose ancestors had all been Jews. Newman thinks this a good case of inheritance with reversion. JP’s letter [missing] now shows how rash such a conclusion would be.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  29 Jan [1873?]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS 5703/37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8752

From F. S. B. F. de Chaumont   31 January 1873


Sends a paper on evolution by his friend J. D. MacDonald ["Distribution of Invertebrata", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 21 (1872–3): 218–23] for CD’s perusal before dispatching it to the Royal Society.

Author:  Francis Stephen Bennet François de Chaumont
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8753

To ?[a New Orleans newspaper]   [c. February 1873]


CD responds to a poem, "Comus", and a New Orleans Mardi Gras editorial; he cannot tell from the "wonderful mistakes" whether the writer is "witty, ignorant, or blunders for the sake of fun".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  New Orleans newspaper
Date:  [c. Feb 1873]
Classmark:  Benfey (1997):179
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8753F

To J. V. Carus   1 February 1873


Has no corrections for second German edition [of Expression]. Plans to bring out an improved edition in a year or two.

Thanks for reference JVC sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8754

From W. M. Canby   1 February 1873



At Asa Gray’s request, responds to CD’s questions about WMC’s observations on Dionaea and particularly about the size of the insects captured and the excitability of the leaves after an insect is captured.

Author:  William Marriott Canby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8755

From J. T. Moggridge   1 February 1873


He does not accept Wallace’s definition of instinct because it excludes "inherited experience", i.e., "knowledge acquired by and transmitted through ancestors".

House-flies do not seem to have an instinctive fear of trap-door spiders.

Miss Forster gives him news of CD.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 217
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8756

To F. S. B. F. de Chaumont   3 February [1873]


Thanks for J. D. MacDonald’s paper ["Distribution of invertebrata", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 21 (1872–3): 218–23].

CD feels lines of genetic connection between animals offer a most difficult problem; Ernst Haeckel may have done mischief by facing the difficulty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Stephen Bennet François de Chaumont
Date:  3 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (RAMC/474/2); Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8757

To W. B. Dawkins   3 February 1873


A letter of recommendation for W. B. Dawkins in his application for the Woodwardian professorship of geology in the university of Cambridge.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Boyd Dawkins
Date:  3 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Cambridge University Archives (GEOL 9/*1 2b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8757F

To J. E. Gray   4 February [1873]


Is glad JEG has made out what the guemul is ["On the Guémul", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 4th ser. 10 (1872): 445–6; 11 (1873): 214–20, 308–10].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  4 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.411)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8758

From C. I. F. Major   6 February 1873


Cannot find a publisher for Italian translation of Expression. Gives up the project.

Author:  Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8759

From F. B. Goodacre   7 February 1873


Would like a museum set up illustrating origins, varieties, and uses of domestic animals; seeks CD’s approval of the idea.

Author:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 165: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8760

From T. H. Huxley   [8 February 1873]


Forwards Matthew Arnold’s Literature and dogma [1873].

Hopes they can secure Hooker for President of Royal Society.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Feb 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8761

To Matthew Arnold   9 February [1873]


Thanks MA for his Literature and dogma [1873].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Matthew Arnold
Date:  9 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8762

From John Murray   10 February [1873]


Encloses cheque for 1000 guineas, CD’s share of profits on first 7000 copies of Expression.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 435
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763

To F. B. Goodacre   11 February [1873]


Thinks FBG’s idea of a room at the British Museum of domestic birds and animals an excellent one, but a collection of plants would be much more difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Burges Goodacre
Date:  11 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  John Goodacre (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763F

To C. I. F. Major   11 February 1873


Is sorry that CIFM has had to give up translating Expression into Italian.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major
Date:  11 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Kotte Autographs (30 October 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763G

From Mariabella Fry   15 February 1873


Remarks on the "grief-muscles" shown in a Dürer picture.

Author:  Mariabella Fry
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 164: 220
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8767
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