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To ?   8 April [1875–82]

Summary

Explains that there is no need for the addressee to apologise.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  8 Apr [1875-82]
Classmark:  Jane da Mosto (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9917F

To ?   31 [May 1875]

Summary

Agrees that time alone can do nothing to modify species.

Is aware that the Papaveraceae are self-fertile but feels this does not preclude an occasional cross.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 [May 1875]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9960

To ?   4 May [1875]

Summary

Sends photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 May [1875–81]
Classmark:  eBay (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Charles-Darwin-Autographed-Letter-and-Carte-de-Visite-/222539494617, accessed 5 June 2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9970

To ?   10 March 1875

Summary

No uniform edition of CD’s works has appeared in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9882F

To ?   [February 1875 or earlier?]

Summary

Reports that Variation is out of print. Suggests means of obtaining a copy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [Feb 1875 or earlier?]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) catalogue p. 192 (20 July 1989)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9790A

To ?   [after 17 February 1875]

Summary

CD is obliged for a note he will use for a new [2d] edition of Variation [1875].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 17 Feb 1875]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS.7781/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9795

To ?   23 January [1875–82]

Summary

Turns down an offer to undertake a German translation of one of his works.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Jan [1875-81]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (11 July 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9828G

From ?   [16 February 1875]

Summary

"The learned Darwin states that Moses taught confusion. | For Man, he boldly says, descends from Ape or Monkey – | I, having read his book, am come to this conclusion | Darwin (at least himself) descends from Ass or Donkey."

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Feb 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 140.4: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9858

To ?   17 February [1875–8]

Summary

Tells correspondent how to locate Michael Faraday’s widow [Sarah Barnard].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  17 Feb [1875-8]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9859

To ?   [after 11 December 1875]

Summary

Strongly disapproves of the blackballing of Edwin Ray Lankester by the Linnean Society. States the reasons for his disapproval and hopes they will be considered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 11 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10296

To [?]   31 [January 1875–82]

Summary

[Provides directions for travel to Down by train.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  31 Jan [1875-82]
Classmark:  Romero de Tejada (1982): 150; Museo Nacional de Etnología, Madrid
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889A

To ?   3 February [1875–82]

Summary

Asks that enclosed letter be posted for him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Feb [1875-82]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889B

From a lady   [before 17 July 1875]

Summary

Reports the possible extinction of the Macartney Rose.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 17 July 1875]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle 17 July 1875, p. 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10070F

To ?   18 August 1875

Summary

Thanks for the photographs of disks of stone, but not to trouble to send casts, as he will not work on expression again.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Aug 1875
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 3269/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10124F

To ?   23 September [1875–6?]

Summary

Encloses a photograph and [?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Sept [1875-6]
Classmark:  Remember When Auctions (dealers) (26 February 1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10167F

To P. P. C. Hoek   11 March 1875

Summary

Thanks for publication [Berste bijdrage tot een nauwkeuriger kennis der sessile cirripedien (1875)]. Cannot read Dutch. Mentions PPCH’s research on cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Paulus Peronius Cato Hoek
Date:  11 Mar 1875
Classmark:  Artis Library (P.P.C. Hoek Archive, Darwin correspondence)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9883

From A. W. Bennett   12 March 1875

Summary

Has found the relation of pollen-grain size to style size in Primula to be the opposite of CD’s view; asks whether there is an error or just remarkable variation.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 160: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9884

From Lawson Tait   12 March [1875]

Summary

Purpose of bushy tails; their usefulness to their owners as a means of keeping warm.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885

To Lawson Tait   [13–15 March 1875]

Summary

Thinks CD is right about the retention of a tail.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  [13–15 Mar 1875]
Classmark:  Birmingham Daily Post, 8 April 1875, p. 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885F

To Chauncey Wright   13 March 1875

Summary

Discusses function of the eyebrows in protecting the eyes from sweat.

Mentions notices in the Nation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  13 Mar 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9886
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