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To Nature   [before 27 March 1879]

Summary

In reply to a query [in Nature 19 (1879): 433] CD reports that vessels full of water were kept on the deck of a ship to discourage rats from gnawing holes in the ship’s water casks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 27 Mar 1879]
Classmark:  Nature, 27 March 1879, p. 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8826

To Nature   [before 13 March 1873]

Summary

Recounts instances suggesting that animals have a sense of direction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 March 1873, p. 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8809

From ?   [after 14 January 1874]

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Summary

Extract from the Honolulu Gazette on the decreasing population of the Sandwich Islands.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 14 Jan 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 89: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8794

To ?   19 February 1873

Summary

Thanks recipient for a photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Sotheby Parke-Bernet (13 December 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776A

To a bookseller?   19 February [1873]

Summary

Orders a copy of the St Paul’s Magazine for February.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  Alexander Historical Auctions (dealers) (9 May 2012, lot 849)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776F

To Nature   [before 13 February 1873]

Summary

Sends a letter from William Huggins about a case of inherited fright in three generations of mastiffs. Discusses the different origins of instincts and their inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Feb 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 February 1873, pp. 281–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8765

To the Spectator   11 January 1873

Summary

Discusses two factors possibly causing modification of body or mind of an organism; habit and direct action of external conditions on the one hand, and selection, natural or artificial, on the other; considers their relative importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Spectator
Date:  11 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Spectator, 18 January 1873, p. 76.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8731

To ?   9 January 1873

Summary

Has pleasure in signing the [missing] enclosure, with every word of which he fully agrees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8728F

From ?   [1873–4?]

Summary

Cancelled: enclosure to S 9290.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1873–4?]
Classmark:  DAR 69: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8714

From ?   [1873?]

Summary

Notes on CD’s Expression.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8706

To ?   5 December 1872

Summary

Thanks for gift of a book, and offers to send copy of Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (3 November 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8660H

To ?   9 December 1872

Summary

Thanks an unidentifiable natural history society for electing him an honorary member.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Galerie Frédéric Castaing (dealer) (November 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8665F

To ?   5 December 1872

Summary

Obliged for the note of reference, but does not know what to think of the statement about the watering mouth.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  5 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8660F

From ?   September 1872

Summary

On cats’ habit of leaving the room or house in which a corpse is lying.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  Sept 1872
Classmark:  DAR 159: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8503

To Nature   3 August [1872]

Summary

Replies to C. R. Bree’s letter of 27 July [Nature 6 (1872): 260] contending that CD was wrong about early pedigree of man.

Defends the statement of CD’s view in Wallace’s review [Nature 6 (1872): 237–9] of Bree’s book [Exposition of fallacies … of Darwin (1872)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  3 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  Nature, 8 August 1872, p. 279
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8448

To ?   9 August [1872–4]

Summary

Will see that the error is corrected in the next reprint.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Aug [1872-4]
Classmark:  Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University (Autograph Collection (Bremer–Drew), box 3, folder 309)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8460F

To ?   30 July [1872–4]

Summary

Thanks recipient for information about eye colour of his shepherd dogs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  30 July [1872-4]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8438

To ?   12 July [1872–4]

Summary

Has not strength or time to hunt for Herminium monorchis; has failed to make orchid seeds germinate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 July [1872-4]
Classmark:  National Library of Russia (Collection of P. Waxell (F. 965): no 637)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8406F

To ? [a bookseller?]   13 June [1872–4]

Summary

Asks recipient to send parcels to his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, at 6 Queen Anne Street, London, and not by post.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 June [1872-4]
Classmark:  Brandes Autographs (dealers) (January 2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8379F

To ?   27 May 1872

Summary

Invites correspondent to dinner and overnight the next Friday, and gives directions at length from London to Down. "I have heard from Mr Litchfield that you are in London … will you give us the pleasure of seeing you here".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 May 1872
Classmark:  R. F. Batchelder (Cat. 22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8355
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