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To T. C. Eyton   22 April 1876

Summary

Fondly remembers the days he spent with TCE.

Doubts the Canadian skeleton will have anything to do with man.

Returns extracts.

Samuel Haughton is a bitter opponent.

CD now working on plants;

doubts he will ever return to working on man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  22 Apr 1876
Classmark:  Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10465

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   12 [May 1861 – April 1863]

Summary

Thanks TCE for telling him of his crossed pigs. When they are grown, he would like to know whether they resemble each other.

Doubts the half-bred Gallus sonnerati will be productive, though he was assured many years ago that such a fertile half-breed once occurred.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  12 [May 1861 - Apr 1863]
Classmark:  Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13804

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   25 October [1855]

Summary

Unable to give information on Mrs Shaw of Crayford.

Mentions TCE’s interest in dog- and pig-skeleton researches.

Interested in seeing the Eyton Museum.

Reminisces about entomology [at Cambridge].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  25 Oct [1855]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.114)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1769

To T. C. Eyton   26 November [1855]

Summary

Asks TCE’s advice on preparation of birds’ skeletons.

His pigeon collection is growing; now has pairs of ten varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  26 Nov [1855]
Classmark:  Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1784

To T. C. Eyton   3 December [1855]

Summary

Now has several pigeons, and intends to get pigeons from all parts of the world.

Glad TCE is working at dogs. Would TCE like head of Chinese dog?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  3 Dec [1855]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.116)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1789

To T. C. Eyton   9 December [1855]

Summary

Vexed he cannot find head of [Chinese] dog.

First took up skeletonising to see how much young pigeons and poultry differed from the old.

Wishes to ascertain differences in skeletons of pigeons, poultry, covey birds, and rabbits. William Yarrell has shown CD breastbones. W. B. Tegetmeier has shown him skulls of fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  9 Dec [1855]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.117)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1793

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   21 August [1856]

Summary

Asks whether offspring of cross between African pig and common pig are fertile. Are Lord Rowland Hill’s African pigs domesticated?

Mentions pigeons’ skeletons.

Is working at a book on variation [Natural selection].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  21 Aug [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.135)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1942

To T. C. Eyton   27 [August 1856]

Summary

Asks about strains of Herefordshire cattle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  27 [Aug 1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.136)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1946

To T. C. Eyton   31 August [1856]

Summary

Asks whether number of incisors varies in domestic pigs. Is testing views of J. M. Bechstein.

Comments on TCE’s book [Herd book of Hereford cattle (1846–59)]. Mentions variations in the breed.

Will quote TCE on geese [Mag. Nat. Hist. 4 (1840): 90–2].

Problem of geographical distribution; his seed-salting experiments. Asks about distribution of seeds to islands. Do water-birds ever have dirty feet?

Could Eyton’s gamekeepers collect owl and hawk pellets? Asks for dace stomachs and contents.

Asks for cats’ skeletons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  31 Aug [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.137)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1948

To T. C. Eyton   5 October [1856]

Summary

Offers TCE dog’s skin and skull received from W. F. Daniell in West Africa.

Mentions his experiments involving hawk pellets in seed distribution.

Reminds TCE about pig crosses and incisors.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  5 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.139)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1968

To T. C. Eyton   9 June [1857]

Summary

Comments on TCE’s work [Catalogue of the species of birds in his collection (1856)].

Mentions African dog’s skin.

Asks about colours of horses

and about variation in tracheae of male birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  9 June [1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2103

To T. C. Eyton   26 [June 1857]

Summary

Ill.

Comments on TCE’s study of birds’ bones.

His work on variation progresses.

Asks about horses with bars like zebra or ass.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  26 [June 1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.147)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2113

To T. C. Eyton   22 [July 1857]

Summary

Sends TCE West African dog’s skin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  22 [July 1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2126

To T. C. Eyton   2 November [1857]

Summary

Has TCE observed whether hybrids of Chinese and common forms [of geese] were wilder, or less tame, than both parents?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  2 Nov [1857]
Classmark:  Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2164

From Thomas Campbell Eyton   12 November 1833

Summary

Has been working hard on collecting English and foreign birds. Yarrell has written of new birds discovered in England.

News of work in progress by Leonard Jenyns, P. J. Selby, and John Gould.

Cautions CD to beware of insects when he sends any birds’ skins – otherwise there will be only feathers, beaks, and legs remaining when he returns.

Author:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1833
Classmark:  DAR 204.7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-228

To Thomas Campbell Eyton   4 August [1858]

Summary

Has finished arranging his pigeons’ skeletons. May consult TCE on them.

CD is at work on an abstract of his conclusions on species and varieties [Origin]. His "bigger book" [Natural selection] will take two or three more years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  4 Aug [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.156)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2319

To T. C. Eyton   4 October [1858]

Summary

Comments on TCE’s skeletons.

Must get advice from Hugh Falconer on names of some bones.

Preparing his abstract [Origin].

Asks about colours of horses and stripes on asses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  4 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.158)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2333

To T. C. Eyton   11 October [1858]

Summary

Asks about dirt clinging to feet of birds as means of seed distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  11 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.159)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2338

From T. C. Eyton   16 October 1858

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Summary

Has examined feet of many partridges, but has not been able to obtain any quantity of mud from them.

Author:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1858
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2343

To T. C. Eyton   24 [November 1859]

Summary

Mentions reactions to Origin. It will "horrify and disgust" TCE.

Some authorities approve more than CD expected.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  24 [Nov 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.177)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2546
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