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From Francis Darwin to Raphael Meldola   12 January 1882

Summary

CD happy to lend Weismann’s pamphlet to RM.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  12 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13611

From Raphael Meldola   13 September 1877

Summary

Has reread copy of Fritz Müller’s letter that CD sent some time ago and would like to publish the entomological observations in it.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11135

To Raphael Meldola   14 September 1877

Summary

Is doubtful about the publication of Fritz Müller’s letter after so long an interval.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  14 Sept 1877
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11140

From Raphael Meldola   21 September 1877

Summary

Encloses Fritz Müller’s letter.

Is exhibiting butterflies in which variations in the female show a finely graded series. Believes dimorphism can be explained by the selection of the extremes of such a series and the consequent extinction of the intermediates.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11147

To Raphael Meldola   22 September [1877]

Summary

Thinks the facts in Fritz Müller’s letter could be published.

Recommends August Weismann’s essay on dimorphism ["Über den Saison-Dimorphismus der Schmetterlinge", Studien zur Descendenz-Theorie 1 (1875)]

and has no doubt that intermediate forms could be eliminated as RM suggests.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  22 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11148

To Raphael Meldola   27 September [1877]

Summary

Does not think Fritz Müller can object to anything RM has said in his essay.

Has alluded to colour preference among butterflies in Descent [1: 400–1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  27 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11154

To Raphael Meldola   19 October [1877]

Summary

Interesting article by Fritz Müller on sexual selection in butterflies, Kosmos [1 (1877): 388–95].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  19 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11189

From Raphael Meldola   20 October 1877

Summary

Would like to see the Kosmos article.

Is considering producing a translation of August Weismann’s essays.

Comments on Wallace’s paper on the colours of animals and plants [Macmillan’s Magazine 36 (1877): 384–408, 464–71].

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11192

To Raphael Meldola   22 October [1877]

Summary

Thinks Weismann would welcome a translation.

Was dissatisfied with Wallace’s article.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  22 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11197

To Raphael Meldola   31 October [1877]

Summary

Hopes RM finds a publisher [for his translation of Weismann’s Studien].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  31 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11217

To Raphael Meldola   1 January [1878]

Summary

Good article by Fritz Müller in Kosmos supporting August Weismann’s views on caterpillars.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  1 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11305

From Raphael Meldola   2 January [1878]

Summary

Wishes to borrow third part of Fritz Müller’s article on sexual selection in butterflies [Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 218–24].

Is forwarding material on stridulation, including Prof. Wood-Mason’s paper ["Note on Mygale stridulans", Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1877): 281–2], which should interest CD.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308

To Raphael Meldola   3 January 1878

Summary

Is dispatching December number of Kosmos.

Will read the discussion on stridulation that RM mentioned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  3 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11309

To Raphael Meldola   11 January [1878]

Summary

Thinks there can be no objection to RM’s using a Fritz Müller letter [see 11319].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  11 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11318

From Raphael Meldola   26 January 1878

Summary

Returns Kosmos.

Thanks CD for permission to use Fritz Müller’s last letter, which contains new observations.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11332

To Raphael Meldola   12 February [1878]

Summary

Thanks RM for his interesting paper ["Entomological notes bearing on evolution", Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 5th ser. 1 (1878): 155].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  12 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11353

From Raphael Meldola   22 March 1878

Summary

Encloses proof of the Entomological Society’s Proceedings for February to show the use he has made of Fritz Müller’s letter [see 11319].

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11438

To Raphael Meldola   24 March [1878]

Summary

Asks RM to send a copy of the Entomological Society’s Proceedings to Fritz Müller.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  24 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11439

To Raphael Meldola   27 March [1878]

Summary

Thinks RM may like to see the enclosed [Fritz Müller letter].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  27 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11449

To Raphael Meldola   17 April 1878

Summary

Would like to have some insect photographs identified; they seem to show pretty and new case of protective resemblance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  17 Apr 1878
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11478
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