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To Alfred Newton   9 March [1874]

Summary

Asks AN to vote for CD’s nephew, Henry Parker, at the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  9 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9344

From Alfred Newton   10 March 1874

Summary

Questions correctness of two statements in Origin: 1. That fulmar petrels are the most numerous birds in the world;

2. That the increase of one form of thrush in Scotland has been concomitant with the decline of another form.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 172: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9348

To Alfred Newton   12 March [1874]

Summary

Cannot answer AN’s questions about Origin; it would take weeks to find the references. Assures AN he stated nothing without an authority he thought good.

Feels sure missel thrushes have increased in number since his youth. Starlings have also increased astonishingly in Kent. "How inexplicable most of these cases are".

In a P.S. remembers his source for statement about increase of missel thrushes in Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  12 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9354

From Alfred Newton   13 March 1874

Summary

Wishes CD could publish Origin with footnotes.

Increases in bird populations: starlings are increasing, but AN cannot give reason; mistletoe-thrush increasing but not ousting song-thrush. Doubts trustworthiness of [George?] Edwards, CD’s authority in Origin on this matter [see Origin, 6th ed., p. 59].

AN opposed to bird protection legislation to prohibit egging. Argues egging does not decrease number of birds.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 172: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9358

To Alfred Newton   14 March 1874

Summary

Can give no definite information. Believes severe winters are by far the most important check on numbers of birds; the destruction of eggs is of subordinate importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  14 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/62)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9359

From Alfred Newton   15 March 1874

Summary

Thanks CD for his opinion on egging. Despite the intensity of the practice sufficient eggs always remain to carry on the breed.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 172: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9364
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