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From C. S. Bate   [17 February 1868]

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On the proportion of sexes in crabs; coloration and structural differences.

Author:  Charles Spence Bate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A61–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5826

To B. D. Walsh   17 February [1868]

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Has looked through BDW’s papers and finds heaps of facts on sexual differences. Asks questions on sexual differences in particular species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Date:  17 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 12A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5883

From James Shaw   17 February 1868

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Mentions review [of Variation] in the Athenæum [15 Feb 1868, pp. 243–4].

Comments on adaptive utility of the right hand, an organ still undergoing specialisation.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5884

To J. E. Gray   17 February [1868]

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Thanks for Nathusius [Die Racen des Schweines (1860)].

CD will call on JEG to hear his views on specific differences of pigs.

Does not know who has "cut me up so severely" in the Athenæum but suspects "your great man in the Museum" [Richard Owen].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  17 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  British Library (Egerton 2348: 234)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5885

From J. E. Gray   17 February 1868

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JEG’s paper on pigs is being printed [Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. (1868): 17–49].

Colouring in horses.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 217
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5886

From George Brettingham Sowerby   17 February 1868

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Sends data from J. G. Jeffreys on the form of shells of the sexes of Mollusca. [See Descent 1: 324, 326.]

Author:  George Brettingham Sowerby, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A55–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5887

From William Farr   17 February 1868

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Will gladly supply any information he can. Sends Registrar General’s reports; will inquire about the animals.

Author:  William Farr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5888
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The Mount, Shrewsbury

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Letters from home

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  • … Darwin writes in preparation for the voyage, and his father and sisters write with news from home …

Photograph album of Dutch admirers

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Darwin received the photograph album for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from his scientific admirers in the Netherlands. He wrote to the Dutch zoologist Pieter Harting, An account of your countrymen’s generous sympathy in having sent me on my…

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  • … Accompanying the album was a handwritten list of the 217 people included, with their professional …