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From J. J. Weir   [after 27 February] 1868

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Trusts his paper ["Apterous Lepidoptera" (1867), printed for the West Kent Natural History, Microscopical, and Photographic Society] showed that he is thoroughly a disciple of CD.

Cites evidence that birds undoubtedly distinguish colours. [see Descent 2: 110.]

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 27 Feb] 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 77–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5939

To A. R. Wallace   27 February [1868]

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Pleased by ARW’s response to Pangenesis.

On negative reception by his friends.

Further argument concerning sterility and natural selection.

Polygamy and sexual selection.

Protection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  27 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  British Library (Add 46434: 108–11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5940

To Alfred Newton   27 February [1868]

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Thanks for corrections of errors [in Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  27 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5941

To John Jenner Weir   27 February [1868]

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Thanks JJW for his paper on apterous insects [see 5939], which contained much new information.

Asks JJW for any information he may have on sexual selection.

Describes an experiment, still untried, of staining tail-feathers of male pigeons in bright colours to find the effect on courtship.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  27 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5942

From G. G. Stokes   27 February 1868

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On the play of colours in the peacock’s tail.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 47–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5943

From Leonard Jenyns   27 February 1868

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On polygamous birds and the pairing of birds. Late singing of males. [see Descent 2: 107.]

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A14–15, DAR 84.1: 116–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5944

From Robert Russell   27 February 1868

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A reply to CD’s inquiry in Gardeners’ Chronicle [Collected papers 2: 135]. The proportion of females to males in lambs of highland black-faced sheep.

Sends paper on conditions that favour predominance of plants.

Author:  Robert Russell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 85: B21; DAR 86: C16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5945

From F. T. Buckland   27 February 1868

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On the proportion of sexes in salmon, trout, and rats. [see Descent 1: 305, 308.]

Author:  Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A46–8b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5946

From William Farr   27 February 1868

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Encloses table showing proportion of sexes in Rutland.

Author:  William Farr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 164: 30, DAR 85: B116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5947
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Tierra del Fuego

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Barren coasts of Patagonia

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  • … Tells of the hostility of coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the insect world. …

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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George Eliot was the pen name of celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She was born on the outskirts of Nuneaton in Warwickshire and was educated at boarding schools from the age of five until she was 16. Her education ended when she…

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  • … towards brave clearness and honesty!' (Haight 1954–78 3: 227).     …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … of categories of wild birds by sportsmen (Sheail 1976, pp. 22–7, Allen 1994, p. 177), and which some …

Books on the Beagle

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‘Considering the limited disposable space in so very small a ship, we contrived to carry more instruments and books than one would readily suppose could be stowed away in dry and secure places’. So wrote Captain FitzRoy in the Narrative (2: 18). CD, in his…

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  • … to J. S. Henslow, March 1834;  Narrative  2 (Appendix): 227). ‘Philosophical tracts’, Darwin …