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From J. J. Weir   5 April 1868

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George Rolleston’s son was born with a scar on his knee exactly where GR cut himself with a knife years before his marriage. Gives several other examples of inherited mutilation.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6093

From Edward Blyth   5 April 1868

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Discusses the human foot and its abnormalities; notes an example of syndactylism.

Gives his observations on sexual differences in coloration of terns and ostriches.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 136, DAR 160: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6094

From W. E. Darwin   [5 and 8? April 1868]

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Langstaff has seen no trace of blushing on the body.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Apr 1868 or 8 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 81; Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6149
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Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … positive ([Brewster] 1838; see also Manier 1978, pp. 40–5) which Darwin read in August 1838 …