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To T. H. Huxley   4 November 1873

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Answers THH’s query about W. H. Flower; gives the amount he contributed to the gift. Advises against returning it, even anonymously. Hopes WHF’s health improves.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  4 Nov 1873
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 303)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9131

From J. D. Hooker   4 November 1873

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Has time only to thank CD for the invaluable hints.

Encloses Lathyrus nissolia seeds.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9132

From J. T. Moggridge   4 November 1873

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Formic acid kills seeds but only rarely makes them dormant – as he presumes ants do. He finds great variation in the vigour of individual seeds. Harvester ants, used in place of formic acid, do not affect germination.

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9133
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Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … 1837. Lord Bacon.  Edinburgh   Review  65: 1–104.  119: 9b ——. 1848–61.  The history …