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CD cannot answer his question concerning the death of earthworms. The usual cause is through parasitic larva of a fly. Worms are susceptible to certain poisons from plants.

Glad his book [Earthworms] has interested HHL.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hilary Howard Leng
Date:  26 Feb 1882
Classmark:  St George’s College Library, Quilmes, Argentina
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13709A
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Glories of a Brazilian forest

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  • … Describes his first encouter with a tropical forest and recieves geological information and …

Richard Matthews

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Richard Matthews was 21 years old when he stepped aboard the Beagle, destined for a lonely career as a missionary in Tierra del Fuego. The Church Missionary Society had arranged for him to accompany the three Fuegians (Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, and York…

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  • … time to save his life’, Darwin recorded (Darwin 1845, p. 226). Matthews was back on board the …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … a structure like that of the honey-bee ( Origin , p. 226). Further, there were advantages to a …