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To ?   24 October [1876]

Summary

Asks his correspondent to thank Prof. Reichenbach for his kindness. A plant was discovered in flower at Kew, and he was able to examine the doubtful point.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (June 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10221F

From G. H. Darwin   [after 28 March 1876]

Summary

Personal news – is unwell.

Mentions "Twin-papers" ["Short notes on heredity, etc., in twins", J. Anthropol. Inst. 5 (1876): 324–9] sent by Galton.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Mar 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10242

From J. D. Hooker   [18 April 1876]

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Summary

JDH has heard from Asa Gray, who approves of the botany primer [Botany (1876)].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Apr 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10282

To Eduard Strasburger   9 December [1876]

Summary

Thanks for a copy of the second edition of Strasburger’s Über Zellbildung und Zelltheilung (On cell formation and cell division; Strasburger 1876b).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Adolf (Eduard) Strasburger
Date:  9 Dec [1876]
Classmark:  Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn, Handschriftenabteilung (NL Strasburger I)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10291F

From Nemo   [1876?]

Summary

A believer in evolution seeks to convince CD that a spiritual creative force, rather than natural selection, explains its operation.

Author:  Nemo
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1876?]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10333

To P. P. C. Hoek   [after May 1876]

Summary

Thanks for PPCH’s ["Entwicklungsgeschichte der Entomostraken, pt 1: Embryologie von Balanus", Niederl. Arch. Zool. 3 (1876–7): 47–82].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Paulus Peronius Cato Hoek
Date:  [after May 1876]
Classmark:  Artis Library (P.P.C. Hoek Archive: Darwin correspondence)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10334

To August Weismann   [17 June 1876 or later]

Summary

Comments on Weismann’s remarks on the possibility of sexual selection in the genus Daphnia.

A. R. Wallace has published paper giving up sexual selection [Review of St George Jackson Mivart’s Lessons from nature, as manifested in mind and matter.] in Academy, 10 and 17 June 1876, pp. 587–8.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  [17 June 1876 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10335

To G. H. Darwin   [after 4 September 1876]

Summary

Has received a baffling article on God, immortality, and socialism under a Darwinian point of view.

Clerk Maxwell has disagreed with CD on molecular calculations in relation to Pangenesis in Encyclopaedia Britannica article ["Atom", Encyclopaedia Britannica, 9th ed. (1875) 3: 36–49].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Sept 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10338

To [?]   [1876 or later?]

Summary

Complies with correspondent’s request; encloses photographs of himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1876 or later?]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10339

From W. T. Thiselton Dyer   [1876]

Summary

Cancelled: part of 11847

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10340

To William Robinson   4 January 1876

Summary

Thanks for the copies of the Garden, which contain a drawing of CD and notice of his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Robinson
Date:  4 Jan 1876
Classmark:  Nate D. Sanders (dealer) (28 September 2017, lot 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10346

From J. H. Gilbert   6 January 1876

Summary

Thanks for a copy of Insectivorous Plants.

Author:  Joseph Henry Gilbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1876
Classmark:  Rothamsted Research (GIL13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10346F

From John Murray   6 January [1876]

Summary

At last, Expression is beginning to sell again.

Cooke has not yet decided on number of Variation [2d ed.] to print.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10347

To G. H. Darwin   8 January [1876]

Summary

Asks GHD to calculate average or mean heights of crossed and self-fertilised plant species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  8 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10348

From G. H. Darwin   [after 8 January 1876]

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Summary

Provides CD with a method of obtaining a numerical ratio that expresses the superiority in heights of crossed plants to self-fertilised plants.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 8 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 77: 144–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10349

To William Robinson   10 January [1876?]

Summary

Accepts WR’s offer of copies of the Garden for the next half-year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Robinson
Date:  10 Jan [1876?]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (5 May 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10350

From Charles O’Shaughnessy   10 January 1876

Summary

He has confuted Descent.

Enclosures announce his cures of potato blight, epilepsy, etc.

Author:  Charles O’Shaughnessy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 173: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10351

From W. H. Dallinger   10 January 1876

Summary

Has confirmed CD’s observations on Drosera.

Asks whether CD agrees that it is "no longer a fact" that the bladders of Utricularia vulgaris enable the plant to become lighter for fecundation and heavier when that act is accomplished. Plans to undertake further observations, under very high-powered microscopes, of mechanism of digestion.

Author:  William Henry Dallinger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 162: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10352

From Hermann Hoffmann   10 January 1876

Summary

Bug on Tilia, cited in Variation, was Cimex apterus.

Author:  Karl Heinrich Hermann (Hermann) Hoffmann
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10353

To W. H. Dallinger   [after 10 January 1876]

Summary

CD has read all of WHD’s and J. J. Drysdale’s papers [on spontaneous generation, monads, and the origin of life] and finds them the best work on the subject.

The function of bladders in Utricularia is not to float the plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Dallinger
Date:  [after 10 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI MS CG/u/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10354
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