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From Mary Congreve 27 October [1821]

Summary

Writes about London plays; wishes CD had been of the party.

Author:  Mary Congreve
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Oct [1821]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1

From E. A. Darwin [17 January 1825]

Summary

Proposes a dry place for the apparatus for their laboratory and draws a plan for CD’s criticism.

Price has found black sediment in his tea, which was attracted to a magnet.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Jan 1825]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10

To W. D. Fox   [11 May 1831]

Summary

CD’s father has given him £200 to settle his debts.

He is delighted by a magnificent anonymous gift of a microscope.

Sees a good deal of the Henslows who are expecting a child soon.

CD still talks of the "Canary scheme"; he is learning Spanish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [11 May 1831]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-100

To Annals and Magazine of Natural History   [December 1846]

Summary

Discusses enclosed MS of CD’s review [of G. R. Waterhouse, A natural history of the Mammalia, vol. 1 (1846); Collected papers 1: 214–17].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist.
Date:  [Dec 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1000

To William Marshall   29 May 1875

Summary

Comments on WM’s paper about ostrich feathers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Adolf Ludwig (William) Marshall
Date:  29 May 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (469)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10000

From R. F. Cooke   29 May 1875

Summary

Asks whether enclosure [missing] has the correct title of Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 454
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10001

To Edward Frankland   29 May [1875–81]

Summary

Hearty thanks for the two bottles of pure water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  29 May 1875 or 29 May 1876 or 29 May 1877 or 29 May 1878 or 29 May 1879 or 29 May 1880 or 29 May 1881
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10001A

To Asa Gray   30 May [1875]

Summary

Wants seeds of Nesaea verticillata for crossing experiments to see whether seedlings from "illegitimate unions" are sterile like true hybrids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  30 May [1875]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (121)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10002

To C. V. Riley   30 May 1875

Summary

Thanks for the seventh of CVR’s Annual reports on the noxious, beneficial and other insects in the state of Missouri (Riley 1869–77).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Valentine Riley
Date:  30 May 1875
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (August 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10002F

From Anton Dohrn   31 May 1875

Summary

AD is aware of revolutionary character of his pamphlet [Ursprung der Wirbelthiere]. Authorities will not agree with him. Carl Gegenbaur and Ernst Haeckel are opposed. Younger biologists are disposed to accept his views. All he can expect is to put a stop to "the Amphioxus–Ascidian affair, and to open a road for speculation and for investigation on the side of the Annelid-homology".

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10003

To Linnean Society   1 January [1875]

Summary

Asks permission to republish his climbing plants paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1867): 1–118] in a corrected form [Climbing plants].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Linnean Society
Date:  1 Jan [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10004

From Francis Galton   2 June 1875

Summary

Interested to hear about the peas.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10005

From William Marshall   2 June 1875

Summary

Discusses feather as case of evolutionary atavism.

Will soon publish on siliceous sponges

and the skin of caterpillars.

Author:  William Adolf Ludwig (William) Marshall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10006

From Lawson Tait   2 June [1875]

Summary

Paralysis of the nervous system of Dionaea. Uses of tails of mice.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10007

From Francis Darwin   [after 3 June 1875]

Summary

Returns corrected proofs [of Insectivorous plants].

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 3 June 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10007F

To A. E. J. Modderman 3 June 1875

Summary

Thanks for the diploma conferring on him an honorary doctorate of medicine from Leiden University.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Antony Ewoud Jan Modderman
Date:  3 June 1875
Classmark:  Leiden University Libraries (shelfmark ASF inv.nr. 327 document 86)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10007G

From Otto Zacharias   3 June 1875

Summary

Intends to set up a biological periodical called “Darwinia” to spread and popularise Darwin’s theories; hopes CD may contribute a few words to the opening issue.

Author:  Otto Zacharias
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 184: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10008

To Lawson Tait   4 June [1875]

Summary

CD’s observations on the power of movement and transmission of motor impulses in plants. If RLT succeeds with the tails of mice, it will be "a beautiful little discovery"; CD will enjoy it the more "because some German sneered at natural selection and instanced the tail of the mouse" [see 10013].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  4 June [1875]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Library DC AL 1/19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10009

To W. B. Carpenter  [October–December 1846]

Summary

Asks for address of the artist who drew the sections exhibited by WBC at BAAS meeting in September. CD needs drawings of minute corallines, Articulata, and Mollusca.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  [Oct–Dec 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (B/D25.347)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1001

From T. H. Huxley   5 June 1875

Summary

Playfair "disgusted at our pronunciamentos against the Bill". Burdon Sanderson and William Sharpey agreed to it. THH feels he must serve on Vivisection Commission.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10010
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