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From Lyon Playfair   29 April 1875

Summary

Supports the Vivisection Bill, with a more humanitarian preamble. Working to get it through the House of Lords.

Author:  Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9956

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  • … 28 April (see letter from J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 30 April [1875] ). Edward Cardwell ( …

To A. G. Dew-Smith   19 October [1873]

Summary

Sends Dionaea plant for experiment involving temperature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert George Dew-Smith
Date:  19 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9101

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  • … asked Burdon Sanderson to investigate changes in temperature in the plant ( letter to J.   …

From Lyon Playfair   27 May 1875

Summary

The Vivisection Bill was defeated because it was repudiated by one of its own fathers: J. S. Burdon Sanderson.

Author:  Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair of St Andrews
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9996

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  • … was defeated because it was repudiated by one of its own fathers: J. S. Burdon Sanderson. …

From T. H. Huxley   19 May 1875

Summary

Lyon Playfair’s bill [on vivisection] is unacceptable to all teachers of physiology. It prohibits dissections for demonstrations to students. He will have to repudiate it. Asks CD’s advice.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 166: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9985

Matches: 1 hit

  • … John Scott Burdon Sanderson had seen Playfair’s bill (see letter from J.  S.  Burdon …

To G. J. Romanes   [4 November 1875]

Summary

Mentions his appearance before Vivisection Commission.

Discusses his plans for planting and observing the carrots sent by GJR.

Mentions views of J. S. Burdon Sanderson on graft-hybrids.

Comments on GJR’s paper ["Instinct and acquisition", Nature 12 (1875): 553–4].

[Letter incorrectly dated "Thursday 8th" by CD.] [!? shd be note not synopsis]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [4 Nov 1875]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.478)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10239

Matches: 2 hits

  • … sent by GJR. Mentions views of J. S. Burdon Sanderson on graft-hybrids. Comments on GJR’s …
  • Burdon Sanderson. On Romanes’s work on the nervous system of medusae, see the letter to G. J. …

To Edward Frankland   12 July 1873

Summary

Seeks the assistance of a professional chemist in securing a qualitative analysis of the fluid secreted by the glands of Drosera which have the power of dissolving animal matter out of the bodies of insects. [See 8979.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  12 July 1873
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8977A

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  • … 1873; John Scott Burdon Sanderson visited on 4 July 1873 ( letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 28  …

From J. D. Hooker   [after 4 September 1874]

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Summary

Forwards a letter reporting on a blow-fly trapped by a leaf of Dionaea; decomposition of fly has also decomposed the leaf. JDH has written asking for a strong plant, and explaining the case [of surfeit].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 222–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9615

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  • … bladderwort). See letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 21 August [1874] and n.  5, and …

From J. D. Hooker   [23 September 1873]

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Summary

Thanks for C. E. Norton’s address.

Tyndall’s answer [Nature 8 (1873): 399] has surprised and disappointed him;

great trouble in announcing Tyndall’s election as President Elect [of BAAS] yesterday. Tyndall may throw up the Presidency. Spottiswoode and JDH have concocted a letter telling him the facts.

A very poor dull meeting. Comments on papers by W. C. Williamson, Clerk Maxwell, David Ferrier, Burdon Sanderson [Rep. BAAS 43: lxx–xci, 23–32,126–7, 131–3].

Has heard Huxley is back quite well.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 173–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9063

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  • … Dionæa muscipula ’ (Burdon Sanderson 1873a; see letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 19 September [ …

From T. L. Brunton   2 December 1873

Summary

Offers to experiment on the digestibility of chondrin and chlorophyll by Dionaea for CD.

Has noticed that painters depicting complex expressions give different expressions to the two sides of the face.

Author:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9167

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  • … and chondrin (see letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 19 November [1873] ). Chondrin is a …

From Thomas Allen   29 April 1875

Summary

Encloses extract which suggests that CD and friends oppose any restriction on vivisection; asks CD to state his principles. Another bill is being sketched for Cruelty Society.

Author:  Thomas Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 159: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9954

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  • … to Parliament (see letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 24 [April 1875] ). Another bill was …

From Francis Darwin   [30 September 1873]

Summary

He is travelling overnight by train from London to Pantlludw and will wake A. R. Ruck with a morningade on his flute.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [30 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8942F

Matches: 2 hits

  • … this letter and the letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 1 October [1873] , which mentions …
  • … with plants (see letters to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 15 August 1873  and 9 September [ …

To Edward Frankland   21 September [1873]

Summary

Although CD’s experiments with pepsin were unsuccessful, he observed that the glands [of Drosera] as far as acid is concerned act just as the stomach of a mammal. Further experiments detailed. The secretion must contain something analogous to pepsin. [See 9062.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  21 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9061A

Matches: 2 hits

  • … quantities of mucin (see letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 14 September [1873] and n.   …
  • … his experiments (see letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 14 September [1873] and nn.  5  …

To J. D. Hooker   28 June 1873

Summary

Thanks for Dionaea.

George Bentham’s last Linnean Society [Presidential] Address [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1873): viii–xxix]. Admires it greatly.

CD’s recent work leads him to a different theory [from GB’s] on the separation of the sexes of plants.

Huxley has been at Down working with CD on Drosera – very helpful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 263–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8956

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  • … s work on Drosera (sundew), see the letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 26 June [1873] . …

To G. H. Darwin   27–8 February [1881]

Summary

Describes lecture at Royal Institution by J. S. Burdon Sanderson on movement of plants and animals; JSBS’s preliminary part was so long that he never got to the plants.

Comments on the triumph of the ladies in the voting at Cambridge.

Mentions F. Galton’s visit to Down, a call on the Huxleys, and a visit with the Duke of Argyll.

Tells a story about the absent-mindedness of Burdon Sanderson.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27–8 Feb [1881]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13068

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  • … lecture at Royal Institution by J. S. Burdon Sanderson on movement of plants and animals; …

To Edward Frankland   12 April 1874

Summary

Finding that the leaves of Drosera digest all the phosphate of lime out of bones and then remain clasped over the bones for a long time, CD wants to determine whether it is the phosphate of lime or the animal matter in the bones that keeps them clasped. He asks EF to send 2 or 3 grams of pure phosphate of lime for his testing. [See 9411.] Will experiment in the summer using EF’s suggestion that leaves might serve to test weak sewage. Results of Sanderson’s experiments with acids of great use.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  12 Apr 1874
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9405A

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  21, letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 15 November [1873] and n.   …

To the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals   3 May 1875

Summary

Regrets he cannot attend proposed meeting [on vivisection]. Hopes legislation may be passed limiting vivisection while not interfering with the progress of physiology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Date:  3 May 1875
Classmark:  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles (dealers) (November 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9959

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  • … bill regulating vivisection (see letter from J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 30 April [1875] ). …

To J. D. Hooker   30 August [1874]

Summary

Thanks JDH for his "quite admirable" address [Rep. BAAS 44 (1874) pt 2: 102–16]. Suggests revisions.

CD thinks he is "now on right track about Utricularia" after wasting several weeks "in fruitless trials and observations".

Mrs Barber’s paper is very curious and ought to be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/6/3 Insectivorous plants 1873–8: 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9613

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  • … Scott Burdon Sandersons experiments on Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap; J.  D.  Hooker  …

From J. H. Gilbert   31 December 1875

Summary

Discusses fairy rings.

Author:  Joseph Henry Gilbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Rothamsted Research (GIL13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10331F

Matches: 1 hit

  • … July 1875 , and the letter to J. S. Burdon-Sanderson, 16 July 1875. Gilbert collaborated …

To J. D. Hooker   19 September [1873]

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Obliged for information on Mimosa albida; if a vigorous plant behaves as JDH says, CD’s notions are all knocked on the head.

Anxious to read Tyndall’s answer to Tait [Nature 8 (1873): 399].

Drosera story too long for his strength. Essentially the leaves act just like stomach of an animal.

Burdon Sanderson will give some grand facts at BAAS about Dionaea.

Offers to help JDH with Nepenthes experiments. Finds experimental work always takes twice as much time as anticipated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 277–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9059

Matches: 2 hits

  • … of Drosera (sundew) in the letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 27 August 1873 . John Scott …
  • Burdon Sanderson 1873a) at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting held at Bradford from 17 to 24 September 1873. Hooker intended to experiment on Nepenthes , the tropical pitcher-plant, in the same way that CD had experimented on the carnivorous plants Drosera and Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap) (see letter from J.   …

To T. L. Brunton   4 March 1874

Summary

On digestive powers of Drosera and those of higher animals.

Comments on expression on two halves of human face.

Responds to TLB’s views of serpent- and fire-worship.

Poison of venomous snakes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9334

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  21, letter J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 19 November [1873]); the results …
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