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To Richard Frean   22 February 1863


Glad RF approves of book [Origin].

Impossible in many cases to conjecture how structures acquired.

Comments on degeneration of civilised man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Frean
Date:  22 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 144: 298
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4005

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  • … 3 July [1862] . In his letter to Leonard Darwin of November 1882 (DAR 144: 298), Frean …
  • Leonard Darwin in 1882 for possible inclusion in Francis Darwin’s edition of CD’s letters ( …
  • Leonard Darwin , November 1882, in DAR 144: 298). CD’s interest in the development of mammary glands was stimulated by George Maw’s review of Origin , which, in criticising the theory of natural selection, raised the question: ‘How, for example, could mammiferous nutrition have been perfected by short stages? ’ ( [Maw] 1861 , p.  7596). In attempting to answer this point, CD referred Maw to Jeffries Wyman’s researches on gestation in Batrachians ( Wyman 1859 ), which showed the ‘ possibility of such a transition’ ( Correspondence vol.  9, letter

From W. E. Darwin   23 March 1882


News of Great Western Railway dividend; discussion of Leonard Darwin’s ‘exciting news’.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar 1882
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13734F

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To ?   4 May [1875]


Sends photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 May [1875]
Classmark:  eBay (, accessed 5 June 2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9970

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To C. V. Riley   25 June [1875]


Is staying at a friend’s [T. H. Farrer’s] house for rest until after 6 July, so cannot see CVR at Down.

Hopes he thanked CVR for the last Report [one of CVR’s Annual reports on the noxious, beneficial and other insects of the State of Missouri (1868–76)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Valentine Riley
Date:  25 June [1875]
Classmark:  Empire Autograph Auctions (dealers) (1 January 2008)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10030F

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  • Leonard Darwin , who was returning from the transit of Venus expedition, and apparently met with CD at Abinger (see Riley 1882 , pp. 77, 80). See letter

To ?   22 June [1875–81]


Sends signed photo of himself.

Has published only one paper in Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society, "Parallel roads of Glen Roy" [Collected papers 1: 87–137]. His conclusions have proved erroneous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  22 June [1875-81]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10544

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  • 1882. The enclosure has not been found. The image included with this letter in the Wellcome Library is an wood-engraving from 1883 based on a photograph by Leonard Darwin . …

To Anthony Rich   4 February 1882



Exchanges news on health.

Thanks AR for his worm observations.

George Darwin’s work is attracting attention; he intends to try for Plumian Professorship at Cambridge. Adds other news of George and of CD’s sons Leonard and William.

CD has finished his microscopic work and has only to write up two papers for the Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anthony Rich
Date:  4 Feb 1882
Classmark:  DAR 92: A44–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13659

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  • letter from Emma Darwin to G. H. Darwin, [20 February 1882] (DAR 210.3: 40)). The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica, extending almost thirty miles on the eastern part of the island. Leonard

To Francis Darwin   16 and 17 May 1881


Some papers have arrived for FD.

Comments on the work of Phillipe van Tieghem who evidently knows nothing of insectivorous plants.

Leslie Stephen’s visit to Down went off well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  16 and 17 May 1881
Classmark:  DAR 211: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13159

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  • Darwin and Leonard Darwin is recorded ( Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). Stephen was a founder member of the Sunday Tramps, a society for vigorous rural walking within convenient railway distance from London ( ODNB s.v. Sunday Tramps). They visited Down on 8 January 1882 ( Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). Bernard Darwin was Francis’s son; Francis’s letter

From J. D. Hooker   [8 November 1873]



Has had a week’s cessation of Nepenthes work.

Had to get out a paper for the Linnean Society on Thursday.

Has tried Mimosa albida in hothouse and found it wonderfully sensitive.

A military report from India praises his travel book.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Nov 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 184–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9150

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  • letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 3 November [1873] and n.  5. Hooker’s Himalayan journals ( J.  D.  Hooker 1854 ) was praised in John Cox Gawler’s Sikkim, with hints on mountain and jungle warfare ( Gawler 1873 , p.  3). Leonard Darwin was in Royal Engineers. Gawler was keeper of the crown jewels until his death in 1882. …