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From Asa Gray   14 February 1870

Summary

Louis Agassiz’s ill health means AG will not get an answer to CD’s query from him. Suggests CD ask Agassiz’s son, Alexander.

Has no details about the origin of the cat-like behaviour of his dog.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 165: 173
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7105

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From William Swale   16 February [1870?]

Summary

Sends CD some notes on the habits of the "American Blight Bird" in New Zealand.

Author:  William Swale
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb [1870?]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 324
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7109

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From William Thierry Preyer   [before 17 February 1870]

Summary

Notes the differences in haemoglobin between species; this proves, to WP, that natural selection does not act only on morphological development.

Remarks on the differences and similarities in the effects of prussic acid on different groups of animals.

Questions CD on his early education and influences.

Author:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 17 Feb 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 21 (EH 88206073)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7110

Matches: 1 hit

From H. E. Darwin   [after 8 February 1870]

Summary

Responds to note about the MS [Descent] with great interest and promises to obey his instructions. [See 7124.]

Author:  Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  
Classmark:  DAR 245: 33b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7112F

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  • … Darwin, H. E. Litchfield, H. E. Darwin, C. R. …

From Federico Delpino   28 February 1870

Summary

Transformism explains rudimentary organs, and teratology, which are otherwise inexplicable.

Looking forward to publication of Descent

and CD’s expected book on "Variation in nature" [see Variation 1: 4].

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7120

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From Jane Loring Gray   14 February 1870

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Summary

About a dog she supposes was suckled by a cat, since it washes its face with its paws.

Author:  Jane Loring Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 80: 162–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7104

Matches: 1 hit

From William Darwin Fox   15 February [1870]

Summary

Hopes CD is coping with the very hard winter.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7107

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To V. O. Kovalevsky   22 February [1870]

Summary

"I have received a very large box full of beautiful tea from Russia yesterday … my life is as regular & monotonous as a clock.

I make sure, but wofully slow progress, with my new book."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  22 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (17 March 1995); Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (1 October 1953)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13060

Matches: 1 hit

From Berry Benson   9 February 1870

Summary

Compliments Origin.

Sends extract about a waterplant to illustrate CD’s points about the means of dispersal in geographical distribution.

Author:  Berry Benson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 160: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7099

Matches: 1 hit

From G. W. Child   16 February [1870]

Summary

Criticises chapter on good effect of crossing in Variation: (1) does not accept that inbreeding alone results in degeneracy; (2) good effects of crossing exaggerated; (3) denies deleterious effects of close marriage in humans.

Author:  Gilbert William Child
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6617

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To W. D. Fox   18 February [1870]

Summary

Invites WDF to visit.

Describes activities of his children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  18 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  Isle of Wight Record Office (Ac 2008/79)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7113

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To W. T. Preyer   17 February [1870]

Summary

Comments on effects of prussic acid on different individuals of the same species and other physiological research by WP.

Provides information about his studies in Edinburgh and Cambridge and qualifications he had for Beagle voyage. Describes influence of R. E. Grant and J. S. Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Thierry (William) Preyer
Date:  17 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  Ralph Colp Jr (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7112

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To the American Philosophical Society   5 February 1870

Summary

Sends thanks for election to American Philosophical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  secretary of American Philosophical Society
Date:  5 Feb 1870
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.378)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7097

Matches: 1 hit

  • Darwin, C. R. secretary of American Philosophical Society …

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   21 February [1870]

Summary

Has read the notes on Rond [Round] Island which he owes to JDH. What an enigma its flora and fauna present, especially the problem of monocotyledons! Asks JDH’s opinion.

A new book on St Helena confirms CD’s observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 164–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7115

Matches: 1 hit

From Mary Susan Owen   2 February [1870]

Summary

Asks CD to be godfather to her third child [Maud Mostyn Owen].

Author:  Mary Susan Parker; Mary Susan Mostyn Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7094

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Parker, M. S. Mostyn Owen, M. S. Darwin, C. R. …

From M. S. Owen   7 February [1870]

Summary

CD’s goddaughter, Maud, has been christened.

Author:  Mary Susan Parker; Mary Susan Mostyn Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7098

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  • … Parker, M. S. Mostyn Owen, M. S. Darwin, C. R. …

From Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky   20 February [1870]

Summary

Moritz Wagner is going to attack selection theory in his new book on his travels in America [Naturwissenschaftliche Reisen im tropischen Amerika (1870)].

K. G. Semper may attack CD’s theory of coral islands.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7114

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From George P. Bissell   10 February 1870

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Summary

Sends information on the distribution of various species in the U. S.

Author:  George P. Bissell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 261 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7101

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From V. O. Kovalevsky   28 February [1870]

Summary

Describes his brother Alexander’s discovery of male of Bonellia, a striking example of dimorphism. Encloses a plate with notes on his brother’s work.

The difficulty his wife, Sofya Kovalevsky, has had as a woman in being admitted to Berlin University. Kirchow [Gustav Robert Kirchhoff], at Heidelberg, has taken an interest in her.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7121

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