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To H. E. Darwin   [March] 1870

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Responds to her suggested corrections [of Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Date:  [Mar] 1870
Classmark:  DAR 185: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7123

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

From F. C. Donders   17 May 1870

Summary

The illness and death of his daughter have delayed his answers to CD’s queries. He has, however, worked on the circulation of the eye and has almost finished a paper on it, which he will send to CD. In general, the views of Charles Bell are confirmed.

As for CD’s second query, he doubts that the relationship exists, but will answer fully in next letter.

Author:  Frans Cornelis (Franciscus Cornelius) Donders
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7141

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To Charles Boner   [before 8 January 1870]

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Has received [read?] CB’s two works [Chamois hunting in the mountains of Bavaria (2d ed., 1860) and Forest creatures (1871)] and has made use of them in his present book [Descent].

CB’s descriptions of the Tyrol make CD long to be "strong and young again to ramble over the mountains".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Boner
Date:  [before 8 Jan 1870]
Classmark:  Kettle ed. 1871, p. 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7073

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From Charles Boner   8 January 1870

Summary

Is glad CD liked Chamois hunting [in Bavaria (1853, 1860)].

Regrets CD’s poor health.

Sends his book, Transylvania [1865].

Author:  Charles Boner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 160: 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7074

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From Anton Dohrn   13 January 1870

Summary

Thanks CD for his support and for his cautionary advice.

Will send his work on embryology of arthropods as soon as it is finished [Bau und Entwicklung der Arthropoden (1870)].

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7076

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From Albert Günther   [after 13 January 1870]

Summary

Is glad CD likes the proofs; looks forward to the appearance of his work.

Author:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 13 Jan 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 244
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7078

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From Alfred Newton   11 February 1870

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Is glad to hear that CD is pleased with AN’s notice of his work on pigeons.

He will not soon forget the pleasure of his visit to Down.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 172: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7103

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From Asa Gray   27 February and 1 March 1870

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Forwards part of a note [by Mrs L. Agassiz] asking AG to tell CD that Agassiz has never been able to secure one of the fishes sitting on eggs.

In P.S., AG adds, "Agassiz evidently regrets having abused you in former times."

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb & 1 Mar 1870
Classmark:  DAR 82: B80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7119

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From Francis Galton   15 March 1870

Summary

Interim report on the experiments with rabbits [to test Pangenesis].

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1870
Classmark:  DAR 105: 5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7133

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From James Orton   31 March 1870

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JO found fossil shells in the Amazon Valley, which discredits Agassiz’s claim of a glacial origin.

Would like Huxley’s opinion of the fossil horse’s tooth from Quito.

Author:  James Orton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1870
Classmark:  DAR 173: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7157

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From Francis Galton   8 April 1870

Summary

The mark he had thought a variation is not, and he thinks his infusion still too small even when the blood is defibrinised.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 105: A13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7161

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From George Rolleston   20 April 1870

Summary

Asks CD to look at the "special phylogonies" on pp. 138 and 152 of his book [Forms of animal life (1870)]. His comments are based on reading Haeckel, who is highly speculative and quite wrong.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7168

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From Adam Sedgwick   30 May 1870

Summary

Writes of CD’s recent visit to Cambridge and the joy it gave him.

Author:  Adam Sedgwick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1870
Classmark:  DAR 177: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7209

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From Friedrich Hildebrand   16 July 1870

Summary

Sends CD some seeds.

Has been experimenting with Oxalis crosses.

Author:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 166: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7278

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To John Lubbock   21 July [1870]

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Thanks JL for his book [Origin of civilization (1870)], which he has read with "extreme interest". Wishes JL had published four or five months earlier as CD would have "so profited & saved so much work". CD will have to modify some of what he has written [in Descent]. Sees they differ a good deal about moral sense "but hardly two men ever do agree on this perplexing subject".

JL’s note of the 16th [see 7277] about the Census arrived too late for CD to answer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  21 July [1870]
Classmark:  Dr N. Hammond (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7286

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To Asa Gray   7 December 1870

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Believes AG’s cases of incipient dimorphism are due to mere variability. Has found examples in Nolana and Amsinckia; believes such variation is the basis for the development of dimorphism. Was unaware of variations in Phlox.

Sensitivity of Drosera and Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  7 Dec 1870
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7388

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To H. H. Vivian   11 May [1870]

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Thanks for HHV’s interest in the census [CD’s plan to add questions on consanguineous marriage to the census] on which CD hopes to persuade Sir J. Lubbock to speak.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hussey Vivian
Date:  11 May [1870]
Classmark:  Invercargill City Libraries and Archives (Alex Robertson Collection, vol. 12: A0444 S12450012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7183

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  • Darwin, C. R. Vivian, H. H. …
  • r Vivian I feel greatly obliged to you for the kind interest which you have shewn on the subject of the census, which interests me greatly. I have no doubt that your personal communication with Mr Bruce will have far more influence than any memorial or any thing that I c d do. With my sincere thanks I beg leave to remain | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

From John Jenner Weir   17 March 1870

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Describes the unusual appearance of a horse whose mother had previously borne a foal by a quagga. The effect of one mating on the subsequent pregnancy of another mating is explained by JJW using Pangenesis.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1870
Classmark:  DAR 181: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7137

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  • … Weir, J. J. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … Yours very faithfully | J Jenner Weir C Darwin Esq r . 2.1 Sir … it. — 3.2] crossed pencil …

To Alfred Newton   9 February [1870]

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Was gratified "beyond measure" by AN’s comments on his pigeon chapter [in Variation] in the [Zoological] Record [5 (1868): 94–6]. AN is the first man capable of forming a judgment who seems to have thought anything of this part.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  9 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7100

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To James Orton   24 February [1870]

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Thanks JO for his The Andes and the Amazon.

Is sorry he has failed to get any information on the horse’s tooth.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Orton
Date:  24 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7116

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