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To Asa Gray   28 January 1876

Summary

Thanks for reviews of Insectivorous plants and of Climbing plants in Nation and American Journal Science [see 10329].

AG’s essay on seed dispersal ["Burs in the borage family", Am. Nat. 10 (1876): 1–4].

Preparing book on advantages of crossing [Cross and self-fertilisation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  28 Jan 1876
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10370

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From W. H. Dallinger   10 January 1876

Summary

Has confirmed CD’s observations on Drosera.

Asks whether CD agrees that it is "no longer a fact" that the bladders of Utricularia vulgaris enable the plant to become lighter for fecundation and heavier when that act is accomplished. Plans to undertake further observations, under very high-powered microscopes, of mechanism of digestion.

Author:  William Henry Dallinger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 162: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10352

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From T. B. Blow   15 January 1876

Summary

Reports on the tendency of the normally fruitless Convolvulus arvensis, to form fruit when roots are cut and plant is in danger of dying.

Author:  Thomas Bates Blow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 160: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10359

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From M. T. Masters   24 January 1876

Summary

He is surveying the literature on the struggle for existence among pasture plants. Asks CD for the "many cases on record" of changed relations among plants under slightly changed conditions alluded to in the Origin. [See M. T. Masters, J. B. Lawes and J. M. Gilbert "Agricultural, botanical, and chemical results of experiments on the mixed herbage of permanent meadow, conducted for more than twenty years in succession on the same land (pt 2, The botanical results)", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 173 (1883): 1181–413.]

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10366

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From H. B. Smyth   15 January 1876

Summary

Reports an observation on his child’s behaviour;

claims to have captured two moths of different species in the act of copulating with each other.

Author:  Henry Beardmore Smyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 177: 204
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10360

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To Karl von Scherzer   24 January [1876]

Summary

Thanks for KHvS’s book [La province de Smyrne (1873)].

Discusses possible meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl von Scherzer
Date:  24 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 38))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10364

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To J. D. Hooker   29 January 1876

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Summary

Promises to vote for Lankester.

Acknowledges faults of R. L. Tait’s paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 95: 403
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10374

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From Ernst Haeckel   13 January 1876

Summary

Sends copy of Arabische Korallen [1876].

Comments on reception of his paper on "Gastrula" [see 10012].

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10356

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To Francis Galton   13 January [1876]

Summary

Thanks FG for his report [on the statistical validity of CD’s experiments; see Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 16–18]. Discusses FG’s comments, his own experiments, and the means by which the results may be analysed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  13 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10357

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From John Murray   6 January [1876]

Summary

At last, Expression is beginning to sell again.

Cooke has not yet decided on number of Variation [2d ed.] to print.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10347

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To W. H. Dallinger   [after 10 January 1876]

Summary

CD has read all of WHD’s and J. J. Drysdale’s papers [on spontaneous generation, monads, and the origin of life] and finds them the best work on the subject.

The function of bladders in Utricularia is not to float the plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Dallinger
Date:  [after 10 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI MS CG/u/3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10354

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From J. D. Hooker   28 January 1876

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Summary

Asks CD to come up to vote for Lankester.

Severely critical of R. L. Tait’s paper on Nepenthes communicated to the Royal Society.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 104: 51–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10371

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From Charles O’Shaughnessy   10 January 1876

Summary

He has confuted Descent.

Enclosures announce his cures of potato blight, epilepsy, etc.

Author:  Charles O’Shaughnessy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 173: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10351

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From Ernst Haeckel   31 January and 1 February 1876

Summary

Thanks CD for comments on Arabische Korallen [1876].

Comments on Monoenia darwinii [?] as a primitive sponge.

Discusses criticisms of CD’s theory by K. E. von Baer ["Über Darwin’s Lehre", in Reden 2 (1876): 235–480].

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan and 1 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 166: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10375

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From A. S. von Mansfelde   17 January 1876

Summary

Proposes an unorthodox theory of generation that explains sex determination and atavism.

Author:  Alexander Siedschlag von Mansfelde
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 180: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10361

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