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To W. D. Fox   4 June [1856]

Summary

Thanks WDF for specimen of Dorking cock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 June [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1887

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   4 June [1856] …
  • … Dated by the relationship to letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 [June 1856] . …

To W. D. Fox   20 October [1856]

Summary

Has taken birds with seeds in crops to Zoological Society and fed them to eagles and owls. Pellets with seeds in perfect condition were "thrown up" in 18 and 16 hours, showing an effective means of distribution.

Asks WDF to write to his nephew in Jamaica to try experiments with floating lizards’ and snakes’ eggs in sea-water, to see if they survive.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  20 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 99)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1978

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   20 October [1856] …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  5, letters to W.  D. Fox, 17 May [1855] and 23 May [1855] . …
  • … Darwin being 11 years old. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] . Emma Darwin was …
  • … the Clapham Grammar School. See also letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] . James …
  • w d . think the experiment too foolish. My dear old friend, no one can more sincerely wish for your recovery than I do. — With our very kind remembrances to M rs . Fox | …
  • Fox’s at Christ’s College, Cambridge, 1825–33 ( Alum. Cantab . ). See letter to J.  D. Hooker, [19 October 1856] . The description of the experiment with owls’ pellets is given in CD’s Experimental book, p.  15 (DAR 157a): ‘Oct 19 th Planted pellet from Snowy owl, charged with seeds. planted pellet whole— 16 1 4 in stomach. Such seeds w d

To W. D. Fox   14 June [1856]

Summary

Does not intend to work systematically on cats. Their origin is in doubt and they have been crossed too many ways.

It would be valuable to know whether half-bred ducks are fertile inter se or with a third breed. Is investigating this with pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 June [1856]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 98)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1901

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   14 June [1856] …
  • … 26 November [1856]. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 [June 1856] . CD’s Address book (Down …
  • … See letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 [June 1856] . CD cited Fox on cats in Variation 2: 329. ‘I …
  • Fox Very many thanks for the capital information on Cats; I see I had blundered greatly, but I know I have somewhere your original notes; but my notes are so numerous during 19 years collection that it w d . …

From W. D. Fox   8 March [1856]

Summary

Is trying to procure some cocks for CD.

Believes Scotch deerhounds are mongrels.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1646

Matches: 4 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D. Fox   8 March [1856] …
  • … Wedgwood & Believe me always Yours affec ly W D.  Fox. crossed brown crayon scored brown …
  • … by its relationship to the letter to W.  D. Fox, 15 March [1856] . Windham W.  Hornby of …

From W. D. Fox   19 December [1856]

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Summary

Informs CD that in his experience with peas he has never found the seed to deteriorate.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 77: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11799

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   19 December [1856] …

To W. D. Fox   15 March [1856]

Summary

Believes WDF’s case of mongrel Scotch deerhound is very valuable for him.

Mentions his work on pigeons and chickens.

Fears sometimes he will break down: "My subject gets bigger and bigger".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  15 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 97)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1843

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   15 March [1856] …
  • … See letter from W.  D. Fox, 8 March [1856] , in which Fox related his view that the …
  • … Gentleman’s Companion . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 March [1856] and n.  7. CD’s series of …

To W. D. Fox   8 [June 1856]

Summary

The responses to his queries on domestic variations are coming in from all over; believes he will make an interesting collection. At present concerned with rabbits and ducks.

Has told Lyell of his views on species and CL urges CD to publish a preliminary essay. Has begun to work on it, with fear and trembling at its inadequacies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  8 [June 1856]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1895

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   8 [June 1856] …
  • … CD’s letter to W.  D. Fox, 4 June [1856] , was forwarded to Fox at Harrogate, where he had …
  • … That “I have been assured by the Rev. W.  D. Fox that he has never seen or heard of a …

To William Darwin Fox   3 January [1856]

Summary

Thanks WDF for his help and reports on progress in "the Cock and Hen line of business". Has written to every quarter of the world for skins of poultry and pigeons.

As for seeds, Hooker and Bentham obstinately refuse to believe they can live even a few years in the ground.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  3 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 86)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1815

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … vol.  5, especially letters to W.  D. Fox, 23 May [1855] and 22 August [1855] . Either …
  • … then send it on to Fox (see Correspondence vol.  4, letter to W.  D. Fox, 4 September [ …
  • … Correspondence vol.  1, letter from W.  D. Fox, 1 November 1834 ). His account of seeds …
  • Fox Thanks for your letter: I had your name on my list to write to soon to tell you how I got on in the Cock & Hen line of business. I have got nothing but promises as yet, & there are few or none like you, who do what they promise, though I fully believe they intend at the moment to do so. I sh d . be very glad of old & good Cochin, Dorking & Malay Call Drake; though I think it possible that I may get Cochin elsewhere; if I succeed I will instantly write to you. — Indeed almost any cock w d

To W. D. Fox   3 October [1856]

Summary

Finds his grief over his daughter Anne’s death still strong.

Is following Lyell’s advice about publishing his species doctrine. It is not to be a sketch, however, but as perfect as his 19 years of work will allow. His work on pigeons has been invaluable on many points. "No subject gives me so much trouble as means of dispersal of terrestrial production in the oceanic islands."

Finds "most remarkable differences" in skeletons of rabbits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  3 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 100)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1967

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   3 October [1856] …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   11 May [1856]

Summary

Thanks WBT for help with pigeons and poultry.

Will probably be away at the time of Anerley show.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  11 May [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1873

Matches: 2 hits

  • … see Correspondence vol.  5, letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 July [1855] ). The 1856 show was the …
  • … Darwin’s poor health (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 June [1856] ), so CD was able to attend …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   24 June [1856]

Summary

Now has 89 pigeons. The laughing pigeons are safe at Down. Can WBT spare a pair of Mr Gulliver’s runts?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  24 June [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1909

Matches: 1 hit

  • … B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856] . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 January [1856], n.  4. …

To ?   9 October [1856]

Summary

Thanks for offer of Helix for experiment. Asks for assistance. Mentions failure of his own experiment involving Helix pomatia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1972

Matches: 1 hit

  • … eggs of land molluscs (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] ). His experiments on …

To Miss Holland   [May 1856]

Summary

An entomologist who has been staying with CD [T. V. Wollaston] says the pupa she sent would turn into a lackey moth.

Adds that the great destruction of birds in the winter preceding the last is probable cause of survival of caterpillars and resulting numerous cocoons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miss Holland
Date:  [May 1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1861

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  5, letter to W.  D. Fox, 19 March [1855] and n.  7). CD refers to …

To John Thompson   26 November [1856]

Summary

Thanks for promise of rabbit carcase and for information about rabbit at Zoological Society’s Garden.

Requests correspondent to ask Mr Vivian for carcase of an old "Creve-coeur" cock. CD has found that the skull in this breed is modified to support its comb.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Thompson
Date:  26 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 4251: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2001

Matches: 1 hit

  • … by the relationship to the letter to W.  D. Fox, 14 June [1856] , in which CD refers to …

To William Yarrell   6 [February 1856]

Summary

"The Pigeons are all quite well".

Sends thanks to Mrs Cotton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Yarrell
Date:  6 [Feb 1856]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1829

Matches: 1 hit

  • … See Correspondence vol.  5, letters to W.  D. Fox, 19 March [1855] and 27 March [1855] . …

To Samuel Birch   [12 March 1856]

Summary

Arranges an appointment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Birch
Date:  [12 Mar 1856]
Classmark:  British Museum (Department of the Middle East, correspondence 1826–67: 1489)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1841A

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 10 and 14 March 1856 (see the letter to W.  D. Fox, 15 March [1856] ) staying with his …

To John Edward Gray   14 January [1856]

Summary

Requests that JEG secure the assistance of Samuel Birch in regard to information about varieties of domesticated animals and plants in China. Encloses memorandum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  14 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  British Museum (Department of the Middle East, correspondence 1826–67: 1490, 1488)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1820A

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 1856] and [12 March 1856] , and to W.  D. Fox, 15 March [1856]. In both Origin and …

To John Maurice Herbert   2 January [1856]

Summary

Thanks JMH for book of poems.

Recalls early days together. He cannot visit due to health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  2 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.121)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1814

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  1, letter to W.  D. Fox, [30 June 1828] , and Appendix I). Herbert’s …

To Charles Lyell   10 November [1856]

Summary

Illnesses of Mrs Horner and Emma Darwin.

Death of Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood.

Mentions work on his "Big Book" [Natural selection].

Remarks on J. A. H. de Bosquet’s discovery of a Chthamalus in the Chalk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  10 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.140)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1984

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in an accident in September (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 October [1856] ). Lyell had been …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   14 January [1856]

Summary

Is attempting to get skins of poultry from all quarters of the world. Wants to inspect poultry collections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  14 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1820

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Robert Pulleine and John Baily (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 January [1856] and n.  5). See …
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