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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

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  • … 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   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

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

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

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