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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

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  • … 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 . …

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

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  • … 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] …
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