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From W. D. Fox   11 June [1858]

Summary

Discusses instinct in ducks and turkeys.

Reports a case of the inheritance of an acquired characteristic in a pig.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7815

Matches: 7 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … possibly abt 5 or 6 th . Ever yours W D Fox crossed pencil 3.0 (of the same Parents)] …
  • … From W.  D. Fox   11 June [1858] …
  • … Dated by the relationship to the letter to W.  D. Fox, 27 [June 1858] . Lane 1857. CD …
  • … had sent Fox a copy earlier in the year. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 May [1858] . …
  • Fox intended to frighten the turkey chicks with a paper kite. See letters to W.  D. …
  • … seat of F.  S. Darwin. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] and n.  9. The final …

To W. D. Fox   8 May [1858]

Summary

Will be most curious to hear results of WDF’s experiment with a kite and turkey chicks "by themselves".

If WDF ever sees a striped dun horse, he should ascertain colour of dam and sire.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  8 May [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 113)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2270

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   8 May [1858] …
  • … gold-crest) and giving Fox as the source. See letters to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] , …
  • … 22 February [1858] , and 28 February [1858] . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 16 April [1858] . …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  4, letters to W.  D. Fox, 6 February [1849] and 7 [July 1849]). …

To William Darwin Fox   14 January [1858]

Summary

Asks to borrow W. C. Hewitson’s book [British oology, 2 vols. (1831–44)].

CD is searching for reliable information on slight variations in the degree of perfection of nests of the same species of birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 108)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2202

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … this particular example. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] . Fox had long been …
  • … in nidification (see Correspondence vol.  1, letter from W.  D. Fox, 30 June 1832 ). …
  • … 1858. Hewitson 1831–44 . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] . Leroy 1802 , pp.   …

To W. D. Fox   28 February [1858]

Summary

WDF’s nephew has forgotten to mention the most important element, whether the lizards’ eggs floated and stayed alive on sea-water.

Thanks for facts about turkeys and terrier [see Natural selection, p. 481 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  28 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2229

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   28 February [1858] …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D. Fox, 20 October [1856] . Westwood 1855 . …
  • … Stainton 1857–9. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 22 February [1858] . CD cited Fox on the …
  • Fox I return you with thanks your nephew’s letter: he has forgotten to mention one most important element, viz whether the eggs floated; if you have any communication with him I particularly wish you w d . …

To W. D. Fox   22 February [1858]

Summary

Thanks for Hewitson [British oology].

Has found more variability in birds’ nests than he expected.

Interested in WDF’s note about turkey terrified by a frog [see Natural selection, p. 488 n.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  22 Feb [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2219

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   22 February [1858] …
  • … Hewitson 1831–44 . See letters to W.  D. Fox, 14 January [1858] and 31 January [1858]. …
  • … young turkeys and chickens (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858] ). CD used Fox’s …

To W. D. Fox   27 [June 1858]

Summary

Profoundly sorry for Lane.

Thanks WDF for facts about call ducks, pigs, and Leicester sheep.

Has been observing and experimenting on the construction of bees’ cells. Thinks he has a theory which simplifies the problem.

Scarlet fever in family; nurse ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  27 [June 1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2296

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   27 [June 1858] …
  • … See letter to W.  D. Fox, 24 June [1858] . CD’s impression of Edward Wickstead Lane had …
  • … Correspondence vol.  6, letters to W.  D. Fox, [30 April 1857] and 30 October [1857] ). He …
  • … the instincts of animals (letters to W.  D. Fox, 14 January [1858] and 31 January [1858]). …
  • … bred for its white wool. See letters to W.  D. Fox, 22 February [1858] and 28 February [ …

To W. D. Fox   2 July [1858]

Summary

Baby [Charles Waring Darwin] died of scarlet fever on 28 June. "Fear has almost driven away grief."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  2 July [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 116)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2300

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   2 July [1858] …
  • … Correspondence vol.  5, letters to W.  D. Fox, 17 July [1853] , and 29 [July 1853] ). …

To W. D. Fox   16 April [1858]

Summary

Asks WDF for facts about stripes in horses and ponies.

Health has been very bad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  16 Apr [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 112a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2256

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   16 April [1858] …
  • … a copy of Hewitson 1831–44  from Fox (see letters to W.  D. Fox, 14 January [1858], 31  …

To W. D. Fox   6 July [1858]

Summary

The crisis is abating – no further scarlet fever in the family.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 July [1858]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2304

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   6 July [1858] …
  • … illness in the house (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 2 July [1858] ) and by the broad mourning …

To W. D. Fox   21 [July 1858]

Summary

After all, CD is now beginning to prepare an abstract of his species theory. Recounts the events leading to joint paper with A. R. Wallace at Linnean Society. Lyell and Hooker urge strongly that he publish a fuller abstract. It is impossible to do justice to subject in an abstract.

His sister, Marianne Parker, has died.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  21 [July 1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2312

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   21 [July 1858] …
  • … of his hydropathic establishment at Moor Park. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 24 June [1858] . …
  • W. 21 st My dear Fox As you said you would like to hear how we were going on, I write to say thatwe are all very fairly well, & after some house-hunting are settled here till next Tuesday when we go to Norfolk House Shanklin, where there is a single row of Houses on the Beach. This place has evidently sprung up like a mushroom; & there are three hotels & many villas. Years ago you took me across the isl d . & …

To W. D. Fox   13 November [1858]

Summary

Has suggested WDF’s name to Hooker and Henslow, who are sending a circular for aid to John Ralfs.

Is working steadily at his abstract, hopes to publish in spring.

Asks if WDF has seen a donkey with double shoulder stripe; also, has he seen a black greyhound with tan feet and a tan spot over each eye? "Such must exist because theory tells me it ought!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  13 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2360

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   13 November [1858] …
  • … in 1859 ( Darwin pedigree ). See letter to W.  D. Fox, 8 May [1858] . See letter to J.  S. …

To W. D. Fox   24 June [1858]

Summary

Gives his opinion of the charges against E. W. Lane.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 June [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 114)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2293

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   24 June [1858] …

To W. D. Fox   31 January [1858]

Summary

Thanks WDF for information on blackbirds’ nests [see Natural selection, p. 505].

Problem of choosing from among the load of curious facts for chapter on "Instinct" [Natural selection, ch. 10; Origin, ch. 7] perplexes him.

Asks about behaviour of chicks in danger and whether crossed animals are wilder than either parent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  31 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2208

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   31 January [1858] …
  • … See letter to W.  D. Fox, 14 January [1858], in which CD asked to borrow Hewitson 1831– …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  1, letter to W.  D. Fox, [1 April 1830] ). In his discussion of …
  • … variations, he stated: ‘The Rev. W.  D. Fox informs me that one “eccentric pair of …

To R. I. Murchison   24 [June 1858]

Summary

Extremely sorry for trouble he has given about his signature.

One child dangerously ill with diphtheria, another with much fever.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet
Date:  24 [June 1858]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5220/149)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2292

Matches: 1 hit

  • … VI. See the letters to J.  D. Hooker, 23 [June 1858] , and to W.  D. Fox, 24 June [1858]. …

To George Bentham   27 January [1858]

Summary

Asks GB to vote for "a distant connexion of mine" at Athenaeum, and to mention this to Hooker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Bentham
Date:  27 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham Correspondence, Vol. 3, Daintree–Dyer, 1830–1884, GEB/1/3: f. 676)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13778

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D. Fox, 17 December [1857] ). Woodd was Fox’s …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 [July 1858]

Summary

Death in family [Charles Waring Darwin]. Illness of children forces him to leave home and interrupt work on pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  4 [July 1858]
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale Collection of American Literature: De Forest Family Papers (YCAL MSS 582) Box 2, folder 58, item 82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2301

Matches: 1 hit

  • … of Charles Waring Darwin. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 2 July [1858] . CD had begun to write …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   8 September [1858]

Summary

Has finished with and is disposing of his pigeons.

Invites WBT to Down; would like to see his bees’ cells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  8 Sept [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2325

Matches: 1 hit

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier,9 May [1858] and 8 [June 1858], and to W.  D. Fox, 27 [June 1858]. …

To J. D. Hooker   2 November [1858]

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Summary

On moving the natural history collection of the British Museum to Kensington.

Subscription for John Ralfs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2351

Matches: 2 hits

  • … worth I think a penny stamp. Rev d . W.  Darwin Fox Delamere Rectory Northwich E.  Vernon …
  • Fox Bunbury, William Allport Leighton, and Charles Spence Bate. Both CD and Samuel Jones Loyd, Baron Overstone, were members of the Athenæum Club (see Correspondence vol.  6, letters to W.  E. Darwin, [26 February 1856], to J.  D. …

To W. E. Darwin   22 [September 1858]

Summary

Discusses domestic affairs.

Is working at the abstract of his book [Origin].

Asks WED to examine birds’ feet for dirt sticking to them, as this may represent a means of seed dispersal across seas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  22 [Sept 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2328

Matches: 1 hit

  • … See Correspondence vol.  5, letters to W.  D. Fox, 24 [October 1852] and 17 July [1853] ; …

To William Erasmus Darwin   11 [February 1858]

Summary

Writes of domestic matters

and asks WED to observe cart-horses for traces of dark stripes on spine and cross-stripes on shoulder.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  11 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2215

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 29 [October 1857] , and letter to W.  D. Fox, 30 October [1857] ). Although the Darwins …
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