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From W. D. Fox   19 May [1868]

Summary

Regrets he cannot get to Down.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6187

Matches: 5 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … much have enjoyed seeing you, and M rs Darwin again—if I could. Yours always | W D Fox
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   19 May [1868] …
  • … Cheshire. For Fox’s recent health, see the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 3 February [1868]. Fox …
  • … and the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 14 May [1868] . See letter to W.  D.  Fox, 14 May [1868] . …

From W. D. Fox   29 October [1868]

Summary

Thanks CD for a recent letter.

Reports on his health, which has been bad for 12 months.

Sends extracts of works on domestication.

Discusses the pairing of various birds; comments on the pugnacity of partridges, pheasants, male guinea-fowl, and peacocks.

Gives proportions of sexes in pheasants.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 189; DAR 193: 112; DAR 83: 187, DAR 84.1: 128–30, DAR 86: A87–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6436

Matches: 16 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … have been common yews. ” 32 years since W D Fox brought berries from D r Darwin’s hedge; …
  • … berried kinds (& which D r Darwin told W D Fox he had himself sown with yellow Berries)— …
  • … a fine copper Beech. 3 years since when W D Fox was there—he found about half of the young …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   29 October [1868] …
  • … variety. M rs Fox says that it illustrates Darwin—& finding that Ducks w d not do any good …
  • … and George Howard Darwin, see the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 21 October [1868] and n.  7. …
  • Fox, 21 October [1868] ; see also letter from W.  D.   …
  • … not been identified. Fox also refers to his wife, Ellen Sophia Fox. See letter to W.  D.   …
  • Fox, 9 December [ 1868] . See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 14 May 1868] and n.  5. …
  • … Fox’s transcription, in Descent 2: 107 n.  8. Letter to W.  D.  Fox, 21 October [1868] . …
  • … See also letter from W.  D.  Fox, 3 February [1868]. Dr Tanner has not been identified. …
  • … Darwin pedigree ). See letter to W.  D.  Fox, 14 May [1868] . CD referred to the …
  • … in Delamere Forest. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 14 May 1868] . England may have …
  • … in Descent 1: 270. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 14 May 1868] , and Descent 1: 270. …
  • … for the Irish goose; see letter from W.  D.  Fox, 9 December [1868] and n.  4. In Descent …

From W. D. Fox   9 December [1868]

Summary

Hybrid geese.

Proportions of sexes in sheep and cattle.

Pairing habits of crows.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 126–7, DAR 85: B36–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6455

Matches: 9 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … to M rs & Miss Darwin | Ever yours, W D Fox Dec r 9. 1.1 Very … nearly equal.  6.3] …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   9 December [1868] …
  • … this letter and the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 November 1868 . See letter to W.  D.   …
  • Fox, 4 November 1868 . See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . The rook ( Corvus …
  • … for more on Fox’s recent health problems, see the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [ …
  • Fox, 29 October [1868] , and the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 November 1868 . Basil George …
  • … For the views of Fox’s other informant on the subject, see the letter from W.  D.   …
  • … of the family Corvidae. See letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 November 1868  and n.  6. Fox refers …

To W. D. Fox   14 May [1868]

Summary

WDF’s letter gives CD the kind of facts he wants. His story about peacocks is so good that CD will quote it [Descent 2: 46].

Pleased WDF approves of his book [Variation]

– "beloved Pangenesis disagrees badly with many".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 May [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6172

Matches: 8 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   14 May [1868] …
  • … G.  Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  5. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 14 May 1868] . …
  • … For his recent health, see the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 3 February [ 1868]. …
  • Fox evidently did not visit; see letter from W.  D.  Fox, 19 May [1868] . In his letter to …
  • … may have concerned Fox’s own experiences shooting crows: see letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29  …
  • … 1868] . For Fox’s account of the ‘magpie marriage’, see the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29  …
  • Fox I fear from your note received this morning that you are far from well; but cannot you pay us a visit? It w d

To W. D. Fox   6 February [1868]

Summary

There is so much detail in Variation that WDF will never be able to finish it. Some chapters, like that on reversion, are "curious".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5842

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   6 February [1868] …
  • … between this letter and the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 3 February [1868]. CD refers to …
  • … George Howard Darwin. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 3 February [1868] and n.   …
  • … 2. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 3 February [1868]. CD discussed reversion in the second of …

To W. D. Fox   21 October [1868]

Summary

Reminds WDF to write about the "great magpie marriage". Sexual selection an "everlasting subject".

News of his children.

Asks for information on instances of sexual preference in animals and data on numbers of males and females born in various domesticated species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  21 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 149); DAR 266
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6426

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   21 October [1868] …
  • … this letter and the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 19 May [1868] . See letter from W.  D.   …
  • Fox, 19 May [1868] . See letter to W.  D.  Fox, 14 May [1868] and n.  4. For CD’s health …
  • … In the incomplete letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 14 May 1868] , Fox discussed male birds …

From William Darwin Fox   3 February [1868]

Summary

Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.

Thanks CD for Variation.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5837

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … congratulations upon her Sons success— Ever dear Darwin | Yours affect ly W D Fox

To W. D. Fox   12 December [1868]

Summary

Thanks WDF for information about sheep and cattle.

Mentions corrections for new edition of Origin [5th ed. (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.357)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6500

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   12 December [1868] …
  • … the letter from W.  D.  Fox, 9 December [1868] . See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 9 December [ …

To W. D. Fox   4 November 1868

Summary

Much interested in WDF’s letter on inheritance and courtship of birds. CD "in a great muddle" on many points.

Asks for further information on proportion of sexes in sheep.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 Nov 1868
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 150)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6447

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   4 November 1868 …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . CD and Fox were both students at …
  • … Correspondence vol.  1). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . CD stayed in …
  • … vol.  16, Appendix II)). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . William Bernhard …
  • … February 1868] and n.  5. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 29 October [1868] . The swan goose …
  • Fox It was very good of you to write to me fully about your health. I grieve to hear that you suffer from so much pain; but I remember that in old times you bore pain well, & that is very hard to do. Although you make such fun of your D rs , your case seems to be very mysterious, & I wish I c d think that the one who says nothing is the matter with you was at all near the truth. — In y r travels southward is there any chance of your being able to pay us a visit, for this w d

From W. D. Fox   [before 14 May 1868]

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Summary

Pairing habits of birds: polygamy among ducks and canaries.

Information on the proportion of sexes in fowls and other birds.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 14 May 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5762

Matches: 4 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   [before 14 May 1868] …
  • … between this letter and the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 14 May [1868] . CD had asked Fox about …
  • … in Descent 2: 102–3. See letter to W.  D.  Fox, 25 February [1868] . In Descent 2: 106, CD …

To W. D. Fox   25 February [1868]

Summary

Is working on "Sexual selection"; asks WDF to send observations on birds’ finding new mates during breeding season [see Descent 2: 103–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5929

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   25 February [1868] …

To T. C. Eyton   25 August [1868]

Summary

Thanks TCE for copy of his book [Osteologia avium (1867)].

Recalls visits to Eyton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  25 Aug [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.353)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6331

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  1, letter to W.  D.  Fox, [8 October 1830] ). Eyton’s home was …

To J. J. Weir   18 April [1868]

Summary

Discusses rapid replacement of mates among birds. "I begin to think that the pairing of birds must be as delicate and tedious an operation as the pairing of young gentlemen and ladies. If I can convince myself that there are habitually many unpaired birds it will be a great aid to me in sexual selection". Notes rivalry of singing birds.

Heard from George Rolleston of the inherited effects of an eye injury.

Disagrees with A. R. Wallace’s idea "that birds learn to make their nests from having seen them whilst young" ["The philosophy of birds’ nests", Intellect. Obs. 11 (1867): 413–20].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  18 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RL.10387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6128

Matches: 2 hits

  • … to William Reeves. See also letter to W.  D.  Fox, 25 February [1868] and n.  2. In his …
  • … case of the magpies, see the letter to W.   D.  Fox, 25 February [1868] , the letter to …

To J. B. Innes   10 December [1868]

Summary

Does not think the supposed cow–deer hybrid worth investigating.

John Robinson [the curate at Down] reported to be walking with girls at night.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  10 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6497

Matches: 1 hit

  • … had mentioned the case in a letter to W.  D.  Fox, 22 [March 1860] ( Correspondence vol.   …

From John Price   5 March 1868

Summary

Visiting W. D. Fox.

Sends specimen of Cardamine pratensis,

and an account of a striped horse.

Discusses Pangenesis.

Has returned to religion and has been reflecting on God’s mercies, one of which CD should remember from about 1828 at Bodnant.

Author:  John Price
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 174: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5982

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Visiting W. D. Fox. Sends specimen of Cardamine pratensis , and an account of a striped …
  • Fox has lots more, in his garden. I have watched this habit in Card.  pratensis for many years, & published repeated “articles”; but I am very inept at getting my facts & notions before the right people, & so they “fall as the leaves do”. I never was so mad on any subject (nor were you , even at the Orms Heads! “ New plant ”!! ) as on the striped horses , of w h . I have seen splendid specimens, & have often thought of sending you a skin; but the beasts w d .   …

To J. D. Hooker   21 May [1868]

Summary

JDH too severe on Duke of Argyll.

Pities JDH on [BAAS] address [see 6099]; Huxley feels JDH will do well and will not pity him.

Thinks Huxley will give an excellent and original lecture on geographical distribution of birds.

Has been working hard on sexual selection and correspondence about it.

Mignonette is sterile with its own pollen but any two distinct plants are fertile together. It is utterly mysterious and not even Pangenesis will explain it.

On Lyell’s book [Principles, 10th ed.].

Wallace’s wonderful cleverness, but he is not cautious enough. CD differs from Wallace on birds’ nests and protection.

A. Murray’s miserable criticism of Wallace [J. Travel & Nat. Hist. 1 (1868): 137–45].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 62–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6196

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  4, letter to W.  D.  Fox, [17 January 1850] , and letter to J.   …

From J. Noordhoek Hegt   11 December 1868

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Summary

On spurs in peacocks. [See Descent 1: 290 n.]

Author:  J. Noordhoek Hegt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6499

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in spurs on fowl, see the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 25 February [1868] . Abraham Dee Bartlett …

To A. D. Bartlett   16 February [1868]

Summary

Asks ADB to perform experiment on colour perception in bower-bird.

Asks for rabbit specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  16 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5401

Matches: 1 hit

  • … example, Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 8 [June 1856] , and Correspondence …

From Thomas Henry Huxley   [before 30 January 1868]

Summary

Congratulations on George’s attaining Second Wrangler.

Variation has just arrived. Wishes he had two heads or a body that needed no rest.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 30 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 313
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5814

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 3 October [1856] ). Huxley had visited …

To J. J. Weir   29 February [1868]

Summary

JJW’s note on birds was one of the most interesting CD has ever received. Asks several questions. CD is puzzled by cases of magpies whose mates were killed but who always immediately found others.

Alexander Wallace denies any effect of colour in sexual selection among Lepidoptera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  29 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5958

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in DAR 84.2: 202. See also letter to W.  D.  Fox, 25 February [1868] and n.  2. See letter …
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