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To W. D. Fox   14 February 1878

Summary

CD and Frank Darwin hard at work on physiology of plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Feb 1878
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-1-74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11358

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   14 February 1878 …
  • … Theodora Fox; see letter from W.  D.   Fox, 12 February [1878] and n. 5. Richard Buckley …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 12 February [1878] . CD and Fox were both students at …
  • … weeks there in 1828 (see Correspondence vol. 1, letter to W. D. Fox, [October 1828] ). …

To W. D. Fox   10 August [1853]

Summary

Thanks WDF for writing so soon after his misfortunes, and again expresses sympathy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  10 Aug [1853]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 85)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1527

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   10 August [1853] …
  • … The death of Louisa Mary Fox on 29 July 1853 (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 29 [July 1853] ). …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  2, letters to W.  D. Fox, 23 March [1842] , [31 March 1842] , …

To W. D. Fox   29 [July 1853]

Summary

Sympathises with WDF’s tribulations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  29 [July 1853]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1526

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   29 [July 1853] …
  • Fox, 17 July [1853] . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 17 July [1853] , n.  12. …
  • … Mary Fox, born 28 December 1850, died 29 July 1853. (The editors thank Anthony W.  D. …
  • Fox’s death certificate, and for pointing out that the date of her death given in Darwin pedigree is incorrect. ) Letter to W.  D. …

From W. D. Fox to G. H. Darwin   21 April [1879]

Summary

Has no letters or papers [of Erasmus Darwin].

Suggests CD cite some of Erasmus Darwin’s poems to answer the charge of atheism [see Erasmus Darwin, p. 44].

Recounts a story of a remarkable cure by Dr Darwin, showing his sagacity and daring.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 177–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006

Matches: 5 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, G. H. …
  • … unfairly. In much haste Yours very truly | W D Fox We are just off into Warwickshire for a …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox to G.  H.  Darwin   21 April [1879] …
  • … of Erasmus Darwin, see the letter from W.  D.  Fox to G.  H.  Darwin, 15 April [1879] . …
  • … 1879 ( Erasmus Darwin ). See letter from W.  D.  Fox to G.  H.  Darwin, 15 April [1879] . …

From W. D. Fox   22 July [1878]

Summary

Thanks CD for his condolences. Reminisces about their youth.

On the death of his naturalist friend, W. C. Hewitson.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11625

Matches: 6 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   22 July [1878] …
  • … condolences on the death of Fox’s daughter Theodora ( letter to W. D. Fox, 10 July 1878 ). …
  • … her kindest regards to M rs Darwin— Excuse this stupid note Yours always | W.  D.  Fox
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. D. Fox, 10 July 1878 . …
  • … the summer of 1877 (see letter from W. D. Fox, 12 February [1878] ). Ellen Sophia Fox. …

To W. D. Fox   24 August [1866]

Summary

Family news. Describes [final] illness of Susan Darwin [d. 3 Oct 1866]. CD’s health better.

Making rapid progress on Variation.

Has heard of hybrids between moths mentioned by WDF.

Work on [4th] edition of Origin has delayed Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5197

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   24 August [1866] …
  • … family Sphingidae. Fox had reported crossing two species (see letter from W.  D.  Fox, 20  …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 20 August [1866]. Fox had sixteen children and …
  • … Correspondence vol.  13, letter from W.  D.  Fox, 6 January [1865]). CD refers to George …
  • … 2 August [1866] , n.  2. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 20 August [1866]. CD refers to …

To W. D. Fox   [10 February 1863]

Summary

Invites WDF to Down.

His stomach now so bad he cannot stay, even with close relations, for more than half an hour at a time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [10 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 136)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3975

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   [10 February 1863] …
  • … with whom Fox was staying while in London (see letter from W.  D.  Fox, 6 February [ …
  • … Letter from W.  D.  Fox, 6 February [1863]. CD stayed at 6 Queen Anne Street, London, the …
  • Fox Your note has been forwarded here, where we have all been staying for a week. I have been bad enough of late & came here to see whether a change w d .   …

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   [29 September 1863]

Summary

Thanks to WDF’s directions, Anne’s tombstone has been found.

CD improved, but recovery is slow. She describes treatment.

Encloses paper she and CD have written [see 4294, which was wrongly addressed by ED and had not reached WDF].

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [29 Sept 1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (Fox 141)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4312

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma Fox, W. D. …
  • … From Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox   [29 September 1863] …
  • Fox, 4 [September 1863] , and letter from W.  D.  Fox, 7 September [1863] ). The reference …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 7 September [1863] . Emma had been unable to locate in the …
  • … Anne Elizabeth (Annie), who died in 1851 (see letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 [September 1863] ). …
  • … 1863. See letter from Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox, [6–27 September 1863] . The enclosure …
  • Fox, who visited the grave in 1856 and 1859, had sent specific directions for finding it (see letter to W.  D.   …
  • … ill (see Browne 1990  and letter from W.  D.  Fox, [16–22 May 1863] ). As a result, CD was …
  • … associate of Gully’s (see letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 [September 1863] and n.  1). According …

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   23 May [1863]

Summary

Health has been poor but eczema is improved.

A "squib" about Owen and Huxley on the brain has appeared in Public Opinion [3 (1863): 497–8].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  23 May [1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 139)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4181

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   23 May [1863] …
  • … Letter from W.  D.  Fox, [16–22 May 1863] . …
  • … See letters from W.  D.  Fox, 6 February [1863] and 12 March [1863]. According to Emma …
  • … letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 [September 1863] ). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, [16–22 May 1863] …
  • … Malvern, Worcestershire (see letter from W.  D.  Fox, [16–22 May 1863] and n.  4). In the …

To W. D. Fox   9 March [1863]

Summary

Has quoted WDF on crossing white and slate muscovy ducks [Variation 2: 40]. When not crossed, do these breed true?

Will also quote him on Mr Woodd’s white ewes that produced black lambs by a ram with only black spots [Variation 2: 30].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  9 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 138)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4033

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   9 March [1863] …
  • Fox, [10 February 1863] , and letter from W.  D.  Fox, [11 February 1863] ). CD refers to …
  • … between 4 and 14 February 1863. He met Fox there on 13 February (see letter to W.  D.   …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 3 January [1856], in which CD thanked …

To W. D. Fox   4 [September 1863]

Summary

His bad health has caused him to return to Malvern.

Emma cannot find the gravestone of their child, Anne. Asks WDF whether he can remember its location.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 [Sept 1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 140)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4292

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   4 [September 1863] …
  • Fox, [16–22 May 1863] , and letter to W.  D.  Fox, 23 May [1863] ). James Smith Ayerst’s …
  • Fox informed him that Gully was seriously ill and unable to practise (see letter from W.  D. …
  • … see letters from Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox, [29 September 1863] and 8 December [1863] ). …
  • … not been found, but see Correspondence vol.  6, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 3 October [1856] . …
  • … See also letter from W.  D. Fox, 7 September [1863] . CD had left Great Malvern on 24  …

From W. D. Fox   3 April [1877]

Summary

Reports on upward projection of Pulmonaria flowers.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 110: B62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10923

Matches: 3 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … decidedly— In haste yours very truly | W D Fox Top of letter : ‘( Used under Pulmonaria )’ …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   3 April [1877] …

To W. D. Fox   18 June [1860]

Summary

Has WDF ever observed musk ducks laying eggs in high places? The case bears on retention of aboriginal habits.

Also wants data on period of gestation of dog breeds. [See Variation 1: 30.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  18 June [1860]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 129)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2836

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   18 June [1860] …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  2, letter from W.  D.  Fox, [ c . November 1838]. Henrietta Emma …
  • … s responses in Variation 2: 40: ‘the Rev. W.  D.  Fox tells me that, by putting a white …
  • … In Variation 1: 30, CD stated: ‘Rev. W.  D.  Fox has given me three carefully recorded …

To W. D. Fox   10 October [1850]

Summary

Is concerned about the education of his boys and is undecided between Rugby and Bruce Castle schools; is inclined toward the latter, but afraid to experiment on so important a subject.

Reports on his pear-trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  10 Oct [1850]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1362

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   10 October [1850] …
  • … See letter to W.  D. Fox, 4 September [1850] . The final decision was to send William to …
  • … School register ). In his letter to W.  D. Fox, 7 March [1852] ( Correspondence vol.  5), …
  • … classical education’. See letter to W.  D. Fox, [May 1850] . See letter to Syms Covington, …
  • … 23 November 1850 , n.  4. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 6 February [1849]. See …
  • … Correspondence vol.  2, letter to W.  D. Fox, [20 November 1843] . Henry James Wharton, …

From W. D. Fox   [1875–80]

Summary

Sends date of his mother’s death – 7 Apr 1859.

Was completely mystified by conjuring performance of [John Nevil] Maskelyne.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1875–80]
Classmark:  DAR 210.29?? DAR 210.14: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13810

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   [1875–80] …

From W. D. Fox   2[0–29] October [1864?]

Summary

Fox hopes to see CD in London in November.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2[0–29] Oct [1864?]
Classmark:  DAR 164 (unnumbered fragments)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4639F

Matches: 2 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W. D. Fox   2[0–29] October [1864? ] …

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   29 October [1872]

Summary

Has finished Expression.

His strength fails more and more; needs to rest every six weeks or so.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  29 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 151)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8585

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   29 October [1872] …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 25 October [1872] and n.  2. See letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 4  …
  • … vol. 20, Appendix V). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 25 October [1872] and n.   …
  • … 4. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 13 July [1872] . CD may refer to William Erasmus Darwin, …
  • … probably with Horace (see letter to W.  D.  Fox, 16 July [1872] and n.  3). William’s ill …

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 …
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