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To W. D. Fox   15 November [1870]

Summary

Discusses his present book [Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  15 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.385)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7370

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   15 November [1870] …
  • … 19, Appendix IV). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 28 October [1870] , and Correspondence …
  • … see n.  3, below). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 28 October [1870] . CD was correcting the …

From Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox   [6–27 September 1863]

Summary

Encloses a four-page printed pamphlet on the cruelty of steel traps [see Collected papers 2: 83–4].

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [6–27 Sept 1863]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 142a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4294

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Wedgwood, Emma Darwin, Emma Fox, W. D. …
  • … From Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox   [6–27 September 1863] …
  • … pedigree ). Ellen Sophia Fox. See letter from Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox, 8 December [ …
  • … and the letter from Emma Darwin to W.  D.  Fox, [29 September 1863] , and by the address. …

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   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   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   1 September [1873]

Summary

Has been in bed for some days with ugly head symptoms. "We are a poor lot."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  1 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 152)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9040

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   1 September [1873] …
  • … 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 22 August [1873] . CD …
  • Fox, however, gave up the sport when he took holy orders (see Correspondence vol.  1, letter from W.  D.   …

From William Darwin Fox   1 February [1867]

Summary

Wants to know whether Variation is published and how the other book [CD’s proposed volume on variation in nature] is going.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5388

Matches: 5 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … dear D n | Ever yours affect ly & truly W D Fox P.S.  I have no less than 3 Free Martins …
  • … between this letter and the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 24 August [1866] ( Correspondence …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  14, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 24 August [1866] ). Fox refers to The …
  • … Correspondence vol.  16, letter from W.  D.  Fox, [before 4 November 1868]). Fox’s fourth …

To W. D. Fox   30 November [1864]

Summary

The Copley Medal is considered a great honour, but such things make little difference to CD, except for the several kind letters he received. It shows that natural selection is making some progress.

His health is poor.

Work is crawling on Variation;

occasional botany recreative.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  30 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 145)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4685

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox   30 November [1864] …
  • … See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 28 November [1864] . CD was awarded the Copley Medal at the …
  • … See also Appendix IV. See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 28 November [1864] and n.  4. Horace …
  • … 27 January 1864] ). See letter from W.  D.  Fox, 28 November [1864] and n.  3. CD had been …

To W. D. Fox   27 March [1855]

Summary

Thanks WDF for his offer of assistance in collecting varieties of poultry. Describes his needs. He will raise his own pigeons.

Often doubts whether, despite all help, the problem of species will not overpower him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  27 Mar [1855]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 88)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1656

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   27 March [1855] …
  • … living with the household, but both had died (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 17 July [1853] ). …
  • … skeleton——’. John Baily. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 19 March [1855] , n.  3. As described …
  • … of Poultry notoriety’ (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 July [1855] ). It is possible that …
  • … of collecting Panagæus crux major , see letter to W.  D. Fox, 7 March [1852] , n.  11. Fox …
  • Fox Your offer is most kind & generous. It will really save me a great expence, as I sh d . have had to build places for the varieties of Fowls, not to mention the cost of the different breeds themselves; & the care would have been extremely irksome to me. As I want to compare the young only, when there are several varieties, I shall not want, I am extremely glad to say, your precious varieties of the White China, the Khoutom(? ) or Call Duck; the others w d . …

From W. D. Fox   12 February [1878]

Summary

Congratulates CD on his birthday.

WDF has been suffering from bronchitis.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11355

Matches: 4 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   12 February [1878] …
  • … most heartily with me in these wishes Ever Dear old Darwin | Yours affect ly | W.  D.  Fox
  • … between this letter and the letter to W. D. Fox, 14 February 1878 . Fox probably refers to …

To W. D. Fox   29 January [1853]

Summary

Discusses education of his sons. Would like to see more diversity.

He is pleased that Richard Owen and others had a good opinion of his first volume [on Living Cirripedia].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  29 Jan [1853]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1499

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   29 January [1853] …
  • … See letter to W.  D. Fox, 24 [October 1852] , in which CD mentions Fox’s chest ailment. …
  • … also Correspondence vol.  1, letters from W.  D. Fox, 30 June 1832  and 29 August – 28  …
  • … innovative Bruce Castle School ( letter to W.  D. Fox, 7 March [1852] , and Correspondence …
  • … vol.  4, letter to W.  D. Fox, 10 October [1850] ). George Howard Darwin, then 7 1 2 years …

To W. D. Fox    [12 April 1829]

Summary

CD writes with much sympathy for WDF, whose sister [Mrs Bristowe] is alarmingly ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12 Apr 1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-62

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox    [12 April 1829] …

To W. D. Fox    4 September [1829]

Summary

Must shorten his visit to Osmaston in order to see Erasmus Darwin, who has just come home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  4 Sept [1829]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-71

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D.  Fox    4 September [1829] …

To W. D. Fox   17 May [1855]

Summary

Asks WDF to induce schoolboys to collect eggs of lizards and snakes for him. He will see whether they float and stay alive on sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  17 May [1855]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 91)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1683

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   17 May [1855] …
  • … that most British lizards are viviparous. See letter to W.  D. Fox, 23 May [1855] . …

From W. D. Fox   [before 26 October 1865]

Summary

His second son [C. W. Fox] has a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford.

[Isolated fragments only.]

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 26 Oct 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 204 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4903

Matches: 3 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   [before 26 October 1865] …
  • … between this letter and the letter to W.  D.  Fox, 25–6 October [1865] . Charles Woodd Fox …

From W. D. Fox   22 August [1873]

Summary

Thanks CD for a copy of Expression. Is always interested in CD’s work, but finds himself diverging from some of his leading ideas.

P.S. Has found shedding of toenails in a nephew as well.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Aug [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 198/3, 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9023

Matches: 6 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   22 August [1873] …
  • … Correspondence vol.  20, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 16 July 1872 . As students at Cambridge, …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  20, letter to W.  D.  Fox, 16 July 1872 . Fox lived in Northwich, …
  • … a treat. Ever yours affec Friend | W.  D.  Fox P.S. | I must send you an extract from a …
  • … Correspondence vol.  2, letter to W.  D.  Fox, [25 March 1843] ). In his letter to Fox of …

From W. D. Fox   28 November [1864]

Summary

Congratulates CD on the Copley Medal.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4683

Matches: 4 hits

  • Fox, W. D. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From W.  D.  Fox   28 November [1864] …
  • … With our Kindest regards | My dear Darwin | Your affec Friend & Cousin | W.  D.  Fox. …
  • … Gilbert Basil Fox, born 16 December 1864, was the twelfth child of W.  D.  Fox and his …

To W. D. Fox   17 December [1857]

Summary

Thanks WDF for his letter about a rabbit breed that he thinks is the Himalaya. He is particularly glad to hear of it because it breeds so true.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  17 Dec [1857]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2187

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   17 December [1857] …
  • … of domestic rabbits in the letter to W.  D. Fox, 14 June [1856] . In Variation 1: 108 n.   …
  • … to Susan Darwin, [19 March 1849] , and to W.  D. Fox, 4 September [1850]). By 1853, CD no …
  • … to George Bentham, 27 January [1858] , and W.  D. Fox, 31 January [1858]). Woodd is not …

To W. D. Fox   8 February [1857]

Summary

Birth of his sixth son [C. W. Darwin]. It is dreadful "to think of all the sendings to school and the professions afterwards".

CD is not well but has not the courage for water-cure again; trying mineral acids.

Working hard on the book [Natural selection]; is overwhelmed with riches in facts and interested in way facts fall into groups.

To his surprise [Helix pomatia] has withstood 14 days in salt water.

Pigeons’ skins come in from all parts of the world.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  8 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2049

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Fox, W. D. …
  • … To W.  D. Fox   8 February [1857] …
  • Fox, May 1832 , and letter from W.  D. Fox, 30 June 1832 . ‘Mineral acids’, according to …
  • … Correspondence vol.  4, letters to W.  D. Fox, [17 January 1850] , and to J.  D. Hooker, …
  • … during CD’s and Fox’s undergraduate days. See Correspondence vol.  1, letter to W.  D. …
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