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To Asa Gray   11 March [1873]

Summary

Astonished by Agassiz’s argument; has sent AG’s memorandum to Nature [see 8786].

Is working on cross- and self-fertilising plants and has temporarily stopped work on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (106)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8806

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa
  • … To Asa Gray   11 March [1873] …
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (106) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1873] Asa Gray
  • … see Correspondence vol.  20, letter from Asa Gray, 6 October 1872  and nn.  8 and 9). CD’s …
  • … between this letter and the letter from Asa Gray, 25 February 1873 . For Gray’s rejection …
  • … of the fittest, see the letter from Asa Gray, 25 February 1873  and enclosure; the …
  • … Correspondence vol.   19, letter from Asa Gray, 3 August 1871  and n.  9); Insectivorous …

To Asa Gray   8 January 1873

Summary

Has received, through AG, a letter on Dionaea [from W. M. Canby] which has greatly interested him. CD asks AG to question his correspondent on whether it catches large or small insects.

Mary Treat will observe Drosera filiformis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  8 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (102)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8728

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Gray, Asa
  • … To Asa Gray   8 January 1873 …
  • … threadleaf sundew. See Correspondence vol.  20, letter from Asa Gray, 2 December 1872 . …
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (102) Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 Jan 1873 Asa Gray

From Asa Gray   25 February 1873

Summary

Sends "squib" he has written exposing the folly of some of Louis Agassiz’s ideas. AG cannot "fire off [his] cracker" in U. S. so sends it to amuse CD. If it is sent to Nature, CD must not give AG’s name. [See "Survival of the fittest", Nature 7 (1873): 404].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 165: 183; Nature, 27 March 1873, p. 404
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8786

Matches: 3 hits

  • Gray, Asa Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From Asa Gray   25 February 1873 …
  • … 183; Nature , 27 March 1873, p.  404 Asa Gray unstated 25 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …

From A. W. Bennett   16 March 1873

Summary

Thanks for CD’s regrets at AWB’s leaving Nature.

Plans English editions of Asa Gray’s books [How plants grow; How plants behave].

Other publication plans.

Author:  Alfred William Bennett
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8811

Matches: 3 hits

  • … leaving Nature . Plans English editions of Asa Gray’s books [ How plants grow ; How plants …
  • … a plan for bringing out an English edition of Asa Gray’s charming little books “How Plants …
  • … which was published by Macmillan & Co. Asa Gray’s Botany for young people and common …

From C. L. Brace   [August? 1873]

Summary

Reports that the ability to move ears is common among the Sioux.

Author:  Charles Loring Brace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Aug? 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 273 (fragile letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8717

Matches: 4 hits

  • … all animals which fight with their teeth. ’ Asa Gray resigned as professor of botany at …
  • … 1872. Gray, Jane Loring, ed. 1893. Letters of Asa Gray. 2 vols. London: Macmillan and Co. …
  • … is conjectured from the reference to Asa Gray’s giving up lecturing (see n.  6, below). …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  20, letter to Asa Gray, 8 July [1872] , and Emma Darwin’s diary). …

From W. M. Canby   1 February 1873

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At Asa Gray’s request, responds to CD’s questions about WMC’s observations on Dionaea and particularly about the size of the insects captured and the excitability of the leaves after an insect is captured.

Author:  William Marriott Canby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8755

Matches: 3 hits

  • … At Asa Gray’s request, responds to CD’s questions about WMC’s observations on Dionaea and …
  • … See letter to Asa Gray, 8 January 1873  and n.  1. For Canby’s observations …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  15, letter from Asa Gray to J.  D.  Hooker, [after 6 July 1867] . …

To J. D. Hooker   21 February [1873]

Summary

Will see whether formic acid delays germination of fresh seeds.

Thinks primer not at all a folly. Refers JDH to Asa Gray’s "child’s book" [see 8363].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 259–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8779

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Thinks primer not at all a folly. Refers JDH to Asa Gray’s "child’s book" [see 8363 ]. …
  • … at all, I think, a folly— Do you know Asa Gray’s childs book on the function of plants—or …

From J. D. Hooker   30 June 1873

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Summary

Leaves Wednesday with Huxley for holiday.

Family news.

He too thinks well of Bentham’s address.

Asa Gray elected Foreign F.R.S.

G. J. Allman is being proposed for Royal Medal by JDH and Huxley.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 157–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8958

Matches: 2 hits

  • … He too thinks well of Bentham’s address. Asa Gray elected Foreign F.R.S. G. J. Allman is …
  • … D.  Hooker, 28 June 1873  and nn.  3 and 4). Asa Gray was elected a foreign member of the …

From W. M. Canby   22 April 1873

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Sends leaves of Dionaea with insect prey in them. Size of insects captured may be affected by leaves not being fully grown.

Author:  William Marriott Canby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8871

Matches: 2 hits

  • … CD had asked Asa Gray and Canby for information on the size of insects captured by Dionaea …
  • … observations when he could. See letter to Asa Gray, 8 January 1873 , and letter from W.   …

To Robert Smith   27 February [1873]

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CD answers a question about the attitude of foreign naturalists towards Darwinism by distinguishing between the belief in evolution and belief in natural selection. Gives the views of [Louis] Agassiz, [R. A.] Kölliker, [C. W.] Nägeli, [Ernst] Häckel, [C. F. W.] Claus, [F. J.] Cohn, Alphonse de Candolle, [J. L.] Claparède, Asa Gray, Gaston de Saporta, [E. D.] Cope, and [Carl] Gegenbaur.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Smith
Date:  27 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8790F

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Alphonse de Candolle, [J. L. ] Claparède, Asa Gray, Gaston de Saporta, [E. D. ] Cope, …
  • … Claparède. — The greatest American Botanist, Asa Gray, takes the same line. So does Count …

To Mary Treat   1 January 1873

Summary

Asks for certain observations to be made on Drosera and Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Date:  1 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Amy Nagashima (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8719

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in Dionæa. ’ CD had written in his letter to Asa Gray of 22 October 1872 ( ibid. ), ‘The …

From Robert Smith   24 February 1873

Summary

Asks for references to works on CD’s views for a paper he is preparing.

Author:  Robert Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8784

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Saporta | Claus—Cohn | Heckel—Gegenbaur | Asa Gray Alex Agassiz | Cope | Sachs | Schultz & …

To J. V. Carus   8 May [1873]

Summary

John Murray has announced his next book [Cross and self-fertilisation] without CD’s knowledge. It is only half-written. JVC will hear when it is published and will decide whether it is worth translating. It will be dry, but, CD believes, of value.

Has read an account of JVC’s Scottish lectures.

Invites JVC to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  8 May [1873]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 104–105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8906

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  8, letter to Asa Gray, 22 May [1860] , and letter to Charles …

To J. D. Hooker   17 February 1873

Summary

Is drawing up the account of his crossing experiments. Requests JDH to add the families after nine genera, the names of which he encloses. Whenever there is no objection he would like to arrange the families in some sort of natural order.

Recommends Spalding’s article on instinct in Macmillan’s Magazine [27 (1873): 265–81].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 257–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8769

Matches: 1 hit

  • … see Correspondence vol.  14, letter to Asa Gray, 10 September [1866] and n.  13). His …

From T. W. Higginson   30 March 1873

Summary

Pleased CD enjoyed his book [Outdoor papers (1871)].

Rejoices at CD’s kindly feelings toward the coloured race.

The Index is in financial trouble due to F. E. Abbot’s unworldliness.

Agassiz is setting up a summer school for natural history off the Massachusetts coast. His pupils develop more liberal scientific opinions than Agassiz’s.

Encloses some notes on expression.

Author:  Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 198
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8830

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  19, letter from Asa Gray, 12 October 1871 ). In Expression , pp.  6– …

To Nature   20 September [1873]

Summary

CD, in commenting on Wyville Thomson’s "Notes from the Challenger" [Nature 8 (1873): 347–9], recapitulates his work on rudimentary male cirripedes [Living Cirripedia], especially the complementary males attached to hermaphrodites. Offers an explanation, on evolutionary grounds, of their function and size.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  20 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 25 September 1873, pp. 431–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9061

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 1857. See Correspondence vol.  6, letter to Asa Gray, 29 November [1857] , and letter from …

To George Cupples   7 June [1873]

Summary

Thanks for report on J. V. Carus’ lecture.

Glad to hear suspicion about J. H. Stirling groundless.

CD has not seen R. W. Emerson. In last two or three years has seen several Yankees. Saw a good deal of the Nortons [Charles Eliot and Susan Ridley Sedgwick].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cupples
Date:  7 June [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.428)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8936

Matches: 1 hit

  • … visitors from the US included Asa and Jane Loring Gray (October 1868 and August 1869), …
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