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To Maria   [1871–82]


Regrets he has not time to develop points touched on in her letter and that he does not understand what information she wants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria
Date:  [1871–82]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 24v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12386

To ?   27 September [1871–81]


Thanks for a book. "I am so much overworked at present that I cannot read it now, & I am a very poor German scholar".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Sept [1871-81]
Classmark:  David Schulson (dealer) (August 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13886

To ?   18 November [1871–81]


"With Mr. Charles Darwin’s compliments enclosing one guinea."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 Nov [1871–81]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (14 September 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13887

To ?   19 May [1871]


Thanks for references about dogs. Fears work will not allow him to deal with subject again. Heartily subscribes to what correspondent says about qualities of dogs. Loves his "with all my heart".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 May [1871]
Classmark:  Paul C. Richards Autographs (dealer) (Catalogue 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13889

To ?   7 April [1871]


Asks correspondent to thank Thomas Laycock for his references. CD has been away from home and has not yet consulted his copy of Laycock’s Mind and brain [1860].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  7 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  R. M. Smythe (dealer) (November 1998)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6102A

To ?   25 February [1871]


Thanks for two reviews of Descent. Second is "most fair, kind and carefully abstracted".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  25 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Miscellaneous papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7513

To Nature   [before 27 April 1871]


Replies to Francis Galton’s paper on tranfusing blood between rabbits to test Pangenesis [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 19 (1871): 393–40]. FG’s conclusion that his experiments prove Pangenesis to be false is "a little hasty", since CD had never maintained that gemmules in the blood formed any part of his hypothesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 27 Apr 1871]
Classmark:  Nature, 27 April 1871, pp. 502–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7720

To ?   10 May [1871]


Thanks correspondent for item of criticism in a foreign newspaper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 May [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.396)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7747

To ?   28 June [1871]


Thanks for the photographs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7836F

To ?   1 July 1871


Regrets ill health will prevent his attending the BAAS meeting at Edinburgh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  1 July 1871
Classmark:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7844

To Nature   1 July [1871]


Refers H. H. Howorth, the writer of "A new view of Darwinism" [Nature 4 (1871): 161–2], to Variation for a discussion of fertility and sterility of organisms in relation to increased food and other factors.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  1 July [1871]
Classmark:  Nature, 6 July 1871, pp. 180–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7846

To an editor   12 October [1871]


Sends photograph of himself for a proposed memoir in correspondent’s Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8003

To ?   20 November [1871]


Asks for some pamphlets, the titles of which have been sent to him by Dr Spengel [see 8053].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  20 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (9 April 1963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8076

To W. E. Darwin   15 March [1871]


Wants WED to thank F. de Chaumont for some valuable observations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  15 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (RAMC/473/1). Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11936

To E. A. Darwin   7 September [1871]



Wants to sell some shares held in trust by EAD and Josiah Wedgwood [III].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  7 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13789

To Miss Fenwick   8 February [1871–82]


Sends two waste sheets of MS of Descent; Miss F can cut out any portion she likes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miss Fenwick
Date:  8 Feb [1871-82]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Hay MSS Ms.44.31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13806

To W. H. Flower   [1871?]


Does not know rules for admission to museum [of the Royal College of Surgeons]. CD’s son [Francis] wishes much to inspect some of the preparations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  [1871?]
Classmark:  B. J. Harrison (private collection); sold by Bonhams (dealers), 15 July 2004
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5767

To A. B. Buckley   18 December [1871]


Thanks her for marked proof-sheets.

Discusses climate in earlier geological periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arabella Burton Buckley
Date:  18 Dec [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6508

To Louis Bertillon   18 December 1871


Thanks for his article Valeur philosophique de l’hypothèse du transformisme (Bertillon 1870), which is very clear.

Would not himself trust so much in Agassiz’s conclusions.

Glad the essay has been published, as he believes ‘there are but few in France who admit the doctrine of evolution’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis-Adolf (Louis) Bertillon
Date:  18 Dec 1871
Classmark:  Librairie la 42ème Ligne, Paris (dealers) (2018)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6508F

To T. H. Huxley   [11 or 18 May 1871]


Asks for a ticket for THH’s lecture at the Royal Institution for WED. With ED’s and HED’s forgeries of CD’s signature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [11 or 18] May 1871
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6541F
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