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To ?   6 January [1873 or 1874]


"If you will apply to any bookseller whatever you will procure a copy.–– Publisher Murray."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  6 Jan [1873-4]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7429A

To ?    2 January [1873 or 1874]


CD appreciates the correspondent’s suggestion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Jan [1873-4]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Nachl. 141 (Slg. Adam) 33, Darwin, Charles)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8139F

To ?   9 January 1873


Has pleasure in signing the [missing] enclosure, with every word of which he fully agrees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8728F

To the Spectator   11 January 1873


Discusses two factors possibly causing modification of body or mind of an organism; habit and direct action of external conditions on the one hand, and selection, natural or artificial, on the other; considers their relative importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Spectator
Date:  11 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Spectator, 18 January 1873, p. 76.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8731

To Nature   [before 13 February 1873]


Sends a letter from William Huggins about a case of inherited fright in three generations of mastiffs. Discusses the different origins of instincts and their inheritance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Feb 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 February 1873, pp. 281–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8765

To Nature   [before 13 March 1873]


Recounts instances suggesting that animals have a sense of direction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 13 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 13 March 1873, p. 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8809

To Nature   [before 3 April 1873]


Comments on article ["Perception and instinct in lower animals", Nature 7 (1871): 377–8].

Explains his contention that "many of the most wonderful instincts have been acquired, independently of habit, through the preservation of useful variations of pre-existing instincts". Cites examples: sterile workers of several species of social insects have acquired different instincts; movements of tumbler pigeons. Speculates that "many instincts have originated from modification or variations in the brain".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 3 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 3 April 1873, pp. 417–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8838

To Nature   [before 3 April 1873]


"The following fact with respect to the habits of ants, which I believe to be quite new, has been sent to me by a distinguished geologist, Mr J. D. Hague [see 8788]; and it appears well worth publishing."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 3 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 10 April 1873, pp. 443–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8853

To ?   28 April 1873


"I was born in the town of Shrewsbury Feb. 12, 1809."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 Apr 1873
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (26 April 1984)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8888A

To ?   4 May [1873]


Explains that his publisher has erred in announcing his book [Cross and self-fertilisation] prematurely. [See 8890 and 8897.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  4 May [1873]
Classmark:  Remember When Auctions (dealers) (Catalogue 41, 16 March 1997)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8897A

To ?   18 July [1873?]


Comments on ability of recipient to move his scalp.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  18 July [1873?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.430)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8982

To Nature   [before 24 July 1873]


Sends a letter from J. D. Hague confirming his earlier observation [see 8788] of frightened behaviour of ants when they come upon dead ants. CD had asked for confirmation because J. T. Moggridge had suggested that the ants’ behaviour was alarm at the scent of the observer’s fingers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 24 July 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 24 July 1873, p. 244
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8985

To ?   [June–September 1873?]


Printed memorandum giving reasons why there should be subsidy on a large scale of scientific research unencumbered with teaching.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [June–Sept 1873?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (T. H. Huxley papers Mss.B.H981)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9040G

To Nature   20 September [1873]


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

To ?   28 November [1873]


Will not require assistance of correspondent’s cousin in correcting his MS [2d ed. of Descent]. His son [George] will undertake it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 Nov [1873]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9163

To C. J. Plumptre   19 August [1873?]


Agrees François Delsarte’s view [that the eyes do not show emotion, only indicate the object of it], is probably wrong.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles John Plumptre
Date:  19 Aug [1873?]
Classmark:  Plumptre 1876, pp. 224–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10581F

To Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   28 January [1873]


Is pleased that HHHvZ has appended his notes to his translation [of Expression and is obliged for the abstract of these notes [see 8712].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Date:  28 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 68, 1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11337A

To W. W. Baxter   11 December [1873–5?]


Requests hydrated magnesia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  11 Dec [1873-5]
Classmark:  Bromley Historic Collections, Bromley Central Library (144/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13772G

To Francis Darwin   [before 26 June 1873]


Sends FD £5 for the loan of his microscope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [before 26 June 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13794

To V. O. Kovalevsky   4 March 1873


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Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  [4 Mar 1873]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13905F
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