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From Ludwig Büchner   9 October [1868 or later]



Thanks CD for letter of 3 Oct [missing] about LB’s publication.

Author:  Friedrich Karl Christian Ludwig (Ludwig) Büchner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct [1868 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13783

From E. A. Darwin   [before 11 October 1868]



C[harles?] P[arker?] says he has made a "fearful mistake", and the marriage cannot be; EAD hopes to come to CD next week.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 11 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5746

From B. D. Walsh   [before 31 October 1868]



Beginning of extract from William Dell Hartman’s "Journal of the doings of Cic[ada?] septemdecim" [unidentified] in Pennsylvania in 1851.

Author:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 31 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 81: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5755

From E. A. Darwin   [11 October 1868]



J. J. Sylvester reports George’s fellowship "the most enviable position on earth".

Charles [Parker?] "appears to be ruined".

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B62–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6219

To Henry Michael Jenkins   [after 1 October 1868]



Feels there is little he could say as a testimonial for HMJ.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Michael Jenkins
Date:  [after 1 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6402

From Edward Blyth   1 October 1868



Gives CD a reference to one of his papers ["Remarks on the modes of variation of nearly affined species or races of birds", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 19 (1850): 221–9]

and discusses moulting in birds.

Quotes instance of an action by an elephant that apparently displays considerable intelligence.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 160: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6406

From George Robert Crotch   2 October [1868]



Bibliographical references on [stridulation in] Coleoptera. Finds no idea of sex has occurred to authors [i.e., they do not find the stridulating organs differing according to sex; cf. Descent 1: 378–85].

Author:  George Robert Crotch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 82: A98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6407

From A. R. Wallace   4 October 1868



Sexual differences in coloration. Sexual selection versus natural selection as explanations. ARW continues to argue against sexual selection, saying that natural selection, in keeping the female dull for protection, would account for differences in sexual colouring more effectively than inheritance and partial transmission of sexually selected male colours. Colours of female birds of paradise. Protective coloration. Disagrees with CD on coincidence of hidden nests and bright colours of females.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: B68–69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6408

From Edward Blyth   4 October 1868



Replies to CD’s questions on sexual differences in birds.

Author:  Edward Blyth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 100–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6409

From J. D. Hooker   3 October 1868



Encloses copy of H. Barkly’s answer to JDH’s inquiry on the Seychelles Island crocodile.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 238–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6410

From Joseph Plimsoll   5 October 1868


A sermon.

Author:  Joseph Plimsoll
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 174: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6411

To A. R. Wallace   6 October [1868]


Sexual selection, protection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  6 Oct [1868]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434: 162–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6412

To John Tyndall   7 October 1868


Asks JT to distribute some circulars about the work of Gustavus Hinrichs of Iowa, whom CD wishes to help.

Admires JT’s Norwich address [to Mathematics and Physics Section, BAAS meeting, Rep. BAAS 38: 1–6] and his Fortnightly Review paper on scientific discovery [7 (1867): 645–60].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  7 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 5 (EH: 88205943)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6413

From John Tyndall   9 October 1868



Gustavus Hinrichs is also a [not highly regarded] correspondent of JT’s; he will put GH’s papers on the table at Royal Institution to ease CD’s conscience.

Dined with the Asa Grays at Hooker’s. Told Mrs Gray that CD’s ill health was a benefit because it caused him to ponder a great deal.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: C1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6414

To Hermann Müller   9 October 1868


Pleased HM says good words for Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  9 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 146: 431
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6415

From Adam Sedgwick   11 October 1868


Congratulates CD on election of his son [George] as a Fellow of Trinity College.

Describes his ill health.

Invites CD to visit Cambridge.

[Letter dated November in error.]

Author:  Adam Sedgwick
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6416

From W. S. Dallas   12 October 1868


Will finish translation of Für Darwin in a week.

Asks CD to use his influence to get him appointed Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society [London].

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6417

To Adam Sedgwick   13 October 1868


Thanks AS for congratulations on George Darwin’s Trinity fellowship.

Reminiscence of his geological tour of North Wales with AS and the encouraging messages received during the Beagle voyage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  13 Oct 1868
Classmark:  Mrs Romney Sedgwick (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6418

From Edward Wilson   14 October 1868


Encloses further replies from Australia to CD’s queries on expression. Wilson’s letter to CD enclosed the letter from Smyth with its enclosures (see S6314).

Author:  Edward Wilson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 125, DAR 186: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6419

From G. H. K. Thwaites   16 October 1868


On local black-boned fowls,

CD’s new book [Variation], and Pangenesis.

Author:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 178: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6420
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