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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 [W. W. Baxter?]   11 May [1873]


Requests litmus paper and gum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  11 May [1873]
Classmark:  Columbia University in the City of New York, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Herter Box 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8319

To Federico Delpino   1 May 1873


Asks whether, in Italy, varieties of Lathyrus odoratus, Pisum sativum, and Phaseolus multiflorus must be grown separately to come true.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Federico Delpino
Date:  1 May 1873
Classmark:  Anna Barone (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8892

To Isidoro Dell’Oro   2 May 1873


Thanks correspondent for sending him an account of silkworms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Isidoro Dell’Oro
Date:  2 May 1873
Classmark:  University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (MSS gen 02.014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8893

To John Tyndall   2 [May] 1873


Hopes JT does not think him over-cautious in requesting the return of the copies [of Huxley’s letter]. Has sent Huxley a list of the subscribers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  2 [May] 1873
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 19 (EH 88205957)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8894

To John Murray   4 May [1873]


Asks Murray not to announce Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 May [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 436
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8897

To A. W. Bennett   5 May [1873]


Recommends H. Müller’s Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred William Bennett
Date:  5 May [1873]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8898

To Felix von Luschan   5 May 1873


Thanks FL for sending his essays and some photographs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix von Luschan
Date:  5 May 1873
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Nachl. Felix v. Luschan: Darwin, Charles)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8899

To Hermann Müller   5 May 1873


Comments on HM’s book [Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)]. Particularly glad to read historical sketch and discussion of work of C. K. Sprengel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  5 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 434
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8901

To William Ogle   5 May [1873]


Recommends H. Müller’s Die Befruchtung den Blumen durch Insekten (1873).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ogle
Date:  5 May [1873]
Classmark:  James P. Evans (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8901F

To T. B. Leffen   7 May 1873


Thanks for note and information.

Mentions venomous caterpillars in Africa and Australia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Bray Leffen
Date:  7 May 1873
Classmark:  State Library Victoria, Melbourne (MS 6219, Box 231/3. Diary of G. F. Belcher vol. 3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8903

To W. M. Canby   7 May 1873


Thanks for the Dionaea leaves. They support CD’s anticipation that they are adapted to let the smaller fry escape [see Insectivorous plants, p. 312].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Marriott Canby
Date:  7 May 1873
Classmark:  Natural History Society of Delaware
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8904

To J. V. Carus   8 May [1873]


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

To Friedrich Hildebrand   15 May 1873


Asks for results of FH’s experiments fertilizing some flowers with pollen from the same flower, & other flowers with pollen from distinct flowers borne by the same plant.

Has read FH’s paper on the distribution of the seeds of the Graminæ (Hildebrand 1872, pp. 740–1) with great interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  15 May 1873
Classmark:  Klaus Groove (private collection); sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8912F

To S. J. Pozzi   15 May 1873


Answers questions about the translations of some species names.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Jean Pozzi
Date:  15 May 1873
Classmark:  Nicholas Bourdet (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8912G

To Charles Lyell   16 May [1873]


Thanks CL for copy of Antiquity of man [4th ed. (1873)]; will read the modified or new parts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  16 May [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.427)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8913

To V. O. Kovalevsky   21 May 1873


VOK’s paper ["Osteology of Hyopotamidae", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 21 (1872–3): 147–65] appears a very valuable one.

Discusses work of VOK’s brother [Alexander] on Sagitta and the ascidians.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  21 May 1873
Classmark:  Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg branch: SPBB ARAS (Fond 300. Register 1a. Folder 4. P. 1-2 r)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8916

To J. J. Weir   22 May 1873


Has no doubt he will find JJW’s address interesting.

Thinks same spot for nesting might prove attractive to birds, though they had had no intercommunication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Jenner Weir
Date:  22 May 1873
Classmark:  Bernard Quaritch (dealers) (2003, 2007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8919

To Anton Kerner von Marilaun   24 May [1873]


Thanks for ‘Die Schutzmittel des Pollens gegen die Nachtheile vorzeitiger Dislocation und gegen die Nachtheile vorzeitiger Befeuchtung’ (Preventive measures of pollen against damage by premature dislocation and moistening; Kerner 1873) and several pamphlets.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anton Kerner von Marilaun
Date:  24 May [1873]
Classmark:  Archive of the University of Vienna (151.273-2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8920F

To Francis Galton   28 May 1873


Comments about questionnaire CD completed for FG [for Galton’s English men of science (1874)].

Describes his early interest in collecting and his education.

Asks about determining the mean heights of two groups of men.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  28 May 1873
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/15); Pearson 1914–30, 2: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8924
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