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From W. E. Darwin   [24 August 1877]


Action of heavy rain on the leaves of Robinia.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24 Aug 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10753

From D. Appleton & Co.   [1 August – 15 September 1877]



Statement of U. S. sales of CD’s works.

Author:  D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Aug – 15 Sept 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 159: A100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11089

From A. H. Sayce   2 August 1877


Thanks CD for permission to quote his comments; mentions some of his conclusions with regard to the early speech of children.

Thanks for [newspaper] account of American Philological Association meeting.

Author:  Archibald Henry Sayce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11090

From Theodor von Heldreich   2 August 1877


Sends paper on Greek plants.

Author:  Theodor Heinrich Hermann (Theodor) von Heldreich
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 166: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11091

From F. J. Cohn   5 August 1877


Praises unbroken series of CD’s and Francis [Darwin]’s botanical works.

Confirms FD’s Dipsacus observations. Problem of interpreting microscopic filaments as protoplasm or as inorganic and osmotic artifacts.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11093

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   10 August 1877


Information on plants requested by CD.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11100

From F. J. Cohn   [10?] August 1877


Accepts CD’s offer to publish his letter, confirming Francis Darwin’s observations [see Collected papers 2: 205–7].

H. Hoffmann’s observations on Amanita contractile filaments must be repeated.

Microscopic examination of secretory gland filaments in Dipsacus leafcups. FD’s pseudopod theory of Dipsacus.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10?] Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 204
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11101

From G. J. Romanes   11 August 1877


Believes in differentiated nerve-tracts [in Medusa] because of experiment in which contractile waves blocked. [See GJR’s "Evolution of nerves", Nature 16 (1877): 231–3, 269–71, 289–93.] Did not know author of MS was Miss Lawless. Describes experiment on contractile waves in Aurelia. Also studying starfish.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1877
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11103

From E. W. Black   13 August 1877



Encloses specimens of milk-weed with trapped insects. Indian hemp catches insects in the same way but with less success.

Author:  Evans Willson Black
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11104

From G. J. Romanes   13 August 1877


Thanks for CD’s comments on ["Evolution of nerves"]. Admits that he may have "been too keen in my scent after nerves".

Notes effect of reversing direction of current in muscular tissue.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1877
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11105

From Alphonse de Candolle   14 August 1877


Thanks for Francis Darwin’s Dipsacus paper.

Dislikes the word "protoplasm", because improved microscopes will uncover more fundamental substances. Also "plasma" merely hides the ignorance of modern chemists.

Expects waxy, glaucous-leaved plants to be most frequent in dry temperate climates.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11106

From William Ogle   21 August 1877


Thanks for Forms of flowers.

Suggests plant hairs protect them from insects either mechanically or by stinging.

Author:  William Ogle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 173: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11109

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   25 August 1877


CD’s curious observations on Trifolium resupinatum.

Describes a Maranta remarkable for its leaf asymmetry: its leaves are elliptical on one side and oblong on the other.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11111

From Herman Semmig   27 August 1877


Sends a published diary [Das Kind, 2d ed. (1876)] in which he recorded the early growth of his first child. Hopes it may find an English translator.

Author:  Friedrich Herman (Herman) Semmig
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11115

From R. I. Lynch   [28 August 1877]



Observations on movements of leaves of Erythrina crista-galli in green-house and out of doors.

Author:  Richard Irwin Lynch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Aug 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 209.14: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11116

From G. H. K. Thwaites   28 August 1877


Thanks for Forms of flowers.

Insects that infest and are parasitic upon the fig fruit.

Author:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11119

From Frederick Schwerzfeger   29 August 1877



Asks for a loan.

Author:  Frederick Schwerzfeger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 201: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11120

From E. A. Darwin   31 August [1877]



Sends a dividend.

Recommends a novel but is sure Emma will not like it.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11123

From R. F. Cooke   15 August 1877


Electrotypes of woodcuts [of Forms of flowers] are ready for Koch [of Schweizerbart]. Murray has printed 1250 copies, instead of 1000 as planned.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 490
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11107

From T. H. Farrer   26 August 1877



Counted 40 worm-holes after rain; four or five in the wall.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 164: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11112
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