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To Francis Darwin   [after 21 January 1871]


Responds to Mivart’s Genesis of species. "I complain of his incessently speaking as if I trusted exclusively to natural selection … Mivart speaks in many places as if I entirely ignored the direct action of external conditions". Answers some of Mivart’s particular criticisms. Suggests FD read the letter to Marlborough Robert Pryor, as Pryor will never be able to read it himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 21 Jan 1871]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (28 March 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7425

To Francis Darwin   [28 February 1871]


Says Descent is "selling like Mad.––" Murray will print another 1500 or 2000 copies. Has received £630 for the 2500.

On Monday he visited Mivart, who is a charming man.

He seemed to be taken aback by CD’s points about the larynx and giraffe.

[See 7507 and 7519.]

He seemed to have forgotten CD’s argument regarding the formation of the greyhound.

Discussed the larynx and the silence of the Cetaceans.

If FD mentions any of this to [Marlborough Robert] Pryor, ask him not to mention it to anyone else "as it is perhaps rather a breach of confidence to repeat even to friends private conversation."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [28 Feb 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 2 and 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7520A

To Francis Darwin   25 March [1871]


If FD gets the chance, will he observe whether the platysma contracts in a shivering fit? Wants much to know whether the platysma of frightened patients contracts before chloroform is given.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  25 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7626

To Francis Darwin   22 April [1871?]


Please thank Mr Jackson for facts about shrugging, but case not distinct enough. Gestures associated with laughter. Platysma.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  22 Apr [1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7708A

To Francis Darwin   16 May [1871]


George [Darwin] plans a trip to America and would like FD to go [see 7757]. CD will gladly pay whole cost if the trip will not interfere with FD’s medical work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  16 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7761

To Francis Darwin   21 May [1871]


CD will pay for the American trip if it takes place.

Asks whether FD can help him understand the eyes of cephalopods; is the structure the same as in the Vertebrata and are the parts developed from homologous layers of skin?

Has been pleased by a recent review.

Postscript: Is thinking of a cheap edition of the Origin [1872] in which he hopes to answer St George Mivart’s criticisms.

Asks FD whether he can get some references to good papers on cephalapod eyes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  21 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 7–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7765

To Francis Darwin   6 June [1871]


Thanks for FD’s help. CD cannot conceive what Mivart means by "the identity between eyes of Cephalopods and Vertebrata".

Has invited Michael Foster to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  6 June [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7806

To Francis Darwin   [6 November 1871]


Asks who Fiske is. The articles [Harvard lectures?] are "so fair and in some respects so complimentary" that CD thinks he should write to him. [See 8058.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [6 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 271.3: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8054
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