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From John Michels   3 May 1870


Sends drawings of atypical Geranium and honeysuckle pollen-grains. Would they produce variation in seedlings?

Author:  John Michels
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10495

To V. O. Kovalevsky   22 February [1870]


"I have received a very large box full of beautiful tea from Russia yesterday … my life is as regular & monotonous as a clock.

I make sure, but wofully slow progress, with my new book."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  22 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (17 March 1995); Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (1 October 1953)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13060

From Charles Wicksted to Georgina Tollet   13 March [1870?]


Jury of fox-hunters report on hounds’ behaviour when catching fox. Fox never behaves like frightened dog.

Author:  Charles Wicksted
Addressee:  Georgina Tollet
Date:  13 Mar [1870?]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13857

From Benjamin Clarke   1 November [1870]


Sends CD some Indian corn seeds to demonstrate the extreme effect sometimes producible on progeny by the mutilation of a parent.

Writes of a recent book.

Author:  Benjamin Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 26 (EH 88206077)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5662

From St G. J. Mivart   [25 June 1870?]


Sets a time for CD to call.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 June 1870?]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5927

From Alice Bonham-Carter to Emma Darwin   25 January [1870]


Sends a translation of two sentences [on floral structure] as requested by Henrietta Darwin.

Author:  Alice Bonham-Carter
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  25 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 240
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6576

From Gilbert William Child   26 January [1870]


Sends 2d ed. of his Essays on physiological subjects (1869).

Author:  Gilbert William Child
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6579

From William Boyd Dawkins   29 January [1870]


Discovery of skull of "River-bed" race of man near Corwen.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6582

To Alexander Agassiz   [23 October 1870?]


Suggests time for AA to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Agassiz
Date:  [23 Oct 1870?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6595

From G. W. Child   16 February [1870]


Criticises chapter on good effect of crossing in Variation: (1) does not accept that inbreeding alone results in degeneracy; (2) good effects of crossing exaggerated; (3) denies deleterious effects of close marriage in humans.

Author:  Gilbert William Child
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6617

From J. D. Hooker   [7 March 1870]



Does not give much for botanical results of Round Island, but the zoology is wonderful.

Lyell’s new book [The student’s elements of geology (1870)]. Urges Lyell to make it Elementary principles.

Grove is disgusted with CD for being disquieted by William Thomson: "Take another dose of Huxley’s penultimate address to Geol. Soc." [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 25 (1869): 28–53].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Mar 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 42–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6646

To Thomas Woolner   10 March [1870]


Thanks for drawing. ‘The "Woolnerian tip" is worth anything to me.’

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Woolner
Date:  10 Mar [1870]
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. lett. d. 292, fol. 77)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6650

To T. H. Huxley   20 June [1870]


Asks for figures of embryos by A. Ecker and T. L. W. Bischoff to copy [for Descent, ch. 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  20 June [1870]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 269)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6788

From J. D. Hooker   [31 May 1870]



Sends enclosure [a letter from Lady Lyell?]. He is choking with vanity.

Is going to send Willy to Mr La Touche in Salop; he brought up young Colenso and Frank Lyell. Some of his friends will think he is sending his son into a nest of young adders!

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [31 May 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 46; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence 105: 236)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6964

To ?   17 November [1870]


CD has already agreed that Julius Victor Carus will translate his next book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  17 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Autogr. Darwin, Charles Robert, Bl. 3–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6993F

To Francis Darwin   5 December [1870]


Sends a cheque to clear FD’s debts. Hopes he will be more careful in the future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  5 Dec [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7021

From W. E. Darwin   [c. 17 February 1870]


Ask whether CD would like to subscribe again to National Education League. Describes the League’s goals.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 17 Feb 1870]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7039F

From G. H. Darwin   [20 April 1870]


Is leaving tonight for Genoa;

sends a French paper [not identified].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Apr 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7046

From Anne Jane Cupples   [28 November 1870]


Requests CD write in support of Government pension for her husband, George Cupples.

Author:  Anne Jane Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Nov 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7053

From Federico Delpino   [1870]


Sends CD "L’applicazione della teoria Darwiniana ai fiori ed agli insetti visitatori dei fiori" [Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 2 (1870)]. Continues to support vitalism and teleology.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7055
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