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From James Paget   [1872]

Summary

"I am at work on the nervous mimicry of organic disease: I have some hope that, during my work, I may fall on some facts which may be of interest to you, and you may be sure that I shall send them to you."

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1872]
Classmark:  S. Paget ed. 1901, p. 408
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8130

From ?   [1872–4]

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Summary

Notes some corrections for 2d ed. of Descent.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1872–4]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 151–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7424

To [?]   [1872?]

Summary

Queries about the pitch of children’s crying.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1872?]
Classmark:  British Library (Surrogate RP 8051)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8135F

From W. E. Darwin   [1 January 1872]

Summary

Worm action at Stonehenge.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Jan 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8137

From J. D. Hooker   1 January 1872

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Summary

Gladstone’s private secretary [West] has written that the Government plans to alter JDH’s position with regard to the First Commissioner of Works [Ayrton].

Huxley is not better after his Brighton trip.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8136

From J. J. Moulinié   1 January 1872

Summary

The difficulties of incorporating the reorganised chapters of the 6th English edition of Origin into JJM’s translation, which was made from the 5th edition.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 277
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8138

From [?]   [1872 or later]

Summary

Extract from the History of the rise and progress of the Killerby, Studley and Warlaby herds of shorthorns by William Carr (1867).

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1872 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13888

To J. D. Hooker   2 January 1872

Summary

Heartily glad about the news of the Ayrton affair development.

Huxley looks very unwell from too much miscellaneous work; CD wishes he could be made a Director General for transference of British Museum and for other scientific work, as JDH suggests.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 94: 216–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8139

To W. E. Darwin   3 January [1872]

Summary

Thanks for letter [8137]. Finds observation at Stonehenge of depth of mould at different parts of slope "most valuable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  3 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8140

From A. C. Ramsay   3 January 1872

Summary

Further details and measurements of the stones in the courtyard pavement for CD’s investigation of earthworm action.

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8141

From W. E. Darwin   [4 January 1872]

Summary

Sends comments on his diagram of Stonehenge. Will go to Beaulieu.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4 Jan 1872]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8141F

From St G. J. Mivart   4 January 1872

Summary

Sends his reply to Huxley’s criticisms [Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 168–97].

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8143

To J. J. Moulinié   4 January 1872

Summary

Was unaware that chapter headings [of Origin] had been printed off [in French edition (1873)]. Suggests that new part of chapter 7 be printed as appendix.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  4 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. suppl. 66 fol. 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8142

To St G. J. Mivart   5 January 1872

Summary

Feels that StGJM’s review of Descent [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90] greatly misrepresents CD’s opinions and conclusions. Feels their differences of opinion are so great that discussion of almost any subject would be a waste of both their time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  5 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8145

To Mary Treat   5 January 1872

Summary

Praises MT’s observations and asks her to repeat experiments on the the relation of sexes of butterflies to the nutrition of the larvae.

Is glad she will publish her observations on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Date:  5 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Amy Nagashima (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8146

To L. C. Wedgwood   5 January [1872]

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Asks her to probe worm-holes on grassy slopes with a knitting needle to ascertain whether they come out at right angles to the slope or to the horizon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lucy Caroline Wedgwood; Lucy Caroline Harrison
Date:  5 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (Add 4251: 331)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8144

To Francis Darwin   6 January 1872

Summary

Asks FD questions about his sketch [missing] of ridges and furrows. [FD’s answers are interlined.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8147

From St G. J. Mivart   6 January 1872

Summary

As a man of science, StGM has no choice but to pursue what he sees as the truth. Will happily admit he has misrepresented CD if CD will disclaim the position that StGM attacks.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 198
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8148

To F. E. Abbot   8 January 1872

Summary

CD is grateful for the eulogy in Index [no. 104]. Many would disagree. It is the fashion to say he is a good observer with "an utterly illogical mind".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  8 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8151

To St G. J. Mivart   8 January [1872]

Summary

Wishes their correspondence regarding their differences to be dropped, as CD feels that nothing he could say would have any influence on StGJM.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  8 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8149
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