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To T. L. Brunton   [1874–5?]

Summary

Comments on behaviour of babies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  [1874–5?]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9215

From J. S. B. Sanderson   [1874]

Summary

Note on the chemical composition of teeth.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.2: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9214

From Fritz Müller   [c. January 1874]

Summary

Agrees with Bates that neuter termites are not modified imagos (sterile females), but modified larvae (of both sexes).

Systematic relations of stingless honey-bees (Melipona and Trigona) are not yet well established.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Jan 1874]
Classmark:  Nature, 19 February 1874, p. 309
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9281

To B. W. Richardson   [1874–82]

Summary

Convinced from the experience of his father and grandfather that no cause has led to so much suffering and inherited ill-health as the consumption of alcohol.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Ward Richardson
Date:  [1874–82]
Classmark:  B. W. Richardson [1882?]: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9223F

To ?   [1874–5?]

Summary

Although he formed a high opinion of one of the correspondent’s papers, regrets that he could not presume to give an opinion of the merits of a candidate in chemistry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1874–5?]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9217

To Fritz Müller   1 January 1874

Summary

Thanks for two pamphlets.

Sends Thomas Belt’s [The naturalist in Nicaragua (1874)], "the best Nat. Hist. book of travels ever published".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  1 Jan 1874
Classmark:  British Library (Loan MS 10 no 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9223

From J. D. Hooker   [1874?]

Author:  unknown
Addressee:  unknown
Date:  
Classmark:  DAR 58.2: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9212

To ?   1 January 1874

Summary

CD sends thanks for the honour conferred by his election as an honorary member, though ill health may prevent his taking advantage of the privileges granted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  1 Jan 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9222

From E. P. T. Houk   3 January 1874

Summary

Sends paper she read before AAAS, but which was not accepted for Proceedings.

Author:  Eliza Phillips Thruston Houk
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 166: 272
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9225

From H. H. Howorth   3 January [1874]

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Summary

On the extinction of populations. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 183.]

Author:  Henry Hoyle Howorth
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 90: 28–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8722

To ?   3 January 1874

Summary

Has no objection to having his name appear as honorary member of [unidentified] club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  3 Jan 1874
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9224

To James Crichton-Browne   5 January 1874

Summary

Requests help for George Darwin’s investigation of marriages of first cousins. Seeks to determine proportion of first-cousin offspring among the insane, deaf and dumb, blind, etc.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  5 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 347
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9227

From B. J. Sulivan   5 January 1874

Summary

Mentions family news;

sends a little magazine [missing] dealing with South American mission and showing "what teaching and the gospel of Christ is doing for those poor Natives".

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 177: 299
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9226

To B. J. Sulivan   6 January [1874]

Summary

Thanks BJS for the missionary pamphlet and his good account of the Fuegians.

Is under the care of Andrew Clark, and feels "very old & helpless".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Date:  6 Jan [1874]
Classmark:  Sulivan family (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9229

To William Waring   6 January 1874

Summary

CD has previously received information on colours of greyhounds. Now asks whether breeders rear all puppies, and, if not, do they selectively rear more males or females?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Waring
Date:  6 Jan 1874
Classmark:  Kent History and Library Centre (CKS-U1906/Z/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9228

From Hubert Airy   8 January 1874

Summary

W. J. Beal’s paper ["Phyllotaxis of cones", Am. Nat. 7 (1873): 449–53] shows incompleteness of HA’s theory, but does not invalidate his basic principles on origin of leaf arrangement or the broad applicability of the theory.

Author:  Hubert Airy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 159: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9232

To J. D. Hooker   8 January 1874

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Summary

Thanks JDH for Asa Gray’s interesting letter.

Would like JDH’s copy of Coral reefs. Needs it for corrections for a new edition. Cannot buy one.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 310; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Asa Gray Correspondence: Letter from Gray to Hooker, folio 658)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9231

To Smith, Elder & Co.   8 January 1874

Summary

Pleased they will publish a new edition of Coral reefs, and he will soon consider any addenda and write a short preface.

Will return the wood-blocks of Journal of Researches the following week.

Could his copy of Coral Reefs please be returned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  8 Jan 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 43127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9233F

To Horace Darwin   9 January [1874]

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Summary

CD is glad Horace has done "pretty well" in his examination.

Smith and Elder will publish new edition of Coral reefs [1874]; thanks HD for aid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  9 Jan [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9234

From William Waring   9 January 1874

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Summary

Breeders normally destroy weak and puny puppies in large litters, but would keep females if only one or two.

Author:  William Waring
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 90: 76–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9235
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