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To Francis Darwin   [1878?]

Summary

Forwards an unspecified work for FD to read.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [1878?]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11302

To H. D. Garrison   [1878]

Summary

Regrets he was not at home when HDG called.

HDG’s observations on the evolution of the human ear are well worth consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herod Dailey Garrison
Date:  [1878]
Classmark:  Felter 1902, p. 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11306F

From Ellen Harrison to Emma Darwin   [January 1878]

Summary

On an elephant’s crying when foot was operated on.

Author:  Ellen Harrison
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11304

To Édouard Heckel   1 January 1878

Summary

Pleased EH is translating Forms of flowers. Agrees "cowslip" and "oxlip" ought to be translated by their scientific names.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Édouard Marie (Édouard) Heckel
Date:  1 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) (13 and 14 December 2011, lot 37038)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11306

To Raphael Meldola   1 January [1878]

Summary

Good article by Fritz Müller in Kosmos supporting August Weismann’s views on caterpillars.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  1 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11305

To Hermann Müller   1 January [1878]

Summary

Thanks HM for his review [of Forms of flowers, Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 286].

Thinks HM’s previous article was very important [Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 128–40]. CD will "heartily rejoice" if HM has explained the steps by which Rhamnus and Valeriana have been rendered dioecious.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  1 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 438
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11307

From Raphael Meldola   2 January [1878]

Summary

Wishes to borrow third part of Fritz Müller’s article on sexual selection in butterflies [Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 218–24].

Is forwarding material on stridulation, including Prof. Wood-Mason’s paper ["Note on Mygale stridulans", Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1877): 281–2], which should interest CD.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308

To ?   2 January 1878

Summary

Thanks correspondent for note and specimen; they will be of use in new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 249: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308A

To F. J. Cohn   3 January 1878

Summary

Comments on discovery of micro-organisms in disease.

Describes experiments carried out by Francis Darwin on filaments of Dipsacus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Date:  3 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer) (no date)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11310

From E. A. Greaves   3 January 1878

Summary

The portrait of Erasmus Darwin by Wright of Derby has been dispatched.

Author:  Elizabeth Anne Greaves
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.14: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11309F

To Raphael Meldola   3 January 1878

Summary

Is dispatching December number of Kosmos.

Will read the discussion on stridulation that RM mentioned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  3 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11309

From William Farrer   4 January 1878

Summary

Sends cutting on origin of variety of merino sheep.

Would like references to works on breeding.

Author:  William James (William) Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11311

To Karl von Scherzer?   4 January 1878

Summary

Discusses dates when he might meet the prince (Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) in London, or perhaps the Prince might visit Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl von Scherzer
Date:  4 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (11 October 2007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11311F

From Hyde Clarke   5 January 1878

Summary

Cites language books; a comparison of them shows unity of language.

Author:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 161: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11312

To W. W. Baxter   6 January [1878]

Summary

Asks about the composition of a spermaceti ointment which he has been buying for some years "because I blackened some young shoots of plants with this ointment mixed with Lamp-black & it produced an extraordinary effect on the shoots, which I think cannot be accounted for merely by the exclusion of light".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  6 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Parke-Bernet (dealers) (6 February 1962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11314

From W. W. Baxter   7 January 1878

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Summary

Constituents of spermaceti ointment supplied to CD. Perhaps effect was caused by substance used to bleach the bees-wax.

Author:  William Walmisley Baxter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 209.8: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11315

From Leonard Darwin   7 January 1878

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Summary

LD’s chemical analysis of lamp-black.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 209.8: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11316

From Leonard Darwin   8 January 1878

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Summary

Has been testing lamp-black for ammonia.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 186: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11317

To Raphael Meldola   11 January [1878]

Summary

Thinks there can be no objection to RM’s using a Fritz Müller letter [see 11319].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  11 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11318

To Fritz Müller   12 January 1878

Summary

CD and son [Francis] working on spontaneous movements of plants and heliotropism.

Has given [Raphael Meldola] permission to read extracts of FM’s last letter [not found], on odours emitted by moths, before Entomological Society [Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1878): ii–iii].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  12 Jan 1878
Classmark:  British Library (Loan MS 10 no 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11319
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