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From Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

On the Christian God; questioning of CD’s religious beliefs.

Author:  Maria
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12385

To Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

Regrets he has not time to develop points touched on in her letter and that he does not understand what information she wants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 24v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12386

From Maria   [1880–2]

Summary

Writes at length on importance of God and Catholicism, and the need to seek salvation.

Author:  Maria
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1880–2]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12387

To George Rolleston   [1860–82]

Summary

Envelope only, addressed to Professor Rolleston in Oxford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  [1860–82]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13891F

To Horace Darwin   1 January 1880

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Summary

Arrangements regarding HD’s allowances.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 185: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12392

From C. H. Tindal   1 January 1880

Summary

Encloses extracts from the correspondence of [the Ven. Robert] Clive concerning Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Charles Harrison Tindal
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 227.7: 11–13, 16, 18, 25, 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12392F

From Samuel Butler   2 January 1880

Summary

Asks CD for reference to the edition of Kosmos that contains the original of Ernst Krause’s article on Dr Erasmus Darwin. There are serious differences between the translation by W. S. Dallas and the Feb [1879] article by Krause on which CD, in the preface to Erasmus Darwin, says it was based. SB notes in particular that the concluding sentence of the translation, which is clearly aimed at [SB’s] Evolution, old and new, is not in the original. Since readers will assume the text of Erasmus Darwin was written before his book appeared, SB asks for an explanation.

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B65–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12393

From Joseph Prestwich   2 January 1880

Summary

Having reviewed the history of the Glen Roy debate ["On the origin of the parallel roads of Lochaber, and their bearing on other phenomena of the glacial period", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 170 (1880): 663–776], JP wishes to know whether it is accurate to say CD has abandoned the marine theory.

Author:  Joseph Prestwich
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 174: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12394

From B. J. Sulivan   2 January [1880]

Summary

Repeats extracts of a letter received from Bishop Stirling’s daughter containing anecdotes and observations of the Fuegian natives.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 308
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11818

To Samuel Butler   3 January 1880

Summary

Krause altered the MS [of his essay on Erasmus Darwin] considerably before sending it to be translated. This is a common practice, but CD now regrets he did not state in his preface that the article had been modified. The translation had been arranged before SB’s book [Evolution, old and new] was announced.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Butler
Date:  3 Jan 1880
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 34486 D ff. 84–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12396

From J.-H. Fabre   3 January 1880

Summary

Sends a copy of his Souvenirs entomologiques [1879].

Author:  Jean-Henri Casimir (Jean-Henri) Fabre
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 164: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12398

To Joseph Prestwich   3 January 1880

Summary

JP is right; CD gave up [Glen Roy theory] when he read T. F. Jamieson ["On the parallel roads of Glen Roy", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 19 (1863): 235–58].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Prestwich
Date:  3 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 147: 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12397

To B. J. Sulivan   3 January 1880

Summary

Returns BJS’s Christmas good wishes.

The progress of Tierra del Fuego is almost as wonderful as that of Japan.

Is sorry to hear about Mellersh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Date:  3 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 147: 515
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12399

From Wallis Nash   4 January 1880

Summary

Reports on the comfortable life of an immigrant in Oregon.

Author:  Wallis Nash
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 172: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12400

To Ercole Ricotti   4 January 1880

Summary

Thanks for awarding him the Bressa prize. Has sent an order to receive the 12,000 lira.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ercole Ricotti
Date:  4 Jan 1880
Classmark:  www.ornithomedia.com/magazine/art_mag441_alberto_masi.pdf (accessed 1 December 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12399F

To Adolf Ernst   5 January 1880

Summary

Has read AE’s paper in Nature [21 (1880): 217] on Melochia, a new family of heterostyled plants, and suggests some crosses to be carried out to determine the fertility of illegitimate seedlings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Ernst
Date:  5 Jan 1880
Classmark:  State Darwin Museum, Moscow (GDM KP OF 8972)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12402

To Ernst Krause   5 January 1880

Summary

The reviews of Erasmus Darwin are mainly favourable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  5 Jan 1880
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36198)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12403

To C. H. Tindal   5 January 1880

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Summary

Thanks for the information about Dr Erasmus Darwin and his parents.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Harrison Tindal
Date:  5 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 185: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12405F

To Vincent, Teja & Co   5 January 1880

Summary

Requests that they receive, on his behalf, an award of 12000 lira [lire!?] from the Royal Academy of Sciences of Turin, and transmit it to the Union Bank, London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vincent, Teja & Co.
Date:  5 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 202: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12405

To A. R. Wallace   5 January 1880

Summary

Admiration of ARW’s ["The origin of species and genera", Nineteenth Century (Jan 1880)]. Good use of Allen’s "admirable researches".

Disappointment about the Epping Forest appointment.

Farrer’s article in Fortnightly Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  5 Jan 1880
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 46434 ff. 286–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12401
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