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From T. G. Bonney to Francis Darwin   [January 1882]

Summary

Wishes to know veracity of a report of CD’s reactions on seeing certain slides of supposedly organic material from meteorites.

Author:  Thomas George Bonney
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1882]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 247
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13591

To G. H. Darwin   [1882?]

Summary

Encloses a letter from a Mr Hill on some [unspecified] legal matter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [1882?]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13590

From F. Müller   1 January 1882

Summary

In answer to CD’s query, FM thinks the seeds he sent were those of the sensitive Mimosa.

Reports his observations of movement of leaves of Bauhinia grandiflora and B. brasiliensis. They do not "sleep" in hot weather.

Sends some seeds of Pontederia he had fertilised.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 106: D19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13593

To G. J. Romanes   1 January [1882]

Summary

Describes grafting experiment of Baron de Villa Franca, which produced new varieties of sugar-cane. Encloses related documents.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  1 Jan [1882]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.609)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13592

To Grant Allen   2 January 1882

Summary

Thanks GA for his article ["The daisy’s pedigree", Cornhill Mag. 44 (1881): 168–81].

The evolutionary argument that petals are transformed stamens is "striking and apparently valid". Doubts petals are naturally yellow.

Wallace’s "generalization about much modified parts being splendidly coloured" is also dubious except as both are caused by sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  2 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13594

To V. O. Kovalevsky   2 January [1882]

Summary

Thanks VOK for a photograph and his New Year wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  2 Jan [1882]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13596

From A. de Souza Correa   2 January 1882

Summary

Thanks CD for letter for Villa Franca. Would be happy if CD published the Baron’s observations in an English scientific journal.

Author:  João Arthur (Arthur) de Souza Corrêa
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 160: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13595

To G. J. Romanes   3 January [1882]

Summary

Asks GJR’s opinion about grafting experiments on sugar-cane carried out by the Baron [de Villa Franca].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  3 Jan [1882]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.610)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13597

From H. C. Sorby   3 January 1882

Summary

Reports the inconclusive results of some experiments he has been doing for CD [related to plant colouring material?].

Author:  Henry Clifton Sorby
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 177: 220
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13598

From W. E. Darwin   4 January 1882

Summary

Has sold London & South Western Railway stock and has purchased Great Western stock.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13599F

To Fritz Müller   4 January 1882

Summary

On F. M. Balfour.

Effects of ammonium carbonate on roots.

FM’s Pontederia case is very curious.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  4 Jan 1882
Classmark:  British Library (Loan MS 10 no 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13599

To Theodor Eimer   6 January [1882]

Summary

Is obliged for TE’s paper on the wall lizard and another paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gustav Heinrich Theodor (Theodor) Eimer
Date:  6 Jan [1882]
Classmark:  CUL: Library Correspondence 1953: ref. 1273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13600F

To G. J. Romanes   6 January 1882

Summary

Accepts GJR’s offer to prepare sugar-cane paper for publication [Villa Franca and Glass, "New varieties of sugar-cane", Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1880–2): 30–1]. Suggests introduction and outline.

Agrees with GJR on microscope for Grant Allen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  6 Jan 1882
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.611)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13600

From Hyacinth Hooker   7 January 1882

Summary

Thanks CD for financial assistance for Mr Fitch and his wife.

Author:  Hyacinth Symonds; Hyacinth Jardine; Hyacinth Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 104: 244–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13602

From J. F. Simpson   7 January 1882

Summary

Has read Earthworms; discusses parts and encloses a list of errata. Writes of worm-castings, describing his observations; speculates on the variation in their distribution under different conditions.

Author:  J. F Simpson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 177: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13601

To Darwin Children   8 January 1882

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Summary

Advises his children as to how some money will be distributed among them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elizabeth (Bessy, Lizzy) Darwin; Francis Darwin; George Howard Darwin; Horace Darwin; Leonard Darwin; William Erasmus Darwin; Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Date:  8 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 185: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13603

From J. W. Judd   8 January 1882

Summary

Praises G. H. Darwin’s letter ["On the geological importance of the tides", Nature 25 (1882): 213–14] which criticises the use made of George Darwin’s views by Robert Ball ["A glimpse through the corridors of time", Nature 25 (1881): 79–82, 103–7]. JWJ argues from the fineness of Cambrian sediments against Ball’s intensification of geological forces. Massive Carboniferous river deltas also contradict Ball’s excessively high tides.

Author:  John Wesley Judd
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 168: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13604

From W. E. Darwin   9 January [1882]

Summary

CD’s division of his surplus income; fire engines; Sara Darwin’s relatives; GHD’s paper in Nature.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan [1882]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 112)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13672F

From J. H. Gilbert   9 January 1882

Summary

Thanks CD for Earthworms.

Discusses the problem of accounting for difference between nitrogen in permanent grassland and ordinary arable soil. Finds castings of earthworms rich in nitrogen. Asks CD if his observations enable him to explain the source. If from below top-soil, it would be a considerable manuring.

Author:  Joseph Henry Gilbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 165: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13605

From Gottlieb Haberlandt   9 January 1882

Summary

Sends his paper on the comparative anatomy of the assimilatory tissue systems of plants [Jahrb. Wiss. Bot. 13 (1882): 74–188]. This work has made clear to him how CD’s principles produce rich results when applied to plant anatomy.

Also sends a paper on the difficult problem of the gulf between cryptogamic and phanerogamic plants in the evolutionary development, in order to present another proof of the continuity of the phylogenetic development of the plant kingdom.

Author:  Gottlieb Haberlandt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 166: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13606
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