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From W. B. Dawkins   1 December 1875


Asks CD to sign papers for Royal Society candidacy of W. B. Clarke.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10285

To J. D. Hooker   1 December [1875]



Comments on R. L. Tait’s claimed isolation of digestive ferments from Nepenthes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 399–400
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10283

To Lawson Tait   1 December [1875]


Abstract sent to the Royal Society. It seems to CD "uncommonly clear and well-done".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  1 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Josh B. Rosenblum (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10284

From J. D. Hooker   2 December 1875



E. R. Lankester is in danger of being black-balled for admission to the Linnean Society; Thiselton-Dyer is in the midst of the fight.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 45–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10286

From W. R. S. Ralston   2 December 1875


CD’s letter from Tiflis is not in Russian but Georgian.

Author:  William Ralston Shedden-Ralston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 176: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10287

From Francis Darwin   [after 2 December 1875]


Sends thanks for CD’s help in making him a Fellow of the Linnean Society. Dyer has sent some Erinem.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 2 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10287G

From W. R. S. Ralston   3 December 1875


S. C. Malan, Rector of Broadwindsor, could translate Georgian letter from Tiflis.

Author:  William Ralston Shedden-Ralston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 176: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10288

To Thomas Carlyle   4 December 1875


A letter of congratulation to Thomas Carlyle on his 80th birthday signed by CD and 118 others; to accompany the gift of a commemorative medal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Carlyle
Date:  4 Dec 1875
Classmark:  National Trust (Carlyle’s House)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10288G

To Quintino Sella   4 December 1875


Acknowledges QS’s letter [10280f] and the diploma of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Quintino Sella
Date:  4 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Fondazione Sella – Biella (archivio: carte di Quintino Sella, serie Accademia dei Lincei, m. 6, f. 20, s.f. Charles Darwin)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10288F

To August Weismann   6 December 1875


Comments on AW’s essay [on "Axolotl", Z. Wiss. Zool. 25 (suppl.) (1875): 297–342] with respect to evolutionary reversion. Peloric flowers must also be considered reversion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  6 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 148: 345
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10289

From Archibald Geikie   7 December 1875


Asks for CD to add his name to James Croll’s application to the Royal Society of London.

Author:  Archibald Geikie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Haslemere Educational Museum (LD-8-885-P351)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10289G

To W. R. S. Ralston   7 December [1875]


Snow has caused postponement of trip to London. Will inform WR when he arrives.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ralston Shedden-Ralston
Date:  7 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Bradford Galleries (dealers) (1992)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10289F

From Francis Darwin   [before 8 December 1875]


Sends Linnean papers.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 8 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10287F

From Arthur Nicols   8 December 1875


He will repeat his experiments on the cat’s sense of smell.

The intelligence of rats is shown by their gnawing through lead pipes to find water.

Author:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 172: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10290

To? Archibald Geikie?   9 December 1875


CD has signed James Croll’s certificate [of nomination to Royal Society] with real pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Geikie
Date:  9 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen 524/12 Coll-74/11/12 1. 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10291

To J. D. Hooker   10 December [1875]


Asks JDH to try to come to luncheon if he is in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Pushkin House, St Petersburg: Literary Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature (Constantin Romanov, collection of O. A. Novikov: ПД 1975 ф.137 оп 1, no. 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10293

To T. H. Huxley   10 December [1875]


Is coming to London. Will call on THH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 325)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10292

From Samuel Newington   10 December 1875


Reports on various observations and experiments: a duck–fowl hybrid with queer habits,

three cases of man–dog hybrids,

his interarching vine experiments,

and orange scale.

Author:  Samuel Newington
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 172: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10294

To ?   [after 11 December 1875]


Strongly disapproves of the blackballing of Edwin Ray Lankester by the Linnean Society. States the reasons for his disapproval and hopes they will be considered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 11 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10296

To J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1875]



CD is furious at the prospect of Lankester’s being black-balled by the Linnean Society. He plans to solicit support from various members and to come up with Frank for the voting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 401–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10295
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