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From:
Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
[c. Jan 1874]
Source of text:
Nature , 19 February 1874, p. 309
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Unidentified
Date:
[1874–5?]
Source of text:
DAR 97: C40
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:
1 Jan 1874
Source of text:
The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 36)
Summary:

Thanks for two pamphlets.

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

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:
Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:
--1874
Source of text:
JDH/2/16 f.19, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:

JDH writes to Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer to complain about the Linnean Society, he describes it as having: 'no backbone, only an os sacrum that ought to be kicked'.

Contributor:
Hooker Project
From:
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:
Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:
--1874
Source of text:
JDH/2/16 f.25, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Summary:

JDH is determined that he & Sir William Thiselton-Dyer will not lose Currey [as a Secretary of the Linnean Society?]. JDH supports Thiselton-Dyer's plans to reform the Linnean Society. JDH will remonstrate Allman for snubbing the Linnean Society by sending his paper to the Royal Society. Thinks they can succeed in having the Council Room turned into a meeting room on a trial basis. JDH reassures Thiselton-Dyer that his sympathies are not opposed to biological botany. He thinks the work that Thiselton-Dyer was doing for him prior to the Cape flora was not advancing Thiselton-Dyer's scientific status or wealth, though it was of great use to JDH. Thiselton-Dyer's work on the Cape flora was to redress this balance, especially as it relates to his personal field of interest, geographic botany & there is an audience for it. If Thiselton-Dyer had expressed a preference for pure physiology over systematic work JDH would have been equally supportive & still urged him to seek work that was useful & paid well. JDH's opinion of the British Association [for the Advancement of Science] is that it has out lived its original purpose & is now in unnecessary competition with other societies. He concedes that [the 44th meeting of the British Association at] Belfast was exceptional as a useful British Association exercise. The Linnean Society is useful to JDH for its resources, he joined it for his own benefit as well as science's & is willing to exert some effort to preserve it, unlike the BA. JDH observes that the biological side of zoology is becoming associated with the Royal Society rather than the Linnean & thought there should be enough papers for both there is also competition from the zoology and microscopical societies. He thinks the latter should be assumed into the Linnean Society but doubts that is practical.

Contributor:
Hooker Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Unidentified
Date:
1 Jan 1874
Source of text:
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Eliza Phillips Thruston Houk
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
3 Jan 1874
Source of text:
DAR 166: 272
Summary:

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

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Henry Hoyle Howorth
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
3 Jan [1874]
Source of text:
DAR 90: 28–9
Summary:

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

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Unidentified
Date:
3 Jan 1874
Source of text:
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Summary:

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

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
James Crichton-Browne
Date:
5 Jan 1874
Source of text:
DAR 143: 347
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Bartholomew James Sulivan
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
5 Jan 1874
Source of text:
DAR 177: 299
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".

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Bartholomew James Sulivan
Date:
6 Jan [1874]
Source of text:
Sulivan family (private collection)
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".

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
William Waring
Date:
6 Jan 1874
Source of text:
Kent History and Library Centre (CKS-U1906/Z/1)
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?

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Hubert Airy
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
8 Jan 1874
Source of text:
DAR 159: 28
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:
8 Jan 1874
Source of text:
DAR 95: 310; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Asa Gray Correspondence: Letter from Gray to Hooker, folio 658)
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Smith, Elder & Co
Date:
8 Jan 1874
Source of text:
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 43127)
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Horace Darwin
Date:
9 Jan [1874]
Source of text:
DAR 185: 3
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.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
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From:
William Waring
To:
Charles Robert Darwin
Date:
9 Jan 1874
Source of text:
DAR 90: 76–8
Summary:

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

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Andrew Clark, 1st baronet
Date:
10 Jan [1874]
Source of text:
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.436)
Summary:

Invites AC to visit.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
William Waring
Date:
12 Jan [1874]
Source of text:
Kent History and Library Centre (CKS-U1906/Z/1)
Summary:

CD requests WW to ask a large breeder of greyhounds whether the increase in litters requires that some puppies be destroyed. If so, is it sufficient to destroy merely the small and weak? Would this result in more males or females being destroyed?

CD once used the Field to tabulate ratios of female to male births in greyhounds (110: 100).

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project