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DCP-LETT-4727
From:  Robert Swinhoe
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Oct 1865?]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 328
Summary:  

Reports that dogs caught in the act of sodomy have been attacked by their fellows, who mutilate the offender’s genitals.

Gives a description of the nature and occurrence of the wild Bos of Formosa.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-4904
From:  Samuel Butler
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 106: A1–2; Butler 1923, pp. 198–201
Summary:  

Autobiographical letter describing how, when he could not conscientiously take orders, he went to New Zealand and has now returned to England to study art.

Fascinated and delighted by Origin

and is pleased that his pamphlet [Evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ] pleases CD.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-4905
From:  Thomas Henry Huxley
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 166: 310
Summary:  

Has returned from holiday. Family news.

Concern over Hooker’s health.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel2427
From:  Edward Sabine
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [2 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 15.276
Summary:  

Sends, for JH's signature, request from daughter of the late W. R. Hamilton for continuance of Hamilton's pension.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
DCP-LETT-4906
From:  Alfred Russel Wallace
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 106: B27–30
Summary:  

Information concerning improvements in the Reader under new sponsorship.

Current reading and work [on pigeons for Ibis 1 (1865): 365–400, and catalogue of his collection of birds].

Book of travels postponed indefinitely.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel1956
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Editor of the Intellectual Observer
Date:  [3 October 1865]
Classmark:  DMC.695A.885.35
Summary:  

A French civil engineer having proposed in the previous issue of the IO the idea of supporting roofs on the principle of the suspension bridge, JH reports that JH came up with this idea in 1836 and provides a sketch of such that JH made in that year.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel2544
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  [3 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 15.453 (C: RS:HS 24.123)
Summary:  

JH's daughter Maria is getting married. JH has been ill. The Iliad translation is almost finished.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
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DCP-LETT-4907
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 276
Summary:  

Encloses letter [from A. R. Wallace?] about the Reader.

Wants his opinion of a letter from Fritz Müller on climbing plants.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel11282
From:  John Lee
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [3 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 11.185
Summary:  

Sends a copy of the address of the President of the B.A.A.S. at Birmingham, also an Aylesbury newspaper containing the funeral sermon on Admiral W. H. Smyth. Misses Smyth very much. Hopes JH is well.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
DCP-LETT-4908
From:  Charles Shaw
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 147
Summary:  

Admiral FitzRoy’s daughters by his first marriage have been left without means. The largest subscription to the fund has been £100.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Faraday4568
From:  Michael Faraday
To:  Jean-Baptiste-André Dumas
Date:  4 October 1865
Classmark:  Williams et al. (1971), 2: 1022
Summary:  

No summary available.

Contributor:  Faraday Project
DCP-LETT-4909
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  4 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 223)
Summary:  

Has done nothing since 1 May. Slowly getting better under Bence Jones’s diet.

The Reader has been sold – would regret its failure as a newspaper for general science.

Pangenesis is recovering from shock it received from THH’s criticism.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel3097
From:  Adolphe Quetelet
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [4 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 14.262
Summary:  

Was in Paris when JH's letter arrived. Will print JH's article. Asks if there are changes to be made. Discusses future project Physique sociale, which will include theory of probability applied to ethics and political science.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel4504
From:  Jacob Tomlin
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [5 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 17.439
Summary:  

Requests JH's opinions on his theories of origins of language. Believes Hebrew is the root of all languages.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
FVM-01584
From:  Frederick Barlee
To:  Ferdinand von Mueller
Date:  6 October 1865
Classmark:  CSO letterbook, vol. 39, no. 449, State Records Office of WA, Perth
Summary:  

No summary available.

Contributor:  Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller Project
DCP-LETT-4911
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Samuel Butler
Date:  6 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  British Library (Add. MS 34486, f. 56)
Summary:  

Thanks SB for letter of 1 October.

Returns the printed letter in which SB replied to the Bishop [of Wellington, N. Z.]; it amused him.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
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DCP-LETT-4910
From:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 37–42
Summary:  

On novels he has been reading: Eliot, Richardson, etc.

On Wallace, the Reader, and anthropology.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel11145
From:  Hermann Kindt
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [6 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 11.33
Summary:  

Requests that JH send a few lines for a friend of HK's who is trying to develop a facsimile reproduction system.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel4087
From:  Charles Pritchard
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [6 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 14.97
Summary:  

Asks if JH anticipated the results of W. L. Newman's work on lens curvature.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel2545
From:  Adam Sedgwick
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [6 October 1865]
Classmark:  RS:HS 15.454
Summary:  

Thanks AS for his letter. Offers congratulations to newly married Maria Herschel. Will be returning to Cambridge to give his 46th course of lectures.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project