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To Francis Darwin   15 [July 1878]1

M. Marc Micheli has sent you a nor of Bib. Univ. Archives Sc. Phy & Nat. containing long report of Phys. Bot. for 1877.— seems very good & full, with report of your work.— I will keep it for a week to read & then send it you.2

I send Nature see to Thompson on strains & sent last week.3



The month and year are established by the reference to the Nature article on strains (see n. 3, below).
Micheli’s article, ‘Revue des principales publications de physiologie végétale en 1877’ (Review of the principal publications on plant physiology in 1877; Micheli 1878), was published in Archives des sciences physiques et naturelles, 15 April 1878. Micheli referred to F. Darwin 1878a and 1877b (see Micheli 1878, pp. 41–2, 44–5).
An abstract of a paper by George Howard Darwin (G. H. Darwin 1878b) in which George referred to William Thomson’s investigation of the bodily tides of an elastic sphere appeared in Nature, 4 July 1878, pp. 265–6. George’s work focused on calculations of the strains of an elastic solid and the flow of a viscous fluid.


Micheli, Marc. 1878. Revue des principales publications de physiologie végétale en 1877. Archives des sciences physiques et naturelles n.s. 62: 1–46.


A report has arrived for FD which CD will forward.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 211: 24
Physical description
1p AL incomplete?

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11511,” accessed on 17 May 2022,