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From W. E. Darwin   10 February [1880]

Summary

"Dia" [as a prefix] means "through, across".

WED’s wife would like to meet the Huxleys.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 209.7: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11352

From W. E. Darwin   6 January [1880]

Summary

Delighted by honour CD has received from Turin. Agrees with Horace that the money ought to be given to the Zoological Station at Naples.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 79)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12404F

From W. E. Darwin   [28 January 1880]

Summary

Thanks CD for giving money to the children. Is going to give money to Bessy, but not invest it until she is really rich. Returns Butler’s letter. Thinks Butler is looking for a grievance to write an article about.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Jan 1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 80)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12440G

From W. E. Darwin   6 April [1880]

Summary

Is beginning Geikie’s Ice age. Describes flints found on the common. Comments on exciting election.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12564G

From W. E. Darwin   24 June [1880]

Summary

Asks whether CD will forward enclosed to Lord Derby, and offers to send him a copy of the New York state survey. Will go to Beaulieu in the early autumn. Tells story about gallenes raised by hens being attacked.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 June [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12642G

From W. E. Darwin   20 August 1880

Summary

Asks CD to invite William James to stay before he returns to America.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1880
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 77)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12694F

From W. E. Darwin   16 September 1880

Summary

Sends four wrist bands, and advice on putting them on. George is well. Can easily get worm castings. Lilly and Mlle Wild arrived in a storm to stay the night. Is much amused by Sedgwick’s ferocious letter about Vestiges.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1880
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12714F

From W. E. Darwin   22 November [1880]

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Movement in plants and says he is enjoying it. Is pleased that a full article appeared in the Times. Will go to Beaulieu soon for worm casts. His gardener calls worms “our civil engineers”. Promised to tell Frank how to make plants bend.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 November [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12840F

From W. E. Darwin   26 November [1880]

Summary

Observations on worms’ pulling leaves into their burrows.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12861

From W. E. Darwin   1 December [1880]

Summary

Will soon manage to go to Beaulieu. Is glad the book is going off well. Is thinking of going to the Roman Villa at Brading on the Isle of Wight.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12880F

From W. E. Darwin   3 December [1880]

Summary

Description of remains of a Roman villa and the worm activity at the site.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12885

From W. E. Darwin   31 December [1880]

Summary

Sends diagrams [missing] showing worm action at two sites.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12957

From W. E. Darwin to Charles and Emma Darwin   22 July 1880

Summary

Returns Geikie’s letter; is glad he has accepted settlement of gravel through melting of snow. Is trudging around with hammer and bag with help of Ramsay’s book. Describes visits to Kenilworth and Stratford. Sara consulted a physician. Called on Reginald D. and enjoyed meeting relations and seeing picture of Erasmus. Reginald very taken with George.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin; Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  22 July 1880
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12665F

From the Darwin children   17 January 1880

Summary

Send CD a present of a fur coat.

Author:  Elizabeth (Bessy, Lizzy) Darwin; Francis Darwin; George Howard Darwin; Horace Darwin; Leonard Darwin; William Erasmus Darwin; Sara Sedgwick; Sara Darwin; Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 99: 208
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12428
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