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To James Paget   28 June [1879]

Summary

Thanks JP for his kindness, but unfortunately the [unspecified] case is of no use to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  28 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 238
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12127

To James Paget   14 July 1879

Summary

Returns an "old book" [? Baeta, Comparative view of the theories and practice of Drs Cullen, Brown and Darwin (1800); see Erasmus Darwin, p. 107]. Glad to see that Dr Erasmus Darwin’s views on fever were attended to.

Fears his life of Dr Darwin will be a poor affair. "Never again will I be tempted out of my proper work."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  14 July 1879
Classmark:  Indiana University, Lilly Library (Miscellaneous MSS.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12156

To James Paget   14 November 1880

Summary

Surprising thought that diseases of plants should illustrate human pathology.

Will recommend A. B. Frank’s article in a German encyclopedia, on diseases of plants, to Francis Darwin.

Gives JP a good case of regeneration in plants – the radicle of the common bean. That plants have little power of regeneration is not difficult to understand by anyone who believes in Pangenesis, "if such a man exists … There is reason to think that my imaginary gemmules have small power of passing from cell to cell."

Refers to early experiments in which he tried to produce galls in plants by injecting poisons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  14 Nov 1880
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12819

To James Paget   13 December 1880

Summary

"Perhaps you would like to see a very small ""tumour"" on a lateral branch of the Silver Fur, caused by an Oestrum, as stated (with references) in my Power of Movement in Plants. These tumours are sometimes almost as big as a child’s head. At what age they emit the upright shoot, I do not know."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Paget 1901, p. 409 n.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12911

To James Paget   3 June 1881

Summary

Is honoured by, and accepts JP’s invitation for 3 August.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  3 June 1881
Classmark:  Francisco Ayala (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13191

To James Paget   3 December 1881

Summary

Is delighted with JP’s article on vivisection ["Vivisection: its pains and its uses, No. 1", Nineteenth Century 10 (1881): 920–30]. CD is "boiling over with indignation on the subject".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  3 Dec 1881
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13526

To James Paget   [15 October–19 November 1859]

Summary

Thanks JP for bearing in mind his strong wish to learn any facts on inheritance at corresponding ages, and on correlation of growth.

JP’s case of teeth affected by syphilitic parents seems very curious. Would like to hear a few particulars when they meet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  [15 Oct – 19 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2500

To James Paget   19 December [1858]

Summary

Asks JP to remember him if anything occurs to him "in regard to inheritance at corresponding or rather earlier ages". Sends JP a few examples for his "Chronometry of life". CD is sure he often met with striking facts but he disregarded them. "Deviations alone would have struck me."

Effects of different climates on breeding periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  19 Dec [1858]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5314

To James Paget   11 March [1863]

Summary

Sends a sentence, quoting JP, on inherited peculiarities in eye-brows. Asks whether he may use it in his chapter on inheritance [Variation, ch. 12].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5436

To James Paget   29 April [1869]

Summary

Has made a wonderful recovery [from riding accident].

Asks for information on blushing and screaming [for Expression].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  29 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Autogr. b. 4, fol. 119a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6716

To James Paget   8 November [1869]

Summary

Thanks for confirmation about the extent of blushing.

Passed JP’s house but did not call; and now regrets his restraint.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  The Argyll Papers, Inveraray Castle (NRAS 1209/856)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6977F

To James Paget   4 June [1870]

Summary

Asks to have observations made of a person retching violently, but ejecting nothing from stomach, in order to test relation between spasmodic contraction of orbicular muscles and tears. CD believes tears are caused by matter filling nostrils.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  4 June [1870]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7217

To James Paget   18 January [1873]

Summary

JP’s note [8739] suggests reversion, but that is an easy trap. Will look to the ears of "our brethren at the Zool. Gardens".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  18 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8740

To James Paget   29 January [1873?]

Summary

Has heard from Ashwin Conway Newman of Guy’s Hospital of a case of a child without any prepuce whose father was a renegade, uncircumcised Jew, but whose ancestors had all been Jews. Newman thinks this a good case of inheritance with reversion. JP’s letter [missing] now shows how rash such a conclusion would be.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  29 Jan [1873?]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8752

To James Paget   3 May 1875

Summary

Thanks JP for volume of his lectures [Clinical lectures and essays, ed. H. Marsh (1875)].

Mentions "vivisection question".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  3 May 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.467)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9966

From James Paget   7 July 1875

Summary

Thanks for Insectivorous plants.

Intrigued by the analogy between fairy-rings and annular skin diseases, e.g., herpes and psoriasis.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10048

From James Paget   14 August 1875

Summary

Encloses copy of description of an outgrown stump. Refers to letter [missing] in which CD reports on a case of amputation. Would like to check J. Simpson’s cases before thinking everything is settled.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 174: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10117

From James Paget   30 May 1876

Summary

Instructs CD that his son [William] should take a holiday following his concussion.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.9: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10518

From James Paget   25 July 1879

Summary

Regrets that he cannot send the promised volume [Biographie médicale, 7 vols, 1820–5, biographical appendix to Dictionaire des sciences medicales]. Offers to have his son make an abstract of the biography [of Erasmus Darwin].

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12172

From James Paget   18 November 1879

Summary

Thanks for Erasmus Darwin. It is a rare life and an unmatched illustration of the transmission of intellectual strength.

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 174: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12328
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