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To G. J. Romanes   13 December 1880

Summary

Discusses GJR’s idea of subjecting plants to brief flashes of light.

Hoped to see GJR in London, but was too tired.

Delighted his book Movement in plants has interested GJR.

Asks if GJR has example of dogs calling on each other to go hunting; there is a case half a mile away.

Has heard that Samuel Butler has abused him in his latest book, but he does not intend to look at it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. d. 3823, fols. 6–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12908F

To G. J. Romanes   20 December 1880

Summary

Comments on papers by Francis Darwin.

Suggests methods for growing seedlings for experiments involving light.

Comments on GJR’s observations on monkey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  20 Dec 1880
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.576)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12926

To G. J. Romanes   24 January 1881

Summary

Describes difficulty of obtaining pigs for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  24 Jan 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.580)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13024

To G. J. Romanes   28 January 1881

Summary

Has read with interest GJR’s review [of Samuel Butler, Unconscious memory (1880)] in Nature [23 (1880–1): 285–7]. Heroic of GJR to call down [Butler’s] revenge on his own head. Ernst Krause’s letter [Nature 23 (1880–1): 288] very good.

As magistrate, CD must enforce rules regarding infection in pigs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  28 Jan 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.581)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13029

To G. J. Romanes   11 February 1881

Summary

Thanks GJR for his second letter replying to Butler [Nature 23 (1880–1): 335–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  11 Feb 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.582)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13049

To G. J. Romanes   7 March [1881]

Summary

Comments on the meaning of his definition of the term, "animal intelligence". Encloses further discussion from his forthcoming book [Earthworms].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  7 Mar [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.584)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13075

To G. J. Romanes   9 March [1881]

Summary

Comments on GJR’s view of animal consciousness. Mentions experiment on learning among worms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  9 Mar [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.585)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13082

To G. J. Romanes   26 March 1881

Summary

Discusses difficulties involved in plant experiment designed to test Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  26 Mar 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.586)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13098

To G. J. Romanes   16 April 1881

Summary

Discusses concept of intelligence in his Earthworms manuscript.

Remarks on GJR’s work on echinoderms.

Comments on Wilhelm Roux [Der Kampf der Theile im Organismus (1881)].

Discusses animal instincts, citing Fabre’s description of sand-wasps.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  16 Apr 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.587)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13118

To G. J. Romanes   18 April 1881

Summary

Discusses GJR’s experiments on heliotropism in plants; views of Philippe van Tieghem and Julius von Wiesner. Describes his own experiments.

Mentions his letter on vivisection [to Frithiof Holmgren, see 13115] in the Times [18 Apr 1881].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  18 Apr 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.588)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13124

To G. J. Romanes   25 April 1881

Summary

Comments on GJR’s letter in the Times [25 Apr 1881] concerning vivisection. Mentions activity of anti-vivisectionists, G. R. Jesse and F. P. Cobbe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  25 Apr 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.589)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13138

To G. J. Romanes   27 May 1881

Summary

Agrees to sit for portrait. Thinks John Collier is a good artist, an opinion based on his portrait of Hooker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  27 May 1881
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LL/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13178

To G. J. Romanes   27 June [1881]

Summary

CD is glad the portrait [of CD by John Collier] has been arranged; suggests dates, but feels he should have no say in the subscriptions or remuneration.

Thinks the Lakes are beautiful.

Is reading W. Graham’s The creed of science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  27 June [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13221

To G. J. Romanes   4 July [1881]

Summary

Is returning to Down.

Rejoices that GJR writes so much in Nature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  4 July [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.594)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13232

To G. J. Romanes   7 August [1881]

Summary

Encloses notice about Wilhelm Roux’s book [see 13118].

Comments on John Collier’s portrait.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  7 Aug [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.596)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13279

To G. J. Romanes   2 September 1881

Summary

Unable to contribute an essay to a symposium on the subject of vivisection. Objects to use of term "symposium".

Mentions articles of Hermann Müller.

Death of his brother Erasmus [26 Aug 1881].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  2 Sept 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.597)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13312

To G. J. Romanes   14 October [1881]

Summary

Thanks GJR for his review of Earthworms [Nature 24 (1881): 553–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  14 Oct [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.598)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13398

To G. J. Romanes   12 November 1881

Summary

Discusses GJR’s controversy with the Duke [of Argyll] concerning Roux’s book [Der Kampf der Theile im Organismus (1881)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  12 Nov 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.601)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13479

To G. J. Romanes   8 December 1881

Summary

Discusses subscription for Grant Allen. Suggests present of microscope.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  8 Dec 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.603)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13536

To G. J. Romanes   10 December [1881]

Summary

Declines to provide testimonial for J. C. Ewart, since he has already done so for Lankester. Was also asked by W. C. M’Intosh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  10 Dec [1881]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.604)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13544
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