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To G. G. Stokes   22 December 1875

Summary

CD is curious about the feathers but will wait to see whether H. C. Sorby’s paper appears.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (Add 7656: D72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10316

To G. G. Stokes   21 April [1876]

Summary

The Society’s rejection of R. L. Tait’s paper on Nepenthes is a lesson which will last CD for his life. It is clear that he should not have sent it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  21 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10462

To G. G. Stokes   28 April 1878

Summary

Gives a referee’s report on Samuel Haughton’s paper ["Notes on physical geology, no. IV", read 4 Apr 1878; published as "Physical geology", Nature 18 (1878): 266–8]. Believes his estimate of geological time is extremely wild. The conclusion that the interval of time separating the Miocene from the present is greater than that between the commencement of the Secondary period and the Miocene "seems almost monstrous". Recommends the paper not be published in the Proceedings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  28 Apr 1878
Classmark:  The Royal Society (RR8:107)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11488

To G. G. Stokes   28 May 1879

Summary

Reports on Joseph Prestwich’s paper, "On the origin of the parallel roads of Lochaber" [read 1 May 1879]. Strongly recommends that the paper be published in Philosophical Transactions [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 170 (1880): 663–726].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  28 May 1879
Classmark:  The Royal Society (RR8: 183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12066

To George Gabriel Stokes   [12 February 1863?]

Summary

Thanks GGS for calculation [to determine the chances of the same peculiarity recurring in a family, see Variation 2: 5]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  [12 Feb 1863?]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 7656: D76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4085

To G. G. Stokes   5 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks for congratulations on Francis Darwin’s success in the tripos examinations at the university of Cambridge.

The king of Prussia has awarded him the order Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  5 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (17–18 October 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5839H

To George Gabriel Stokes   18 February [1868]

Summary

Wants to know how the colour of the eye of the peacock’s tail is produced, whether it depends upon colouring matter in the feathers or reflection, and whether any varying structural change will account for the series of colours surrounding it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  18 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add 7656: D73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5891

To G. G. Stokes   28 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks GGS for information on the peacock’s feathers. Asks whether the colour zones around the "eye" could result from varying the thickness of the film of colouring matter or whether it would require different kinds of colouring matter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  28 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add MS 7656: D74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5950

To G. G. Stokes   11 March [1868]

Summary

Sends GGS examples of feathers from an albino peacock and repeats his query about the zones of colour [see 5950].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add MS 7656: D75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6003

From G. G. Stokes   20 December 1875

Summary

Notifies CD that information he [GGS] gave before on colours of peacock’s feathers was wrong [see 5891 et seq.] and refers CD to H. C. Sorby, who has worked on the subject.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1875
Classmark:  CUL Manuscripts Department Add 7656: D71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10310

From G. G. Stokes   14 April 1876

Summary

The Royal Society have not accepted R. L. Tait’s paper on insectivorous plants; it will be returned to CD, who submitted it.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 99: 92–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10452

From G. G. Stokes   27 February 1868

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Summary

On the play of colours in the peacock’s tail.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 47–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5943
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