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From Lawson Tait   27 March [1875]

Summary

Is preparing a paper on the umbilical cord ["On the anatomy of the umbilical cord", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 23 (1875): 498–501; 24 (1876): 417–40] of which he sends a preliminary note [missing]. Believes spiral growth of the umbilical cord is important evidence of the descent of man; speculates on spiral growth in general.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9904

From Lawson Tait   8 April [1875]

Summary

Arrangements for a visit to Down.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9918

From Lawson Tait   25 February 1877

Summary

Wants to know how to obtain The thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, mentioned in Descent [1: 106].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10868

From Lawson Tait   13 June [1877]

Summary

Forwards a copy of his book Diseases of women [1877].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10999

From Lawson Tait   31 December [1877]

Summary

Speculation on the process by which tails have been lost; believes he has evidence from man that it is related to spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11297

From Lawson Tait   12 January 1880

Summary

Plans a "Darwin Festival" to celebrate CD’s birthday.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12418

From Lawson Tait   18 January [1880]

Summary

The Birmingham Philosophical Society proposes to celebrate CD’s birthday and make him their first Honorary Member. RLT will draft the address.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 213–214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12430

From Lawson Tait   [13 February 1880]

Summary

Encloses cuttings from Birmingham Daily Post, 12 February 1880, p. 4, and 13 February 1880, p.5, reporting the presentation to CD of the first honorary membership of the Birmingham Philosophical Society.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Feb 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 226.2: 44 (1 and 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12472F

From Lawson Tait   15 July [1880]

Summary

The Birmingham Philosophical Society wishes to establish a Darwin prize medal for original scientific work. A fund is being raised to support research. Asks CD to contribute.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 215–216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12653

From Lawson Tait   29 July 1881

Summary

Points out what he believes to be two errors in CD’s paper on inheritance [Nature 24 (1881): 257; Collected papers 2: 230–1].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 178: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13257

From Lawson Tait   12 March [1875]

Summary

Purpose of bushy tails; their usefulness to their owners as a means of keeping warm.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885

From Lawson Tait   16 March [1875]

Summary

Uses of tails of mice. Functions of tails generally.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9889

From Lawson Tait   17 March [1875]

Summary

Sends a short essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] on which he would welcome CD’s opinion. Believes problems of pathology can be attacked by regarding them from "Darwinian" point of view.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9892

From Lawson Tait   2 June [1875]

Summary

Paralysis of the nervous system of Dionaea. Uses of tails of mice.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10007

From Lawson Tait   5 June [1875]

Summary

May publish a lecture on insectivorous plants and would like to dedicate it to CD.

Wishes to become an F.R.S.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10011

From Lawson Tait   12 June [1875] 

Summary

Has separated out a pepsin-like substance from the secretion of Drosera, which he proposes to call "Droserin".

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10015

From Lawson Tait   12 June [1875] 

Summary

Intends sending a paper containing some of his histological work [see "Freezing process for section-cutting; … staining and mounting sections", J. Anat. & Physiol. 9 (1875): 249–58].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10016

From Lawson Tait   16 June [1875] 

Summary

Is waiting impatiently for the appearance of CD’s book [Insectivorous plants].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10020

DCP-LETT-10022

Summary

Insectivorous plants: the means and site of absorption of digested animal matter. [Newspaper clipping enclosed.]

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10022

From Lawson Tait   24 June [1875]

Summary

An article on RLT’s lecture on insectivorous plants has appeared; the author adopts an anti-Darwinian attitude [see "Flower traps", Spectator 19 June 1875, pp. 784–5; RLT’s reply in Spectator 26 June 1875, pp. 816–17.]

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 June [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10029
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