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To Lawson Tait   2 March 1876

Summary

Thanks RLT for his letter. CD took much trouble over his two cases [regrowth of amputated supernumerary digits, in Variation] but the evidence was shaky.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  2 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 147: 527
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10414

To Lawson Tait   25 March [1876]

Summary

RLT’s two articles in Spectator [4 Mar and 25 Mar 1876] greatly honour CD.

Tait has made a good point about "Survival of the Fittest".

Dr Rudinger’s extensive inquiries show that all eminent German surgeons are unanimous about non-growth of extra digit after amputation.

J. Kollmann has written regretting CD has given up atavism and extra digits [in 2d ed. of Variation]; gives new evidence of a rudimentary sixth digit in batrachians.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  25 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10428

To Lawson Tait   28 March 1876

Summary

James Paget’s scepticism about regrowth of digits. Suggests RLT experiment with amputation of digits, both extra and normal, of kittens and fowls. Fears they will fail to regrow, but, if regrowth is proved, it will be an important discovery.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  28 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Roy Davids Ltd (dealer) (1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10434

To Lawson Tait   24 April 1876

Summary

The Royal Society have returned RLT’s Nepenthes paper and will not have it read because of unfavourable reports from referees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  24 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 202: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10470

To Lawson Tait   29 April [1876]

Summary

Sends Thiselton-Dyer’s suggestions for references to Nepenthes,

and gives his opinion on what will influence the Royal Society’s Council in considering RLT’s candidacy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  29 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10484

To Lawson Tait   5 May 1876

Summary

CD sends the gist of an extremely negative report from the [Royal Society’s] physiological referee on the value of RLT’s modifications of Brücke’s process for isolating pepsin [see 10470].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  5 May 1876
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10497

To Lawson Tait   6 August 1876

Summary

CD accepts membership in the Birmingham Natural History Society.

Thanks RLT for article. CD cannot quite agree that "under a theological point of view, the origin of evil is explained by survival".

Is glad RLT has not given up polydactylism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  6 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10571

To Lawson Tait   17 January [1877]

Summary

CD has only a trifling point to make in criticism [of RLT’s excerpt from Diseases of women]: he believes "the high value of well-bred males is due to their transmitting their good qualities to a far greater number of offspring than can the female".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  17 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10800

To Lawson Tait   15 June [1877]

Summary

Thanks RLT for his work, Diseases of women.

CD is also interested by RLT’s letter reporting a cat rearing chickens. "What a wonderful instinct is the maternal one."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  15 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11001

To Lawson Tait   13 November [1877]

Summary

CD declines to write for RLT’s new journal. He is not fitted for the work and dislikes it particularly. It costs loss of time as he "cannot change with ease from one job to another".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11235

To Lawson Tait   13 January 1880

Summary

The honour RLT proposes [Darwin Festival] is a great one, "but would it not be better to wait until I am in my grave?"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Jan 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12420

To Lawson Tait   15 January [1880]

Summary

Sends copy of Kosmos [containing Krause’s article on Erasmus Darwin].

Believes he can spare an Erasmus Darwin letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  15 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12425

To Lawson Tait   13 February 1880

Summary

CD thanks RLT for his two notes, a newspaper article, and a copy of RLT’s address honouring him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Feb 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12475

To Lawson Tait   14 February 1880

Summary

Would be glad to see RLT at Down if he thinks it fit to come there to deliver the address honouring CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  14 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 147: 535
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12481

To Lawson Tait   16 July [1880]

Summary

Is honoured by RLT’s announcement, and offers a contribution to the Birmingham scientific fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  16 July [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12659

To Lawson Tait   19 July 1880

Summary

Sends £25 for the Birmingham Philosophical Society scientific fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  19 July 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12662

To Lawson Tait   12 October 1881

Summary

Owes much to Birmingham and great honour conferred on him, but cannot write what RLT wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  12 Oct 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13394

To Lawson Tait   13 February 1882

Summary

Thanks for the birthday greetings.

"I feel a very old man and my course is nearly run."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Feb 1882
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13682

To Lawson Tait   8 October 1871

Summary

Does not know anything about a supra-condyloid process on the humerus, but would like to see RLT’s paper should he publish on the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  8 Oct 1871
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7993

To Lawson Tait   [13–15 March 1875]

Summary

Thinks CD is right about the retention of a tail.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  [13–15 Mar 1875]
Classmark:  Birmingham Daily Post, 8 April 1875, p. 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885F
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