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From T. H. Farrer   4 May 1879

Summary

Is struck by the amazing variations of the hardy Primula varieties.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12031

From Ernst Krause   5 May 1879

Summary

Sends first part of MS of Erasmus Darwin.

Has found useful criticism of Anna Seward in J. G. Lockhart’s Life of Sir Walter Scott.

CD should regard MS as a draft and correct anything that seems incorrect or questionable. Asks biographical questions about Dr Darwin. Can CD give information about origin of family name?

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B22–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12032

To G. H. Darwin   5 May [1879]

Summary

Asks GHD to look for a life of Sir Henry Rayburn [Raeburn] "who is spoken of as famous and who painted Charles Darwin [1758–1778] when dead". Asks why he painted the corpse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  5 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12033

From G. H. Darwin   5 May 1879

Summary

Sends CD an article on Dr Erasmus Darwin [from Monthly Magazine, see 12028].

Tells of a "discovery" he has made about taking observations of the sun. Does not know yet whether it is new.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12034

From Leonard Darwin   7 May 1879

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Summary

Has been trying unsuccessfully to weigh something for CD.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 186: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12035

To G. H. Darwin   7 May [1879]

Summary

A big book arrived for GHD before CD left Down. Hopes it is Thomson and Tait [Treatise on natural philosophy, 2 vols., 2d ed. (1869)]. It shows what they think of GHD.

Thinks it grand if GHD has made a correction about "such an old sinner as the Sun" and hopes his arithmetic on his old subject will turn out right.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  7 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12036

From W. S. Dallas   7 May 1879

Summary

Has received the enlarged MS for Erasmus Darwin from E. Krause.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 102–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12037

From Ernst Krause   8 May 1879

Summary

Will wait for CD’s preliminary essay before proceeding with German edition [of Erasmus Darwin]. Regards CD’s essay as the principal attraction. Would like to finish German edition by end of July.

Author:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B24–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12038

From W. S. Dallas   8 May 1879

Summary

Has difficulty with E. Krause’s orthography and quotations.

Asks CD to lend him Anna Seward’s biography [Memoirs of the life of Dr Darwin (1804)].

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 104–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12039

From John Fordyce   8 May 1879

Summary

Compatibility of evolution and theism.

Author:  John Fordyce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12040

To John Fordyce   7 May 1879

Summary

Believes it absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent theist and evolutionist; gives the examples of Kingsley and Asa Gray. As regards CD’s own views, his judgement often fluctuates but "I have never been an Atheist in the sense of denying the existence of God". Thinks that "generally (and more and more as I grow older) … an Agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Fordyce
Date:  7 May 1879
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12041

To Ernst Krause   9 May [1879]

Summary

Answers EK’s queries about Erasmus Darwin’s friends and relations. Will rectify Anna Seward’s false account of Dr Darwin’s conduct. Advises EK to leave to him the account of the Darwin family. Declines EK’s offer to allow CD to alter his MS. Fears repetition in the two essays. They can judge how best to present the material when they have seen each other’s manuscripts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  9 May [1879]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36182)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12042

From H. A. Pitman   9 May 1879

Summary

CD awarded the Baly Medal of the Royal College of Physicians.

Author:  Henry Alfred Pitman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 174: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12043

From Robert Tachau   9 May 1879

Summary

Are modifications in human form and intellect due solely to natural selection or do altered external conditions also play a role?

Author:  Robert Tachau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12044

From W. S. Dallas   9 May 1879

Summary

Has CD seen Samuel Butler’s Evolution, old and new [1879], which contains a biography of Erasmus Darwin and exposition of his philosophy? "Does not this rather take the wind out of our sails?"

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12045

From K. P. von Kaufman   9 May 1879

Summary

Sends a collection of wheat varieties from Turkestan in response to a newspaper notice of CD’s interest.

Author:  Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (Константин Петрович фон Кауфман)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 169: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12046

To H. A. Pitman   [13 May 1879]

Summary

Appreciates award of the Baly Medal and hopes to attend ceremony on 26 June.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Alfred Pitman
Date:  [13 May 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 174: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12047

From G. H. Darwin   10 May 1879

Summary

Sends abstracts of more articles [on Dr Erasmus Darwin] from Monthly Magazine.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12048

To G. H. Darwin   [11 May 1879]

Summary

CD is particularly obliged for the copy of Maria Edgeworth’s letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [11 May 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12049

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   13 May 1879

Summary

CD astonished at receiving the Baly Medal of the Royal College of Physicians.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  13 May 1879
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12050
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