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From John Tyndall   2 February 1876

Summary

Tells CD of his engagement to Louisa, eldest daughter of Lord Claud Hamilton.

His investigations [into spontaneous generation] continue. He will deal with Bastian’s work [The modes of origin of lowest organisms (1871)].

The medical journals see that the end of the nonsense they have so long countenanced is nigh.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: C20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10377

To John Tyndall   4 February 1876

Summary

Sends congratulations and a teapot on the occasion of JT’s engagement.

Is pleased JT is not giving up on the spontaneous generation question. Feels strongly that subject will not be clear until it is understood how J. S. Burdon Sanderson and others succeeded in getting bacteria in infusions they had boiled for a long time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 24 (EH 88205962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10379

From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

Summary

JT will not quit the subject [of spontaneous generation] until light is let in on every cranny of the question.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1876
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10381

From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

Summary

The teapot is exquisite. Louisa says to say "the gift is worthy of the giver. Nothing higher can be said."

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1876
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10382
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