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To G. H. Darwin   27 November [1874]

Summary

CD thinks better of "cousin paper" than GHD does.

With respect to GHD’s "viscous work", remembers endless discussions of movement of viscous matter 20 years back, apropos of movement of glaciers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9735

To G. H. Darwin   2 December [1874]

Summary

Appleton will bring out the new edition of Descent in the U. S., so GHD’s work will now be in three editions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  2 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9741

To G. H. Darwin   [6 December 1874]

Summary

Returns historical sketch [of GHD’s "cousin paper"?] with comments. "For Heavens sake put a sentence in some conspicuous place that your results seem to indicate that consanguineous marriage, as far as insanity is concerned, cannot be injurious in any very high degree."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [6 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9746

To G. H. Darwin   10 [February 1875]

Summary

J. T. Knowles [editor of Contemp. Rev.] hopes W. D. Whitney’s article will be a long one.

CD is sorry about GHD’s account of his low spirits. "I know well the feeling of life being objectless & all being vanity of vanities."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  10 [Feb 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9851

To G. H. Darwin   2 [April 1875]

Summary

CD recounts events of the April-fool’s day séance at Hensleigh [Wedgwood]’s. Asks GHD to find out whether Sidgwick’s account of it agrees with what he has heard. "What rubbish the whole does seem to be!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  2 [Apr 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9911

To G. H. Darwin   30 January [1871]

Summary

Returns and sends comments on Clarke Hawkshaw’s essay ‘The persistence of forms of life in the depths of the sea’.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  30 January [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7466F

To G. H. Darwin   3 May [1872]

Summary

Thanks GHD for extracts, but says the subject of music is beyond him.

Suggests that GHD deliberate over one or two sentences of his paper on dress ["Developments in dress", Macmillan’s Mag. 22 (1872): 410–16].

Refers to prospective marriage of Amy [Ruck and CD’s son Francis].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 May [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8308

To G. H. Darwin   22 January 1873

Summary

Concerned about GHD’s health. Sends a prescription for a cough mixture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8747

To G. H. Darwin   5 March [1873]

Summary

Distressed by the poor health of GHD and Horace. Asks them to come home.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  5 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8799

To G. H. Darwin   [3 April 1873]

Summary

Anxious to have GHD come home because of his poor health. Recommends Huxley’s physician (Andrew Clark) – an advocate of milk diet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [3 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8839

To G. H. Darwin   2 August [1873]

Summary

Thinks highly of GHD’s article [probably "On beneficial restrictions to liberty of marriage", Contemp. Rev. 22 (1873): 412–26]. A good omen for the future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  2 Aug [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8997

To G. H. Darwin   3 October [1873]

Summary

CD thinks GHD’s letter is an excellent clarification [of CD’s conjectural view on the elimination of useless parts in species], but does not want to publish it as his [CD’s] own. Asks GHD to think carefully before he publishes it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9085

To G. H. Darwin   12 October [1873]

Summary

Asks GHD whether he can tell him what inclination a polished or waxy leaf ought to hold to the horizon in order to let vertical rain rebound off as much as possible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9096

To G. H. Darwin   21 October [1873]

Summary

CD gives his criticisms of GHD’s essay on religion and the moral sense. Urges him to delay publishing for some months and then to consider whether it is new and important enough to counterbalance the effects of its publication. J. S. Mill would never have influenced the age as he has done had he not refrained from expressing his religious convictions. Cites John Morley’s Life of Voltaire [1872]: direct attacks produce little effect; real good comes from slow and silent side attacks. "My advice is to pause, pause, pause."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1:14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9105

To G. H. Darwin   24 [October 1873]

Summary

"It is a fearfully difficult moral problem about speaking out on religion, & I have never been able to make up my mind."

An Irishman, a "grand breeder" of short-horns, declared at lunch that CD’s books had been "a great help to [him] in breeding!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 [Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9111

To G. H. Darwin   15 November [1873]

Summary

CD writes about organising a subscription for Dohrn’s Zoological Station at Naples. Has drawn up a draft circular for naturalists to sign to show their support for the Station.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  15 Nov [1873]
Classmark:  National Records of Scotland (GD433/2/103A/1/1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9142

To G. H. Darwin   [17 November 1873]

Summary

Sorry to hear of GHD’s poor health – he could have pleasant society at Cambridge if he were stronger.

Contributes £75 [to a fund for Naples Zoological Station] "if the affair goes on after we hear from Dohrn".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [17 Nov 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9148

To G. H. Darwin   20 November 1873

Summary

CD is looking for editorial assistance in preparing a new edition of Descent, and inquires whether GHD might be interested in taking on such a tedious job.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9157

To G. H. Darwin   24 November 1873

Summary

Pleased that GHD will help with second edition of Descent. Cautions him not to alter strength of CD’s expression or improve the style too much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9159

To G. H. Darwin   12 [December 1874 or January 1875?]

Summary

Regrets the trouble GHD has had.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 [Dec 1874 - Jan 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9221
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