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From Lawson Tait   29 November [1875]

Summary

RLT’s insectivorous plants paper.

The success of a recent lecture.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10281

To Lawson Tait   1 December [1875]

Summary

Abstract sent to the Royal Society. It seems to CD "uncommonly clear and well-done".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  1 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Josh B. Rosenblum (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10284

From Lawson Tait   21 February 1876

Summary

RLT to review 2d ed. of Variation and write an article on Pangenesis.

Discussion of "Survival of the Fittest".

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 28–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10405

To Lawson Tait   22 February [1876]

Summary

Herbert Spencer invented the term "survival of the fittest". CD used it but found "natural selection" more convenient.

He has often spoken of natural selection’s destruction of individuals which do not come up to "proper standards of structure", which comes to nearly the same thing as RLT’s suggested distinction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  22 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Randall House, Santa Barbara (dealers) catalogue XXV (1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10406

From Lawson Tait   1 March 1876

Summary

Regrowth of an amputated extra thumb.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10412

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

From Lawson Tait   26 March [1876]

Summary

Cat born tailless as a consequence of a spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10429

From Lawson Tait   27 March [1876]

Summary

Regrowth of amputated digits is a capacity possessed by the new-born but rapidly lost.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10431

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

From Lawson Tait   25 April [1876]

Summary

Apologises for placing CD in the objectionable position of sponsor for a rejected paper. RLT has gone over old ground in ignorance.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10473

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   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

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

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
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