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From Lawson Tait   25 February 1877

Summary

Wants to know how to obtain The thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, mentioned in Descent [1: 106].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10868

From Lawson Tait   13 June [1877]

Summary

Forwards a copy of his book Diseases of women [1877].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10999

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

From Lawson Tait   31 December [1877]

Summary

Speculation on the process by which tails have been lost; believes he has evidence from man that it is related to spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11297

From Lawson Tait   12 January 1880

Summary

Plans a "Darwin Festival" to celebrate CD’s birthday.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12418

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

From Lawson Tait   18 January [1880]

Summary

The Birmingham Philosophical Society proposes to celebrate CD’s birthday and make him their first Honorary Member. RLT will draft the address.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 213–214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12430

From Lawson Tait   [13 February 1880]

Summary

Encloses cuttings from Birmingham Daily Post, 12 February 1880, p. 4, and 13 February 1880, p.5, reporting the presentation to CD of the first honorary membership of the Birmingham Philosophical Society.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Feb 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 226.2: 44 (1 and 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12472F

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

From Lawson Tait   15 July [1880]

Summary

The Birmingham Philosophical Society wishes to establish a Darwin prize medal for original scientific work. A fund is being raised to support research. Asks CD to contribute.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 215–216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12653

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

From Lawson Tait   12 March [1875]

Summary

Purpose of bushy tails; their usefulness to their owners as a means of keeping warm.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885
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