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From G. H. Darwin to Nature   4 October [1873]

Summary

Sends, with CD’s approval, a clarification of CD’s explanation of how useless organs might diminish [see 9061]. Using Quetelet’s law of normal distribution GHD shows how horns of cattle, having become useless, would gradually diminish and finally disappear.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  4 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 16 October 1873, p. 505
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9087

From G. H. Darwin to William Clowes & Sons   11 July 1875

Summary

Sends errata for Insectivorous plants 2d printing.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  William Clowes & Sons
Date:  11 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 86: B24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10056F

From G. H. Darwin to William Clowes & Sons   17 July 1875

Summary

Errata for Insectivorous plants, 3d printing.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  William Clowes & Sons
Date:  17 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 86: B21, B23, B50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10074F

From G. H. Darwin   20 August 1875

Summary

CD’s suspicions that Legrain falsified experiments on interbred rabbits are like second sight. Has sent a copy of the letter to A. H. Huth.

Henry Sidgwick and A. J. Balfour are "spiritualising" again.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10129

From G. H. Darwin   12 October 1875

Summary

Sends an article for CD’s opinion.

Has finished an account of the globes for the Philosophical Magazine ["On maps of the world", 50 (1875): 431–44].

His poor health has interfered with his pitch experiments.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10191

From G. H. Darwin   [26 October 1875]

Summary

Has sent a copy [of his article on cousin marriage] to Hermann Müller.

Problem he is now working on is a tough nut: "It does not do what [James Clerk] Maxwell said it wd or ought to do".

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Oct 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10226

From G. H. Darwin   [after 28 March 1876]

Summary

Personal news – is unwell.

Mentions "Twin-papers" ["Short notes on heredity, etc., in twins", J. Anthropol. Inst. 5 (1876): 324–9] sent by Galton.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Mar 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10242

From G. H. Darwin to W. D. Whitney   21 December 1875

Summary

Müller has sent Chips [from a German workshop (1867–75)] and a boring defence against WDW’s attack. GHD feels he is maligned for using the weight of CD’s name in his Contemporary Review article. CD says Müller has misinterpreted a letter from CD as supporting him in his controversy with WDW.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  William Dwight Whitney
Date:  21 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (William Dwight Whitney Family Papers (MS 555): Box 23, folder 631 1875 Dec. 18-24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10314

From G. H. Darwin   [after 8 January 1876]

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Summary

Provides CD with a method of obtaining a numerical ratio that expresses the superiority in heights of crossed plants to self-fertilised plants.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 8 Jan 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 77: 144–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10349

From G. H. Darwin   25 April 1876

Summary

Is elated by his work on the alteration in the earth’s axis and the displacement of the poles. [See 10689.]

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10472

From G. H. Darwin   1 May 1876

Summary

Writes of his "geo-mathematical" work.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10489

From G. H. Darwin   31 May 1876

Summary

His paper on the alterations of the poles and changes in level of continents is in shape.

Sends Cambridge news.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10519

From G. H. Darwin   1 June 1876

Summary

Greatly excited by the astronomical implications of his work.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 June 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10522

From G. H. Darwin   20 June 1876

Summary

Comments on an address by William Thomson (‘On the rigidity of the earth’?), which is about the same problem that GHD is working on. Is confident Thomson has overlooked some points.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 June 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10541

From G. H. Darwin   [27? November 1876]

Summary

Sends W. Thomson’s complimentary opinion of his paper "On the influence of geological changes on the earth’s axis" [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 167 (1877): 271–312].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27? Nov 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10689

From G. H. Darwin   [9 September 1881]

Summary

Has found the missing packet of forks, which he will send or take to Down.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9 Sept 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13367

From G. H. Darwin   15 October 1881

Summary

Sends text of the gravestone inscription [for E. A. Darwin] and details of arrangements for removal of furniture from Queen Anne St.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13401

From G. H. Darwin   [after 15 October 1881]

Summary

Has sent the inscription [for E. A. Darwin’s gravestone]. If CD approves, will he forward it to G. S. ffinden [Vicar of Downe Parish] and William [Darwin].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 15 Oct 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13404

From G. H. Darwin   [18 October 1881]

Summary

Occupied with details of E. A. Darwin’s house and furniture. He has ordered a gravestone.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Oct 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13412

From G. H. Darwin   17 November 1881

Summary

Sends an agreement for his signature and forwarding to Patterson & Bloxham.

Hears that James Challis [Plumian Professor of Astronomy, Cambridge] is on the point of death. Believes he has a good chance to succeed him; sends a list of the electors.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13488
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