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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 H. F. H. Elliot to G. H. Darwin   [before 11 March 1873?]

Summary

Instinctive responses in animals.

Author:  Hugh Frederic Hislop Elliot
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [before 11 Mar 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 163: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7422

From G. H. Darwin   [1 October 1873]

Summary

Discusses his health following a visit to Dr C[lark?]. Has made an appointment for CD.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8702

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

From G. H. Darwin to John Tyndall   [7 April 1873]

Summary

CD particularly wishes to see JT "On business not connected with himself" [the fund for Huxley’s holiday]. Asks whether CD may call that afternoon. GHD adds postscript saying CD very fatigued. He hopes JT can come to see CD instead, but he should not mention that GHD suggested it.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  [7 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 12 (EH 88205950)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8846

From G. H. Darwin   8 July 1873

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Summary

Corrects chemical concentrations CD has been using [in insectivorous plant experimentation].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July 1873
Classmark:  DAR 55: 160–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8969

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

From G. H. Darwin to Richard Strachey   [29 August 1873]

Summary

Writes for CD to thank RS for his very valuable information.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Strachey
Date:  [29 Aug 1873]
Classmark:  The British Library (IOL Mss Eur F127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9031

From G. H. Darwin   [25 September – 3 October 1873]

Summary

Criticises CD’s letter to Nature ["Complemental males in certain cirripedes", Collected papers 2: 177–82].

On the elimination of useless parts.

GHD fails to see the point of CD’s use of the law of distribution about a mean.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Sept – 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 205.1: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9070

From G. H. Darwin   [c. 16 October 1873?]

Summary

Sends table showing relative force of impact of weight dropped on a plane inclined at different angles.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 16 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9078

From G. H. Darwin   [before 3 October 1873]

Summary

Sends CD a draft of a letter to Nature [see 9087], which he thinks expresses CD’s meaning.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9084

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

From G. H. Darwin   5 October 1873

Summary

Has decided to send the letter ["Variation of organs", Nature 8 (1873): 505].

Writes of his poor health and problems of settling in at Trinity.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9088

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

From G. H. Darwin   16 October 1873

Summary

On bodies of varying elasticity bouncing off inclined planes [see 9096].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9097

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
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