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From G. H. Darwin   10 October 1878

Summary

Recounts the experiments on Fechner’s law he has found in Helmholz; they are on the smallest perceptible differences of illumination. Describes how to test whether plants’ responses to lights are in accordance with it.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11722

To G. H. Darwin   29 October [1878]

Summary

Rejoices that he should have "staggered" William Thomson so quickly and that the latter should speak of GHD’s "discovery". The internal heat [of the earth] will please geologists and evolutionists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  29 Oct [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11729

To G. H. Darwin   2 November [1878]

Summary

Forwards pamphlet (Jules Carret 1878) to GHD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  2 Nov [1878]
Classmark:  Institute of Astronomy Library, University of Cambridge (Jules Carret 1878: R.c.1473)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11733F

From G. H. Darwin   7 November 1878

Summary

Encloses William Thomson’s report on GHD’s paper. Some of it was written in Rayleigh’s hand.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 71, The Royal Society (RR/8/91)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11738

To G. H. Darwin   8 November [1878]

Summary

Delighted with [William Thomson’s] report. "There can be no doubt now about the value of your work." CD has "not been so much pleased for a long time".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  8 Nov [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11740

From G. H. Darwin   14 December 1878

Summary

Asks CD if he would screw himself up to inviting A. Newton to Down.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11796

From G. H. Darwin   3 March 1879

Summary

Thanks CD [for his increased allowance?].

Writes of his tour [in Algeria].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11914

From W. D. Fox to G. H. Darwin   15 April [1879]

Summary

Fears he cannot give much information for CD’s book [Erasmus Darwin]. Recounts how his mother’s health was improved by Erasmus Darwin’s treatment. Remembers being attacked as a boy by an angry lady whose beautiful teeth were extracted by Dr Darwin "to cure some nervous spasms".

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  15 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 175–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11995

To G. H. Darwin   19 April [1879]

Summary

Thanks him for his efforts. CD cared most about the letter to Thomas Okes [see Erasmus Darwin, pp. 14–15]. "Cannot think who the calumnious article cd have been about [in?] 1802."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  19 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12004

From W. D. Fox to G. H. Darwin   21 April [1879]

Summary

Has no letters or papers [of Erasmus Darwin].

Suggests CD cite some of Erasmus Darwin’s poems to answer the charge of atheism [see Erasmus Darwin, p. 44].

Recounts a story of a remarkable cure by Dr Darwin, showing his sagacity and daring.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 177–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12006

From Richard Okes to G. H. Darwin   29 April 1879

Summary

Thinks King’s College Library may have the letters of his grandfather [Thomas Okes of Exeter]. [See Erasmus Darwin, p. 14.]

Author:  Richard Okes
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 192–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12016

To [G. H. Darwin]   [12 July 1879?]

Summary

Reginald Darwin’s pleasure at receiving some old family information.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [12 July 1879?]
Classmark:  DAR 210.18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12022

From G. H. Darwin   [before 3 May 1879]

Summary

Encloses some references [missing] to information on Dr Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 May 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12026

To G. H. Darwin   3 May [1879]

Summary

Asks GHD to look in Cambridge University Library for Monthly Magazine articles containing a malicious calumny concerning Dr [Erasmus] D[arwin] [see Erasmus Darwin, pp. 65–70].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12028

To G. H. Darwin   5 May [1879]

Summary

Asks GHD to look for a life of Sir Henry Rayburn [Raeburn] "who is spoken of as famous and who painted Charles Darwin [1758–1778] when dead". Asks why he painted the corpse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  5 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12033

From G. H. Darwin   5 May 1879

Summary

Sends CD an article on Dr Erasmus Darwin [from Monthly Magazine, see 12028].

Tells of a "discovery" he has made about taking observations of the sun. Does not know yet whether it is new.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12034

To G. H. Darwin   7 May [1879]

Summary

A big book arrived for GHD before CD left Down. Hopes it is Thomson and Tait [Treatise on natural philosophy, 2 vols., 2d ed. (1869)]. It shows what they think of GHD.

Thinks it grand if GHD has made a correction about "such an old sinner as the Sun" and hopes his arithmetic on his old subject will turn out right.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  7 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12036

From G. H. Darwin   10 May 1879

Summary

Sends abstracts of more articles [on Dr Erasmus Darwin] from Monthly Magazine.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12048

To G. H. Darwin   [11 May 1879]

Summary

CD is particularly obliged for the copy of Maria Edgeworth’s letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [11 May 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12049

To G. H. Darwin   15 May [1879]

Summary

Sends some queries connected with his writing of the biographical preface to Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  15 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12054
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