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From Emma Darwin to Nicolai Mengden   8 April 1879

Summary

Answers NAvM’s letter for CD. CD considers evolution is quite consistent with belief in God, but NvM must remember people mean different things by God.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Nicolai Mengden, Baron von Mengden
Date:  8 Apr 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11981

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From G. H. Darwin to Emma Darwin   [30 April 1879]

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Sends some papers on Erasmus Darwin for CD.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [30 April 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12102

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From Emma Darwin to M. C. Stanley   12 November [1879]

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ED asks MCS (Lady Derby) if Lord Derby would consider signing petitions from Mr Olmsted.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Catherine Stanley, countess of Derby
Date:  12 Nov [1879]
Classmark:  Liverpool Record Office, Liverpool Central Library (920 DER (15) 43/9/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12314F

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From Francis Darwin to Emma Darwin   30 June 1879

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Last night had tremendous thunderstorm. Will ask Goebel about proshelismus. Describes experiments on beans. Please send Bessy’s address. Has got to know nice Englishman named Purdy and his wife. Bathes nearly every night with the Finlander.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  30 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12128F

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From T. H. Farrer   30 October 1879

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Has Torbitt any further results? THF has forgotten what he had proposed to do.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12279

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  • … 23 October [1879] ). Godfrey Wedgwood was Emma Darwin’s nephew, and had married his cousin …

From B. J. Sulivan   9 June 1879

Summary

Reports on his family’s illnesses and other domestic matters.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 309
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12097

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  • … and Diana Langton . Elizabeth Wedgwood , Emma Darwin ’s sister, had been ill from around …

From J. D. Hooker   7 October 1879

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JDH requests specimens from Miss [Sophy] Wedgwood.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 104: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12251

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  • Emma Darwin’s sister, Elizabeth Wedgwood, lived in Down. The enclosure has not been found. …

To Gustaf Retzius   2 October 1879

Summary

CD invites MGR and his wife to lunch. Travel directions. Regrets that he will be unable to converse for more than an hour and a half. [See 12246.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Magnus Gustaf (Gustaf) Retzius
Date:  2 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Gustaf Retzius arkiv, Inbundna serien, Engelsmän I, s 37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12245A

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  • Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Ann Scott and her sister, Sarah Lucas , and her daughter Susan Fisher Scott visited Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood

From Francis Galton   9 June 1879

Summary

Memorandum about Dr Erasmus Darwin’s bequests.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.14: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12097F

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  • Emma Georgiana Elizabeth Darwin never married. CD’s father, Robert Waring Darwin , had five other children: Marianne Parker , Caroline Sarah Wedgwood , …
  • Darwin , still living at the time of his death, were Edward , Violetta (later Violetta Galton, 1783–1874) , Emma Georgiana Elizabeth , Francis Sacheverel , John (1787–1818) , and Harriot (later Harriot Maling) . Susanna Hadley and Mary Parker Jr were the illegitimate daughters. Robert Waring Darwin married Susannah Wedgwood ( …

From R. W. Dixon   [after 20 December 1879]

Summary

Three letters from Erasmus Darwin to Dixon’s great-grandfather, transcribed by Dixon. Enclosure to a missing letter.

Author:  Robert Walker Dixon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 20 Dec 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 218: D1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12368F

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  • Darwin , Emma Georgiana Elizabeth Darwin , and Harriot Darwin, Erasmus’s daughters by his second marriage, to Elizabeth Pole. Susanna and Mary were presumably staying with their mother and stepfather (see n. 5, above). Josiah Wedgwood

To E. A. Wheler   26 March 1879

Summary

Thanks for information and stories about Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elizabeth Anne Galton; Elizabeth Anne Wheler
Date:  26 Mar 1879
Classmark:  Josh B. Rosenblum (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11955F

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  • Emma Galton had mentioned the copy of Anna Seward ’s life of Erasmus Darwin ( Seward 1804 ) that had been annotated by Robert Waring Darwin (1766–1848) . CD’s sister was Caroline Sarah Wedgwood . …

To Francis Galton   8 June [1879]

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Caroline Darwin says mysterious visitor’s name was Brand. It was in time of Colonel Pole. Never visited Mrs Pole or Mrs Darwin [Elizabeth Collier], but sent respectful messages.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  8 June [1879]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12095

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  • Wedgwood and Josiah Wedgwood III at Leith Hill Place, Surrey, from 21 to 26 May 1879 (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). No letter mentioning a mysterious visitor has been found, but the topic may have been discussed when Galton visited Down on 26 April 1879 ( Emma Darwin’ …

To E. P. Wright   28 February [1879]

Summary

Has already written a testimonial for [?William Ramsay] McNab as Professor of Botany. Hence what he can write for EPW will not be of much use.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Perceval Wright
Date:  28 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  Uppsala University Library: Manuscripts and Music (Waller Ms gb-00525)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11908

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  • Darwin’s house in London from 27 February to 5 March 1879 on account of ‘Elizabeth’s illness’ (Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood , Emma’ …

To Francis Galton   22 March 1879

Summary

Describes plans to publish English edition of Krause’s work on Erasmus Darwin.

Will correct Anna Seward’s calumnies [in Memoirs of the life of Dr Darwin (1804)].

Asks about family letters.

Doubts some stories about Erasmus Darwin [in Christiana C. Hankin, ed., Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck (1858)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  22 Mar 1879
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11947

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  • Emma Georgiana Elizabeth Darwin , were Erasmus Darwin’s daughters from his second marriage. CD’s father, Robert Waring Darwin , had written to ask Seward to retract some of her statements (see Erasmus Darwin , p. 74). The letter from Erasmus Darwin to Mary Howard , written shortly before their marriage, is published in Erasmus Darwin , pp. 21–4. Letters exchanged by Erasmus and Josiah Wedgwood

From W. D. Fox   3 March [1879]

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Sends family news;

describes what remains of his "menagerie" and tells of his interest in the framework of his son’s German badger-hound.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11913

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  • Wedgwood , Susan Elizabeth Darwin , and Catherine Langton . Fox probably refers to a photograph of CD taken by Leonard Darwin in 1878 (DAR 225: 119) and to an earlier one taken around 1857 by Maull & Fox (DAR 225: 175; see also Correspondence vol. 8, frontispiece). Narcissus obvallaris (a synonym of N. pseudonarcissus ssp. obvallaris ) is the Tenby daffodil. The winter of 1878–9 was one of the coldest on record for England ( Manley 1974 , p. 396); Emma Darwin’ …