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From W. E. Darwin   20 August 1880

Summary

Asks CD to invite William James to stay before he returns to America.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1880
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 77)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12694F

From W. E. Darwin   16 September 1880

Summary

Sends four wrist bands, and advice on putting them on. George is well. Can easily get worm castings. Lilly and Mlle Wild arrived in a storm to stay the night. Is much amused by Sedgwick’s ferocious letter about Vestiges.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1880
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12714F

From W. E. Darwin   22 November [1880]

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Movement in plants and says he is enjoying it. Is pleased that a full article appeared in the Times. Will go to Beaulieu soon for worm casts. His gardener calls worms “our civil engineers”. Promised to tell Frank how to make plants bend.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 November [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12840F

From W. E. Darwin   26 November [1880]

Summary

Observations on worms’ pulling leaves into their burrows.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12861

From W. E. Darwin   1 December [1880]

Summary

Will soon manage to go to Beaulieu. Is glad the book is going off well. Is thinking of going to the Roman Villa at Brading on the Isle of Wight.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12880F

From W. E. Darwin   3 December [1880]

Summary

Description of remains of a Roman villa and the worm activity at the site.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12885

From W. E. Darwin   31 December [1880]

Summary

Sends diagrams [missing] showing worm action at two sites.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12957

From W. E. Darwin   6 January 1881

Summary

Passes on legal advice.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 85)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12980F

From W. E. Darwin   13 January [1881]

Summary

He is buying a portable fire engine, and suggests one is purchased for Down. Wishes to join the Geological Society of London. Is eager to hear Leslie Stephen’s opinion.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan [1881]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 86)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13010F

From W. E. Darwin   [16 January 1881]

Summary

Thanks CD for writing for papers to enter Geological Society. Will return Leslie Stephen’s letter. Has had a severe frost. Emma’s puppy died.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [16 Jan 1881]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 100)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13023F

From W. E. Darwin   30 January [1881]

Summary

Discusses his election to the Geological Society, worm researches, GHD’s travels, investments,G J Romanes on Samuel Butler, the snow, politics.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan [1881]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 87)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13033F

From W. E. Darwin   3 February [1881]

Summary

Worm observations.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1881]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 88)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13035F

From W. E. Darwin   4 February 1881

Summary

Discusses possible investments.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13035G

From W. E. Darwin   6 February 1881

Summary

Reports his observations on numbers of Rhododendron leaves found buried [by earthworms].

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1881
Classmark:  DAR 162: 112/1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13039

From W. E. Darwin   16 February 1881

Summary

Brokers have purchased Leeds Corporation Stock.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13054F

From W. E. Darwin   18 February 1881

Summary

Discusses the possible rebuilding of a pair of cottages on CD’s farm at Beesby, Lincolnshire.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 91)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13055F

From W. E. Darwin   [13 March 1881]

Summary

Cannot write so is using Lily as secretary. Proud to be member of Geological Society. Sends observations of rhododendron leaves. Could not find piece of ploughed land. Has proved Josiah Wedgwood III’s death in North Eastern Railway Company. Taking care because head hurts.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Mar 1881]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13141F

From W. E. Darwin   [24 April 1881]

Summary

Sends observations of wormcasts at Malvern. Describes stay at Abinger.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 102)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13141G

From W. E. Darwin   7 May 1881

Summary

Discusses possible investments.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 92)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13148F

From W. E. Darwin   23 May 1881

Summary

Discusses possible investments.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May 1881
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13170G
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