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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

To G. H. Darwin   [19 August 1875]

Summary

Suggests GHD write a supplement to his review [of A. H. Huth’s The marriage of near kin (1875)]. Feels sorry Huth was taken in by the Legrain fraud. [See Autobiography (1958), pp. 143–4.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [19 Aug 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10128

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

To G. H. Darwin   13 September [1875]

Summary

Sends comments and suggestions for Huth’s experiment on crossbreeding rabbits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  13 Sept [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10156

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

To G. H. Darwin   13 October [1875]

Summary

Pleased by W. Stanley Jevons’ letter.

Has ordered Dr Cohn’s book.

Is sure that GHD’s energy will lead to success with work on viscous fluids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  13 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10196

To G. H. Darwin   [25 October 1875]

Summary

Asks that a copy of GHD’s paper on cousin marriage be sent to Hermann Müller. J. F. McLennan admires it "as a model".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [25 Oct 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10223

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 Francis Galton to G. H. Darwin   22 December 1875

Summary

Gives further explanations of his theory of stirps and his objections to Pangenesis, in answer to a question of CD’s.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A94–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10317

To G. H. Darwin   [after 4 September 1876]

Summary

Has received a baffling article on God, immortality, and socialism under a Darwinian point of view.

Clerk Maxwell has disagreed with CD on molecular calculations in relation to Pangenesis in Encyclopaedia Britannica article ["Atom", Encyclopaedia Britannica, 9th ed. (1875) 3: 36–49].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Sept 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10338

To G. H. Darwin   [after 25 February 1879]

Summary

Frank [Darwin] has found a Trifolium remarkable for "bloom", but it was not in flower. If GHD knows where it grows, could he dig up the whole plant?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [after 25 Feb 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10342

To G. H. Darwin   8 January [1876]

Summary

Asks GHD to calculate average or mean heights of crossed and self-fertilised plant species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  8 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10348

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

To G. H. Darwin   27 April [1876]

Summary

Sends Mind. Henry Sidgwick’s article ["The theory of evolution in its application to practice", Mind 1 (1876): 52–67] is so clear it makes CD feel "a muddle-headed man". But he disagrees with Sidgwick on the origin of morality within tribes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10478

To G. H. Darwin   27 April [1876]

Summary

Is sure mathematical discussion of elevation of continents will be valued by geologists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10480
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