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From G. H. Darwin   20 April 1874

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Sends Descent material. Is staggered by CD’s power of marshalling facts and his conciseness and clearness of thought. The only fault he finds is some slight want of conciseness of diction.

He feels CD’s power more now "that I quail before the thought of arranging the few paltry facts I’ve got about those d––d cousins".

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9421

To G. H. Darwin   [21 April 1874]

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GHD’s corrections seem very good. Murray hopes there will be few corrections in Descent. CD assured him no changes have been made merely for improving style.

Wants very much to hear about "the terrible cousin affair".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [21 Apr 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9423

To G. H. Darwin   27 May [1874]

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D. A. Spalding has asked for information to help with his experiments on sense of direction in animals. Has arrived at same results as GHD with blindfolded children. Will GHD let him have his results?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  27 May [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9472

To G. H. Darwin   [29 May 1874]

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CD has forwarded proofs of Descent [2d edition]. Urges GHD not to work on them if his poor health makes them too tiring.

Thanks GHD about Spalding [i.e., for responding to Spalding’s request, see 9472].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [29 May 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9474

From G. H. Darwin   30 May 1874

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Intends to keep working on [Descent, 2d ed.] proofs despite his illness.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9475

To G. H. Darwin   10 June 1874

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Comments on GHD’s paper ["Marriages between first cousins in England and their effects", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 18 (1875): 22–41]. Hopes it will be published and read at the Statistical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  10 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9487

To G. H. Darwin   [27 July 1874]

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Advises GHD to get an eminent counsel. If counsel’s opinion is that the reviewer [Mivart, in "Primitive man", Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 40–77] has falsified GHD’s statements, GHD should send the opinion to the Quarterly Review and demand publication, and if refused publish elsewhere. Then CD must decide whether to cut John Murray [publisher of Q. Rev.] which will put CD in a nice perplexity [over his rights to the stereotyped editions of past works].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [27 July 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9568

From G. H. Darwin   29 July 1874

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After taking advice he has decided to write an explicit denial and short account of his essay and send it to the Quarterly Review.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9575

To G. H. Darwin   [30 July 1874]

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Hasty note to express his most decided opinion that letter [to Q. Rev.] should not give a sketch of GHD’s essay – only an explicit denial "& do not allude to me".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [30 July 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9576

To G. H. Darwin   1 August [1874]

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GHD’s article will not do. It is too long and the denial seems weak and confused; also, it ought to be in the form of a letter to the editor. Encloses draft of the sort of letter of denial he thinks GHD should write.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  1 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 27, 29, 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9580

From G. H. Darwin   5 August 1874

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Regrets he cannot follow the line of denial CD suggests. Explains why he must defend himself against charge that he approves of oppressive laws.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9585

To G. H. Darwin   [5 or 6 August 1874]

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Has no objection to sending GHD’s letter as it is. The only accusation it seems necessary to rebut is about licentiousness. Regrets this is not made more prominent.

Gives some suggestions for GHD’s reply to Mivart’s attack.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [5 or 6] Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 28, 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9588

DCP-LETT-9589

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
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Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9589

From G. H. Darwin   6 [August] 1874

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Sends a draft of his letter to the editor of the Quarterly Review [137 (1874): 587–9], answering Mivart’s charges. Encloses draft of CD’s letter to John Murray, urging publication of GHD’s defence, with George’s amendments.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 [Aug] 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C56–8; DAR 210.2: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9590

From G. H. Darwin   [6 or 7 August 1874]

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Urges CD not to break with Murray even if he does not force the editor [of Q. Rev.] to insert GHD’s letter [in response to Mivart’s attack]. Murray may have a rule not to meddle with editor.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 or 7] Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9592

To G. H. Darwin   [8 August 1874]

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Approves of GHD’s letter [to Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 587–9] and his present plan, which removes all CD’s objections. Will make his own letter to Murray less imperious. "It will be a dreadful evil to me, if … we come to a quarrel."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [8 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9596

From G. H. Darwin   18 October 1874

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Has been invited to lecture at the Royal Institution by Spottiswoode. Discusses subjects he might deal with and his reasons for attempting it.

Tells of a complicated case of a double sale of a living.

Huxley says F. M. Balfour passed brilliantly.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9683

To G. H. Darwin   19 October [1874]

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Advice to GHD on whether to accept invitation to lecture at the Royal Institution.

Murray has sent the Quarterly Review issue. CD has told Murray that he is convinced Mivart is the author and what he thinks of him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  19 Oct [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9687

From G. H. Darwin   [8 November 1874]

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Spottiswoode is pressing for an answer to invitation to GHD to lecture at the Royal Institution. GHD is having MS of the paper he has written sent to CD, so that CD can advise whether he should accept the invitation.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 Nov 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9688

To G. H. Darwin   22 October [1874]

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Sends index [of Descent, 2d ed.] with instructions for proof-reading.

Asks GHD questions about heat transmission; he wants to use it as an analogy to illustrate transmission of motor impulses through leaves of Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  22 Oct [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9693
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