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From G. H. Darwin to Richard Strachey   [29 August 1873]

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Writes for CD to thank RS for his very valuable information.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Strachey
Date:  [29 Aug 1873]
Classmark:  The British Library (IOL Mss Eur F127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9031

From G. H. Darwin   [25 September – 3 October 1873]

Summary

Criticises CD’s letter to Nature ["Complemental males in certain cirripedes", Collected papers 2: 177–82].

On the elimination of useless parts.

GHD fails to see the point of CD’s use of the law of distribution about a mean.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Sept – 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 205.1: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9070

From G. H. Darwin   [c. 16 October 1873?]

Summary

Sends table showing relative force of impact of weight dropped on a plane inclined at different angles.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 16 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9078

From G. H. Darwin   [before 3 October 1873]

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Sends CD a draft of a letter to Nature [see 9087], which he thinks expresses CD’s meaning.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9084

To G. H. Darwin   3 October [1873]

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CD thinks GHD’s letter is an excellent clarification [of CD’s conjectural view on the elimination of useless parts in species], but does not want to publish it as his [CD’s] own. Asks GHD to think carefully before he publishes it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9085

From G. H. Darwin   5 October 1873

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Has decided to send the letter ["Variation of organs", Nature 8 (1873): 505].

Writes of his poor health and problems of settling in at Trinity.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9088

To G. H. Darwin   12 October [1873]

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Asks GHD whether he can tell him what inclination a polished or waxy leaf ought to hold to the horizon in order to let vertical rain rebound off as much as possible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9096

From G. H. Darwin   16 October 1873

Summary

On bodies of varying elasticity bouncing off inclined planes [see 9096].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9097

To G. H. Darwin   21 October [1873]

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CD gives his criticisms of GHD’s essay on religion and the moral sense. Urges him to delay publishing for some months and then to consider whether it is new and important enough to counterbalance the effects of its publication. J. S. Mill would never have influenced the age as he has done had he not refrained from expressing his religious convictions. Cites John Morley’s Life of Voltaire [1872]: direct attacks produce little effect; real good comes from slow and silent side attacks. "My advice is to pause, pause, pause."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  21 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1:14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9105

To G. H. Darwin   24 [October 1873]

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"It is a fearfully difficult moral problem about speaking out on religion, & I have never been able to make up my mind."

An Irishman, a "grand breeder" of short-horns, declared at lunch that CD’s books had been "a great help to [him] in breeding!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 [Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9111

To G. H. Darwin   15 November [1873]

Summary

CD writes about organising a subscription for Dohrn’s Zoological Station at Naples. Has drawn up a draft circular for naturalists to sign to show their support for the Station.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  15 Nov [1873]
Classmark:  National Records of Scotland (GD433/2/103A/1/1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9142

To G. H. Darwin   [17 November 1873]

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Sorry to hear of GHD’s poor health – he could have pleasant society at Cambridge if he were stronger.

Contributes £75 [to a fund for Naples Zoological Station] "if the affair goes on after we hear from Dohrn".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [17 Nov 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9148

To G. H. Darwin   20 November 1873

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CD is looking for editorial assistance in preparing a new edition of Descent, and inquires whether GHD might be interested in taking on such a tedious job.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9157

To G. H. Darwin   24 November 1873

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Pleased that GHD will help with second edition of Descent. Cautions him not to alter strength of CD’s expression or improve the style too much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9159

To G. H. Darwin   12 [December 1874 or January 1875?]

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Regrets the trouble GHD has had.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 [Dec 1874 - Jan 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9221

From G. H. Darwin to Henry Rayner   28 January 1874

Summary

Gives his and CD’s thanks for information on consanguinity among parents of asylum inmates.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Rayner
Date:  28 Jan 1874
Classmark:  Bernard Quaritch (dealers) 2003
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9257F

From G. H. Darwin   31 January 1874

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Has finished the index [for Descent, 2d ed.].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9260

From G. H. Darwin   6 February 1874

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Finds statistical evidence that cousin marriages are at least three times as frequent in "our rank" as in the lower.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9268

From G. H. Darwin   18 April 1874

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Sends queries [on proofs of Descent, 2d ed.]. Will be finished, except for the index, in two days.

Is now less satisfied than formerly with his statistics on cousin marriage.

[Enclosure is a copy by GHD of J. S. Mill’s statement about Origin (Logic 2: 18 n.).]

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9417

To G. H. Darwin   19 April [1874]

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Is sorry to hear the news about the cousin question – a real misfortune.

Congratulates GHD on being nearly finished with work on Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  19 Apr [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9419
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