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From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
18 Oct [1870]
Source of text:
DAR 211: 6
Summary:

Sends a cheque to pay off FD’s debts. Warns him of the dangers of overspending his income and advises him strongly to keep accounts.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
5 Dec [1870]
Source of text:
DAR 211: 4
Summary:

Sends a cheque to clear FD’s debts. Hopes he will be more careful in the future.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[after 21 Jan 1871]
Source of text:
Sotheby’s (dealers) (28 March 1983)
Summary:

Responds to Mivart’s Genesis of species. "I complain of his incessently speaking as if I trusted exclusively to natural selection … Mivart speaks in many places as if I entirely ignored the direct action of external conditions". Answers some of Mivart’s particular criticisms. Suggests FD read the letter to Marlborough Robert Pryor, as Pryor will never be able to read it himself.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[28 Feb 1871]
Source of text:
DAR 271.4: 2 and 4
Summary:

Says Descent is "selling like Mad.––" Murray will print another 1500 or 2000 copies. Has received £630 for the 2500.

On Monday he visited Mivart, who is a charming man.

He seemed to be taken aback by CD’s points about the larynx and giraffe.

[See 7507 and 7519.]

He seemed to have forgotten CD’s argument regarding the formation of the greyhound.

Discussed the larynx and the silence of the Cetaceans.

If FD mentions any of this to [Marlborough Robert] Pryor, ask him not to mention it to anyone else "as it is perhaps rather a breach of confidence to repeat even to friends private conversation."

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
25 Mar [1871]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 2
Summary:

If FD gets the chance, will he observe whether the platysma contracts in a shivering fit? Wants much to know whether the platysma of frightened patients contracts before chloroform is given.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Francis Galton
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
7 Apr 1871
Source of text:
DAR 105: A25–7
Summary:

CD will take care of the eight little rabbits. FG outlines their future.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
22 Apr [1871?]
Source of text:
DAR 271.4: 3
Summary:

Please thank Mr Jackson for facts about shrugging, but case not distinct enough. Gestures associated with laughter. Platysma.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
16 May [1871]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 3
Summary:

George [Darwin] plans a trip to America and would like FD to go [see 7757]. CD will gladly pay whole cost if the trip will not interfere with FD’s medical work.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
21 May [1871]
Source of text:
DAR 211: 7–8
Summary:

CD will pay for the American trip if it takes place.

Asks whether FD can help him understand the eyes of cephalopods; is the structure the same as in the Vertebrata and are the parts developed from homologous layers of skin?

Has been pleased by a recent review.

Postscript: Is thinking of a cheap edition of the Origin [1872] in which he hopes to answer St George Mivart’s criticisms.

Asks FD whether he can get some references to good papers on cephalapod eyes.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
6 June [1871]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 4
Summary:

Thanks for FD’s help. CD cannot conceive what Mivart means by "the identity between eyes of Cephalopods and Vertebrata".

Has invited Michael Foster to Down.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[6 Nov 1871]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 5
Summary:

Asks who Fiske is. The articles [Harvard lectures?] are "so fair and in some respects so complimentary" that CD thinks he should write to him. [See 8058.]

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
6 Jan 1872
Source of text:
Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 29)
Summary:

Asks FD questions about his sketch [missing] of ridges and furrows. [FD’s answers are interlined.]

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
13 May [1872]
Source of text:
DAR 153: 17
Summary:

Will FD try to persuade A. D. Bartlett to show a live snake to a porcupine and observe whether the porcupine rattles the quills on its tail? [See 8333.]

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Samuel Butler
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[before 30 May 1872]
Source of text:
DAR 106: A6–7
Summary:

Sends drawings of dogs in different attitudes, drawn by his friend A. May. FD should not trouble CD unless he thinks the drawings will please him. [See Expression, pp. 54–5.]

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Alfred Henry Garrod
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
30 June [1872]
Source of text:
DAR 165: 10
Summary:

Sends an account of an attempt to take a sphygmograph tracing of a woman during fright

and some references that might apply to CD’s work on pulse rates during rage and fright.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[before 15 Apr 1873]
Source of text:
DAR 271.4: 6
Summary:

Sends to Pantlludw [North Wales] bottle of formic acid. FD and Amy [Darwin] can search for spawn. If found, keep in two basins and add 6 drops of acid to one and look for differences.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
16 Apr [1873]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 6
Summary:

"Try only 1 or 2 drops of Formic A[cid]."

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[17 Apr 1873]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 7
Summary:

Fears all the seeds are dead. Will try with less vapour of formic acid.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
[before 26 June 1873]
Source of text:
DAR 211: 5
Summary:

Sends FD £5 for the loan of his microscope.

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project
From:
Charles Robert Darwin
To:
Francis Darwin
Date:
15 Aug [1873]
Source of text:
DAR 271.3: 8
Summary:

Observations on bees’ biting holes in Lathyrus.

Suggests an experiment FD could carry out with Drosera.

CD is working on Mimosa, and "everything has turned out as perversely as possible".

Contributor:
Darwin Correspondence Project