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DCP-LETT-12022
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [May 1879?]
Classmark:  DAR 210.18
Summary:  

Reginald Darwin’s pleasure at receiving some old family information.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12023
From:  James Torbitt
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 153
Summary:  

Describes one of his varieties of potato in its third and fourth years. [CD notes his observations on this variety grown at Down, July 1879.]

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-11967
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  2 May 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (B/D25.361)
Summary:  

Has just read GA’s article in Fortnightly Review ["A problem of human evolution", 31 (1879): 778–86]. GA’s views very probable. Something wonderful to hear anyone defending sexual selection.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12025
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  2 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 100
Summary:  

Leaves home on 6th for a rest.

Will commence writing Erasmus Darwin.

Apologises for keeping RD’s various books for so long a time.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12024
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  2 May 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36181)
Summary:  

CD is leaving home for three weeks’ rest. If EK finishes his life of Dr Darwin while CD is away, asks him to send the MS to W. S. Dallas for translation. CD will begin his preface, but needs rest and will not do much until he returns.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12026
From:  George Howard Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 May 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 74
Summary:  

Encloses some references [missing] to information on Dr Erasmus Darwin.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12028
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  3 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 78
Summary:  

Asks GHD to look in Cambridge University Library for Monthly Magazine articles containing a malicious calumny concerning Dr [Erasmus] D[arwin] [see Erasmus Darwin, pp. 65–70].

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12029
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Francis Galton
Date:  3 May 1879
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/26)
Summary:  

Returns documents pertaining to Dr Erasmus Darwin.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12027
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  James Torbitt
Date:  3 May 1879
Classmark:  Major General F. D. Moore (private collection)
Summary:  

Encourages JT’s experiments. His case of flowering of black potatoes is curious. CD surprised that they are odoriferous and visited by bees.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12030
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Date:  [3 May 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 153: 4
Summary:  

Was it Lady Charlemont or Charleville who remarked how agreeable their grandfather was?

Asks her to confirm story about Robert Darwin (father of Dr Erasmus).

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12031
From:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 92
Summary:  

Is struck by the amazing variations of the hardy Primula varieties.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12033
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  5 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 79
Summary:  

Asks GHD to look for a life of Sir Henry Rayburn [Raeburn] "who is spoken of as famous and who painted Charles Darwin [1758–1778] when dead". Asks why he painted the corpse.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12034
From:  George Howard Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 75
Summary:  

Sends CD an article on Dr Erasmus Darwin [from Monthly Magazine, see 12028].

Tells of a "discovery" he has made about taking observations of the sun. Does not know yet whether it is new.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-11978
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  5 May 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36180)
Summary:  

Thinks it better to send proofs of his preface [to Erasmus Darwin] rather than MS – he always corrects proofs heavily. Doubts that it is worth translating into German – it is written for the English public. Supposes EK will not object to a French translation and an American edition of the little book. Has written a dozen pages during a break

in his experimental work [on movement of plants].

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12032
From:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B22–3
Summary:  

Sends first part of MS of Erasmus Darwin.

Has found useful criticism of Anna Seward in J. G. Lockhart’s Life of Sir Walter Scott.

CD should regard MS as a draft and correct anything that seems incorrect or questionable. Asks biographical questions about Dr Darwin. Can CD give information about origin of family name?

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
FVM-02951
From:  Joseph Hooker
To:  Ferdinand von Mueller
Date:  6 May 1879
Classmark:  RB MSS M3, Library, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Summary:  

No summary available.

Contributor:  Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller Project
DCP-LETT-12037
From:  William Sweetland Dallas
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 102–3
Summary:  

Has received the enlarged MS for Erasmus Darwin from E. Krause.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12036
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  7 May [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 80
Summary:  

A big book arrived for GHD before CD left Down. Hopes it is Thomson and Tait [Treatise on natural philosophy, 2 vols., 2d ed. (1869)]. It shows what they think of GHD.

Thinks it grand if GHD has made a correction about "such an old sinner as the Sun" and hopes his arithmetic on his old subject will turn out right.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
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DCP-LETT-12035
From:  Leonard Darwin
To:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 186: 35
Summary:  

Has been trying unsuccessfully to weigh something for CD.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
DCP-LETT-12041
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  John Fordyce
Date:  7 May 1879
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes Collection)
Summary:  

Believes it absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent theist and evolutionist; gives the examples of Kingsley and Asa Gray. As regards CD’s own views, his judgement often fluctuates but "I have never been an Atheist in the sense of denying the existence of God". Thinks that "generally (and more and more as I grow older) … an Agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind".

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project