Asks JT to distribute some circulars about the work of Gustavus Hinrichs of Iowa, whom CD wishes to help.
Admires JT's Norwich address [to Mathematics and Physics Section, BAAS meeting, Rep. BAAS 38: 1–6] and his Fortnightly Review paper on scientific discovery [7 (1867): 645–60].
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Oct 7. 1868
Professor G. Hinrichs of Iowa some time ago sent me a letter in which he described how he had worked & sacrificed every thing, almost to the last dollar in getting his chemical & molecular views known. He sent me also a lecture on Religion & Science which seemed to me good, & in some points original.
I answered that I c
Many thanks for your Address at Norwich, rec
By the way, I must add how much I admired, & how entirely I agreed with you in a paper published a long time ago, I think in the Fortnightly, in which you enlarged on the wonderful power of pondering; I believe you have hit on the whole secret of scientific discovery.
Forgive me for troubling you | & believe me yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 6413.f1CD refers to Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs, and to the letters from G. D. Hinrichs, [before 13 August 1868] and 31 August 1868.
- f2 6413.f2See letter to G. D. Hinrichs, 13 August 1868 and n. 2.
- f3 6413.f3Letter to G. D. Hinrichs, 13 August 1868.
- f4 6413.f4See letter from G. D. Hinrichs, 31 August 1868, and enclosure.
- f5 6413.f5Tyndall was superintendent of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (ODNB). CD also refers to the Athenaeum Club.
- f6 6413.f6Tyndall's address on 19 August 1868 as the president of the mathematics and physics section was published in the Report of the thirty-eighth meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, held at Norwich (Tyndall 1868). No copy of the address has been found in the Darwin Archive--CUL.
- f7 6413.f7CD refers to Tyndall 1867; in describing the process of scientific deduction, Tyndall wrote (p. 655):
There is much in this process of pondering and its results which it is impossible to analyse. It is by a kind of inspiration that we rise from the wise and sedulous contemplation of facts to the principles on which they depend.See also Correspondence vol. 15, letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 September 1867 and n. 5.