Sends news of his and Frank's doings at Cambridge.
Amateur Dramatic Club
Tuesday | 8 Dec 68
My dear Father,
Frank is going on v. well & is going to get up for a
short time this ev
Frank has got one vol. of the Lyell with the temple of thing-magig on the outside & I have had for the last two years his book with the cockle shell outside.
I am sorry to hear Jim is bad.
Prof. Newton came & sat with F. for sometime yesterday.
I broke the leg of his bed last night in pushing it back to
the wall & had to prop it up with a chair. I am quite a
swell at bandaging now, as the D
I am going to have Moore (who is up for his exam) & Elwin & Pryor to a sm. dinner tonight; as I want to cook both E. & M.
Moore's case has appeared in one of the daily papers & Elwin père is writing a pamphlet on it to be published on Saturday.
Your affectionate Son | G. H. Darwin
I am utterly demoralised & can't read even a novel.
- f1 6495.f1Francis Darwin and Marlborough Robert Pryor were both undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge. Nat. Sc.: natural science. Pryor was a scholar from 1868 (Alum. Cantab.). Francis had apparently received a bad cut to his thigh (see letter to G. H. Darwin, [9 December 1868] and n. 3).
- f2 6495.f2The reference is to an article by James Bell Pettigrew, `On the various modes of flight in relation to aeronautics' (Pettigrew 1867), in which the morphology of insect and bird wings is discussed in relation to the mechanical principles of flight.
- f3 6495.f3George refers to the tenth edition of Charles Lyell's Principles of geology (Lyell 1867--8). The first volume has part of an engraving of the earth-pillars of Ritten stamped in gold on the front cover; the full engraving appears facing page 336 in the volume. The details of the cover engraving are not easy to make out and the overall shape of the stamp is similar to a cockleshell. The cover engraving of the second volume shows the Temple of Serapis at Puzzuoli; the full engraving appears as the frontispiece of the first volume.
- f4 6495.f4Jim has not been identified.
- f5 6495.f5Alfred Newton.
- f6 6495.f6`Derivative theory' was a term used by Richard Owen in the last part of On the anatomy of vertebrates (Owen 1866--8), which was published in November 1868 (Publishers' Circular, 10 December 1868, p. 759). CD's annotated copy of Owen 1866--8 is in the Darwin Library--CUL (see Marginalia 1: 645--8). George refers to lengthy footnotes (Owen 1866--8, 3: 799--800) discussing CD's reference to Owen's apparent claim to have `promulgated the theory of natural selection in a passage read before the Zoological Society in February, 1850' (Origin 4th ed., p. xviii). See Correspondence vol. 14, letter to J. D. Hooker, 31 May  and n. 11.
- f7 6495.f7Norman Moore and Hastings Phillip Elwin were both undergraduates at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
- f8 6495.f8George refers to Whitwell Elwin's pamphlet, A narrative of the case of Mr. Moore of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge (Elwin 1868). Moore was sent down following a minor altercation in his college. He lost his scholarship but was later allowed to sit his examination for the Natural Sciences tripos. (ODNB.) The daily paper has not been identified.