Has inquired about magnetic storms. Any effect that could be produced by the sun's energy in retarding the cooling of the earth would be utterly insignificant.
Tells of his visit to Eton.
Is uncertain about next steps to take for a legal career.
Amateur Dramatic Club [Cambridge]
My dear Father,
I have looked thro' every number of the Philosophical Mag. for the last year & cannot find any translation of a paper by Delaunay; And Strutt who takes it in has not seen any thing and so I can do no more unless you can get another reference. Strutt has been here since I have been up—but has gone away today as the Fellows' meeting is over. I asked him about the Magnetic Storm business & he seemed to consider that any effect that cd be produced by the Sun's energy in retarding the cooling of the earth must be utterly insignificant.
My visit to Eton was a great success; I got down there are 11.30 &
went & saw Rawlins, who shewed me all the lions. I don't wonder at
Etonians liking the the place, it is so divine. At 2 we went to luncheon
(or dinner) & there I met 3 other masters 2 of whom I knew a little thro'
Cambridge, & the 4
After lunch I went & saw Browning's house & a brother of a Cambridge man in it. And then R. & I took a loaf round Windsor Castle & I came back to London dined at Uncle Ras' & came on here.
I suppose Frank has written to you & told of his sprained ankle. He is just beginning to hobble about, & he is reading v. hard. Pryor seems quite indefatigable in coaching him.
Last night Jim turned up at 8.30 & came & tea'd with me & Strutt
dropt in & had tea After tea L. & I talked such mathematics that it
drove Jim away to Frank's. Jim went off this m
That letter that was forwarded to me was from M
Bristowe told me that I had better not go till after 6 mo
I saw the bust & am just a little disappointed
The college has paid me a scholar's dividend. Pollock a co-fellow with me told me that he had'nt got one & so I believed him
Yrs | G H Darwin
Feb. 6. 69
- f1 6604.f1George refers to the Philosophical Magazine and to Charles Eugène Delaunay. CD was probably looking for the translation of an article by Delaunay, `Sur l'hypothèse de la fluidité intéieure du globe terrestre' (Delaunay 1868a). The article had been translated in Geological Magazine as `On the hypothesis of the internal fluidity of the terrestrial globe' (Delaunay 1868b). CD may have become aware of it from an article by David Forbes, `The nature of the interior of the earth', that appeared in the April 1869 issue of Popular Science Review; Forbes referred to Delaunay but did not give a citation (D. Forbes 1869, p. 127). For more on Delaunay's hypothesis of the earth's fluid core, see Brush 1979, pp. 239--40. George also refers to John William Strutt.
- f2 6604.f2Charles Lyell had suggested that the magnetic force of the sun might contribute to the earth's heat, but James Croll had argued the amount of electrical energy would be `trifling' (see letter to James Croll, 31 January  and n. 8, and letter from James Croll, 4 February 1869).
- f3 6604.f3See letter to G. H. Darwin, 6 February  and n. 3. George refers to Francis Hay Rawlins, who was a pupil at Eton at the time.
- f4 6604.f4Oscar Browning, an assistant master at Eton, was not, in fact, related to the poet Robert Browning (Browning 1910, p. 6).
- f5 6604.f5Browning ran a boarding-house for Eton scholars from 1862 (ODNB).
- f6 6604.f6Walter Mytton Colvin.
- f7 6604.f7Erasmus Alvey Darwin.
- f8 6604.f8George refers to Francis Darwin and Marlborough Robert Pryor.
- f9 6604.f9Jim and `L.' have not been identified.
- f10 6604.f10George refers to John Hollams and possibly to Alfred Douglas Hamilton; he was considering studying law.
- f11 6604.f11Probably Henry Fox Bristowe.
- f12 6604.f12William Robert Grove.
- f13 6604.f13George may refer to the bust of CD by Thomas Woolner. CD sat for the artist in 1868 (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 November ).
- f14 6604.f14Dividends made up of fines, rents, and other dues were paid by colleges to fellows (Brooke ed. 1988--2004, 3: 136--7). George refers to Frederick Pollock.