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Letter 8140

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, W. E.

3 Jan [1872]

Summary

Thanks for letter [8137]. Finds observation at Stonehenge of depth of mould at different parts of slope “most valuable”.

Transcription

Jan 3d.

My dear William

Your letter & facts are quite splendid.—f2 I cannot conceive howyou could have observed so much without aid.—

The depth of mould at different parts of slope & base is a mostvaluable observation.—The little step or slope round the great fallen stones verycurious;— I suppose the worms work under the stones, & come up atnearest point, viz close outside.— There are many points which Iwant to discuss & get explained. Shall you be coming to Down within a month or so? We cannot reconcilethe large & capital diagram with the 2d page of your letter: I imaginethey refer to different parts.f3 Again I am curious to know whether in the middlepart of slope in diagram, whether the inclination is greater, for the furrowsfor a space are decidedly deeper than above or below.— I havemade pencil notes on your letter,f4 so that I shall not forget what to

Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib. MSS/DAR: 30)

true

Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter andthe letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January 1872].
f2
See letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January 1872].
f3
The diagram has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL. CD’snotes for Earthworms are in DAR 63–5. Thesecond page of the letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January 1872], runsfrom ‘I unfortunately’ to ‘to do it quickly.’
f4
See CD’s annotations to the letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January1872].
f5
The bottom third of the third page of the letter has been excised.
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