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From Leonard Darwin   [after 14 February 1874]1

Naval College | Greenwich.

This seems to point to some error in the census of 18532   The an-decrease percent from 1850 to 1860 is 2.01—much more in accordance with the other results. The population given for 1853 is more likely that for 1858— is the date right.3

—4.6

1836

—1.97

1850

—2.01

1860

—2.06

1866

—2.10

The 4.6 seems the only one out of the series

L Darwin

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘1850—78.854pencil
End of letter:

‘Year Native Annual Decrease Population percentage done 1832 130,313 — (4.6)’ 1836 108,579 1850 82,203 1.969= 1.97 4.759 1853 71,019 0.81’ 1860 67,084 2.18 1866 58,765 done (2.17) 1872 51,531’

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Footnotes

The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. M. Coan, 14 February 1874.
Titus Munson Coan’s figures suggested that the native population of the Hawaiian Islands fell by 11,184 in the three years between 1850 and 1853 and by 3,935 in the seven years between in 1853 and 1860 (see enclosure to letter from T. M. Coan, 14 February 1874). When CD published these figures in Descent 2d ed., p. 186, he omitted the figure for 1850.
The census dates given by Coan were correct; see also letter from ?, [after 14 January 1874].

Summary

Statistics showing rate of decline of population in Sandwich Islands, 1832–72.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8709
From
Leonard Darwin
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Naval College, Greenwich
Source of text
DAR 90: 8
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8709,” accessed on 17 August 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8709

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22

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