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To W. E. Gladstone   2 October 1877

Summary

Has read WEG’s article ["The colour sense", Nineteenth Century 2 (1877): 366–88] on H. Magnus’ view. Informs him of a criticism of this view and reply by Magnus in Kosmos. Offers to send the article.

CD has contributed some facts on the difficulty children have in distinguishing colours (or naming them correctly).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  2 Oct 1877
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 44455: 120–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11163

From W. E. Gladstone   23 October 1877

Summary

Accepts CD’s offer to send numbers of Kosmos.

WEG thinks the evidence from Homer’s text is conclusive that his "discrimination of colour was as defective as his sense of form and of motion was exact and lively".

Author:  William Ewart Gladstone
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11202

To W. E. Gladstone   25 October [1877]

Summary

Sends WEG the two articles [see 11163] with references.

CD thinks savages do not have names for shades of colours, which is curious since those he has known have names for every slight promontory or hill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  25 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 44455: 210)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11207

From W. E. Gladstone   24 July 1879

Summary

Sends CD his collection of Homeric epithets on motion, which "indicate ideas of motion more precise and scientifically adjusted than … any other author".

Author:  William Ewart Gladstone
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12170

To W. E. Gladstone   4 August [1879]

Summary

Thanks WEG for his essay showing how Homer distinguished between different kinds of movement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  4 Aug [1879]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 44471 ff. 5–6); International Autograph Auctions (dealers), (23 February 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12181

To W. E. Gladstone   [before 4 January 1881]

Summary

Covering letter to enclose a memorial [petitioning for a civil list pension for Wallace].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  [before 4 Jan 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12975

From W. E. Gladstone   6 January 1881

Summary

He will recommend a pension of £200 a year for Wallace.

Author:  William Ewart Gladstone
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1881
Classmark:  DAR 165: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12981

To W. E. Gladstone   7 January 1881

Summary

CD expresses his great pleasure at WEG’s letter informing him that Wallace has been granted a pension.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  7 Jan 1881
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 44468: 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12987

From W. E. Gladstone   30 April 1881

Summary

CD is invited to allow his name to be suggested for the vacancy in the Trust of the British Museum caused by the death of Lord Beaconsfield. [See 13142.]

Author:  William Ewart Gladstone
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1881
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 44544: 165)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13141A

To W. E. Gladstone   2 May 1881

Summary

CD declines an invitation to be a trustee [of British Museum] because his strength is insufficient to permit regular attendance at meetings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  2 May 1881
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 44469: 218)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13142

To William Ewart Gladstone   14 May 1866

Summary

Memorial to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from the fellows of the Royal, Linnean, Geological, and Zoological Societies of London, stating the importance of separating the administration of the national natural history collections of the British Museum from that of the library and art collections, and placing it in the hands of one officer, immediately responsible to one of the Queen’s ministers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  14 May 1866
Classmark:  Gunther 1975, p. 238 (facsimile of printed copy of memorial)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5090F

From John Lubbock to W. E. Gladstone   20 June 1872

Summary

Encloses a memorial concerning the Botanical Gardens at Kew signed by ‘some of our most eminent scientific men’ (including CD).

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  20 June 1872
Classmark:  Parliamentary Papers 1872 (335) XLVII.527, pp. 41–9.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8403F

DCP-LETT-8407F

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  
Classmark:  unknown
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8407F

From Robert Christison to W. E. Gladstone   20 July 1872

Summary

RC [President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh] objects to government interference with Hooker’s authority as Director of Kew; mentions CD’s name in support.

Author:  Robert Christison, 1st baronet
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  20 July 1872
Classmark:  DAR 165: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8420

To W. E. Gladstone   [before 16 January 1873]

Summary

Encourages the government to keep the herbarium and library of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  [before 16 Jan 1873]
Classmark:  Fourth report of the Royal Commission on Scientific Instruction and the Advancement of Science 1874 [C.884] XXII.1 (pp. 31–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9206F

To W. E. Gladstone   7 July 1880

Summary

Supporting the abolition of clerical headships and fellowships at Oxford and Cambridge.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Henry Thompson, 1st baronet; George Jessel; James Risdon Bennett; Thomas Henry Huxley; William Morris; Alfred Russel Wallace; William Benjamin Carpenter; Alfred John Carpenter; Dr Abbott
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  7 July 1880
Classmark:  Manchester Guardian, 8 July 1880, p. 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12647F
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