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DCP-LETT-4383F

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  
Classmark:  unknown
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4383F

From George Rolleston   30 August 1875

Summary

Sends copy of his "Address [to the department of anthropology", Rep. BAAS 45 (1875): 142–56].

Notes criticism of remark by Walter Bagehot dealing with extinction of barbarians [cited in Descent 1: 239].

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 147: 554
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10141

To George Rolleston   2 September [1875]

Summary

Thanks for GR’s "Address" [see 10141].

Wishes he had not quoted Bagehot’s remark [in Descent 1: 239] about decrease in savage populations. Interest in subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  2 Sept [1875]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS.6119/68)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10150

From George Rolleston   18 August 1876

Summary

Sends three of his anthropological papers.

CD understates his case when he says the mandibular wattle of the "Irish greyhound pig" has no analogue or homologue.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10581

To George Rolleston   24 August [1876]

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Summary

Thanks GR for his notes and essays [see 10581].

Similar appendages to those GR mentions [see 10581] appear on the necks of goats, but the idea of reversion to a common progenitor of goats and pigs "stumps" CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  24 Aug [1876]
Classmark:  George family (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10582F

From George Rolleston   26 December 1876

Summary

Sending certificates for Balfour and Moseley for CD to sign.

Calls attention to a paper by Emil Bessels on Eskimos, which he extracts [see 10737].

CD has cited GR for material that is not his in Variation, 2d ed., 1: 469, on transmission of mutilation.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10734

From George Rolleston   29 December 1876

Summary

Studying anatomy of the Irish pig.

Emil Bessels’ paper is in Archiv für Anthropologie 8 (1875): 107. He connects a band of poor Eskimos encountered at Smith’s Sound with glacial man.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 176: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10737

From George Rolleston   9 May 1877

Summary

Discusses the structure of the human cranium, in particular a find by Cocchi and observations by Canestrini.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10956

From George Rolleston   16 August 1878

Summary

Sends a copy of a letter from Herbert Blakeway of Illinois, which accompanied a pig’s head with wattles.

Discusses the Castle Martin breed of Bos, the history of which shows parallels with the Himalayan rabbits.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Aug 1878
Classmark:  DAR 176: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11477

To George Rolleston   [1860–82]

Summary

Envelope only, addressed to Professor Rolleston in Oxford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  [1860–82]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (Catalogue 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13891F

To George Rolleston   1 June [1860]

Summary

Thanks for invitation [to stay with GR at Oxford], but his poor state of health requires him to stay in private lodgings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  1 June [1860]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (WMS. 6119/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2820A

To George Rolleston   6 June [1860]

Summary

CD’s plans are uncertain because of his daughter’s [Henrietta Darwin] fever.

If GR would kindly reserve rooms for CD near college, CD will write before the meeting [of British Association at Oxford] if he is prevented from coming.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  6 June [1860]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2822A

To George Rolleston   2 March [1861]

Summary

Agrees with GR’s remarks on Asa Gray’s pamphlet.

New edition of Origin to appear immediately.

Fact of clubbed fingernails in cyanosis quite new to CD. Asks for information.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  2 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (Western MS 6119: 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3076

To George Rolleston   7 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks for explanation of cyanosis and clubbed nails.

Hopes GR will work out point about mucus tubes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  7 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (Western MS. 6119: 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3083

From George Rolleston   16 April 1861

Summary

Index of Origin does not refer to variability of rudimentary organs mentioned at pp. 149, 168. Offers references to Rudolf Leuckart and to Franz von Leydig to support CD’s point.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1861
Classmark:  DAR 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3120

From George Rolleston   1 September 1861

Summary

The embryology of the vertebrate nervous system may be an exception to the law of inheritance at corresponding ages.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1861
Classmark:  DAR 176: 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3241

To George Rolleston   5 September [1861]

Summary

GR’s letter is a gold-mine.

Pleased to have Pierre Gratiolet’s comment on the embryology of greatly modified organs

and GR’s valuable cases of analogous variation.

Doubts craniologists, but recounts his father’s opinion that the shape of CD’s head was altered when he returned from the Beagle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Rolleston
Date:  5 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  Royal College of Physicians of London (ALS/D12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3245

From George Rolleston   30 September 1868

Summary

CD’s doctrines apply to man’s mental organisation, but the soul is a different matter. Cites Dean Henry Alford, M. J. Berkeley, and Prof. [J. F.?] Ferrier.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 176: 208
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6401

From George Rolleston   20 April 1870

Summary

Asks CD to look at the "special phylogonies" on pp. 138 and 152 of his book [Forms of animal life (1870)]. His comments are based on reading Haeckel, who is highly speculative and quite wrong.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7168

From George Rolleston   22 February 1871

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Applauds CD’s expression of dissent from J. S. Mill’s view of differences of mental powers of men and women [Descent 2: 326–9]. Sends some corrections.

Author:  George Rolleston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 15–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7506
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