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From Emma Darwin to John Tyndall   7 October [1875]

Summary

An invitation to Down for Sunday 16 October.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  7 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 34 (EH 88205972)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10185F

To John Tyndall   20 October [1875]

Summary

JT’s tube [of boiled infusion] dated 16 Oct was clear on 19th; on the 20th it was muddy and contained many bacteria in living movement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  20 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  Sue and Gerald M. Friedman (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10207

From John Tyndall   23 October [1875]

Summary

Asks whether he may send two or three other tubes [of boiled infusions] to be placed in the open and observed for him.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10218

To John Tyndall   25 October [1875]

Summary

Asks JT to send the tubes [of boiled infusions]. Frank Darwin will do his best. Asks for full instructions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  25 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 23 (EH 88205961)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10222

From John Tyndall   2 February 1876

Summary

Tells CD of his engagement to Louisa, eldest daughter of Lord Claud Hamilton.

His investigations [into spontaneous generation] continue. He will deal with Bastian’s work [The modes of origin of lowest organisms (1871)].

The medical journals see that the end of the nonsense they have so long countenanced is nigh.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 106: C20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10377

To John Tyndall   4 February 1876

Summary

Sends congratulations and a teapot on the occasion of JT’s engagement.

Is pleased JT is not giving up on the spontaneous generation question. Feels strongly that subject will not be clear until it is understood how J. S. Burdon Sanderson and others succeeded in getting bacteria in infusions they had boiled for a long time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 24 (EH 88205962)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10379

From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

Summary

JT will not quit the subject [of spontaneous generation] until light is let in on every cranny of the question.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1876
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10381

From John Tyndall   5 February 1876

Summary

The teapot is exquisite. Louisa says to say "the gift is worthy of the giver. Nothing higher can be said."

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1876
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, Ms. 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 39))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10382

To John Tyndall   5 June [1876]

Summary

CD has quite given up the marine theory [of Glen Roy] and has accepted glacier lakes. "Nothing makes me gnash my teeth so much as that confounded paper of mine." It is a lesson "never in science to infer one explanation is right because no other one seems possible".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  5 June [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 25 (EH 88205963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10532

To John Tyndall   20 October 1877

Summary

Has read JT’s address ["Science and man", The Times, 2 October 1877, p. 8]. What JT says about CD honours and pleases him. JT’s short character of Faraday is beautiful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  20 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 26 (EH 88205964)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11193

To John Tyndall   4 December [1878]

Summary

Has observed, perhaps erroneously, that certain plants were excited to movement by a prolonged high note on the bassoon. Would now like to try a siren and asks JT to bring one from the Royal Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 27 (EH 88205965)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11771

From John Tyndall   5 December 1878

Summary

Will provide the siren.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 106: C22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11774

To John Tyndall   22 December [1878]

Summary

Returns the siren; the plants "ill luck to them, are not sensitive to aerial vibrations". Is ashamed of his blunder.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  22 Dec [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 28 (EH 88205966)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11802

To John Tyndall   14 February 1879

Summary

Has been asked to contribute to W. K. Clifford memorial fund. Asks JT’s advice on how much the committee hopes to raise. Would like to give handsomely but feels bound "with such a lot of children, not to be extravagant".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  14 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 30 (EH 88205968)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11882

To John Tyndall   17 February [1879]

Summary

Thanks JT for his information. Sends £50 to the W. K. Clifford memorial fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  17 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 31 (EH 88205969)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11886

To John Tyndall   3 March [1878]

Summary

Sends W. K. Clifford subscription.

Has been unwell and hardly able to do anything. Has seen Andrew Clark.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  3 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 29 (EH 88205967)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11912

To John Tyndall   13 February 1882

Summary

Asks JT to support Albert Dicey for the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  13 Feb 1882
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 32 (EH 88205970)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13680

To John Tyndall   4 February [1857]

Summary

CD is "as ignorant of mechanics as a pig", but glaciers have interested him greatly. Hopes to hear that JT’s experiments with ice will explain the freezing together of ice below the freezing point.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  4 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 2 (EH 88205940)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2046

To John Tyndall   23 February [1861]

Summary

Sends correspondence between Dr Erasmus Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood I [of Etruria] on glaciers.

Also a pamphlet [Asa Gray, Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)] containing "the best account" of the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  23 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 3 (EH 88205941)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3067

To John Tyndall   24 July [1861]

Summary

Has been idling and enjoying the scenery.

"At dinner we were all sticking bits of ice together by their points, marvelling at the phenomenon and talking of you."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  24 July [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 4 (EH 88205942)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3217
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