To Edward Cresy 2 November 1
15 Marine Parade, Eastbourne
I return by this post Dr. Taylor’s pamphlet which is very interesting.—2
This morning I vowed to myself that I would give you no more trouble; this evening I break my vow! Do read over Hofman’s note,3 it seems to me clear that he asserts that he has easily distinguished 0.002 of milligram of iodine and this equals, as I make out, 3/100,000 of a grain! Whereas Taylor, in your copy, speaks of only of a grain.4 Can you understand this? Pray do not trouble Hofman again, for I shall see him in course of early winter. Now I am on weights, can you assist me in another point. I have used ordinary apothecary measures (which I shall state in my paper), viz, fluid oz. divided into 8 drachms and each drachm into 60 minims,—so that each oz. contains 480 minims.5 But when I looked into such books as I possessed I found the most ridiculous discrepancies and misprints of weight of one such oz. of distilled water. I applied to good and clever druggist and he says positively one such oz. weighs 437.5 grains and this agreed with one of my printed authorities; so I have provisionally used it in calculating proportions. Can you anyhow aid me in telling me whether this is correct?6
God forgive me for being so troublesome, and believe me, | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Please return Hofman’s note.
Discusses pamphlet by A. S. Taylor
and note by A. W. v. Hofmann concerning iodine solution.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2974,” accessed on 24 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2974