From G. H. Darwin [3 June 1867]1
I have asked a good classic about some word for Pangenesis,—he seems to thing Atomogenesis wd be all right, from the classical point of view—& wd mean the genesis of ultimate particles, litterally of particles wh: cannot be subdivided.2 I found a word [G[kuttaros]G] wh: wd make Cyttarogenesis, the word meaning the cell of a plant—but then altho’ used by a good author it is rare as might be expected, & of course wd not convey any meaning to anyone who was not a good classic.3 This man said he wd see if he cd find any more words but I have not asked him since. I do’nt think you cd get any common word for tissue or cells.
I shd say from the little notion I have about pangenesis that atomo-g. wd represent it better, unless you have particular objection to your cells or gemmules being called atoms i.e indivisible particles.— If I hear more I will write again.—
We have had some most goloptious weather since Mama &c were here—4 Yesterday I loafed about all day. I am getting in rather a fright about the May exam wh: begins next Friday, as it is the first one in which we shall have had really hard papers & if I don’t do well in it I suppose I sha’nt in the Tripos. There was a concert in the town hall on Friday & Frank5 played in a duet with a piano; he had practised a good deal & I really thought played it very well— I was surprised to hear how loud the flute was when I was right at the further end of a very large hall.
Swettenham’s eye got nearly alright at one time but he foolishly uncovered it too soon & it has relapsed again, tho’ not so bad as before.—6 I shall only be at home for two days before I go to Paris & one of them I shall have to go to London to see the dentist, more’s the bore.—7 I wish there was a little longer time betw: the end of this term & July, when I shall have to come back here.—
Yrs G H Darwin
Has asked a classics scholar about a word for Pangenesis. He suggests "atomogenesis".
Is getting in rather a fright about the coming exams.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5561,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5561