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DCP-LETT-6414

From John Tyndall   9 October 1868

Royal Institution of Great Britain

9th. Oct. 1868

My dear Darwin.

Hinrichs is also a correspondent of mine.1 Had he trusted more to the natural weight of his views if they have any and less to the policy of making a noise about them he would in my opinion have acted more wisely than he has done.

He has published an attack upon Dana which I should not like to circulate as he shows a temper not to be trusted where cool judgement is required.2 But you can ease your conscience by sending his papers to me, and I will place almost the whole of them on the table of the Royal Institution.3 You can tell him that you have sent them to me.

I was rejoiced to hear from dear old Hooker on Thursday week that were able to have a little party of your friends about you, and then again, Bates dashed my happiness by saying that you were not so well as you ought to be.4 I hardly think that even your naturalists care more about hearing of your improved health than I do.

That charming man Asa Gray, and his still more charming wife are staying with Hooker.5 I dined there on Wednesday and endeavoured to make it clear to Mrs. Gray that your ill health was a benefit to you inasmuch as it compelled you to ponder a great deal,6 and this accounted for the extraordinary proportion of thought which your works display.

Goodbye: I hope you will continue to flourish.

Ever Yours | John Tyndall

Footnotes

1
For CD’s remarks regarding Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs, see the letter to John Tyndall, 7 October 1868.
2
Tyndall refers to James Dwight Dana; see letter to G. D. Hinrichs, 13 August 1868, n. 1.
3
For a list of the papers Hinrichs sent CD, see the letter from G. D. Hinrichs, 31 August 1868.
4
Joseph Dalton Hooker evidently told Tyndall of the visit from several naturalists over the weekend of 12 and 13 September; though Henry Walter Bates had been invited, he was not able to attend (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [8–10 September 1868]).
5
Gray and Jane Loring Gray had recently arrived in England (see letter from Asa Gray, 17 September 1868).
6
For CD’s reference to his agreement with Tyndall on the importance of ‘pondering’ in science, see the letter to John Tyndall, 7 October 1868.

Summary

Gustavus Hinrichs is also a [not highly regarded] correspondent of JT’s; he will put GH’s papers on the table at Royal Institution to ease CD’s conscience.

Dined with the Asa Grays at Hooker’s. Told Mrs Gray that CD’s ill health was a benefit because it caused him to ponder a great deal.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6414
From
Tyndall, John
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Royal Institution
Source of text
DAR 106: C1–2
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6414,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6414

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