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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   3 January [1872]1

Down

Jan 3d.

My dear William

Your letter & facts are quite splendid.—2 I cannot conceive how you could have observed so much without aid.—

The depth of mould at different parts of slope & base is a most valuable observation.— The little step or slope round the great fallen stones very curious;— I suppose the worms work under the stones, & come up at nearest point, viz close outside.— There are many points which I want to discuss & get explained. Shall you be coming to Down within a month or so? We cannot reconcile the large & capital diagram with the 2d page of your letter: I imagine they refer to different parts.3 Again I am curious to know whether in the middle part of slope in diagram, whether the inclination is greater, for the furrows for a space are decidedly deeper than above or below.— I have made pencil notes on your letter,4 so that I shall not forget what to

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January 1872].
The diagram has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL. CD’s notes for Earthworms are in DAR 63–5. The second page of the letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January 1872], runs from ‘I unfortunately’ to ‘to do it quickly.’
See CD’s annotations to the letter from W. E. Darwin, [1 January 1872].

Summary

Thanks for letter [8137]. Finds observation at Stonehenge of depth of mould at different parts of slope "most valuable".

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8140
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib. MSS/DAR: 30)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8140,” accessed on 24 October 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8140

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20

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