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From W. E. Darwin   [3 March 1872]1

Sunday

My dear Father,

I send you the dirt residue from Chalk as Prof. Forbes would probably be able to judge whether this is the result of soakage.2

Parsons weighed them when quite dry, & he is a good chemist; He says B. gets wet from having traces of Chloride of Calcium.3

Your affect | W E D

Footnotes

The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. E. Darwin, [1 March 1872]. The first Sunday after 1 March 1872 was 3 March.
William refers to David Forbes; see letter to W. E. Darwin, [1 March 1872].
William refers to Robert Mann Parsons. See letter from W. E. Darwin, [29 February 1872], and letter to W. E. Darwin, [1 March 1872]. B: presumably the samples of dirt residue were labelled A and B. Calcium chloride is hygroscopic.

Summary

Sends dirt residue of chalk samples for David Forbes to examine.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8220
From
William Erasmus Darwin
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 162: 104
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8220,” accessed on 26 March 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8220

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

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