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From Lawson Tait   14 February 1877


Feb. 14 1877

My Dear Sir,

I enclose another extract from my book which may interest you.1

In my review in the Spectator last Saturday by a stupid omission it appears as if I thought your industry does not attract attention because you are not at the prime of life.2 I presume however, you read my words as they were intended & not as they seemed.

Pray do not trouble to acknowledge this unless there is something in the proof you may want to know more about

Yours truly, | Lawson Tait


The enclosed page-proofs from Tait’s book, Diseases of women (L. Tait 1877), have not been found. Tait had sent an earlier set of page-proofs with his letter of 16 January 1877.
In his review of Cross and self fertilisation (Spectator, 10 February 1877, p. 17), Tait remarked: ‘It is marvellous that at a time of life when most men have at least ceased to labour in fresh fields, Mr. Darwin pours forth book after book, edition after edition, with a perseverance which would have attracted attention had he been in the prime of life.’


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.

Tait, Lawson. 1877. Diseases of women. London: Williams and Norgate.


Sends another extract [from Diseases of women (1877)].

Has reviewed Cross and self-fertilisation in the Spectator.

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Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 178: 37
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10844,” accessed on 17 May 2021,