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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   2 November [1878]1

If the author has not sent you this you may possibly like to have it.—2


Novr 2d


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from G. H. Darwin, 7 November 1878.
CD’s letter is written on the cover of an offprint of Jules Carret’s paper on the causes of polar displacement (Carret 1878), read at a meeting of the Société Savoisienne d’histoire et d’archéologie on 23 May 1878, and sent to CD by the author; no other communication between CD and Carret has been found. In his paper, Carret referred to calculations of changes in the earth’s axis by George Howard Darwin and others. George was writing a series of papers modelling the possible physical composition of the earth and the effects of gravitational forces over time (G. H. Darwin 1878b, 1878d, and 1878e).


Carret, Jules. 1878. Sur les causes du déplacement polaire. [Read 23 May 1878.] Mémoires et documents publié par la Société savoisienne d’histoire et d’archéologie 17: 231–42.


Forwards pamphlet (Jules Carret 1878) to GHD.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11733F,” accessed on 14 April 2021,