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To G. H. Darwin   31 May [1879]1


May 31st

My dear G.

Read enclosed & please return pretty soon.—2 You will see that writer seems a scientific man.— I mention case, because you might think it worth while to give instructions about Tides.

I have not yet received the paper, so cannot judge of his observing powers.—

I cannot tell you how I rejoice over your friendship with Sir W. Th.—3 All that you say shows what a grand vein of research you have struck on.— I do heartily rejoice.—

Floreat the name of Darwin, of which, however, I am awfully sick, but have now nearly finished first rough copy of old Dr. D' Life.—4

your affect | C. Darwin


The year is established by CD’s reference to the draft of his biographical account of Erasmus Darwin, which he began writing in May 1879 (see letter to Reginald Darwin, 2 May 1879).
The enclosure has not been found; it was possibly the abstract of a paper submitted for publication.
George Darwin had been planning to visit William Thomson in Glasgow (see letter from G. H. Darwin, 10 May 1879 and n. 5).
CD spent about six weeks writing his biographical account of Erasmus Darwin (Erasmus Darwin; CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Erasmus Darwin. By Ernst Krause. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879.


Sends a letter [missing] on the chance that GHD might give the writer information about tides.

Rejoices at GHD’s friendship with Sir W. Thomson and grand vein of research he has struck on.

First draft of life of Dr [Erasmus] D[arwin] is nearly finished.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.1: 83
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12073,” accessed on 14 September 2023,