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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   25 November [1881]1

From Mr. C. Darwin, Down, Beckenham.

Nov. 25th

You said that you had been so busy lately that you had not read Nature— Be sure read p. 81 of last Nature—2 It is superb & has made me awfully proud.

C. D.


The year is established by reference to Nature (see n. 2, below).
George had been at Down from 11 to 13 November 1881 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) and letter from Emma Darwin to George Howard Darwin, [16 November 1881] (DAR 210.3: 31)). The issue of Nature contained a lecture by Robert Stawell Ball praising George’s contribution to tidal theory: ‘The great theory itself is chiefly the work of one man. You are all familiar with the name he bears. The discoverer of tidal evolution is Mr G. H. Darwin, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge’ (Nature, 24 November 1881, p. 81). See also letter to G. H. Darwin, 8 June [1881].


Last issue of Nature has made him "awfully proud". [See R. S. Ball, "A glimpse through the corridors of time", Nature 25 (1881): 79–82.]

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Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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DAR 210.1: 112
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13511,” accessed on 28 May 2024,