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To Reginald Darwin   27 March 1879

Summary

Announces his intention to translate and preface [E. Krause’s] sketch of Dr Erasmus Darwin’s life. Asks whether RD has any documents concerning Dr Darwin or letters by him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  27 Mar 1879
Classmark:  Forum Auctions (dealers) (28 March 2019, lot 173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11957

From Reginald Darwin   29 March 1879

Summary

Sends Dr Erasmus Darwin’s commonplace book, some letters, and poems.

Family news.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 146–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11960

To Reginald Darwin   1 April 1879

Summary

The "great book" [presumably Dr Erasmus Darwin’s commonplace book, see Erasmus Darwin, p. iii] arrived safely.

Can RD supply a photograph of [Breadsall] Priory?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11966

From Reginald Darwin   2 April 1879

Summary

Will try to find an engraving of [Breadsall] Priory.

Offers a photograph of Dr Erasmus Darwin’s house in Derby.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 150–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11968

To Reginald Darwin   4 April 1879

Summary

Has been "deeply interested by the great book" [see 11966]. Asks permission to publish extracts.

Did Dr Darwin go to Edinburgh when his son, Charles, died? Asks whether RD has ever heard a story about Dr Darwin that had been told to CD by the Galtons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  4 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11977

From Reginald Darwin   7 April 1879

Summary

Is glad CD has found interest in "the old book" [Dr Erasmus Darwin’s commonplace book].

Discusses Erasmus Darwin and his belongings, which RD has inherited.

Owns a portrait of Erasmus Darwin by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.14: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11980

To Reginald Darwin   8 April 1879

Summary

Details of family history. Has discovered Dr Darwin did get to Edinburgh before his son, Charles, died.

The more CD reads of Dr Darwin the higher he rises in his estimation.

Is tired of writing letters, "half the fools throughout Europe write to ask me the stupidest questions".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 98; Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne, Somerset (dealers) (2009); LL 3: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11982

From Reginald Darwin   9 April 1879

Summary

Has found a pamphlet of 1780 about Charles Darwin [1758–78].

RD’s sister, Violetta, has found some early verses and a MS by Dr Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 152–153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11983

To Reginald Darwin   10 April [1879]

Summary

Research for Erasmus Darwin. CD has always thought there is one "golden rule" for biographers: "not to insert anything which … would interest only the members of the Family".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  10 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 153: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11986

From Reginald Darwin   18 April 1879

Summary

Thanks CD for sending some old family letters of RD’s father’s [Francis Sacheverel Darwin (1786–1859)].

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 154–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11987

To Reginald Darwin   16 April 1879

Summary

Sends letters from RD’s father to R. W. Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1879
Classmark:  University of California Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Special Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11997

To Reginald Darwin   2 May 1879

Summary

Leaves home on 6th for a rest.

Will commence writing Erasmus Darwin.

Apologises for keeping RD’s various books for so long a time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  2 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12025

To Reginald Darwin   29 May [1879]

Summary

Encloses a family document [another letter from F. S. Darwin to R. W. Darwin?].

Asks whether RD has ever heard a story about their grandfather and a highway robber.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  29 May [1879]
Classmark:  Kobunso (dealer) (1977); DAR 153: 101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12067

From Reginald Darwin   31 May 1879

Summary

Thanks CD for another letter [of his father’s].

Cannot call to mind the story about the robber [see Erasmus Darwin, pp. 64–5].

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 156–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12072

To Reginald Darwin   8 July 1879

Summary

CD has corrected the first proofs [of Erasmus Darwin] and so returns RD’s books. CD is disappointed with his work and fears RD will be also.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  8 July 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12139

From Reginald Darwin   11 July 1879

Summary

Is gratified if he has helped [with Erasmus Darwin].

Thanks for another consignment of family records.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 July 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 158–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12146

From Reginald Darwin   4 August 1879

Summary

Sends an address by Dr Erasmus Darwin [to the Derby Philosophical Society].

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 160–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12180

From Reginald Darwin   12 November 1879

Summary

Thanks for copy of Erasmus Darwin. The refutation of Miss Seward is admirable and conclusive.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 162–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12310

From Reginald Darwin   17 November 1879

Summary

Sends a book on shorthand

and a paper, probably by Erasmus Darwin, entitled "Moral and physical hermeneutics", on the subject of temperance.

Author:  Reginald Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 99: 164–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12323
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