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To Francis Galton   28 May 1873

Summary

Comments about questionnaire CD completed for FG [for Galton’s English men of science (1874)].

Describes his early interest in collecting and his education.

Asks about determining the mean heights of two groups of men.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  28 May 1873
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/15); Pearson 1914–30, 2: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8924

From H. M. Butler to Francis Galton   7 November 1873

Summary

Reports an incident of his "hereditary" habit of dozing, head in hand, such that he scratches his nose.

Author:  Henry Montagu Butler
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  7 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 1c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9136

To Francis Galton   22 September 1875

Summary

Agrees to write to William Ogle [about twins with crooked fingers].

Describes growth of sweetpeas for experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  22 Sept 1875
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10164

To Francis Galton   25 September 1875

Summary

Thanks FG for issues of Revue [Scientifique vol. 7, containing lectures by Claude Bernard].

Ogle says twins [with crooked fingers] are his sisters.

Recommends book by M. A. Puvis [De la dégénération des variétés de végétaux (1837)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  25 Sept 1875
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/2/4/3/13/5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10170

To Francis Galton   2 November [1875]

Summary

Has heard that FG will write on inheritance. Huxley does not believe in E. G. Balbiani’s views on subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  2 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10237

To Francis Galton   4 November [1875]

Summary

In London yesterday for Vivisection Commission.

Is revising his chapter on Pangenesis [in Variation, 2d ed.] to allow that gemmules probably multiply in the reproductive organs.

Notes examples of inheritance of acquired characteristics cited by Brown-Séquard.

Doubts that double parentage is necessary for complex organisations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  4 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10241

To Francis Galton   7 November [1875]

Summary

Comments on FG’s paper ["A theory of heredity"]. Finds essay difficult to understand. Objects that FG’s theory conflicts with phenomenon of use and disuse. Conflicts also with rarity of bud-variations in nature.

Says he has ordered FG’s article ["The history of twins", Fraser’s Mag. 92 (1875): 566–76; revised in J. Anthropol. Inst. 5 (1876): 391–406].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  7 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10245

To Francis Galton   10 November [1875]

Summary

Comments on FG’s paper ["The history of twins"].

CD is "in a passion with the Spectator who always muddles".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  10 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10254

To Francis Galton   18 December [1875]

Summary

Mentions revisions [in Variation, 2d ed.].

Argues with FG’s theory of heredity, defending Pangenesis: "I cannot doubt that every unit of the hybrid is hybridised and sends forth hybridised gemmules."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  18 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10305

To Francis Galton   13 January [1876]

Summary

Thanks FG for his report [on the statistical validity of CD’s experiments; see Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 16–18]. Discusses FG’s comments, his own experiments, and the means by which the results may be analysed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  13 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10357

To Francis Galton   2 March [1876]

Summary

Sends signed enclosure.

FG will hear of germination of peas in a few days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  2 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10413

To Francis Galton   [6–12 January 1877]

Summary

Has received French essay on effects of conscription on [decreasing] height of men, due to unfit left at home to propagate race. Would FG care to see it?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [6–12 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10774

To Francis Galton   9 January [1877]

Summary

Can FG come to lunch on Sunday? George Darwin wants to meet him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  9 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10776

To Francis Galton   11 February [1877]

Summary

Sends enclosure regarding inherited handwriting from Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor [ed. G. S. Hillard (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  11 Feb [1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10839

To Francis Galton   [1 March 1879?]

Summary

Can FG come to lunch on Monday?

Sorry FG has not been well and is soon going abroad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [1 Mar 1879?]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11911

To Francis Galton   22 March 1879

Summary

Describes plans to publish English edition of Krause’s work on Erasmus Darwin.

Will correct Anna Seward’s calumnies [in Memoirs of the life of Dr Darwin (1804)].

Asks about family letters.

Doubts some stories about Erasmus Darwin [in Christiana C. Hankin, ed., Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck (1858)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  22 Mar 1879
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11947

To E. A. Wheler   19 April 1879

Summary

Thanks his cousin for lending two letters [to be used in Ernst Krause’s biography of Erasmus Darwin, their grandfather].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  19 Apr 1879
Classmark:  Chiswick Auctions (dealers) (10 October 2018, lot 19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12004A

To Francis Galton   30 April [1879]

Summary

Thanks FG for an extract [about Dr Erasmus Darwin?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  30 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12018

To Francis Galton   8 June [1879]

Summary

Caroline Darwin says mysterious visitor’s name was Brand. It was in time of Colonel Pole. Never visited Mrs Pole or Mrs Darwin [Elizabeth Collier], but sent respectful messages.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  8 June [1879]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/3/2/1/28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12095

To Francis Galton   10 June [1879]

Summary

CD’s father thought he had not been treated fairly about his share of his mother’s [Mary Howard Darwin’s] fortune. Will not allude to this [in Erasmus Darwin]. Surprising that grandfather did not make more money. Has found memorandum of his having lost £1500 in ironworks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  10 June [1879]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12100
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