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From Francis Galton to Francis Darwin   7 April 1871

Summary

CD will take care of the eight little rabbits. FG outlines their future.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A25–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7662

From Francis Galton to William Huggins   15 February 1873

Summary

Returns family documents about "Kepler" [William Huggins’ dog, see Collected papers 2: 170–1]; there is still some sort of investigation into the "precise mental condition" of "Kepler" and his relatives.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  William Huggins
Date:  15 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 105: A72–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8766

From Francis Galton   2 June 1875

Summary

Interested to hear about the peas.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10005

From Francis Galton   22 September 1875

Summary

Thinks CD’s case of twins with crooked fingers may be one from his twin study.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A80–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10163

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

From Francis Galton   24 September 1875

Summary

Sends a lecture CD wished to see

and corrects himself about the twins.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10169

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

From Francis Galton   3 November 1875

Summary

Outlines a memoir he will give at the Anthropological Society [see 10238] [error for 10242!?] in which he differs theoretically with Pangenesis.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A83–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10238

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

From Francis Galton   5 November 1875

Summary

Sends a proof of his "Theory of heredity" from the Contemporary Review [27 (1875): 80–95; revised in J. Anthropol. Inst. 5 (1876): 329–48]. Welcomes CD’s help and criticism.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10243

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

From Francis Galton   8 November 1875

Summary

Responds to suggestions and criticisms CD made to "theory of heredity" [see 10245].

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A88–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10250

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

From Francis Galton   26 November 1875

Summary

Thanks for the peas which arrived in "beautiful order".

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A90–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10278

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

From Francis Galton   19 December 1875

Summary

Outlines in simple form the statistical distribution of inherited characteristics in a theory of "organic units".

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A92–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10309

From Francis Galton to G. H. Darwin   22 December 1875

Summary

Gives further explanations of his theory of stirps and his objections to Pangenesis, in answer to a question of CD’s.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 105: A94–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10317

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

From Francis Galton   16 February 1876

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Summary

Sends packets of seeds of peas of different sizes [i.e., weights] for CD’s experiments; identifies size of the seeds that produced them. FG is experimenting "in the same direction" and is curious how his results will compare with CD’s.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 76: B3–B11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10395
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