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From G. G. Stokes   20 December 1875

Summary

Notifies CD that information he [GGS] gave before on colours of peacock’s feathers was wrong [see 5891 et seq.] and refers CD to H. C. Sorby, who has worked on the subject.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1875
Classmark:  CUL Manuscripts Department Add 7656: D71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10310

To G. G. Stokes   22 December 1875

Summary

CD is curious about the feathers but will wait to see whether H. C. Sorby’s paper appears.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (Add 7656: D72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10316

To G. G. Stokes   21 April [1876]

Summary

The Society’s rejection of R. L. Tait’s paper on Nepenthes is a lesson which will last CD for his life. It is clear that he should not have sent it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  21 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10462

To G. G. Stokes   28 April 1878

Summary

Gives a referee’s report on Samuel Haughton’s paper ["Notes on physical geology, no. IV", read 4 Apr 1878; published as "Physical geology", Nature 18 (1878): 266–8]. Believes his estimate of geological time is extremely wild. The conclusion that the interval of time separating the Miocene from the present is greater than that between the commencement of the Secondary period and the Miocene "seems almost monstrous". Recommends the paper not be published in the Proceedings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  28 Apr 1878
Classmark:  The Royal Society (RR8:107)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11488

To G. G. Stokes   28 May 1879

Summary

Reports on Joseph Prestwich’s paper, "On the origin of the parallel roads of Lochaber" [read 1 May 1879]. Strongly recommends that the paper be published in Philosophical Transactions [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 170 (1880): 663–726].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  28 May 1879
Classmark:  The Royal Society (RR8: 183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12066

To George Gabriel Stokes   [12 February 1863?]

Summary

Thanks GGS for calculation [to determine the chances of the same peculiarity recurring in a family, see Variation 2: 5]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  [12 Feb 1863?]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library Add 7656: D76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4085

From George Gabriel Stokes to T. H. Huxley   5 December 1864

Summary

Sabine’s Royal Society address [awarding the Copley Medal to CD], in referring to the Origin, did not contain the words "expressly excluded". The actual words were "expressly omitted from the grounds of our award". This was not meant to place the Origin on a sort of index expurgatorium, but was a simple statement of fact.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 72–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4700

From G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley   5 December 1864

Summary

Wishes to correct an expression in his last letter which is "perhaps not rigorously exact": he should not have said "declining to honour it [the Origin] with the Copley Medal" but simply "not honouring it with the Copley medal". "Declining implies having been asked and there was no asking in the present case."

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4701

From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes   6 December 1864

Summary

He is certain he heard "expressly excluded" [of Origin from consideration in Royal Society award of Copley Medal]. Believes GGS may have inadvertently substituted "excluded" for "omitted". THH then submits his reasons for objecting to the passage as a whole even with the word "omitted".

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  6 Dec 1864
Classmark:  CUL (George Stokes papers, Add. 7656 H1383)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4702

From G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley   7 December 1864

Summary

It is improbable that he changed the wording of Sabine’s address without his noticing. Proceeds to defend the passage by quoting the rules of the award of the Copley Medal and the Royal Society Council’s action in this case, which is accurately presented in the wording of the award.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  7 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 81–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4704

From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes   8 December 1864

Summary

THH never imagined that "we" referred to anyone but the [Royal] Society Council. Still objects to inclusion of the passage, since "an agreement to say nothing" [about the Origin] does not justify comment on it by one party to the agreement.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  8 Dec 1864
Classmark:  CUL (George Stokes papers, Add. 7656 H1385)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4706

From G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley   8 December 1864

Summary

Corrects a minor error in his last letter.

Urges THH to return proofs of his paper to Royal Society. Some authors are more ready to come down on reviewers and secretary for delay than to get on with their own proofs.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  8 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 87–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4709

From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes   9 December 1864

Summary

THH rejects GGS’s charges. Chides him with possibility that if he substituted "Falconer" for "Busk" he might have done it also for "excluded" and "omitted".

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  9 Dec 1864
Classmark:  CUL (George Stokes papers, Add. 7656 H1386)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4711

To G. G. Stokes   5 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks for congratulations on Francis Darwin’s success in the tripos examinations at the university of Cambridge.

The king of Prussia has awarded him the order Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  5 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (17–18 October 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5839H

To George Gabriel Stokes   18 February [1868]

Summary

Wants to know how the colour of the eye of the peacock’s tail is produced, whether it depends upon colouring matter in the feathers or reflection, and whether any varying structural change will account for the series of colours surrounding it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  18 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add 7656: D73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5891

From G. G. Stokes   27 February 1868

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Summary

On the play of colours in the peacock’s tail.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 47–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5943

To G. G. Stokes   28 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks GGS for information on the peacock’s feathers. Asks whether the colour zones around the "eye" could result from varying the thickness of the film of colouring matter or whether it would require different kinds of colouring matter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  28 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add MS 7656: D74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5950

To G. G. Stokes   11 March [1868]

Summary

Sends GGS examples of feathers from an albino peacock and repeats his query about the zones of colour [see 5950].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add MS 7656: D75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6003

From G. G. Stokes   14 April 1876

Summary

The Royal Society have not accepted R. L. Tait’s paper on insectivorous plants; it will be returned to CD, who submitted it.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet; Secretary, Royal Society
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 99: 92–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10452
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