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From Lawson Tait   11 October 1875

Summary

Wishes CD to present RLT’s paper on insectivorous plants to the Royal Society.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 178: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10190

To Lawson Tait   14 October [1875]

Summary

Will be happy to present RLT’s paper on Nepenthes to Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  14 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas (MS 331 box 1 folder 11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10199

From Lawson Tait   23 October [1875]

Summary

Thanks CD for consenting to present his paper.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10217

From Lawson Tait   6 November [1875]

Summary

Composition of "Droserin" [see 10015].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10244

From Lawson Tait   16 November [1875]

Summary

Has CD ever come across Dischidia rafflesiana?

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10261

From Lawson Tait   16 November [1875]

Summary

Has extracted a highly deliquescent substance from digestive secretion of insectivorous plants.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10262

From Lawson Tait   20 November [1875]

Summary

His paper [for Royal Society] is completed; would CD like to read it?

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10268

From Lawson Tait   23 November [1875]

Summary

RLT’s paper will be sent to CD. Will CD notify him of any serious defects?

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10274

From Lawson Tait   25 November [1875]

Summary

RLT’s paper on insectivorous plants is being copied.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10277

To Lawson Tait   27 November [1875]

Summary

Because CD has been unwell, he has not read RLT’s paper carefully, but it seems an important contribution to science. Hopes RLT’s chemical observations will be confirmed. It seems a great anomaly that two substances with an acid should be requisite for digestion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  27 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10280

From Lawson Tait   29 November [1875]

Summary

RLT’s insectivorous plants paper.

The success of a recent lecture.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10281

To Lawson Tait   1 December [1875]

Summary

Abstract sent to the Royal Society. It seems to CD "uncommonly clear and well-done".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  1 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  Josh B. Rosenblum (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10284

From Lawson Tait   21 February 1876

Summary

RLT to review 2d ed. of Variation and write an article on Pangenesis.

Discussion of "Survival of the Fittest".

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 28–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10405

To Lawson Tait   22 February [1876]

Summary

Herbert Spencer invented the term "survival of the fittest". CD used it but found "natural selection" more convenient.

He has often spoken of natural selection’s destruction of individuals which do not come up to "proper standards of structure", which comes to nearly the same thing as RLT’s suggested distinction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  22 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Randall House, Santa Barbara (dealers) catalogue XXV (1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10406

From Lawson Tait   1 March 1876

Summary

Regrowth of an amputated extra thumb.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10412

To Lawson Tait   2 March 1876

Summary

Thanks RLT for his letter. CD took much trouble over his two cases [regrowth of amputated supernumerary digits, in Variation] but the evidence was shaky.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  2 Mar 1876
Classmark:  DAR 147: 527
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10414

To Lawson Tait   25 March [1876]

Summary

RLT’s two articles in Spectator [4 Mar and 25 Mar 1876] greatly honour CD.

Tait has made a good point about "Survival of the Fittest".

Dr Rudinger’s extensive inquiries show that all eminent German surgeons are unanimous about non-growth of extra digit after amputation.

J. Kollmann has written regretting CD has given up atavism and extra digits [in 2d ed. of Variation]; gives new evidence of a rudimentary sixth digit in batrachians.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  25 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 221.5: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10428

From Lawson Tait   26 March [1876]

Summary

Cat born tailless as a consequence of a spina bifida.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10429

From Lawson Tait   27 March [1876]

Summary

Regrowth of amputated digits is a capacity possessed by the new-born but rapidly lost.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10431

To Lawson Tait   28 March 1876

Summary

James Paget’s scepticism about regrowth of digits. Suggests RLT experiment with amputation of digits, both extra and normal, of kittens and fowls. Fears they will fail to regrow, but, if regrowth is proved, it will be an important discovery.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  28 Mar 1876
Classmark:  Roy Davids Ltd (dealer) (1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10434
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