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From Lawson Tait   18 January [1880]

Summary

The Birmingham Philosophical Society proposes to celebrate CD’s birthday and make him their first Honorary Member. RLT will draft the address.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 213–214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12430

From Lawson Tait   [13 February 1880]

Summary

Encloses cuttings from Birmingham Daily Post, 12 February 1880, p. 4, and 13 February 1880, p.5, reporting the presentation to CD of the first honorary membership of the Birmingham Philosophical Society.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Feb 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 226.2: 44 (1 and 2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12472F

To Lawson Tait   13 February 1880

Summary

CD thanks RLT for his two notes, a newspaper article, and a copy of RLT’s address honouring him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Feb 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12475

To Lawson Tait   14 February 1880

Summary

Would be glad to see RLT at Down if he thinks it fit to come there to deliver the address honouring CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  14 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 147: 535
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12481

From Lawson Tait   15 July [1880]

Summary

The Birmingham Philosophical Society wishes to establish a Darwin prize medal for original scientific work. A fund is being raised to support research. Asks CD to contribute.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 215–216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12653

To Lawson Tait   16 July [1880]

Summary

Is honoured by RLT’s announcement, and offers a contribution to the Birmingham scientific fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  16 July [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12659

To Lawson Tait   19 July 1880

Summary

Sends £25 for the Birmingham Philosophical Society scientific fund.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  19 July 1880
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12662

From Lawson Tait   29 July 1881

Summary

Points out what he believes to be two errors in CD’s paper on inheritance [Nature 24 (1881): 257; Collected papers 2: 230–1].

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 178: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13257

To Lawson Tait   12 October 1881

Summary

Owes much to Birmingham and great honour conferred on him, but cannot write what RLT wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  12 Oct 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13394

To Lawson Tait   13 February 1882

Summary

Thanks for the birthday greetings.

"I feel a very old man and my course is nearly run."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  13 Feb 1882
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13682

To Lawson Tait   8 October 1871

Summary

Does not know anything about a supra-condyloid process on the humerus, but would like to see RLT’s paper should he publish on the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  8 Oct 1871
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7993

From Lawson Tait   12 March [1875]

Summary

Purpose of bushy tails; their usefulness to their owners as a means of keeping warm.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885

To Lawson Tait   [13–15 March 1875]

Summary

Thinks CD is right about the retention of a tail.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  [13–15 Mar 1875]
Classmark:  Birmingham Daily Post, 8 April 1875, p. 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9885F

From Lawson Tait   16 March [1875]

Summary

Uses of tails of mice. Functions of tails generally.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9889

From Lawson Tait   17 March [1875]

Summary

Sends a short essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] on which he would welcome CD’s opinion. Believes problems of pathology can be attacked by regarding them from "Darwinian" point of view.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9892

To Lawson Tait   20 March [1875]

Summary

Has read RLT’s essay [The pathology and treatment of diseases of the ovaries (1874)] with interest. His facts about tumours seem to CD "highly favourable to some such notion as Pangenesis".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  20 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hannover (Noviss. 450: A 48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9896

To Lawson Tait   25 March 1875

Summary

Would be glad to make RLT’s acquaintance, but CD’s health would make RLT’s visit to Down unprofitable. Suggests a meeting in London at end of month.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Date:  25 Mar 1875
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) catalogue 62 (July 1989)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9902

From Lawson Tait   27 March [1875]

Summary

Is preparing a paper on the umbilical cord ["On the anatomy of the umbilical cord", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 23 (1875): 498–501; 24 (1876): 417–40] of which he sends a preliminary note [missing]. Believes spiral growth of the umbilical cord is important evidence of the descent of man; speculates on spiral growth in general.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9904

From Lawson Tait   8 April [1875]

Summary

Arrangements for a visit to Down.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9918
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