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From G.J. Romanes   [June 1877]

Summary

Notes on variation and selection; discussion of how selection could act to the advantage of a group but not to that of an individual within the group.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 143–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10979

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From G. J. Romanes   [before 6 June 1877]

Summary

Notes on natural selection; discussion of factors mitigating the swamping influence of intercrossing on incipient variations.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 139–42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13839

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From G. J. Romanes   13 November 1880

Summary

Sends proofs of Encyclopaedia Britannica article on hybridism [9th ed., 12: 422–6]. Can CD mention authorities who should be cited?

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Nov 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 100–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12813

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From G. J. Romanes   14 December 1880

Summary

Glad CD thinks experiment worth trying [see 12904]. Has written to John Tyndall for permission to do it at Royal Institution.

Paper on echinoderms written [with J. C. Ewart, "Locomotor system of Echinodermata", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 172 (1881): 829–85].

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Dec 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12913

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From G. J. Romanes   [6 or 13 or 20] March 1881

Summary

Intends experiment to see if cats released in country can find their way back.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6, 13 or 20] Mar 1881
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13069

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From G. J. Romanes   7 March 1881

Summary

Responds to MS of Earthworms. An objective but arbitrary test of intelligence in animals is the ability to learn from experience. Earthworms fall on the border of intelligence. They could justly be called intelligent if they could learn by experience to manipulate some unknown, exotic leaf. CD should make clear that intelligence does not imply self-consciousness.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Mar 1881
Classmark:  DAR 176: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13077

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From G. J. Romanes   24 March 1881

Summary

Suggests transplanting plant ovaries to test Pangenesis.

None of the cats released in experiment found its way back.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1881
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13097

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From G. J. Romanes   22 April [1881]

Summary

Only more sensitive seedlings respond to flashing light.

CD’s letter to Times ["On vivisection", 22 Apr 1881] in every way admirable.

GJR to be Zoological Secretary of Linnean Society.

Has decided on arrangement of material for his books Animal intelligence [1882]

and Mental evolution in animals [1883].

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr [1881]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13134

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From G. J. Romanes   25 May [1881]

Summary

Suggests CD delay arrangements for his Linnean Society portrait. GJR thinks John Collier would be willing to paint it.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May [1881]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13173

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From G. J. Romanes   22 April 1880

Summary

Preparing his book, Animal intelligence [1882].

Spent an afternoon with a spiritualist but did not learn anything.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12587

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From G. J. Romanes   5 November 1880

Summary

Lectured on mental evolution in Newcastle.

Has conducted interesting research on locomotor systems of echinoderms.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 99–100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12799

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From G. J. Romanes   18 November 1880

Summary

Thanks for copy of W. O. Focke [Die Pflanzen-Mischlinge (1881)].

Has nearly finished paper on locomotor system in echinoderms.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 98–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12827

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From G. J. Romanes   10 December 1880

Summary

Returns book [W. O. Focke, Pflanzen-Mischlinge]. It was of great use.

Suggests experiment involving light stimulation of plants.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 103–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12904

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From G. J. Romanes   17 December 1880

Summary

John Tyndall has provided apparatus for experiment with light.

Frank [Darwin]’s paper a brilliant success [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 18: 406–19, 420–55. Read 16 Dec].

Has got a monkey for observation.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, pp. 104–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12924

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From G. J. Romanes   1 July [1881]

Summary

Has told John Collier to write to CD to arrange for portrait.

Will read [W. Graham’s] Creed of science.

Has got into row with W. B. Carpenter over thought-reading.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July [1881]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13229

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From G. J. Romanes   8 August 1881

Summary

Delighted that portrait of CD has "pleased those who are the best judges".

Arranging for vote on vivisection by International Medical Congress.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1881
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13282

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From G. J. Romanes   4 September [1881]

Summary

Not intended to call vivisection article a symposium [Nineteenth Century 10 (1881): 920–48].

Sympathy on death of Erasmus Darwin.

Trying some experiments with bees to test their direction-finding methods.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Sept [1881]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13317

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From G. J. Romanes   6 February 1880

Summary

Thinks Herbert Spencer has done little service to science but a great service to thinking.

Thinks importance of mathematics overestimated [by J. F. Moulton] in criticising Spencer.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1880
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12464

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From G. J. Romanes   17 April 1881

Summary

Looks forward to reading CD’s Earthworms.

Agrees that habits of sand-wasp are determined by natural selection.

Experiment of exposing plants to flashing light gives uncertain result.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1881
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13123

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From G. J. Romanes   31 August 1881

Summary

Asks CD to contribute to symposium on vivisection to be published in Nineteenth Century [10: 920–48].

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Aug 1881
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13307

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