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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

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

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

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

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

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
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