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To John Tyndall   7 October 1868

Summary

Asks JT to distribute some circulars about the work of Gustavus Hinrichs of Iowa, whom CD wishes to help.

Admires JT’s Norwich address [to Mathematics and Physics Section, BAAS meeting, Rep. BAAS 38: 1–6] and his Fortnightly Review paper on scientific discovery [7 (1867): 645–60].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  7 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 5 (EH: 88205943)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6413

From John Tyndall   9 October 1868

Summary

Gustavus Hinrichs is also a [not highly regarded] correspondent of JT’s; he will put GH’s papers on the table at Royal Institution to ease CD’s conscience.

Dined with the Asa Grays at Hooker’s. Told Mrs Gray that CD’s ill health was a benefit because it caused him to ponder a great deal.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: C1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6414

To John Tyndall   20 October 1868

Summary

Invites JT to come to Down with the Asa Grays and Hookers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  20 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 6 (EH: 88205944)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6424

From John Tyndall   7 September 1870

Summary

Sends CD proofs of a lecture he will give at Liverpool. Asks CD to check the part referring to him.

Élie de Beaumont’s remark, in which he requires CD to recant before being admitted to the [French] Academy, is intolerable. "This spirit has much to do with the present condition of France."

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1870
Classmark:  DAR 106: C3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7318

To John Tyndall   8 September 1870

Summary

CD finds JT’s discourse "grand and most interesting" [On the scientific use of the imagination (1870)]. Flattered by what JT says about him.

He is "a rash man to say a good word for Pangenesis for it has hardly a friend among naturalists".

CD is much struck with what JT says about "pondering" and delighted by his "as if" argument.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  8 Sept 1870
Classmark:  The Michael Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, reference RI MS JT/2/10/458, spine title: Journal V111A 1858–71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7319

From John Tyndall   23 February [1871]

Summary

Has devised a respirator for firemen by moistening cotton wool with glycerine and adding charcoal. JT suggests the nose with its hairs and mucus is a respirator that would give protection against diseases caused by floating particles. The presence of hair and mucus is thus explained by CD’s theory.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7508

To John Tyndall   [27 February 1871]

Summary

Thinks JT’s discovery of a glycerine respirator is an interesting practical discovery. CD has been wondering about the hairs in our nostrils, but doubts that JT has explained their function, since there are hardly enough.

Will ask W. Ogle to observe hairs in nostrils of different races.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  [27 Feb 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 7 (EH 88205945)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7518

To John Tyndall   1 March [1871]

Summary

Ogle will keep JT’s suggestion in mind in observing less hairy races of man and the lower animals.

Asks JT whether he can help Ogle on a troublesome point on the colour of tissues with olfactory nerves, and the relation of colour to the absorption of odours. Does JT’s respirator deprive odorous substances of their smell?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  1 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 8 (EH 88205946)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7524

To John Tyndall   1 March [1871]

Summary

Ogle is unacquainted with JT; would be proud and pleased to call on him. CD likes what little he has seen of him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  1 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 9 (EH 88205947)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7525

From John Tyndall   1 March [1871]

Summary

JT suggests that Ogle call upon him so that they can arrange experiments suitable for his purpose.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7527

To John Tyndall   7 March [1871]

Summary

Ogle wants very much to meet JT.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  7 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 10 (EH 88205948)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7552

To John Tyndall   8 March [1871]

Summary

Thanks JT for his kindness to Ogle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  8 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 11 (EH 88205949)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7554

From John Tyndall   8 March [1871]

Summary

Has seen Ogle. His subject [olfactory nerve tissue and absorption of odours] has often occupied JT’s attention.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7556

From John Tyndall   8 June [1872]

Summary

Sends CD a copy of the memorial supporting Hooker’s case against A. S. Ayrton’s interference in the administration of Kew Gardens.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 June [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8375

From G. H. Darwin to John Tyndall   [7 April 1873]

Summary

CD particularly wishes to see JT "On business not connected with himself" [the fund for Huxley’s holiday]. Asks whether CD may call that afternoon. GHD adds postscript saying CD very fatigued. He hopes JT can come to see CD instead, but he should not mention that GHD suggested it.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  [7 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 12 (EH 88205950)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8846

From John Tyndall   8 April [1873]

Summary

William Spottiswoode was not at home, but JT sought out Herbert Spencer. Spencer will come with JT to see CD [about the Huxley fund].

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8849

To John Tyndall   8 April [1873]

Summary

CD will write to William Spottiswoode about the fund for Huxley. CD is raising his subscription to £300. "We have done a good day’s work … [it] gives me a higher opinion of human nature than I had before, though I am not one of those who think lowly of mankind."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  8 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 13 (EH 88205951)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8850

From John Tyndall   9 April [1873]

Summary

Is convinced that the "brotherly spirit of the transaction" will cause Huxley not to raise objections.

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 106: C11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8852

From John Tyndall   10 April 1873

Summary

W. G. Armstrong and T. H. Farrer have both contributed [to the Huxley fund].

Author:  John Tyndall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 106: C12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8855

To John Tyndall   11 April 1873

Summary

Sends JT the list and amounts subscribed for Huxley. It will probably amount to £1800. He will write to Huxley and use every argument he can to make him accept.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  11 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 14 (EH 88205952)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8856
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