RECORD: Tait, Lawson (Birmingham Philosophical Society). 1882.04.21. Telegram to Francis Darwin. CUL-DAR215.12a. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

"Tait, Robert Lawson, 1845-99. Surgeon and gynaecologist. There are eight letters from CD to T at Shrewsbury School. De Beer 1968, pp. 79-82. 1871-93 Surgeon and gynaecologist at Hospital for diseases of women, Birmingham. 1875 CD to T, about use of tails for sensory purposes by mice. CCD23:224. 1875 Apr. 18 CD to Romanes; T stayed at Down House. CCD23. CD 1875. [Letter on animal tails.] in Tait, The uses of tails in animals. Hardwicke's Sci. Gossip 11, no. 126 (1 Jun.): 126-127, p. 127, Shorter publications, F2126. 1875 T reviewed Insectivorous plants in Spectator. 1876 T reviewed 2d edn of Variation in Spectator, Mar. 4. CCD24:82. 1880 Jul. 19 CD sent T £25 "for your scientific fund in Birmingham". De Beer 1968, p. 82. 1881 T to CD, T had spoken strongly in favour of Origin in his physiology lectures at Midland Institute, and inviting CD to visit Birmingham. 1875 Apr. 17 Huxleys, Romanes and T were at Down House. 1880 Mar. 4 while CD was in London, T visited." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)



[Handed in at the] Bham P O [Office at] 12.3 [Received here at] 12.42

[Dated stamp of delivering office FARNBORO A KENT AP21 82]

[From] Tait Lawson Birmingham

[To] Francis Darwin Down Beckenham

Am desirous of attending the Funeral to Represent our Philosophical Socy. Please let me know if I may also time

[Francis Darwin:] answered

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