RECORD: Ball, Robert S. 1882.04.22. Letter to George Howard Darwin. CUL-DAR215.7c. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

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

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Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913), an Irish astronomer and friend of George Darwin.



The Observatory, Dunsink, Cn Dublin

22 April 82

My dear Darwin,

Allow me to express my deep sympathy with you in your present affliction. Though I never saw your father yet in common with every other scientific man I feel as if I had lost a friend.

I remember reading somewhere a remark of Cuvier's to the effect that natural history would someday have it Newton.

It is the loss of him who fulfilled this prediction that the word now defines

Believe me to be yours truly

Robert Ball.

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