Has prepared a historical sketch [of writers on origin of species] for foreign editions of Origin. It includes HS. He was too ill to provide it for the 1st ed.
Sorry Murray has not sent HS his copy of Origin, as he was instructed.
Huxley will put CD and E. A. Darwin down for HS's gigantic [publishing] programme. Suggests Dr Drysdale be approached about it.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I know so few people, that I can really think of only one person, to whom it would be any good to send your gigantic programme. This one is
I asked Huxley to put my own name & that of my Brothers on the list for copies.—
From your letter I infer that you have not received a copy of my Book, which I am very
sorry for: I told M
I was so much out of health when I was writing my Book, that I grudged every hour of labour, & therefore gave no sort of history of progress of opinion.—
I have now written a Preface for the foreign Editions & for any future English
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Kindly answer my two questions soon
- f1 2680.f1The year is given by the reference to the first volume of Spencer 1860--2.
- f2 2680.f2CD refers to the subscription list for Spencer's ten-volume series entitled `System of synthetic philosophy', the first work of which was First principles (Spencer 1860--2). CD's subscriber's copy of the book is in the Darwin Library--CUL.
- f3 2680.f3Edward Wickstead Lane was the proprietor of Moor Park hydropathic establishment, which CD had visited on several occasions since 1857 (see Correspondence vols. 6 and 7). Dr Drysdale may have been related to Lady Drysdale, Lane's mother-in-law.
- f4 2680.f4See letter to T. H. Huxley, [26 January 1860].
- f5 2680.f5The publishing firm of Longman, at that time headed by Thomas Longman, published the first volume of Spencer's Essays (Spencer 1858--63). Spencer's name appears on the presentation list CD drew up for Origin (see Appendix III).
- f6 2680.f6On 10 February 1860 Spencer wrote to a friend (Duncan ed. 1908, p. 98):
I am just reading Darwin's book (a copy of which has been searching for me since November and has only just come to hand) and want to send him the `Population' [Spencer 1852] to show how thoroughly his argument harmonizes with that I have used at the close of that essay.See also letter from Herbert Spencer, 22 February 1860.
- f7 2680.f7Spencer sent a copy of the first volume of his Essays (Spencer 1858--63) to CD late in 1859 (Correspondence vol. 7, letter to Herbert Spencer, 25 November ). CD's copy is in the Darwin Library--Down. Spencer's essay `The development hypothesis', number 2 of `The Hawthorne papers' originally published in The Leader in 1852, was reprinted in Spencer 1858--63, 1: 389--95. In this essay, Spencer advocated the view that species had been modified and that the modification could be attributed to a change of external conditions. CD cited the essay in his historical preface (Origin US ed., pp. viii--ix, and Origin 3d ed., p. xvii; see Appendix IV).
- f8 2680.f8Spencer 1855. CD's presentation copy is in the Darwin Library--CUL. See Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Herbert Spencer, 11 March .
- f9 2680.f9Spencer apparently approved of CD's statement: it appears in the historical preface (Origin US ed., p. ix; see Appendix IV).