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From Ponderer to the Athenæum   [before 5 June 1869]


Inquires how CD arrived at the conclusion that fifteen million elephants could be produced from a single pair in five centuries [Origin, 5th ed., p. 74].

Author:  Ponderer
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  [before 5 June 1869]
Classmark:  Athenæum, 5 June 1869, p. 772
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6775F

To Athenæum| 24 January 1880


[Draft letter that was never sent, headed "First letter disapproved by everybody" in CD’s hand.] Explains that he had, in fact, mentioned in the MS of his part of Erasmus Darwin that Krause had added to his essay as it appeared in Kosmos. During subsequent revision, this mention was accidentally omitted. [Apropos of S. Butler’s charges against CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  24 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B98–B101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12439

From Samuel Butler to the Athenæum   [before 31 January 1880]


Darwin’s ‘Life or Erasmus Darwin’ came out in November 1879, after the March 1879 publication of Samuel Butler’s ‘Evolution Old and New’. CD guarantees accuracy of a translation in the book of an article from Kosmos. CD said article appeared before ‘Evolution Old and New,’ but Butler thinks it takes material from it. Otherwise, CD published another article entirely. Butler strongly criticizes the translation published by CD. Describes correspondence with CD about the matter, and involvement of Pall Mall Gazette.

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  [before 31 Jan 1880]
Classmark:  Athenæum, 31 January 1880, p. 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12442F

To Athenæum   1 February 1880


[A revised version (but also not sent) of the draft letter 12439.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 92: B102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12449

To Athenæum   18 April [1863]


Attacks the doctrine of "heterogeny" (spontaneous generation during each geological period) as completely lacking in evidence.

Defends natural selection as connecting large classes of facts in natural history. That certain forms have not changed since remote epochs is not an objection of any force.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  18 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  Athenæum, 25 April 1863, pp. 554–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4108

To Athenæum   5 May [1863]


Replies to a reviewer’s statement, that any theory of descent will connect large classes of facts, by pointing out that no other explanation has been as satisfactory as natural selection. But whatever view is adopted "signifies extremely little in comparison with the admission that species have descended from other species and have not been created immutable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  5 May [1863]
Classmark:  Athenæum, 9 May 1863, p. 617
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4142

To Athenæum   1 January 1867


Expresses his support for new books being sold with the pages cut.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  1 Jan 1867
Classmark:  Athenæum, 5 January 1867, pp. 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5343F

To the Athenæum   19 June 1869


Thanks correspondent, "Ponderer", for pointing out his erroneous calculation of the rate of increase of elephants in Origin [p. 64]. [!?or p. 74!? (see 6775f), or 75, (see 6790)]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  19 June 1869
Classmark:  Athenæum, 26 June 1869, p. 861
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6787

From Edward Lacy Garbett to the Athenæum   29 June 1869


Calculations relating to the problem of the increase of elephants (see 6787).

Author:  Edward Lacy Garbett
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  29 June 1869
Classmark:  Athenæum, 3 July 1869, pp. 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6806F

To the Athenæum   7 [July] 1869


Because readers have arrived at different answers to the problem of the rate of increase of elephants, CD offers a rule, used by his son George, for calculating the product for any number of generations.

[Letter erroneously dated June.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  7 [July] 1869
Classmark:  Athenæum, 17 July 1869, p. 82
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6820

From E. L. Garbett to the Athenæum   19 July 1869


More on the problem of the increase of elephants (see 6806f and 6820).

Author:  Edward Lacy Garbett
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  19 July 1869
Classmark:  Athenæum, 24 July 1869, p. 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6836F



Inquires whether readers of books and periodicals may not reasonably ask that they be delivered from publishers "ready cut". [See also Athenæum 22 Dec 1866, p. 848, for a letter in reply.]

Author:  "A Great Reader"
Addressee:  Athenæum
Classmark:  unknown
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5308

To a member of the Athenaeum Club   9 March [1874]


Seeks correspondent’s support for his nephew, Henry Parker, for membership in the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Member of the Athenaeum Club
Date:  9 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D, Acquisition * 42M-1972)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9341
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