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To Charles Kingsley   [17 June 1865]

Summary

Did not think anyone would notice case of Lathyrus.

Recalls reading correspondent’s paper on great fir woods of Hampshire.

Thanks for photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  [17 June 1865]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher Collection: FF10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13877

From Charles Kingsley   18 November 1859

Summary

Will judge CD’s book [Origin] free from two superstitions: the dogma of the permanent species and the need of an act of intervention to bring change.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1859
Classmark:  DAR 98: B7–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2534

To Charles Kingsley   30 November [1859]

Summary

Thanks CK for allowing him to insert his "admirable sentence" [in Origin, 2d ed., p. 481].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  30 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2561

To Charles Kingsley   1 December [1859]

Summary

Is very glad CK wrote the article My Winter Garden (Kingsley 1858), which CD enjoyed.

Thinks CK should read abstracts of Living Cirripedia (1851) and Living Cirripedia (1854), and then, if he is particularly interested, borrow the actual volumes, rather than purchase them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  1 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2564F

From Charles Kingsley   31 January 1862

Summary

CK defended CD’s theory at a shooting party with the Bishop of Oxford, the Duke of Argyll, and Lord Ashburton. The discussion started as a result of shooting some blue rock-pigeons which were different from blue rocks of other localities. CK held that all pigeons were descended from one species.

CK proposed that mythological races, e.g., elves and dwarfs, were intermediate species between man and apes, and have become extinct by natural selection; i.e., by competition with a superior white race of man.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 169.1: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3426

To Charles Kingsley   6 February [1862]

Summary

Comments on CK’s letter [3426].

Identifies species of pigeon shot by party.

On CK’s "grand and awful" notion of genealogy of man, CD recalls how revolting was the thought that his ancestors must have been like the Fuegians. His present belief that they were hairy beasts is less revolting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  6 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), 19th Century rare Book and Photograph Shop (dealer) (March 2014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3439

From Charles Kingsley   30 May 1865

Summary

Requests CD’s photograph.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1865
Classmark:  DAR 169: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4843

From Charles Kingsley   10 June 1865

Summary

Thanks for CD’s photograph.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 June 1865
Classmark:  DAR 169: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4857

From Charles Kingsley   14 June 1865

Summary

CD’s paper on "Climbing plants" [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1867): 1–118] has made nature come alive for CK.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 June 1865
Classmark:  DAR 169: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4861

From Charles Kingsley   12 July 1866

Summary

Asks for CD’s opinion of the manner of migration of the eye of flatfish.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 169: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5154

To Charles Kingsley   30 April [1867]

Summary

Regrets that he is too busy getting his book [Variation] ready for publication to contribute an article to Fraser’s Magazine.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  30 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  B. C. Guild (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5520

From Charles Kingsley   6 June 1867

Summary

Criticises the Duke of Argyll’s book [Reign of law (1867)], particularly on sexual selection.

But CD overlooks God’s intention to instruct man by nature’s beauty.

Criticism of anonymous article in North British Review [by Fleeming Jenkin, 46 (1867): 277–318].

CK supports large sports in response to large environmental changes.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5565

To Charles Kingsley   10 June [1867]

Summary

Discusses the Duke of Argyll’s book [Reign of law (1867)].

Cites his own views on diversity of structure and beauty.

Encloses letter from Wallace. Sexual selection: evidence advanced by Wallace.

Discusses correlation of growth.

Comments on article in the North British Review [by Fleeming Jenkin].

Discusses the evidence from physics on the age of the earth.

[Four pages of the final letter are missing, but the draft is complete.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  10 June [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (330) & DAR 96: 28–9, 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5567

From Charles Kingsley   1 November 1867

Summary

Sends a letter he wrote in 1862 [see 3482].

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 36, 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5664

To Charles Kingsley   6 November [1867]

Summary

He had no idea that the double function of an excretory passage had played a part in the history of religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  6 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5670F

From Charles Kingsley   8 November 1867

Summary

Remarks on Darwinism’s reception. The radical press shies away, out of ignorance, because CD may be made out to be a Tory. He has met a Darwinian Marchioness.

The mystery of sex is the origin of all religion.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5673

To Charles Kingsley   13 December [1867]

Summary

Discusses the reception of CD’s views at Cambridge and elsewhere.

Variation delayed by the index, but will appear at the end of the year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  13 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Quaritch (dealers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5728F

From Charles Kingsley   11 December 1867

Summary

CK is drawn into discussions of Darwinism everywhere in Cambridge. The climate has changed in the past three years: the younger M.A.s are greedy to know more and the criticism of the older Fellows has a new tone.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 169: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5730

DCP-LETT-6734A

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Kingsley
Date:  
Classmark:  unknown
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6734A
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