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From George Maw   15 March 1861

Summary

Asks for a testimonial for Edward Newman.

Discusses the Origin, considers natural selection works well when applied to the evolution of nations and groups of men; on the other hand feels the classification of mineral elements is a damaging analogy as it parallels organic classification but could not be derived by any evolutionary means.

Author:  George Maw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1861
Classmark:  DAR 171.1(3): 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3089

To George Maw   17 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks GM for his excellent criticisms. His observations on the classification of minerals force him to "own that classification may be closely like that due to descent yet have no relation to it".

Asks whether GM has observed any cases of "bud-variations".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  17 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3090

To George Maw   13 July [1861]

Summary

Thanks GM for his fair review [of Origin, Zoologist 19 (1861): 7577–611].

Feels it is a pity to mingle science and religion;

explains why he did not deal with the case of man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  13 July [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3208

To George Maw   19 July [1861]

Summary

Has read GM’s review and thanks him for its fair and liberal spirit. Discusses briefly several specific difficulties raised by it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  19 July [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3214

From George Maw   27 August [1861]

Summary

Thanks CD for his letter about GM’s review of the Origin.

Sends instances of correlative organisation and functions which he finds difficult to believe could have accumulated by gradual modifications.

[Letter erroneously dated 1862 by GM.]

Author:  George Maw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Aug [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 99: 11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3236

To George Maw   31 August [1861]

Summary

Would welcome any facts on correlation, or GM’s criticisms. Explains how natural selection could produce apparent correlation of characters, but feels GM’s Pelargonium example must arise from the leaves and petals being similarly affected at an early stage by an unknown cause.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  31 Aug [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3239
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