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To St George Jackson Mivart   9 December [1867]

Summary

Thanks for his memoir ["On the appendicular skeleton of the Primates"].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (21 and 22 July 1988, pp. 212–13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5720A

From St George Jackson Mivart   24 February [1871]

Summary

Would be pleased if CD called.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5926

From St G. J. Mivart   [25 June 1870?]

Summary

Sets a time for CD to call.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 June 1870?]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5927

From St George Jackson Mivart   6 April 1868

Summary

Has asked gentlemen who administer chloroform to make observations [on expression?] for CD.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 171: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6098

From St G. J. Mivart   20 May 1868

Summary

Answers CD’s queries on sexual characters and differences among the Urodela.

Is interested in the relationship of pectoral and pelvic limbs in man and apes and has looked at reptiles and amphibians to find traces of the earlier conditions of the limbs.

Asks whether CD knows any instances of deformities or pathological conditions occurring simultaneously in both sets of limbs.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 171: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6193

From St George Jackson Mivart   8 March [1870]

Summary

Will not be returning to London for a week; writes to save CD’s calling.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7129

From St G. J. Mivart   22 April 1870

Summary

Is not prepared to express an opinion on man’s origin. On pure anatomical grounds he would form a family of the higher division of the primates, but if man’s intellectual, moral, and religious nature is considered, then "he differs more from an Anthropoid Ape than such an Ape differs from a lump of granite".

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7170

To St G. J. Mivart   23 April [1870]

Summary

Thanks StGJM for prompt answer correcting inaccuracies in CD’s notes on StGJM’s opinions. Expects "universal disapprobation" when he publishes Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  23 Apr [1870]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (375)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7171

From St G. J. Mivart   25 April 1870

Summary

Apologises for saying more than was necessary in his previous letter. Although he feels gratitude and esteem for CD, he execrates those who use natural selection to oppose man’s higher interests and impede his advance. Has seen Huxley’s Man’s place in nature for sale among a crowd of obscenities at most Italian railway stations.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7173

From St G. J. Mivart   11 June 1870

Summary

Asks by what action CD believes bee, spider, and fly orchids came to resemble their namesakes

and how the beauty of bivalves could have been produced by natural or sexual selection.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 188
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7227

To St G. J. Mivart   13 June [1870]

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Summary

In his reply to [7227] CD questions the significance of the supposed likeness of the bee, spider, and fly orchids to their presumed namesakes.

He thinks that the beauty of shells is altogether incidental and of no use to the animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  13 June [1870]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (20–1 July 1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7228A

From St G. J. Mivart   19 January 1871

Summary

Has sent CD his book [Genesis of species (1871)]. Has not said a word in opposition to CD except where his view of the truth necessitated it.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7447

To St G. J. Mivart   21 January [1871]

Summary

Is obliged for StGJM’s book [On the genesis of species (1871)].

Would not have sent him vol. 1 [of Descent] if he had known that StGJM’s book was already published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  21 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  Bonhams, New York (dealers), 11 June 2008
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7450A

From St G. J. Mivart   22 January 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for vol. 1 of Descent. Feels nothing but sympathy and esteem for a writer labouring for the promotion of what he conscientiously believes to be the truth.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7451

To St G. J. Mivart   [23 January 1871]

Summary

Comments on StGJM’s book [Genesis of species (1871)]. Has no personal objection to a word of it, but regrets their views differ so much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  [23 Jan 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 95–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7453

To St G. J. Mivart   23 January [1871]

Summary

Acknowledges StGJM’s kind letter. [See 7451.]

Offers to alter the "dogmatic assertion" referred to on page 102 [of StGJM’s On the genesis of species] but in 5th ed. of Origin and in Variation CD finds only qualified expressions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  23 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7453A

From St G. J. Mivart   24 January 1871

Summary

Is sorry CD found Genesis of species unfairly critical. Assures CD of his just intentions and offers to alter certain words and phrases in a new edition. Emphasises his high regard for CD but fears his views are leading to religious decay.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7454

From St G. J. Mivart   26 January 1871

Summary

Is glad CD does not believe he is biased by an odium theologicum. Comments on the first volume of Descent. Is convinced of the truth of evolution, but believes natural selection plays only a secondary role and that man is fundamentally different from the rest of creation.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7458

To St G. J. Mivart   26 January [1871]

Summary

CD apologises for having thought that StGJM’s religious feelings had led him to feel personal animosity towards him. [See 7454.]

He remembers having thought and written that belief in evolution is infinitely more important for science than belief in Natural Selection. For his own part he would have felt little interest in evolution apart from the explanation "in a general manner" of how each organism is so adapted to its conditions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  26 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7459A

To St G. J. Mivart   28 January [1871]

Summary

He has found passage on false belief, Variation 2: 414, and does not think the whole with context is dogmatic. [Encloses copy of the passage.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  28 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 96–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7462A
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