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From Edward Sabine to John Phillips   12 November 1863

Summary

Preparation for his address with particular concern that JP approve the part relating to [Adam] Sedgwick. Urges JP to sit at dinner with him as a sign of approval of the award [of the Copley Medal].

Admits his own dismay regarding the efforts of the younger geologists and zoologists to obtain the Copley Medal for CD on the grounds of the Origin and his anxiety about the next year’s award.

Author:  Edward Sabine
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  12 Nov 1863
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Misc. MS collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4340F

To John Phillips   14 February [1848]

Summary

Asks for the reference in which JP states that some erratic boulders came from a lower to a higher level. CD is writing a paper ["Transportal of erratic boulders", Collected papers 1: 218–26] in which he believes he has the true explanation. Would like as many instances, with details, as possible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  14 Feb [1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1157

To John Phillips   7 March [1848]

Summary

JP’s reference was clear, but seems to be different from the case cited by W. Hopkins about erratic conglomerate boulders. Asks for more details on the latter. CD does not think much of Hopkins’ paper ["Elevation and denudation of the district of the lakes of Cumberland and Westmorland", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 4 (1848): 70–98].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  7 Mar [1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1162

To John Phillips   [12? March 1848]

Summary

Thanks JP for his note and reference. CD’s paper will not deal with the general question of erratics but only their transportal from a lower to a higher level ["The transportal of erratic boulders", Collected papers 1: 218–27]. His notion is that the boulders were transported by coast-ice, not drifting icebergs, and that during the period of transportal the land was subsiding. Can JP tell him whether the raised conglomerate boulders he observed were rounded or angular?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [12? Mar 1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1163

To John Phillips   [7 or 14 April 1848]

Summary

Some geologists (especially H. T. De la Beche) doubt boulders have really been carried above their parent rock, but rather thought they were left behind as a result of denudation. Asks JP’s view of this, which he can quote. Supposes he will be well abused for his paper, but is resolved "not to show a white feather".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [7 or 14] Apr 1848
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1170

To John Phillips   18 January [1856]

Summary

Discusses chapter [6] on cleavage and foliation in South America. Notes especially cleavage where two series cross and cleavage as basis of foliation in metamorphosed rock. Notes foliation in rocks that have been liquefied by heat. Mentions case described in his "Geology of the Falkland Islands" [Collected papers 1: 203–12]. Discusses relationship of cleavage to beds. Speculations on association between grauwacke and clay-slates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  18 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (122)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1822

To John Phillips   28 January [1856]

Summary

Thanks JP for beautiful book [? The rivers, mountains and sea-coast of Yorkshire, 2d ed. (1855)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  28 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1828

To John Phillips   1 September [1858]

Summary

Explains that he cannot serve as President of the Zoological Section at the BAAS meeting [1858].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  1 Sept [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2324

To John Phillips   21 January [1859]

Summary

Acknowledges the honour that the Council [of the Geological Society] have conferred upon him [award of Wollaston Medal]. Will attend the anniversary meeting if his health permits, but cannot attend the dinner.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  21 Jan [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum (Geological collections)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2402

To John Phillips   8 February [1859]

Summary

His doctor urges CD most strongly not to expose himself to the excitement and fatigue of receiving the [Wollaston] Medal. He will ask Lyell to receive it on his behalf.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  8 Feb [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2410

To John Phillips   11 November [1859]

Summary

Sends Origin to JP. Says it is as yet only an abstract. Fears JP will "fulminate anathemas" against it. Asks him to read it all straight through, otherwise it will be unintelligible.

Is not so foolish as to expect to convert anyone. CD remembers how many long years his own conversion took. Hooker "has completely given up species as immutable creatures".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2521

To John Phillips   26 November [1859]

Summary

Though many facts of palaeontology may be against his theory, CD begs JP to consider whether a theory wholly false could explain several classes of facts – which CD enumerates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  26 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2556

To John Phillips   29 November [1859]

Summary

Apologises for not having had time to read Phillips’ books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  29 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (tipped in to the Phillips copy of Origin (QH365 .O1859 1859 8vo c.1))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2560G

To John Phillips   14 November [1860]

Summary

Thanks JP for copy of his Life on the earth [1860].

Is sorry, but not surprised, to see that JP is "dead against" CD on the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  14 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2983

To John Phillips  [18 March 1839]

Summary

Will send JP a map as requested. Asks for a ticket to one of JP’s lectures.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [18 Mar 1839]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-473

To John Phillips   [November 1840]

Summary

Sends his paper on earthquakes [(1840), Collected papers 1: 53–86]. Now sets less value on theoretical reasoning in geology than when he wrote it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [Nov 1840]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-578

To John Phillips   27 January 1869

Summary

Thanks JP for his book Vesuvius [1869].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  27 Jan 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (360)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6580

To John Phillips   [November–December 1871?]

Summary

Thanks for note concerning JP’s new book [Geology of Oxford (1871)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1871?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (623)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7404

From John Phillips   14 March 1874

Summary

Will be out of town, so he cannot vote for Henry Parker.

CD ought to come to see his Cetiosaurus, of which he draws a likeness.

Author:  John Phillips
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 174: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9360

To John Phillips   31 March [1874]

Summary

Regrets he cannot visit Oxford.

Comments on sketches in letter from JP [9360].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  31 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (439)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9379
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