Darwin and religion: letter sets

Design in nature

  • Letter 2814 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 22 May [1860]
  • Letter 2855 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 3 July [1860]
  • Letter 3256 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 17 Sept [1861]
  • Letter 3342 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 11 Dec [1861]
  • Letter 4752 — Darwin, C. R. to Lyell, Charles, 22 Jan [1865]
  • Letter 4939 — Shaw, James to Darwin, C. R., 20 Nov 1865
  • Letter 5140 — Wallace, A. R. to Darwin, C. R., 2 July 1866
  • Letter 5565 — Kingsley, Charles to Darwin, C. R., 6 June 1867
  • Letter 5567 — Darwin, C. R. to Kingsley, Charles, 10 June [1867]
  • Letter 5648 — Darwin, C. R. to Wallace, A. R., 12–13 Oct [1867]
  • Letter 6167 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 8 May [1868]
  • Letter 13230 — Darwin, C. R. to Graham, William, 3 July 1881

We have also identified a much longer list of letters as relevant to the subject of design.  To see it, go here.

Beauty

Belief

  • Letter 441 — Wedgwood, Emma to Darwin, C. R., [21–22 Nov 1838]
  • Letter 471 — Darwin, Emma to Darwin, C. R., [c. Feb 1839]
  • Letter 2534 — Kingsley, Charles to Darwin, C. R., 18 Nov 1859
  • Letter 2548 — Sedgwick, Adam to Darwin, C. R., 24 Nov 1859
  • Letter 5303 — Boole, M. E. to Darwin, C. R., 13 Dec 1866
  • Letter 5307 — Darwin, C. R. to Boole, M. E., 14 Dec 1866
  • Letter 8070 — Darwin, C. R. to Abbot, F. E., 16 Nov [1871]
  • Letter 8837 — Darwin, C. R. to Doedes, N. D., 2 Apr 1873
  • Letter 12041 — Darwin, C. R. to Fordyce, John, 7 May 1879
  • Letter 12757 — Darwin, C. R. to Aveling, E. B., 13 Oct 1880

We have also identified a larger number of letters as relevant to Darwin’s personal beliefs.  See the full set here.

The Church

  • Letter 182 — Darwin, E. A. to Darwin, C. R., 18 Aug [1832]
  • Letter 297 — Darwin, S. E. to Darwin, C. R., 12 Feb 1836
  • Letter 1536 — Darwin, C. R. to Lubbock, J. W. (b), 11 Oct [1853]
  • Letter 6223 — Horsman, S. J. H. to Darwin, C. R., 2 June [1868]
  • Letter 6241 — Innes, J. B. to Darwin, C. R., 13 June 1868
  • Letter 6486 — Darwin, C. R. to Innes, J. B., 1 Dec 1868
  • Letter 6492 — Innes, J. B. to Darwin, C. R., 4 Dec 1868
  • Letter 6501 — Innes, J. B. to Darwin, C. R., 12 Dec 1868
  • Letter 9122 — Darwin, C. R. to Down School Board, [Nov–Dec 1873]
  • Letter 12879 — Darwin, C. R. to Fegan, J. W. C., [Dec 1880 – Feb 1881]

The Conduct of Debate

  • Letter 2526 — Owen, Richard to Darwin, C. R., 12 Nov 1859
  • Letter 2580 — Darwin, C. R. to Owen, Richard, 13 Dec [1859]
  • Letter 2575 — Darwin, C. R. to Lyell, Charles, [10 Dec 1859]
  • Letter 2767 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 25 Apr [1860]
  • Letter 2525 — Darwin, C. R. to Sedgwick, Adam, 11 Nov 1859
  • Letter 2548 — Sedgwick, Adam to Darwin, C. R., 24 Nov 1859
  • Letter 2555 — Darwin, C. R. to Sedgwick, Adam, 26 Nov [1859]
  • Letter 5500 — Darwin, C. R. to Haeckel, E. P. A., 12 Apr [1867]
  • Letter 5533 — Haeckel, E. P. A. to Darwin, C. R., 12 May 1867
  • Letter 5544 — Darwin, C. R. to Haeckel, E. P. A., 21 May [1867]

We have  identified a longer list of letters on the subject of the conduct of debate. See the full list here.