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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Phillips   14 November [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 14th

Dear Phillips,

Many thanks for your kind present of your work Life on the Earth.2

I have glanced at the part about the Origin & am sorry, but not surprised, to see that you are dead against me.—

Pray believe me Dear Phillips | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Dated by the reference to Phillips 1860.
There is a copy of Phillips 1860 in the Darwin Library–CUL. The work gives the text of Phillips’s Rede lecture at Cambridge University, in which he addressed the question of the origin of species. CD had presented Phillips with a copy of Origin (see Correspondence vol.8, Appendix III and Correspondence vol. 7, letter to John Phillips, 26 November [1859]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Phillips, John. 1860. Life on the earth, its origin and succession. Cambridge and London: Macmillan and Co.


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.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Phillips
Sent from
Source of text
Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2983,” accessed on 24 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8