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Origin reached AG at Christmas. Louis Agassiz cannot abide the book and has publicly denounced it as atheism. AG feels bound to defend the book and counter the "demagogue" Agassiz. Has written a long article to this end [Am. J. Sci. and Arts 2d ser. 29 (1860): 153–84].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  16 Jan 1860
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2653A

To Francis Boott    20 August 1848


CD will write to A. A. Gould for aid. Thanks for sympathy and assistance about chloroform.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  20 Aug 1848
Classmark:  James Cummins, Bookseller (website viewed 7 February 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1195

From Francis Boott   29 February 1860


Returns paper by Asa Gray [? "Review of Darwin’s theory", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 29 (1860): 153–84].

Greatly admires Origin.

Can follow effects of natural selection in Carex, but when CD brings millions of years into play, he is like Church which demands faith. FB cannot believe in divinity of Christ, resurrection, or miracles.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Feb 1860
Classmark:  DAR 98 (ser. 2): 27–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2717

From Francis Boott   27 January 1862


Has sent CD the published part of his work on Carex [Illustrations of the genus Carex (1858–67)]. Hopes to add 200 more figures. Comments on great variability among the 600–odd species, and on their geographical distribution.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3418

From Francis Boott   22 December [1862]


Has had news from Asa Gray about Civil War.

Belatedly thanks CD for Orchids, which shows CD to be the successor to Gilbert White.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3873

From Francis Boott   26 December 1862


On his particular spiritual faith; worships great naturalists and authors.

Does not wish to see American newspapers that Asa Gray offers to send, or hear about Civil War.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160: 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3876

From Francis Boott   23 January 1863


His son wants CD’s opinion about a cub supposed by Frank Buckland to be progeny of a lioness and mastiff.

Lyell working at last proofs [of Antiquity of man]; he is scornful of Owen.

Author:  Francis Boott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3938

To Francis Boott   [3 February 1842]


"My Dear Sir, I have called on you, to solicit your vote & interest at the Athenaeum Club […] in favour of my brother, Erasmus Darwin".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  [3 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (13 December 2006, lot 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-617F
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