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To Samuel Butler   3 January 1880

Summary

Krause altered the MS [of his essay on Erasmus Darwin] considerably before sending it to be translated. This is a common practice, but CD now regrets he did not state in his preface that the article had been modified. The translation had been arranged before SB’s book [Evolution, old and new] was announced.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Butler
Date:  3 Jan 1880
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 34486 D ff. 84–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12396

To Samuel Butler   30 September [1865]

Summary

Thanks SB for his Evidence [for the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1865)], the main argument of which is new to CD. He particularly agrees with the preface.

Has been confined to his bedroom for the last five months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Butler
Date:  30 Sept [1865]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 34486 D ff. 58–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4902

To Samuel Butler   6 October [1865]

Summary

Thanks SB for letter of 1 October.

Returns the printed letter in which SB replied to the Bishop [of Wellington, N. Z.]; it amused him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Butler
Date:  6 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 34486 D ff. 56–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4911

To Samuel Butler   1 April [1873]

Summary

Comments on SB’s book [The fair haven (1873)]. CD is struck by SB’s dramatic power – thinks he could write "a really good novel". Surprised at strength of case SB makes that Jesus did not die on the cross. SB’s identity will soon be universally known: Leslie Stephen knows he is the author.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Butler
Date:  1 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 34486 D: 60–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8835
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