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To Charles Lyell   8 October [1845]

Summary

Discusses American Negroes and their parasitic lice. Henry Denny’s need for lice specimens.

Discusses effects of racial crosses in man.

Describes his trip to Yorkshire.

Comments on Sedgwick’s review [of Vestiges of creation].

Mentions Humboldt’s Kosmos. Criticises Humboldt’s geology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  8 Oct [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-919

To Charles Lyell   [13 January 1874]

Summary

The coral-reef book has been invaluable [J. D. Dana, Corals and coral islands (1872); used by CD in Coral reefs, 2d ed. (1874)].

Thanks for Saturday Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [13 Jan 1874]
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9240

From Charles Lyell   24 April 1874

Summary

Will subscribe £25 towards F. A. Dohrn’s Zoological Station at Naples.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Lyell correspondence Mss.B.L981)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9426F

To Charles Lyell   31 May [1874]

Summary

Comments on CL’s planned bequest to science. CD would do the same if he had fewer sons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  31 May [1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.442)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9477

From Charles Lyell   1 September 1874

Summary

Comments on Tyndall’s [Presidential] Address at Belfast meeting [of BAAS] and praise of CD’s work there. Mentions criticism of Belfast clergy.

CL saw some crustacean footprints while in Ireland.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1874
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 445–6; Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9619

To Charles Lyell   3 September [1874]

Summary

Discusses belief in immortality and a personal God.

Describes his holiday in Southampton.

Comments on papers of John Wesley Judd.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  3 Sept [1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.448)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9621

To Charles Lyell   23 September 1874

Summary

Discusses paper on volcanoes by J. W. Judd.

Comments on volcanoes of the S. American Cordillera.

Mentions paper by T. F. Jamieson ["Glacial period in N. Britain", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 30 (1874): 317–18].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  23 Sept 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.450)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9654

From Charles Lyell   25 September 1874

Summary

Notes recent confirmation of CD’s views on subsidence in [island of] St Jago.

Describes Carboniferous strata discovered on Island of Mull by J. W. Judd. Contained evidence of Miocene sinking of volcanoes.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1874
Classmark:  K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 457
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9658

To Charles Lyell   [8 August 1846]

Summary

Comments on forthcoming edition [7th (1847)] of CL’s Principles. Mentions other books relevant to CL’s needs by Hooker, H. G. Bronn, Edward Forbes, and J. G. Kölreuter. Discusses his own books on volcanoes and the geology of S. America.

Mentions expected visit to Down by the Lyells.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Aug 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-990

To Charles Lyell   [18 November 1849]

Summary

Criticises Élie de Beaumont’s view of a right angle junction of a stream of lava and a dike.

Mentions his misgivings in voting to recommend J. D. Forbes for Royal Medal.

Notes Daniel Sharpe’s work on mica schist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [18 Nov 1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1271

To Charles Lyell   4 December [1849]

Summary

Discusses J. D. Dana’s Geology [1849]. Pleased that the part on corals confirms his views [Coral reefs (1842)]. Discusses Dana’s observation that in Sandwich Islands lava streams often join dikes at right angles with no cone. Retracts earlier denial of this possibility. Criticises Dana’s view of Australian valleys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Dec [1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.85)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1275

To Charles Lyell   [7? December 1849]

Summary

Continues discussion of Dana’s Geology [1849]. Comments on dikes of Hawaiian volcanoes and Dana’s view of craters of denudation. Compares role of sea and rivers in forming valleys. Criticises Dana’s treatment of CD’s account of coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [7? Dec 1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.88)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1277

To Charles Lyell   [3 January 1850]

Summary

Discusses CL’s paper, "On craters of denudation" [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): 207–34], which "will be a thorn in the side of É[lie] de B[eaumont]". Notes evidence from Galapagos overlooked by CL. Mentions other examples of craters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [3 Jan 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1287

To Charles Lyell   [8 March 1850]

Summary

Comments on CL’s Anniversary address [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): xxvii–lxvi]. Notes CL’s criticism of R. I. Murchison’s catastrophism.

Asks whether there are Lower Cretaceous beds in Scandinavia. Thinks Leopold von Buch must have neglected them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Mar 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.92)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1308

To Charles Lyell   [8 June 1850]

Summary

Discusses depths at which ripple-marks appear on sea-floor.

Personal and social comment.

Mentions receiving Agassiz’s Lake Superior [1850].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 June 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.94)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1337

To Charles Lyell   [1847 or 1848]

Summary

Replies to note from CL asking about views of glaciers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1847 or 1848]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 329
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13825F

To Charles Lyell   [26 April 1866 – 14 December 1871]

Summary

CD asks if he can call tomorrow (Friday) at 9: 30, and offers to come on Saturday if that would suit CL better.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [26 Apr 1866 – 14 Dec 1871]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (L DC AL 1/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13825G

To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1851]

Summary

Detailed critique of CL’s A manual of elementary geology [3d ed. (1851), used in editing 4th ed. (1852)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1851]
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1384

To Charles Lyell   15 February [1853]

Summary

Returns Lake Superior [1850], which he already has received from Agassiz. Thanks for pamphlets by C. B. Adams [on Mollusca, Contrib. Conchol. 10 (1851): 189–206; 11 (1852): 207–15].

Describes his dissection of an unusual cirripede [Alcippe lampas] with 12 males attached [see Living Cirripedia 2: 556, 558].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  15 Feb [1853]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1502

To Charles Lyell   24 March [1853]

Summary

Volcanic activity of Mt Kilauea as described by Dana [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 9 (1850): 347–64]. Discusses the mechanics of volcanic eruption. Disputes view of William Hopkins that simultaneous action by volcanoes of different heights must come from separate lava sources. Notes relationship of continental elevation to volcanic action.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  24 Mar [1853]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1508
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