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From W. R. Grove to Charles Lyell   2 July 1871

Summary

Asks Lyell to put a question to CD: "To what far distant origin can the configuration of the skin surface [the symmetrical but different curves] at the last points of the fingers and toes be traced?"

Author:  William Robert Grove
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  2 July 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7847

From Charles Lyell   29 February 1872

Summary

Has been looking for something about crop rotation in Origin and Variation.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8227F

To Charles Lyell   [8 February 1845]

Summary

Remarks on fossils described in A. D. d’Orbigny’s Voyage dans l’Amérique méridionale.

Asks CL whether he has talked with John Murray concerning 2d ed. [of Journal of researches].

Mentions conversation with Hugh Cuming about South American shells. Has had G. B. Sowerby (elder) look at some specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-824

From J. D. Hooker to Charles Lyell   30 March 1872

Summary

Sends, for signature, a statement approving change in rules of the Leopoldino Academy [Dresden] to be forwarded to CD to sign.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  30 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 107–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8261

To Charles Lyell   10 May [1872]

Summary

Comments on CL’s Principles of geology, 11th ed.

Discusses natural selection in man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  10 May [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.415)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8314

To Charles Lyell   22 May [1872]

Summary

Comments on migration as a factor in evolution. Suggests pamphlet by August Weismann on the subject [Über den Einfluss der Isolierung (1872)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  22 May [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.416)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8345

To Charles Lyell   1 June 1872

Summary

Thanks him for interesting letter from a Mr Wood on heredity in fruit-trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  1 June 1872
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.418); Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.117/6267-8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8366

To Charles Lyell   12 July [1872]

Summary

Comments on enclosed discussion of S. American geology by Agassiz. Mentions elevation of Patagonia and glaciation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  12 July [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.420)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8405

To Charles Lyell   [9 April 1873]

Summary

Hopes that Charles Lyell has enjoyed his excursion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [9 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8552F

To Charles Lyell   [9 November 1873 or 26 April or 6 December 1874]

Summary

Arranges a visit to CL.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [9 Nov] 1873 or [26 Apr or 6 Dec] 1874
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8715

To Charles Lyell   [5 July 1845]

Summary

Sends the first part of Journal of researches [2d ed.]. Explains his dedication of book to CL. Describes revisions.

Has received CL’s book [Travels in North America, 2 vols. (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [5 July 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-882

To Charles Lyell   [25 April 1873]

Summary

Offers condolences on the death of CL’s wife.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [25 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8884

To Charles Lyell   16 May [1873]

Summary

Thanks CL for copy of Antiquity of man [4th ed. (1873)]; will read the modified or new parts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  16 May [1873]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.427)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8913

To Charles Lyell   28 June [1873]

Summary

Thanks for the extract from the American paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  28 June [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8956F

To Charles Lyell   [30 July – 2 August 1845]

Summary

Comments extensively on CL’s book [Travels in North America (1845)]. Lyell’s views on slavery, the clergy, education, and coalfields. Has difficulty in tracing Lyell’s course. Comments on geological portions, especially CL’s comparisons of living and fossil organisms to those of South America and Tasmania; animal formation of carbonic acid and effects of vegetable decay; Indians’ use of lumber. Discusses water-borne transportation of wood, fruit, and seeds. Notes distribution of Arctic flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [30 July – 2 Aug 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-899

From Charles Lyell   [after 2 August 1845]

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Summary

CD’s criticism of his book [Travels in North America (1845)].

Compares invertebrate animals of Tasmania and England.

Mentions views of C. J. F. Bunbury on climate of the Carboniferous period.

Robert Brown says Australian flora has the widest range.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 2 Aug 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 281
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-901

To Charles Lyell   25 August [1845]

Summary

Discusses the power of land covered with snow to radiate heat.

Criticises CL’s discussion of slavery [in Travels in North America (1845)]. A review of CL’s book is in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Mentions John Lindley’s views on carbonic acid gas and extinction;

refers to the discussion of multiple and single creations in Humboldt’s Kosmos.

The origin of volcanic craters of elevation.

There is a popular demand for a new edition of Principles.

Praises palaeobotanical work of C. J. F. Bunbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  25 Aug [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-905

To Charles Lyell   24 September 1873

Summary

Discusses apple specimens received from CL; reversion to crab state. Cites passage on subject in Variation.

Comments on letter from Mr Wood on inheritance in fruit-trees.

Would like to cross flowers of "Hawthornden" with many distinct varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  24 Sept 1873
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.432)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9065

From S. V. Wood Jr to Charles Lyell   27 September 1873

Summary

Returns CD’s books and discusses apples and Crags at Sudbury.

Author:  Searles Valentine Wood
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  27 Sept 1873
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.117/6330-1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9075F

From S. V. Wood Sr to Charles Lyell   30 September 1873

Summary

Sends proofs of pages on shells with revised species names. Discusses Crag Moll, Sutton and Butley Red Grag, and Scrobicularia beds. Son asks him to thank Lyell for extract from Darwin’s book.

Author:  Searles Valentine Wood
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  30 Sept 1873
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.117/6422-3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9077F
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