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To Patrick Matthew   13 June [1862]

Summary

It would be a pleasure to see "the first enunciator of the theory of Natural Selection" but his health makes it impossible. Hopes to come to London soon and would like to arrange an interview with PM if he is staying more than a week.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Patrick Matthew
Date:  13 June [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (Acc. 10963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3600

From Patrick Matthew   3 December 1862

Summary

Apologises for not writing last summer. Scientific progress is all but complete. Our civilisation will fall now that it has reached the peak of its development.

Author:  Patrick Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3843

From Emma Darwin to Patrick Matthew   21 November [1863]

Summary

CD is too ill to write.

As for natural selection, he is more faithful to PM’s "own original child" than PM is himself. To illustrate, CD relates the metaphor of an architect selecting well-shaped stones and rejecting ill-shaped ones. [See Variation 2: 431.]

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Patrick Matthew
Date:  21 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (Acc. 10963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4344

From Patrick Matthew   6 June 1864

Summary

Would like to meet CD.

He is writing a piece on the Schleswig-Holstein affair which will expose the British press.

Author:  Patrick Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June 1864
Classmark:  DAR 171: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4522

From Patrick Matthew   12 March 1871

Summary

Encloses an article he wrote for the Scotsman [9 Mar 1871, p. 5].

Wishes he had time to write a critique of Descent. There is evidence of design and benevolence in nature. Beauty cannot be accounted for by natural selection.

Author:  Patrick Matthew
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1871
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7576

To Patrick Matthew   15 March [1871]

Summary

PM’s letter and newspaper article [see 7576] show him to be still vigorous. CD doubts that he himself will be good for much more.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Patrick Matthew
Date:  15 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (Acc. 10963)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7585
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