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To Richard Owen   11 November [1859]

Summary

Has asked his publisher to send a copy of Origin. Fears it will be "an abomination" in RO’s eyes. Urges him to read it straight through, as it is a condensed abstract and will otherwise be unintelligible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2515

From Richard Owen   12 November 1859

Summary

Will welcome CD’s work [Origin] with a "close & continuous perusal".

Believes in the "operation of existing influences or causes in the ordained becoming and incoming of living species" and so could not regard CD’s attempt to demonstrate the nature of such influences as "heterodox".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1859
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2526

To Richard Owen   10 December [1859]

Summary

Sends source of description of swimming bear catching insects [Samuel Hearne, A journey from Prince of Wales’s Fort in Hudson’s Bay to the northern ocean … (1795); see Origin, p. 184].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  10 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/211, 213)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2576

To Richard Owen   13 December [1859]

Summary

Responds to Owen’s remarks that his book [Origin] is not likely to be true because it attempts to explain so much. CD describes how, for fear this might be so, he resolved to give up the work if he could not convince two or three competent judges. He is sensitive because of unjust things said by a distinguished friend [A. Sedgwick]. Value of his views now depends on men eminent in science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  13 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/195)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2580
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