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From W. W. Reade   21 February 1871

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Various comments on Descent;

on suicide on Gold Coast;

on mulattoes’ not being prolific.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7501

From W. W. Reade   4 March 1871

Summary

Praise for gentle but resolute tone of Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7546

From W. W. Reade   12 September 1871

Summary

Prefers W. C. Wells’s explanation of the formation of the Nehro type to CD’s sexual selection.

Outlines his view of the origin of man by natural selection.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7936

From W. W. Reade   15 September 1871

Summary

Believes CD will not consider him a good Darwinian since he accepts natural selection only as a secondary law.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7947

From W. W. Reade   18 September 1871

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There is a primary law of growth and innate improvement. Natural selection is a secondary law that operates to "arrange the details". This is not Lamarckian, because will is not involved.

Thanks for Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

Amused by critics who say CD is metaphysically unsophisticated.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7950

From W. W. Reade   20 September 1871

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Surprised at Mivart’s harsh review [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90], considering courteous tone of his book. Assures CD he has not been converted by Mivart.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7955

From W. W. Reade   25 September 1871

Summary

Sees his ideas on conscious and non-conscious intelligence are already in Murphy [J. J. Murphy, Habit and intelligence (1869)].

Encloses an extract from S. W. Baker’s The Albert N’yanza [1866] on the behaviour of the giraffe [See Origin, 6th ed., p. 178], and some references to Baker’s Nile tributaries [1867].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 69: A49; DAR 176: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7968

From W. W. Reade   13 February 1872

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Sending sheets of his forthcoming work on Africa [Martyrdom of man (1872)] with views that differ from CD’s on music and sexual selection.

The Pall Mall Gazette will review the new [6th] edition of the Origin, together with Mivart’s Genesis of species [1871].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8210

From W. W. Reade   16 February 1872

Summary

Defends Descent against CD’s self-disparagement. The parts on the moral sense seem to him the finest in the book.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8215

From W. W. Reade   18 February 1872

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Compares Origin to Newton’s Principia and Adam Smith’s Wealth of nations.

His view of CD’s response to Mivart.

On mammae;

gradualism of evolution;

suicide among savages.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 88: 74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8218

From W. W. Reade   20 February 1872

Summary

Saw editor of the Pall Mall Gazette about review of Origin and Genesis of species.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8221

From W. W. Reade   12 March 1872

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Has just finished his work [? The martyrdom of man (1872)]. The new points are: (1) Negroes have whiskers; (2) their music is sometimes agreeable; (3) the Kaffirs are Negroes.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8241

From W. W. Reade   14 March 1872

Summary

Plans for visit to CD.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8242

From W. W. Reade   18 March [1872]

Summary

Will see CD tomorrow.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Mar [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8247

From W. W. Reade   3 April 1872

Summary

Sends preface of his book [see 8241]; he acknowledges debt to CD, but does not claim to have given a correct exposition of Darwinism.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8272

From W. W. Reade   3 May 1872

Summary

Glad Mrs Darwin likes his preface, but fears she will not like his tone on religion.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8310

From W. W. Reade   16 May 1872

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WWR is beginning to appreciate CD’s warnings against his polemical writing.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8335

From W. W. Reade   20 May 1872

Summary

His book has received bad reviews; therefore CD’s letter cheers him up.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8341

From W. W. Reade   7 September 1872

Summary

Sends extract [from Carl Johan Andersson, Lake Ngami (1856)] on expression.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8514

From W. W. Reade   12 September [1872]

Summary

Beginning work on his African travels [The African sketch-book (1873)].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8519
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