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From James Shaw   20 November 1865

Summary

Praises CD’s theory.

Comments on criticism of CD’s work by Duke of Argyll.

Beauty in nature as caused by sexual selection.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4939

To James Shaw   30 November 1865

Summary

Gratified that JS defends views of Origin.

Thinks beauty of flowers is solely to attract insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  30 Nov 1865
Classmark:  R. Wallace ed. 1899, p. lvi.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4943

From James Shaw   [6–10 February 1866]

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Memorandum of a meeting of the Natural History & Antiquarian Society held in Dumfries on Tuesday 6 February 1866.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6–10 Feb 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 14–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5003F

To James Shaw   11 February [1866]

Summary

Discusses beauty of birds and butterflies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  11 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  R. Wallace ed. 1899, pp. lvi–lvii;
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5004

From James Shaw   14 February 1866

Summary

Reports instances of birds admiring their images in mirrors or on pictures.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 177: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5005

To James Shaw   [23 April 1866]

Summary

Thanks for sending facts on birds admiring themselves; mentions use in new edition [4th] of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  [23 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.317)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5006

From James Shaw   19 April 1866

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Anecdotes about appreciation of beauty by animals.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Apr 1866
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 10–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5060

From James Shaw   7 November 1866

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of the Origin [4th ed.]; makes some observations on beauty and ugliness in nature.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 177: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5270

To James Shaw   24 November [1866]

Summary

Has seen the Athenæum and admires his article on beauty ["Feeling of beauty among animals", Athenæum (24 Nov. 1866): 681].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  24 Nov [1866]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (1986)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5284A

From James Shaw   17 February 1868

Summary

Mentions review [of Variation] in the Athenæum [15 Feb 1868, pp. 243–4].

Comments on adaptive utility of the right hand, an organ still undergoing specialisation.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5884

To James Shaw   20 February 1868

Summary

Is obliged for note on right-handedness. The subject is a very curious one, but CD has never attended to it and can give no additional facts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  20 Feb 1868
Classmark:  Robert Wallace ed. 1899: lxi
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5905
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