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To James Dwight Dana   7 January [1863]


Responds to JDD’s letter [3845].

Discusses his own poor health.

"Man is our great subject at present."

Lyell’s book [Antiquity of man (1863)] sold 4000 copies on day of sale.

"The fossil bird [Archaeopteryx] … is a grand case for me." Wishes a skeleton could be found in the "so-called red sandstone foot-step beds".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Dwight Dana
Date:  7 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3905

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  • … letter from J.  D.  Dana, 4 December 1862 ( Correspondence vol.  10); see n.  2, below. …
  • 10), Dana expressed the hope that CD had already received a copy of his Manual of geology ( Dana 1863a ). However, the book did not arrive until February (see letter to J.  D.   …

To Asa Gray   2 January [1863]


Thanks AG for Cypripedium and Mitchella.

Plans to investigate pollination of Cypripedium.

Has finished Linum paper [Collected papers 2: 93–105].

Would welcome facts on "bud-variations".

Hears that Cinchona is dimorphic.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  2 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3897

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  • … IV). Letter from J.  D.  Dana, 4 December 1862 ( Correspondence vol.  10). In 1859, James …
  • J.  D.  Dana, 30 December [1859] ). CD refers to his twelve-year-old son, Leonard Darwin . At CD’s request, Gray had, since the summer of 1862, sent United States postage stamps for Leonard’s collection (see, for example, Correspondence vol.  10, …

To Hugh Falconer   22 April [1863]


Good of HF to tell him about Brazilian beast. So intermediate a form is "very glorious". Must assume it is very old.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  22 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4121

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  • … 6, letter to J.  D. Dana, 5 April [1857] , and Correspondence vol.  10, letter to Hugh …

From Alfred Russel Wallace   14 January [1863]




Is sending information about Timor fossils to be forwarded to Hugh Falconer.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3915

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  • J.  D. Dana, 7 January [1863] . Other members of the Darwin family had been ill in 1862, particularly Emma and Leonard, who contracted scarlet fever (see Correspondence vol.  10). …

From J. D. Dana   5 February 1863


Hopes CD has received a copy of his [Manual of] Geology [1862]; justifies his assertion that geology provides no evidence to support the view that life has evolved through a method of development from species to species.

Author:  James Dwight Dana
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1863
Classmark:  Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3969

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  • J.  D.  Dana, 11 November [1859] , and Correspondence vol.  8, Appendix III). Dana, who was professor of geology at Yale University, had suffered a nervous breakdown in 1859 (see Correspondence vol.  7, letter to Charles Lyell, 29 [December 1859] and n.  10). …
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