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To T. H. Huxley   17 February [1861]

Summary

Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin: A. Gray asks that THH append a list of philosophical books on subject if he accepts it for Natural History Review.

Sends Gray’s pamphlet of his (republished) reviews [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)] for notice.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  17 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 169)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3063

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  • … vol.  8, letters to Asa Gray, 11 December [1860] and 14 December [1860] , and letter from …

To Frances Julia Wedgwood   11 July [1861]

Summary

Admires FJW’s article ["The boundaries of science", Macmillan’s Mag. 4 (1861): 237–47]. Thinks she understands his book [Origin] perfectly.

On design in nature: the more CD thinks on the subject the less he can see proof of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Julia (Snow) Wedgwood
Date:  11 July [1861]
Classmark:  LL 1: 313–14; Christie’s (dealers) (3 March 2004)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3206

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  • … LL 1: 313–14; Christie’s (dealers) (3 March 2004) Charles Robert Darwin Torquay 11 July [ …

To H. W. Bates   4 April [1861]

Summary

CD urges HWB to write on his travels;

asks for facts on domestic variations;

is pleased by HWB’s acceptance of the theory of sexual selection.

He still believes in migration from north to south during glacial age.

Hopes Bates will publish a paper on mimicry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  4 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3109

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  • … manuscript is in DAR 14 and has been published as chapter 11 of Natural selection . CD …

To Charles Lyell   [15 September 1861]

Summary

Discusses CL’s correspondence with T. F. Jamieson. Comments on Jamieson’s theory that the roads of Glen Roy were formed by a glacial lake. Discusses elevation of Scotland during the glacial period.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [15 Sept 1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.264)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3254

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  • 11 September [1861] . This point is discussed in the draft of Lyell’s letter to Jamieson, 14  …
  • 14 September 1861 (see Wilson ed.  1970, p.  523). The following Sunday was 15 September. Lyell had apparently sent CD Jamieson’s letter of 11  …

To Thomas Henry Huxley   3 January [1861]

Summary

Congratulates THH on first number of Natural History Review.

THH’s article on brain ["On the zoological relations of man with the lower animals", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1861): 67–84] completely smashes Owen.

Owen’s Leeds address [Rep. BAAS (1858): xlix–cx].

In his historical sketch of opinion on species CD has picked out some sentences [by Owen] with which he will take some revenge. CD is not bold enough to come to an open quarrel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  3 Jan [1861]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 155, 372–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3041

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  • … 13 and 14, below. Henrietta Anne Huxley was recovering from the birth, on 11 December  …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   8 May [1861]

Summary

Thanks WBT for information on pigeons and poultry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  8 May [1861]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox collection) (Tegetmeier 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4830

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  • 11, below); he repeated the question in his letter to Tegetmeier of 1 March [1861] ( ibid. ), and apparently in the now missing part of the enclosure to his letter to Tegetmeier of 14  …

From Charles and Emma Darwin to W. E. Darwin   [13 January 1861]

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Two letters for WED at E. A. Darwin's. G. H. Darwin has been to dentist. Please collect and pay for GHD’s skates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [13 Jan 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3046F

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  • 14 January 1861 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)); to the London home of her father, Robert James Mackintosh, at 2 Hyde Park Terrace ( Post Office London directory 1861); and to Katherine Euphemia and Hope Elizabeth Wedgwood, who arrived at Down House on 11  …

To Charles Lyell   [1 August 1861]

Summary

Mentions Dutch translation [of Origin].

Discusses evolutionary origin of sexuality.

Asa Gray’s suggestion that variation was directed by a higher power and Herschel’s view of providential arrangement in nature.

Compares variation in domestic and wild species.

Asks CL for introductions for his son William in Southampton, where he has joined a bank.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1 Aug 1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.259)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3223

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  • 11 July [1861]. Herschel 1861 , p.  12 n. Auguste Comte viewed the development of knowledge as having progressed through three stages: theological, metaphysical, and positive. CD had read an extensive review of the first two volumes of Comte’s Cours de philosophie positive ( Comte 1830–42 ) in 1838 (see Correspondence vol.  2, letter to Charles Lyell, [14] …

To Asa Gray   5 June [1861]

Summary

AG’s review of John Phillips’ book [Life on earth (1860), in Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 31 (1861): 444–9].

Thinks his experiments will explain Primula dimorphism.

Insect fertilisation of orchids.

Wishes that the "greatest curse on Earth", slavery, were abolished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  5 June [1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (60)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3176

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  • 11 April [1861] . Gray’s observations on Spiranthes are cited in Orchids , p.  123 n. The reference is to the outbreak in the United States of hostilities that marked the beginning of the Civil War. After the fall of Fort Sumter on 14  …
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