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To Charles Lyell   [1 August 1861]


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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  • r . Atherley’s Bank, & it would be of real importance to him to get any good introduction in or near Southampton: can you aid me? it would be a real service. — Of course I do not want any answer to my quasi theological discussion: but only for you to think of my notions, if you understand them. I hope to Heaven your long & great labours on your new Edit.  are drawing to a close. Farewell | My dear Lyell | Yours most truly | C.  Darwin

To Charles Lyell   21 August [1861]


Suggests change in a passage [in MS] of CL’s [Antiquity of man (1863)] dealing with adaptations for travel.

Comments on review of Origin by F. W. Hutton [Geologist (1861): 132–6, 183–8].

Emphasises importance of variability for natural selection.

Discusses possiblity of intelligent causes in variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  21 Aug [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.261)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3235

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From William Branwhite Clarke   [August 1861]


Evidence of glacial action in Australia. [See Origin, 4th ed., p. 443.]

Author:  William Branwhite Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Aug 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 161.2: 171
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3222

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