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To James Geikie   [after 15 December 1881]

Summary

Testimonial letter stating his belief in JG’s suitability for the Chair of Geology at Edinburgh.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  [after 15 Dec 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 103v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13553

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Geikie, James
  • … To James Geikie   [after 15 December 1881] …
  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1874. The great ice age and its relation to the …
  • … of man . London: W. Isbister. Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological …
  • … 202: 103v Charles Robert Darwin unstated [after 15 Dec 1881] James Murdoch (James) Geikie

To James Geikie   27 November 1880

Summary

Thanks JG for his magnificent book [Prehistoric Europe].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  27 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12869

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Geikie, James
  • … To James Geikie   27 November 1880 …
  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1877. The great ice age and its relation to the antiquity of …
  • … London: Daldy, Isbister & Co. Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological …
  • … DAR 144: 333 Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 Nov 1880 James Murdoch (James) Geikie

To James Geikie   19 July 1880

Summary

Gives permission to use letter [10676].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  19 July 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 332
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12663

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Geikie, James
  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological sketch. London: Edward …
  • … To James Geikie   19 July 1880 …
  • … DAR 144: 332 Charles Robert Darwin Down 19 July 1880 James Murdoch (James) Geikie

To James Geikie   26 October 1876

Summary

Comments on JG’s book [The great ice age and its relation to the antiquity of man, 2d ed. (1877)]. Recalls erratic boulder he knew in Shropshire as a boy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  26 Oct 1876
Classmark:  DAR 144: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10655

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Geikie, James
  • … To James Geikie   26 October 1876 …
  • … Edinburgh New Journal 24: 176–9. Geikie, James. 1874. The great ice age and its relation …
  • … the antiquity of man . London: W. Isbister. Geikie, James. 1877. The great ice age and its …
  • … DAR 144: 330 Charles Robert Darwin Down 26 Oct 1876 James Murdoch (James) Geikie

To James Geikie   13 December 1880

Summary

Comments on Prehistoric Europe.

Asks JG’s opinion of Daniel Mackintosh’s paper ["Results of a systematic survey of erratic blocks", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 35 (1879): 425–53].

Comments on loess.

Feels uneasy about streams of stone of Falkland Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12909

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Geikie, James
  • … To James Geikie   13 December 1880 …
  • … Shorter publications , pp. 140–7. ] Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological …
  • … Robert Darwin Leith Hill Place Down letterhead 13 Dec 1880 James Murdoch (James) Geikie

To James Geikie   16 November 1876

Summary

On JG’s Great ice age.

Discusses formation of drift deposits near Southampton.

Comments on Axel Blytt [Immigration of Norwegian flora (1876)].

Has had fearful misgivings that the step-like plains of Patagonia may have been caused by changes in level of sea, not land.

Comments on book [Archibald Geikie, Life of Sir Roderick I. Murchison (1875)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Murdoch (James) Geikie
Date:  16 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 144: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10676

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Geikie, James
  • … To James Geikie   16 November 1876 …
  • … DAR 144: 331 Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 Nov 1876 James Murdoch (James) Geikie
  • … in Britain. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Geikie, James. 1877. The great ice age and its …
  • … London: Daldy, Isbister & Co. Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological …
  • … Murchison’s biography was written by James Geikie’s brother Archibald ( A. Geikie 1875 ). …
  • … 1876, p. 922; see also letter to James Geikie, 26 October 1876 ). CD’s eldest son, William …

To W. E. Darwin   [after 20 November 1876]

Summary

Has written of his idea [on the formation of the gravels near Southampton] to James Geikie, who thought it very feasible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [after 20 Nov 1876]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10486

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  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1877. The great ice age and its relation to the antiquity of …
  • … formation of the gravels near Southampton] to James Geikie, who thought it very feasible. …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from James Geikie, 20 November 1876 . …
  • … See letters to James Geikie, 26 October 1876 and 16 …
  • … November 1876 , and letter from James Geikie, 20 November 1876 . Geikie had sent CD his …

To W. E. Darwin   2 December [1880]

Summary

Gives instructions to WED about looking for earthworm activity at Brading.

Mentions James Geikie’s excellent book [Prehistoric Europe (1881)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  2 Dec [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12882

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  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological sketch. London: Edward …
  • … activity at Brading. Mentions James Geikie’s excellent book [ Prehistoric Europe (1881)]. …

To W. E. Darwin   3 January [1881]

Summary

Thanks WED for some earthworm observations.

Discusses investments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1881
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12973

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  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological sketch. London: Edward …

To W. E. Darwin   8 February [1881]

Summary

Thanks WED for sending leaves and making observations on how earthworms drag them into their burrows.

Doubts justice of fierce review against J. Geikie’s book [Prehistoric Europe (1881)] in Nature [by W. B. Dawkins, 23 (1881): 309–10], but if reindeer and hippopotamus have really been found in close contact in same bed – "it tells horribly against interglacial periods".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  8 Feb [1881]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13042

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  • … Bibliography Geikie, James. 1881. Prehistoric Europe: a geological sketch. London: Edward …

To S. B. J. Skertchly   2 March 1878

Summary

Thanks for letter. Comments on SBJS’s research on Palaeolithic flint tools.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Sydney Barber Josiah Skertchly
Date:  2 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 147: 480
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11394

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  • … Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Geikie, James. 1877. The great ice age and its relation …
  • … See Correspondence vol. 24, letter from James Geikie, 20 November 1876 . Geikie included a …

To W. E. Darwin   [19 July 1880]

Summary

Writes about gravel deposits [at Southampton] and sends a James Geikie letter [12655?] on the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [19 July 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12661

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  • … deposits [at Southampton] and sends a James Geikie letter [ 12655 ? ] on the subject. …

To Daniel Mackintosh   28 February 1882

Summary

Comments on James Geikie’s ["Intercrossing of erratics", Scottish Naturalist 6 (1882): 193–200, 241–54]. Believes JG underrates importance of floating ice in explaining drift deposits.

Comments on origin of life and natural theology.

Recommends William Graham’s The creed of science [1881].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Mackintosh
Date:  28 Feb 1882
Classmark:  DAR 146: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13711

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  • … Comments on James Geikie’s ["Intercrossing of erratics", Scottish Naturalist 6 (1882): …

To Daniel Mackintosh   21 December 1880

Summary

The recipient is thanked for his "interesting letter".

CD sends an article received from [James Geikie?]. "You will see that it is important to know whether the laminae of slate have ever been bent up-hill."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Mackintosh
Date:  21 Dec 1880
Classmark:  Christie’s, New York (dealers) (9 June 1999)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12930F

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  • … CD sends an article received from [James Geikie? ]. "You will see that it is important to …

To Hubert Airy   27 January [1876?]

Summary

Agrees to aid HA in applying for membership in a society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hubert Airy
Date:  27 Jan [1876?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10369

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  • … James Croll, Augustus Henry Lane Fox, James Geikie, John Wesley Judd, Edwin Ray Lankester, …

To Charles Lyell   5 March [1869]

Summary

Discusses wear and tear due to glaciation and significance of this evidence for dating the glacial period. Mentions views of James Croll and Archibald Geikie on the issue.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.364)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6692

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  • … the glacial period. Mentions views of James Croll and Archibald Geikie on the issue. …

To Archibald Geikie   27 December [1871]

Summary

His admiration for the papers of AG [see 8119].

Relates his recent discovery that earthworms have brought to surface no less than 161 tons of dry earth over an area of 10 acres, thus creating the conditions for significant denudation. Would welcome information about the persistence of ridges and furrows in old pasture lands ploughed centuries ago. Do they run down the slopes or transversely? Refers to [A. C.] Ramsay, [James] Croll, Elie de Beaumont, and [Henry] Johnson.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Geikie
Date:  27 Dec [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8122F

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  • … Ramsay, James Croll, and William Whitaker, all of whom were mentioned in Geikie 1868b. …

To Archibald Geikie   9 December 1875

Summary

CD has signed James Croll’s certificate [of nomination to Royal Society] with real pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Geikie
Date:  9 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen 524/12 Coll-74/11/12 1. 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10291

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  • James Croll’s certificate of nomination to the Royal Society of London. CD recommended Croll from general rather than personal knowledge (The Royal Society archive GB 117, EC/1876/08). Croll was elected a fellow of the society in June 1876 ( Record of the Royal Society of London ). See also Correspondence vol. 30, letter from Archibald Geikie, …

To J. D. Hooker   [9 October 1853]

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Detailed response to MS of introductory essay to [The botany of the Antarctic voyage, pt II] Flora Novae-Zelandiae [1853–5]. CD will curse JDH when, in a year or two, he is at his species book, for "having put so many hostile facts so confoundedly well".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [9 Oct 1853]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1529

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  • Geikie, Archibald. 1861. On a rise of the coast of the Firth of Forth within the historical period. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal n.s. 14: 102–12. Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1853–5. Flora Novæ-Zelandiæ. 2 vols. Pt 2 of The botany of the Antarctic voyage of HM discovery ships Erebus and Terror , in the years 1839–1843, under the command of Captain Sir James

To J. D. Hooker   14 February [1860]

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Huxley’s Royal Institution lecture on Origin [10 Feb 1860, Not. Proc. R. Inst. G. B. 3 (1858–62): 195–200] an "entire failure" as an exposition of CD’s doctrine.

R. I. Murchison very civil.

CD counts Lyell among the converted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2696

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  • James Hall heated limestone until it turned into marble in order to demonstrate the igneous origin of such rocks. Huxley’s remarks on this experiment do not appear in the published abstract of the lecture. Roderick Impey Murchison, director-general of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, did not accept CD’s theories. Writing to the geologist Robert Harkness, Murchison stated that he denied all CD’s inductions and remained ‘as firm a believer as ever that a monkey and a man are distinct species, and not connected by any links,— i.e. are distinct creations. ’ See Geikie
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