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To Charles Lyell   12 [February 1860]

Summary

Encloses letters from H. G. Bronn, Asa Gray, and C. J. F. Bunbury, concerning the Origin.

Will send review by Gray and a notice by Bronn.

Says Bronn will superintend the German translation.

Comments on lecture by Huxley [at Royal Institution, 10 Feb 1860, Not. Proc. R. Inst. G. B. 3 (1858–62): 195–200]. Has remonstrated with him for saying sterility is "a universal and infallible criterion of species".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  12 [Feb 1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.196)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2693

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Encloses letters from H. G. Bronn, Asa Gray, and C. J. F. Bunbury, concerning the Origin . …
  • … of Oriel College, Oxford. Letters from Asa Gray, 23 January 1860 , and from C.  J.  F. …
  • … me by my nephew. I send also letters by Asa Gray & Bunbury for the chance of your liking …
  • … In few days I will send you 1 st part of Asa Grays excellent Review & notice by Bronn in …
  • … CD refers to Edward Forbes. See letter from Asa Gray, 23 January 1860 , and Correspondence …
  • … vol.  7, letters to Asa Gray, 11 August [1858] and 11 November [1859] . [Gray] 1860a. …

To Charles Lyell   2 February [1861]

Summary

Quotes passage from letter from Asa Gray dealing with views of Francis Bowen on heredity and Agassiz "(foolish man)" on heredity and languages.

Sent CL the Calcutta Review [with Edward Blyth’s review of Origin, 35 (1860): 64–88].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  2 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.238)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3054

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Quotes passage from letter from Asa Gray dealing with views of Francis Bowen on heredity …
  • … The letter from Asa Gray has not been found, …
  • … but see the letter to Asa Gray, 23 [January 1861] , which is probably a response to it. CD …
  • … the proposal ( ibid . , letter to Asa Gray, 24 October [1860] ). See also Correspondence …
  • … III.  As Lyell told one correspondent, ‘Asa Gray’s articles, all of which I have procured, …

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

Matches: 7 hits

  • … evolutionary origin of sexuality. Asa Gray’s suggestion that variation was directed by a …
  • … a few words. — I believe you think with Asa Gray that I have not allowed enough for the …
  • … of science. But what makes me most object to Asa Gray’s view, is the study of the extreme …
  • … arise. — I must think that such views of Asa Gray & Herschel merely show that the subject …
  • … 1969  and Hodge 1985 . Thwaites 1847 . Asa Gray argued in A.  Gray 1861a that natural …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  8, letters to Asa Gray, 3 July [1860] , and 26 November [1860] . …
  • … See also letters to Asa Gray, 5 June [1861] and 21 July [1861] . In addition to the …

To Charles Lyell   11 August [1860]

Summary

Comments on his fear that "so many heavy guns fired by great men" might influence the public and scientists.

Sends CL the Owen-inspired Wilberforce review [Q. Rev. 108 (1860): 225–64].

Mentions defence of Origin by Asa Gray at American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Agassiz and Theophilus Parsons have poor criticisms ["Prof. Agassiz on the origin of species", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 30 (1860): 142–54].

Lists other negative reviews by Rudolph Wagner ["An essay on classification by Louis Agassiz", Göttingische Gelehrte Anz. (1860) pt 2: 761–800], Charles Daubeny ["Remarks on the final causes of the sexuality of plants, with particular reference to Mr Darwin’s work On the origin of species by natural selection", Rep. BAAS 30 (1860) pt 2: 109–10], and two anonymous ones (one favourable).

Huxley says K. E. von Baer "goes a long way with us".

Comments on "pipes" in chalk as evidence of geological processes still at work.

Is writing on origin of dog breeds [Variation 1: 15–43].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.223)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2895

Matches: 7 hits

  • … 225–64]. Mentions defence of Origin by Asa Gray at American Academy of Arts and Sciences. …
  • … request. See preceding letter and letter to Asa Gray, 22 July [1860] . See letters to J.   …
  • … D.  Hooker, [17 July 1860] , and to Asa Gray, 22 July [1860]. R.  Owen 1859b. See letters …
  • … on perfection of geological evidence. Asa Gray tells me that a very clever friend has been …
  • … firing must soon cease. Hooker & Huxley & Asa Gray, I see, are determined to stick to the …
  • … H.  Huxley, 20 July [1860], and to Asa Gray, 22 July [1860]). John Murray, the publisher …
  • … Athenæum , which carried an extract from Asa Gray’s defence of CD’s views published in the …

To Charles Lyell   26 [September 1860]

Summary

Mentions extinction on St Helena.

Madeira and Canary Island insects are found at Cape of Good Hope.

Regrets errors on dingo in his manuscript on the dog.

Discusses crosses among pigeons.

Compares development in birds and mammals.

Plans to write about other domestic animals.

Discusses races of early man.

Falconer’s discoveries of fossil elephants.

Comments on articles by Asa Gray.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  26 [Sept 1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.228)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2928

Matches: 4 hits

  • … early man. Falconer’s discoveries of fossil elephants. Comments on articles by Asa Gray. …
  • … Nicolaus Trübner was the English agent Asa Gray normally used for the distribution of his …
  • … today or tomorrow two articles by Asa Gray. — The longer one (now not finally corrected) …
  • … Ever yours | C.  Darwin Do not hurry over Asa Gray. —   He strikes me as one of the best …

To Charles Lyell   1 October [1861]

Summary

The flint tools found at Bedford.

Further discussion of Jamieson’s theory of the formation of the roads of Glen Roy by a glacial lake. Comments on formation of Glen Spean terraces. Mentions glaciers in North Wales.

Agreement with John Murray to publish [Orchids].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  1 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.266)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3272

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Gray, Asa. 1859. On the coiling of tendrils. American …
  • … before and after the worldwide cold period, Asa Gray had adopted this view to help account …
  • … to J.  D.  Hooker, 11 May [1859] , and to Asa Gray, 11 November [1859] and 24 December [ …

To Charles Lyell   10 April [1860]

Summary

W. B. Carpenter’s review of Origin [in Br. & Foreign Med.-Chir. Rev. 25 (1860): 367–404] "very good and well balanced, but not brilliant".

"There is a brilliant review by Huxley" [Westminster Rev. 17 (1860): 541–70].

Asa Gray sends good case of selection producing black pigs in Virginia.

Great blow to CD that CL cannot admit potency of natural selection.

Owen’s review in Edinburgh Review [111 (1860): 487–532] "extremely malignant, clever".

Patrick Matthew has published extract in Gardeners’ Chronicle [7 Apr 1860] from his Naval timber and arboriculture [1831], a complete but not developed anticipation of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  10 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.206)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2754

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Westminster Rev. 17 (1860): 541–70]. Asa Gray sends good case of selection producing black …
  • … interbreeding hybrids (T.  H.  Huxley 1860a, p.  198). Asa Gray’s letter is missing, …
  • … but see the letter to Asa Gray, 3 April [1860] . Jeffries Wyman wrote to CD later in the …
  • … not been found, but see the letter to Asa Gray, 3 April [1860] . CD refers to Joseph Beete …
  • … degree sterile. — To diverge from Reviews Asa Gray sends me from Wyman (who will write) a …

To Charles Lyell   [7 May 1863]

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Summary

Falconer’s letter [attacking CL, Athenæum 4 Apr 1863, pp. 459–60] is most unjust.

Regrets his letter [to Athenæum, on heterogeny] now criticised by Owen.

Comments on article by Samuel Haughton [On the form of cells made by wasps – with an appendix on the origin of species (1863)].

Mentions forthcoming reviews by Asa Gray [in Am. J. Sci.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [7 May 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4145

Matches: 4 hits

  • … the origin of species (1863)]. Mentions forthcoming reviews by Asa Gray [in Am. J. Sci. ]. …
  • … on the action of poisons (S.  Haughton 1862a). See letter from Asa Gray, 13 April 1863 . …
  • Asa Gray’s review of A.  de Candolle 1862a and 1862b appeared in the May number of the …
  • … Hospitals! Ever yours very truly | C.  Darwin Asa Gray tells me he has written long Review …

To Charles Lyell   22 May [1860]

Summary

Mentions American edition of Origin.

A "savage" review [by John Duns] in North British Review [32 (1860): 455–68].

Comments on views of G. H. K. Thwaites on the survival of simple forms as a problem in his theory.

Mentions imperfection of geological record.

Marine origin of coal.

Illness of Etty.

Encloses article by Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on hare–rabbit crosses [Histoire naturelle générale (1854–62) 3: 222].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  22 May [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.213)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2812

Matches: 4 hits

  • Asa Gray’s letter has not been …
  • … found, but see letter to Asa Gray, 22 May [1860] . CD recorded the American sales of …
  • … The Medical Review referred to by Asa Gray is only that (I now find from Williams & …
  • … 1860] . See preceding letter and letter to Asa Gray, 22 May [1860] . Lyell had raised this …

To Charles Lyell   5 [July 1860]

Summary

Glad CL plans trip to Amiens to investigate flints and post-glacial period.

Mentions support by Huxley, Hooker, and Lubbock at Oxford BAAS meeting. Asa Gray also goes on fighting.

Likes article by William Hopkins ["Physical theories and the phenomena of life", Fraser’s Mag. 61 (1860): 739–52; 62 (1860): 74–90].

Comments on hybrids of hare and rabbit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 [July 1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.221)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2860

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Hooker, and Lubbock at Oxford BAAS meeting. Asa Gray also goes on fighting. Likes article …
  • … some of its contents, see the letter to Asa Gray, 3 July [1860] . See letter from J.  D.   …
  • … modification of Species like Trojans. Asa Gray, as I hear to day, also goes on fighting …

To Charles Lyell   18 May [1860]

Summary

Comments on enclosed letters from Asa Gray and Wallace [missing].

Discusses hybrid fertility in rabbits and hares, and pheasants and fowls.

Asks about paper by Hermann Schaaffhausen ["Über Beständigkeit u. Umwandlung der Arten", Verh. Naturhist. Ver. Preuss. Rheinlande 10 (1853): 420–51].

Mentions criticism by Sedgwick and William Clark at Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Notes importance of CL and Hooker in defending Origin.

Comments on papers by D. A. Godron ["Considérations sur les migrations des végétaux", Acad. Stanislas Mem. Soc. Sci. Nancy (1853): 329–67].

Mentions receiving anonymous verses.

A Manchester newspaper lampoon shows CD has proved "might makes right" to be a universal law.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  18 May [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.212)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2806

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Comments on enclosed letters from Asa Gray and Wallace [missing]. Discusses hybrid …
  • … 18 th My dear Lyell I send letter from Asa Gray to show how hotly battle rages there. — …
  • … The letters from Asa Gray, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Thomas Thomson have not been found. …
  • … treated it very fairly. How splendidly Asa Gray is fighting the battle. The effect on me …

To Charles Lyell   [25 June 1858]

Summary

Everything in Wallace’s sketch also appears in CD’s sketch of 1844. A year ago CD sent a short sketch of his views to Asa Gray. Can CD honourably publish his sketch now that Wallace has sent outline of his views? "I would far rather burn my whole book than that he or any man shd. think that I had behaved in a paltry spirit." Does not believe Wallace originated his views from anything CD wrote to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [25 June 1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.153)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2294

Matches: 4 hits

  • … CD sent a short sketch of his views to Asa Gray. Can CD honourably publish his sketch now …
  • … to correspondence on several points) to Asa Gray, so that I could most truly say & prove …
  • … I could send Wallace a copy of my letter to Asa Gray to show him that I had not stolen his …
  • … vol.  4). Correspondence vol.  6, letter to Asa Gray, 5 September [1857] . The copy of the …

To Charles Lyell   1 [June 1860]

Summary

Comments on review of Origin by Andrew Murray [Proc. R. Soc. Edinburgh 4 (1860): 274–91] and views of William Hopkins on Origin ["Physical theories and the phenomena of life" Fraser’s Mag. 61 (1860): 739–52; 62 (1860): 74–90]. The attacks will tell heavily.

Mentions Blyth’s failure to receive appointment as naturalist to China expedition of 1860.

Encloses letter from Asa Gray.

Discusses gestation period in domesticated dogs.

Comments on hybrid fertility.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  1 [June 1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.214)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2820

Matches: 4 hits

  • … of 1860. Encloses letter from Asa Gray. Discusses gestation period in domesticated dogs. …
  • … but for CD’s reply, see the letter to Asa Gray, 22 May [1860] . Lyell questioned whether …
  • … Species are quite revolutionised. I send Asa Gray’s letter, though it is really not worth …
  • … The Future . [Duns] 1860 . See letter to Asa Gray, 22 May [1860] . Phillips 1860 . CD had …

To Charles Lyell   15 and 16 [February 1860]

Summary

Auguste Bravard’s discoveries magnificent.

Bravard has sent pamphlets [Observaciones geológicas (1857) and Monografia de los terrenos marinos terciarios (1858)] with strange doctrine that Pampean deposit is subaerial.

Review of Origin by Wollaston [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 5 (1860): 132–43] clever and misinterprets CD only in a few places.

Wallace’s MS ["Zoological geography of the Malay Archipelago", J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 4 (1860): 172–84] admirably good.

Henslow "will go very little way with us". "He, also, shudders at the eye!"

Baden Powell says CD’s statement about eye is conclusive.

Leonard Jenyns cannot go as far as CD, yet cannot give good reason.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  15 and 16 Feb 1860
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.198); Kinnordy MS (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2700

Matches: 5 hits

  • … I will send (when I get from Hooker) Asa Gray’s capital review. — Henslow is staying here: …
  • … Lyell 1863). CD received proof-sheets of Asa Gray’s review of Origin ([Gray] 1860a) on or …
  • … to Joseph Dalton Hooker. See letter to Asa Gray, 18 February [1860] . John Stevens Henslow …
  • … used this expression in his letter to Asa Gray, [8 or 9 February 1860] , in response to …
  • … weakest point in his book (see letter from Asa Gray, 23 January 1860 ). CD had sent Gray’s …

To Charles Lyell   10 January [1860]

Summary

Comments on corrections [in Origin, 2d ed. (1860)], especially on use of Wallace’s name.

Discusses human evolution with respect to CL’s work. Cites expression as a source of evidence.

Andrew Murray’s criticisms of the Origin involving blind insects in caves [Edinburgh New Philos. J. n.s. 11 (1860): 141–51].

Humorously describes human ancestors.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  10 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2647

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Origin . For a transcript of the list, which was also sent to Asa Gray, see the enclosure …
  • … to the letter to Asa Gray, 28 January [1860] . Lyell’s letter in response has not been …
  • … to Charles Lyell, 4 [January 1860], and to Asa Gray, 28 January [1860], n.  22). Alfred …
  • … 7 November 1856; and vol.  7, letter to Asa Gray, 18 November [1858] . CD probably alludes …

To Charles Lyell   30 July [1860]

Summary

Comments on BAAS meeting: "our side seems to have got on very well". Asa Gray, too, is fighting nobly.

Comments on review [by Samuel Wilberforce] in the Quarterly [Rev. 108 (1860): 225–64].

Mentions a favourable review in the London Review.

Wonders if German translation [of the Origin] by Bronn has drawn attention to the subject.

The Natural History Review to be edited by Huxley and others.

Expects CL’s book [Antiquity of man (1863)] to be a bombshell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  30 July [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.222)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2881

Matches: 3 hits

  • … See letters to Asa Gray, 22 July [1860] , and to J.  D.  Hooker, 7 August [1860]. [ …
  • … our side seems to have got on very well". Asa Gray, too, is fighting nobly. Comments on …
  • … understands whole case better than Asa Gray, & he has been fighting nobly. He is capital …

To Charles Lyell   3 October [1860]

Summary

Comments on letter from Jeffries Wyman.

Discusses reprinting reviews by Asa Gray.

Mentions views of W. S. Symonds on the geological record.

Discusses descent of turtles and tortoises.

The universality of variation.

Notes only a few species leave modified descendants.

Discusses Apteryx.

Variation among pigeons.

Comments on fertility among hybrids.

Does not agree that he makes natural selection do too much work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  3 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.230)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2935

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Wyman. Discusses reprinting reviews by Asa Gray. Mentions views of W. S. Symonds on the …
  • … Dana, 8 September 1856 . [Gray] 1860c. See letter to Asa Gray, 26 September [1860] . The …
  • … second part of [Gray] 1860b. Asa Gray discussed François Jules Pictet de la Rive’s …

To Charles Lyell   15 April [1860]

Summary

Has resolved not to correct Owen’s misrepresentations in his review of Origin.

Discusses at length the theological implications of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  15 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.208)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2761

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Creator, Brahma’ (Wilson ed.  1970, p.  369). See letter to Asa Gray, 24 February [1860] . …
  • … at which I have come, as I have told Asa Gray, is that such question, as is touched on in …

To Charles Lyell   23 February [1860]

Summary

Gradation in the eye.

Hooker intends to reply [to W. H. Harvey’s article in Gard. Chron. (1860): 145–6].

Discusses Aspicarpa with respect to correlation.

Comments on monstrous animals.

Discusses objections of Bronn and Asa Gray to natural selection. Cites parallel between natural selection and Newton’s concept of gravitation.

Mentions German experiments on spontaneous generation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  23 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2707

Matches: 3 hits

  • … animals. Discusses objections of Bronn and Asa Gray to natural selection. Cites parallel …
  • … life arises, & likewise to certain extent Asa Gray’s remark that natural selection is not …
  • … mentioned the paper in connection with Asa Gray’s reference in his review of Origin to …

To Charles Lyell   21 August [1861]

Summary

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

Matches: 3 hits

  • … interested in ‘proofs’ for this argument to Asa Gray’s series of articles on Origin (A.   …
  • … vol.  8, especially the letter to Asa Gray, 26 September [1860] . See n.  6, above. See …
  • … conclusion. — I think he quotes from Asa Gray, certainly not from me; but I have neither …
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