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To Asa Gray   13 September [1864]

Summary

Has finished Climbing plants;

resuming work on Variation.

Sends abstract of John Scott’s paper [see 4332].

Has received review of Herbert Spencer but cannot believe AG wrote it unless he has muddled his brains with metaphysics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  13 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4611

Matches: 5 hits

  • … were cross sterile, that is, new ‘physiological’ species (see [T.  H.  Huxley] 1860 , T.   …
  • H.  Huxley 1862, pp.  108–13, …
  • … 146–50, and T.  H.  Huxley 1863b, pp.  107–8). CD’s interest in cases of intra-specific …
  • … Correspondence vol.  11, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 10 January [1863]. CD refers to Scott’s …
  • … that exhibited cross or hybrid sterility (T.  H.  Huxley 1863b, pp.  106–8). CD had been …

To Asa Gray   29 October [1864]

Summary

Sends question [missing] for an ornithologist.

Is plodding on at Variation.

Has added to Climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  29 Oct [1864]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (88)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4647

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Gray, 5 December 1864 ). CD refers to [T.  H.  Huxley] 1864a, in which Thomas Henry Huxley …
  • … and Marie Jean Pierre Flourens. See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 3 October [1864] and nn.  2  …
  • … and 4, and letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 5 October 1864 . See letter from B.  D.  Walsh, 29  …

To Asa Gray   26 November [1860]

Summary

Has reread AG’s third Atlantic Monthly article. It is admirable, but CD cannot go as far as AG on design.

Mentions other opinions and reviews of Origin.

Relates some experiments on Drosera showing its extreme sensitivity; requests some observations on orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  26 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2998

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Reymond. According to the letter to T.  H. Huxley, 16 November [1860] , CD had learned …
  • … CD by Thomas Henry Huxley (see letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 November [1860] ). CD added a …
  • … pp.  591–2). See also letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 November [1860] and n.  4. Gray 1857. …

To Asa Gray   26–7 February [1861]

Summary

Believes AG’s pamphlet will do natural selection "right good service".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  26–7 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (57a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3073

Matches: 2 hits

  • … published by Williams and Norgate. See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 17 February [1861] . …
  • … 17 February [1861] . See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 17 February [1861] . The title of Gray’ …

To Asa Gray   22 May [1860]

Summary

Opinions and reviews of Origin.

CD’s view on design in nature; although he does not believe in the necessity of design, he finds it hard to conclude that everything is the result of "brute force".

Comments on Owen’s review of Origin [Edinburgh Rev. 111 (1860): 487–532].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  22 May [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (26 and 37a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2814

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (37a). See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 9 April [1860] . …
  • … 1860, pp.  573–4. See also letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 7 May [1860] . The first enclosure is …

To Asa Gray   12 March [1861]

Summary

Has received Chauncey Wright’s article.

Reports on favourable response to AG’s pamphlet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  12 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (52)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3087

Matches: 2 hits

  • … to A.  Gray 1861a. See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 17 February [1861] and n.  2. Chauncey …
  • … to Asa Gray, 11 April [1861] , and to T.  H.  Huxley, 22 May [1861]. CD’s copies of the …

To Asa Gray   11 August [1860]

Summary

Agassiz is strongly opposed to Origin, but CD thinks K. E. von Baer may come out in support.

Discusses the possibility of favourable monstrosities in the light of Theophilus Parsons’ essay ["On the origin of species", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 30 (1860): 1–13].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2896

Matches: 2 hits

  • … See Winsor 1979 . See letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 6 August 1860 . Wagner 1860b. …
  • … See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 8 August [1860] and n.  5. Theophilus Parsons, professor of …

To Asa Gray   1 February [1860]

Summary

CD is glad there is to be an American edition of Origin printed from the corrected 2d English edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  1 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2676

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the letter to Asa Gray, [8 or 9 February 1860] . CD refers to [T.  H.  Huxley] 1859a. See …
  • … letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 January [1860]. The enclosure is pasted in the back of Gray’s …

To Asa Gray   11 December [1860]

Summary

The pamphlet of AG’s Origin reviews [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. CD will bear half the costs of publishing.

Will write to Huxley about Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3017

Matches: 2 hits

  • … History Review . See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 11 December [1860] , and Correspondence …
  • … I will write to Huxley about M r . Wright’s article but I have no hope, as H.  said a good …

To Asa Gray   7 January [1860]

Summary

Comments on AG’s memoir on Japanese plants [see 2599]; relationship of Japanese flora to N. American.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  7 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2645

Matches: 1 hit

  • … December 1859] ). See also letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 January [1860]. Hooker 1859. See …

From Asa Gray   22–30 March 1863

Summary

Discusses the Duke of Argyll’s article on the supernatural [Edinburgh Rev. 116 (1862): 378–97].

Has heard that the Incas married their sisters; this may be worth investigating as a case of inbreeding.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22–30 Mar 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4056

Matches: 1 hit

  • … s Evidence as to man’s place in nature (T.  H.  Huxley 1863b). See letter to Asa Gray, 20  …

To Asa Gray   8 June [1860]

Summary

Discusses recent reviews of Origin and has made a note on Owen’s [see 2737].

Has become interested in the floral structures of orchids.

Notes his recent observations on Primula; believes he has found male and female forms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  8 June [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2825

Matches: 1 hit

  • … on species at the Royal Institution (T.  H.  Huxley 1860a). Hopkins 1860 . The review was …

From Asa Gray to J. D. Hooker   5 January 1860

Summary

Opinions on the Origin: AG thinks it masterly; Agassiz considers it very poor.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Jan 1860
Classmark:  DAR 98 (ser. 2): 20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2638

Matches: 1 hit

  • … convalescing in Italy. See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 January [1860] and n.  6. [Gray] …

To Asa Gray   [8 or 9 February 1860]

Summary

Sends historical preface and corrections for American edition of Origin;

would have liked AG’s review [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 29 (1860): 153–84] at the head.

Agrees with AG’s assessment of weak points.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  [8 or 9 Feb 1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2701

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Baer’s anecdote was related in T.  H.  Huxley trans.  1853, pp.  186–7. See the enclosure …

To Asa Gray   31 October [1860]

Summary

Talks of getting copies of AG’s Atlantic Monthly articles for distribution in England.

Describes the pollinating mechanisms of Orchis pyramidalis and Spiranthes autumnalis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  31 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (45 and 124a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2969

Matches: 1 hit

  • … to Eastbourne. See also letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 November [1860] . Gray’s letter has …

From Asa Gray   20 April 1863

Summary

AG’s opinion of Lyell’s Antiquity of man.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4112

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 11 May [1863] . The references are to T.  H.  Huxley 1863a and 1863b. The reference is to …

To Asa Gray   19 October [1860]

Summary

Is thinking of publishing AG’s three-part Origin review [from Atlantic Monthly] in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  19 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2955

Matches: 1 hit

  • … child in September 1860 (see letter to T.  H. Huxley, 18 September [1860] ). See letter to …

To Asa Gray   21 August [1862]

Summary

Emma and Leonard have scarlet fever.

Houstonia seems "a grand case"; J. T. Rothrock should publish his observations on the two pollens and the reciprocal action of two hermaphrodites.

Rhexia glandulosa offers nothing odd, but Heterocentron will turn out something marvellous like Lythrum.

Would like to know what AG thinks of last chapter of Orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  21 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3692

Matches: 1 hit

  • … J.  D.  Hooker, 20 August 1862 . T.  H.  Huxley 1863a; see letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 20  …

To Asa Gray   19 October [1865]

Summary

AG’s article on climbing plants [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 40 (1865): 273–82] is admirable and complimentary.

Reports Fritz Müller’s observations on climbers.

Experiments on dimorphism with Mitchella and Pulmonaria.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  19 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4919

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Henry Bence Jones (see letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 4 October [1865] and n.  3). By ‘regular …

To Asa Gray   31 May [1863]

Summary

AG’s review of Alphonse de Candolle’s paper [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 35 (1863): 430–44] is excellent.

Does not AG consider that orchids oppose Oswald Heer’s view that species arise suddenly by monstrosities?

Infers that AG cannot explain the angles of phyllotaxy; has been looking at Carl Nägeli on the subject.

Reports Gaston de Saporta’s belief that natural selection will ultimately triumph in France.

Is working slowly at Variation.

Reports his observations on the imperfect flowers of Viola and Oxalis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  31 May [1863]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4196

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  7, letter to T.  H. Huxley, 16 December [1859] , and letter to John …
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