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From T. H. Huxley   23 November 1859

Summary

Has just finished Origin. CD has demonstrated a true cause for the production of species.

CD has loaded himself with unnecessary difficulty in adopting natura non facit saltum.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1859
Classmark:  DAR 98: B11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2544

Matches: 5 hits

  • Huxley, T. H. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … that like the Parrot in the story ‘I think the more’ Ever yours faithfully | T H Huxley
  • … From T.  H. Huxley   23 November 1859 …
  • … 21 [May 1856] ). See also letter to T.  H. Huxley, 25 November [1859] . The story has not …
  • … die Entwickelungsgeschichte der Thiere (1828) ([T.  H. Huxley] trans. 1853). For Huxley’s …

To T. H. Huxley   25 December [1859]

Summary

Henry Holland and others have attacked his reasoning from analogy to one primordial created form – by which CD means only that we know nothing of how life originated. The reasoning seems probable to him, so he has kept it in.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  25 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2603

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   25 December [1859] …
  • … material, for Huxley’s use in preparing his lecture on Origin (T.  H. Huxley 1860). See …
  • … letters to T.  H. Huxley, 13 December [1859] and 16 December [1859] . …
  • … diverse to have descended from a single ancestral form. T.  H. Huxley 1858, p.  235. CD …
  • … apparent relationship in the letter to T.  H. Huxley, 8 March [1859] . See also Huxley’s …
  • Huxley One part of your note has pleased me so much that I must thank you for it. Not only Sir H.   …

To T. H. Huxley   [5 December 1859]

Summary

Thanks for THH’s review of Origin in Macmillan’s Magazine ["Time and life: Mr Darwin’s Origin of Species", 1 (1859–60): 142–8]. Reception of natural selection will depend on whether it explains the recognised laws in the several fields of natural history.

Domestic variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [5 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2572

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   [5 December 1859] …
  • … Huxley’s letter has not been found, but see letter to T.  H. Huxley, 27 November [1859] . …
  • … original and well-stored mind. ’ (T.  H. Huxley 1859b, p.  146). A copy of the review is …
  • … the persistent types of animal life’ (T.  H. Huxley 1859a). Huxley focused his remarks on …
  • … his whole theory must stand or fall’ (T.  H. Huxley 1859b, p.  147). See letter to Charles …

To T. H. Huxley   13 [March 1859]

Summary

Thanks for THH’s examples of serially modified and homologous parts in Radiata. Cannot understand how he forgot such cases.

Agassiz’s Essay on classification [1859] utterly impracticable rubbish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  13 [Mar 1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 258)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2430

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   13 [March 1859] …
  • … to discuss the work with Huxley in 1858 (see letter to T.  H. Huxley, 24 February [1858]). …
  • … Dated by the relationship to the letter to T.  H. Huxley, 8 March [1859] . …
  • … Letter from T.  H. Huxley, [9–12 March 1859] . See Origin , pp.  437–8. The reference is …

To T. H. Huxley   [9 December 1859]

Summary

Sends enclosure [unspecified].

Reminds THH to mention [German] translation [of Origin] when he writes to R. A. von Kölliker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [9 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 189
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2574

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   [9 December 1859] …
  • … Correspondence vol.  5, letters to T.  H. Huxley, 2 September [1854] and 13 September [ …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  8, letters to T.  H. Huxley, 2 [February 1860] and 4 February [ …

To T. H. Huxley   25 November [1859]

Summary

Rejoices over THH’s lecture ["On species and races, and their origin", 10 Feb 1860, Not. Proc. R. Inst. G. B. 3 (1858–62): 195–200] to be given at Royal Institution. Offers pigeon illustrations.

Adam Sedgwick has sent a "slashing" letter [2548] about Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  25 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2554

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   25 November [1859] …
  • … See letter to T.  H. Huxley, 16 December [1859] . The coloured drawings to which CD refers …
  • … from Eaton 1858 . See also letter to T.  H. Huxley, 13 December [1859] . Letter from Adam …
  • … was delivered on 10 February 1860 (T.  H. Huxley 1860). At his lecture, Huxley exhibited …
  • … CD’s theory of their common origin from the wild rock pigeon (T.  H. Huxley 1860,p.  197). …

To T. H. Huxley   24 [November 1859]

Summary

Murray has sold out Origin; wants a new edition immediately.

Asks THH to check whether Geoffroy de St Hilaire is correct [form of name].

Would be grateful for THH’s impressions on the truth of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 [Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 4 (EH 88205939)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2550

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   24 [November 1859] …
  • … then forwarded to Ilkley. See letter from T.  H. Huxley, 23 November 1859 , and letter to …
  • … T.  H. Huxley, 25 November [1859] . …

To T. H. Huxley   8 March [1859]

Summary

Sends THH questions about "serial homologies" and "vegetative repetition" in Mollusca and Radiata.

Abstract volume [Origin] nearly completed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  8 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2425

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   8 March [1859] …
  • … See letter from T.   H. Huxley, [9–12 March 1859] . …
  • … The phrase actually appears on p.  641. See letter from T.  H. Huxley, [9–12 March 1859] . …
  • … to CD’s queries. See letter from T.  H. Huxley, [9–12 March 1859] . Richard Owen discussed …

To T. H. Huxley   24 December [1859]

Summary

Sends MS on pigeons for THH’s lecture at Royal Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 221.4: 218 photocopy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2600

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   24 December [1859] …
  • … to cancel his visit. See letter to T.  H. Huxley, 16 December [1859] . In his lecture at …
  • … producing new and diverging breeds (T.  H. Huxley 1860, pp.  197–8). A copy of this letter …

To T. H. Huxley   2 June [1859]

Summary

THH should understand that CD’s hypothesis [natural selection] has as many flaws and holes as sound parts. The question is whether CD’s rag of a hypothesis is worth anything. A poor rag is better than nothing to carry one’s fruit to market.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  2 June [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2466

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   2 June [1859] …
  • … explain the facts of palaeontology (T.  H. Huxley 1859a, p.  153). The paper was Huxley’s …
  • … life’ at the Royal Institution (T.  H. Huxley 1859a). He stated that it was difficult to …

From T. H. Huxley   [9–12 March 1859]

Summary

Serial homologies in the Mollusca. Gives instances of repetition of homological parts in Radiata.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [9–12 Mar 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 288
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2427

Matches: 4 hits

  • Huxley, T. H. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From T.  H. Huxley   [9–12 March 1859] …
  • … effect in his first published paper ( T.  H. Huxley 1849 ). See also L.  Huxley ed. 1900, …
  • … the period between the letters to T.  H. Huxley, 8 March [1859] and 13 [March 1859] . …

To T. H. Huxley   28 December [1859]

Summary

Delighted with Times review [26 Dec 1859]. Puzzled by author, suspects THH, but publication in Times makes it unlikely. Sorry for Owen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  28 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 92)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2611

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   28 December [1859] …
  • … 2: 255). The review is reprinted in T.  H. Huxley 1893–4 , 2: 1–22. Anthony Trollope had …
  • … lectures on general natural history ( T.  H. Huxley 1856–7 ). See Correspondence vol.  6. …
  • … Correspondence vol.  8, letter to T.  H. Huxley, 1 January 1860, and L.  Huxley ed. 1900, …

From Charles Lyell to T. H. Huxley   17 June 1859

Summary

Extended discussion of their respective difficulties with the definition and status of species and with the extent to which the theory of transmutation may be applied.

Has rediscovered S. S. Haldeman’s 1844 paper defending the transmutation theory with great skill.

Asks for reference to Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire’s first enunciation of the progressive development and transmutation theory.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  17 June 1859
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 6: 20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2469A

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Lyell, Charles Huxley, T. H. …
  • … From Charles Lyell to T. H. Huxley   17 June 1859 …
  • … T. H. Huxley 1859a. In a lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 3 June 1859, …
  • … their ancient representatives. See T. H. Huxley 1859a. For CD’s response to this point, …
  • … in Origin , p. 425. See letter to T. H. Huxley, 25 November [1859] . For Huxley’s response …

To T. H. Huxley   16 December [1859]

Summary

Will bring materials for Royal Institution lecture [when he comes to London].

Plans to bring out separate detailed volumes [on his theory], starting with domestic variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  16 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 87)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2585

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   16 December [1859] …
  • … on 10 February 1860 (see letters to T.  H. Huxley, 27 November [1859] and 13 December [ …

To T. H. Huxley   25 November [1859]

Summary

THH’s letter about the Origin makes CD feel like a Catholic who has received extreme unction. Can now sing nunc dimittis. Had determined to abide by judgment of Lyell, Hooker, and THH.

Problem of how variations arise at all troubles him also.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  25 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2553

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   25 November [1859] …
  • … Letter from T.  H. Huxley, 23 November 1859 . ‘Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine’ (Luke 2: …
  • … resemblance or affinity. ’ See letter from Charles Lyell to T.  H. Huxley, 17 June 1859 . …
  • … me in some manner. See letter to T.  H. Huxley, 24 [November 1859] . CD and Huxley had …

To T. H. Huxley   13 December [1859]

Summary

Sends anecdotes and drawings of pigeons for Royal Institution lecture. Offers parts on hybridisation and pigeons from his MS (if THH has patience to read them).

Has heard George Busk is converted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  13 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 82–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2582

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   13 December [1859] …
  • … at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 10 February 1860 (T.  H. Huxley 1860). See …
  • … letters to T.  H. Huxley, 27 November [1859] and [5 December 1859] . CD refers to John …
  • … 462), is in DAR 12. See letter to T.  H. Huxley, 16 December [1859] . George Busk was a …

To T. H. Huxley   15 October [1859]

Summary

Origin is finished.

Asks for names of foreign speculative naturalists.

Hopes THH will think he is on right road despite errors.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  15 Oct [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2505

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   15 October [1859] …

To T. H. Huxley   27 November [1859]

Summary

Sends references for materials useful for THH’s lecture.

Breeding and crossing. Pigeon fanciers.

Responses to Origin: A. C. Ramsay, Charles Kingsley, Quatrefages de Bréau.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  27 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2558

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H. Huxley   27 November [1859] …

To John Murray   2 December [1859]

Summary

All sheets [of Origin, 2d ed.] are ready. Has made a few corrections

and inserted Charles Kingsley’s sentence in answer to those who may think the book is irreligious.

Insists page numbering be kept uniform with 1st edition.

Intends to start immediately on the "larger work", with a distinct title.

Fears reviews will be unfavourable but is confident his views will ultimately prevail.

Asks about plans for French edition.

Thanks JM for his exertions on behalf of sales of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.51–53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2566

Matches: 1 hit

  • … impossible that men like Lyell, Hooker, Huxley, H.  C. Watson Ramsay &c would change their …

To John Lubbock   21 [March 1859]

Summary

Development of aphids; apparent absence of vermiform stage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  21 [Mar 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 30 (EH 88206479)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2419

Matches: 4 hits

  • … morphology and reproduction of aphids (T.  H. Huxley 1858). Huxley’s lectures on general …
  • … in the Medical Times & Gazette ( T.  H. Huxley 1856–7 ). Huxley discussed the Crustacea in …
  • … 1839 (see Correspondence vol.  2). T.  H. Huxley 1858. In Origin , p.  442, CD stated that …
  • … worm-like stage of development, citing T.  H. Huxley 1858 as his source. Lubbock sent CD a …
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