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To H. A. Huxley   [before 25 November 1866?]

Summary

Asks if he may call on Sunday at 10 o’clock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henrietta Anne Huxley
Date:  [before 25 Nov 1866?]
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2797F

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, H. A. …
  • … To H. A. Huxley   [before 25 November 1866? ] …

From T. H. Huxley   6 July 1866

Summary

Has taken memorial to G. H. Richards, the Hydrographer. He favours the proposal and will instruct Capt. Mayne. THH will communicate with Dr Cunningham, the naturalist for the expedition.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 166: 311
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5149

Matches: 3 hits

  • … are prospering & M rs . Darwin better than she was Ever | Yours faithfully | T H Huxley
  • Huxley, T. H. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From T.  H.  Huxley   6 July 1866 …

From T. H. Huxley   11 November 1866

Summary

Thanks for 4th ed. of Origin.

What a basting CD gives "our mutual friend" [Owen].

Glad he argrees with THH on Jamaica affair [Gov. Eyre and the "rebellion"].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 166: 312
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5275

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  • Huxley, T. H. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … Darwin & yourself | Ever yours truly | T H Huxley Actual Potential [7 dots decreasing in …
  • … From T.  H.  Huxley   11 November 1866 …
  • … for infinity. The references are to T.  H.  Huxley 1866 and Henrietta Emma Darwin. Ernst …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to T.  H. Huxley, 27 May [1865] ). According to Emma …

To T. H. Huxley   22 December [1866]

Summary

First impressions of Haeckel’s Generelle morphologie.

Has received THH’s [Lessons in elementary] Physiology [1866]

and reread Man’s place.

Asks THH to read revised "Hybridism" chapter in new edition of Origin. Hopes it will change THH’s view.

Convinced of P. S. Pallas’ view of loss of sterility under domestication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  22 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 196)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5315

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   22 December [1866] …
  • … to Lessons in elementary physiology (T.  H.  Huxley 1866) and Evidence as to man’s place …
  • … in nature (T.  H.  Huxley 1863a). CD’s …
  • … annotated copy of T.  H.  Huxley 1863a is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 26 [February 1863] . See Origin 4th …
  • … been produced (see, for example, T.  H.  Huxley 1863b, pp.  147–9). His position was based …

To Thomas Henry Huxley   4 July [1866]

Summary

Sends a draft of memorial to Admiralty [to be signed by geologists and palaeontologists] requesting that an expedition to survey Strait of Magellan collect fossils discovered by Admiral B. J. Sulivan [see 5142].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  4 July [1866]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 231)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5144

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … this letter and the letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 6 July 1866 . CD had been told of the …

From B. D. Walsh   17 July 1866

Summary

On H. A. Dubois’ attack on "Darwin, Huxley and Lyell"

and H. J. Clark’s Mind in nature [1865].

BDW’s work [on Cynipidae].

Author:  Benjamin Dann Walsh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 July 1866
Classmark:  Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5159

Matches: 2 hits

  • … A. Dubois’ attack on "Darwin, Huxley and Lyell" and H. J. Clark’s Mind in nature [1865]. …
  • … claimed that in Man’s place in nature (T.  H.  Huxley 1863a), Thomas Henry Huxley sought ‘ …

To John Lubbock   15 November 1866

Summary

Asks JL to look up a paper by Thomas Hincks on Polyzoa or Bryozoa [Q. J. Microsc. Sci. 2d ser. 1 (1861): 278–81].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  15 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 261.7: 1 (EH 88205926)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5278

Matches: 1 hit

  • … in Bryozoa, see Correspondence vol.  6, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 8 June [1856]. …

From Rudolf Oldenbourg   28 October 1866

Summary

Proposes O. F. Peschel as a German translator of Variation, which his firm would like to publish.

Author:  Rudolf Oldenbourg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Oct 1866
Classmark:  DAR 173: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5258

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the phenomena of organic nature (T.  H.  Huxley 1863b; Vogt trans.  1865). The booksellers …
  • … Evidence as to man’s place in nature (T.  H. Huxley 1863a) had been translated into German …

To William Ewart Gladstone   14 May 1866

Summary

Memorial to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from the fellows of the Royal, Linnean, Geological, and Zoological Societies of London, stating the importance of separating the administration of the national natural history collections of the British Museum from that of the library and art collections, and placing it in the hands of one officer, immediately responsible to one of the Queen’s ministers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  14 May 1866
Classmark:  Gunther 1975, p. 238 (facsimile of printed copy of memorial)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5090F

Matches: 1 hit

  • … M.D. , F.R.S. , F.L.S. , F.G.S. Thomas H.  Huxley, F.R.S. , V.P.Z.S. , F.L.S.  F.G.S. John …

From Charles John Robinson   [1866?]

Summary

Has a small living at Norton Canon.

Will visit Charles Whitley next week.

Author:  Charles John Robinson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1866?]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 188
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4966

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  13, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 4 October [1865] and n.  3). Robinson’s …

To Fritz Müller   25 September [1866]

Summary

Fertilisation in orchids: Friedrich Hildebrand’s paper.

Self-sterility.

Climbing plants.

Agassiz’s attempts to eliminate all Darwinian views.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  25 Sept [1866]
Classmark:  British Library (Loan MS 10 no 9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5216

Matches: 1 hit

  • … of the Medusae (see, for example, T.  H.  Huxley 1849 ). Müller’s comments about Louis …

To the Lords of the Admiralty   [2–4 July 1866]

Summary

Petition earnestly requesting that a ship surveying the Strait of Magellan collect fossil bones in the south of Patagonia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Admiralty, Lords of the
Date:  [2–4 July 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 25–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5142

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 2 July 1866 , and the letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 4 July [1866]. HMS Nassau , under the …

From J. D. Hooker   4 December 1866

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Lyell’s volume [Principles, 10th ed.] received.

"We must now keep him straight anent origin and development."

Some of Spencer’s new part is interesting but much is dull and ponderous.

Huxley’s Elementary physiology [1866].

Has finished his New Zealand manual [Handbook of New Zealand flora (1864–7)]. New Zealand flora [and past geological conditions] suggest islands were once connected.

Speculates on the total amount of living organised matter on the globe, and whether it varies.

Balfour Stewart on sunspots.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 114–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5294

Matches: 1 hit

  • … s Lessons in elementary physiology (T.  H.  Huxley 1866). The book was ‘primarily intended …

To J. D. Hooker   20 November [1866]

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Requests roots of two species of Mirabilis for "a curious experiment in crossing".

Has subscribed £10 to Jamaica committee to prosecute Governor Eyre.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Nov [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 305
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5281

Matches: 1 hit

  • … November 1866 , and letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 11 November 1866  and n.  5). CD recorded …

From A. R. Wallace   4 February 1866

Summary

Looks forward to reading Variation.

Explains how two or more female forms occur in one species through selection. The physiological problem remains of how each produces offspring like the other without intermediates. Is not CD’s case of varieties that will not blend the physiological test of a species needed for "complete proof of the origin of species"?

"Travels" postponed.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 106: B31–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4997

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 1864] and n.  13. See also T.  H.  Huxley 1863a, pp.  107–8. Wallace had travelled …

To J. D. Hooker   4 April [1866]

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Extensive discussion of Pangenesis in reply to JDH’s comments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Apr [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 282, 282b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5046

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  13, letters to T.  H.  Huxley, 27 May [1865] and 30 May [1865] ). For …

To J. D. Hooker   16 May [1866]

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Glad to see Asa Gray’s letter.

Asks whether he may insert a sentence about Cape Verde alpine plants in new edition [4th] of Origin.

Fears "twaddle" may also be the word for his two chapters on cultivated plants. Asks for Crawfurd’s paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 289, 289b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5091

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  13, letters to T.  H.  Huxley, 27 May [1865] and 12 July [1865] . …

To J. D. Hooker   10 December [1866]

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A confounded cock ground the crimson seeds up so CD could not find them in its excrement. CD is puzzled by how seeds can be disseminated if merely ground up by birds. Perhaps like acorns from seeds accidentally dropped by birds?

A woodcock’s leg with dry clay clinging to it, from which CD has grown a microscopical rush.

Spencer would have been wonderful if he had trained himself to observe more.

On New Zealand flora and connection with Australia.

Difficulty of speculating about the amount of organic chemical change at different periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 308, 308b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5300

Matches: 1 hit

  • … volume of C.  Lyell 1867–8  and to T.  H.  Huxley 1866 (see letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 4  …

To Charles Lyell   7 February [1866]

Summary

Discussion of Mrs Agassiz’s letter [to Mary Lyell, forwarded to CD] regarding S. American glacial action,

with comments on Bunbury’s letter on temperate plants.

Refers to opinions of Agassiz, David Forbes, Hooker, and CD on glacial period and glaciers.

Wishes he had published a long chapter on glacial period [Natural selection, pp. 535–66] written ten years ago.

Tells of death of his sister, Catherine, and other family matters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  7 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.312)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4999

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  8, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 1 November [1860] and n.  4; see also …

To ?   2 August [1866]

Summary

Has not seen K. E. von Baer’s paper ["Über Papuas und Alfuren", Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg (Sci. Nat.) 8 (1859): 269–346], but has read extract.

Knew of case of hairy and toothless family through John Crawfurd, Journal of an embassy from the Governor-General of India [2d ed. (1834)].

Working on causes of variability.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.318)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5170

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Correspondence vol.  8, letter from T.  H.   Huxley, 6 August 1860 ; see also Baer 1859 , …
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