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From W. B. Dawkins   1 December 1875


Asks CD to sign papers for Royal Society candidacy of W. B. Clarke.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10285

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To T. H. Huxley   25 November [1859]


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

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From Andrew Crombie Ramsay   29 December 1858



Responds to CD’s queries about the thickness of various geological formations. [See Origin, p. 284.]

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Dec 1858
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2387

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From Hugh Falconer   31 December [1863]



Returns a letter wrongly addressed by CD [4361].

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4362

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  • Adam Sedgwick for the award of the society’s Copley Medal in 1863, in preference to CD (see letter from Edward Sabine to John Phillips, …

From Charles Lyell   [before 20 November 1860]


Discusses the possibility of a land-bridge connecting Biscay with Ireland and the consequent occurrence in southern Ireland of Asturian plants which are absent from England.

Asks if Hooker or anyone has criticised Edward Forbes’ botanical migration of five floras in the British Isles ["On the connexion between the distribution of existing fauna and flora of the British Isles, and the geological changes which have affected their area", Mem. Geol. Surv. G. B. 1 (1846): 336–432].

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 20 Nov 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 170.2: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2902

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  • Phillips 1860 , in which John Phillips addressed the question of the origin of life on earth. Phillips discussed the human artefacts found at Amiens, France, on pp.  48–50, and natural selection on pp.  200–4. CD’s copy of the book is in the Darwin Library–CUL. Phillips cites Adam Sedgwick

To Charles Lyell   18 May [1860]


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

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  • John Stevens Henslow , Adam Sedgwick , and William Clark . See letter from J.  S.  Henslow to J.  D.  Hooker, 10 May 1860 . Phillips  …

From J. S. Henslow    6 February 1832


News of Cambridge: the recent examinations; memorial tablet for Marmaduke Ramsay.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb 1832
Classmark:  DAR 204: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-157

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  • Adam Sedgwick ; Thomas Phillips . The portrait is reproduced facing p.  499. William Buckland . William Whewell had been appointed Professor of Mineralogy in 1828 following John

From John Lubbock   3 November 1864


Congratulates CD on receiving the Copley Medal.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1864
Classmark:  DAR 170: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4653

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  • Adam Sedgwick . See Correspondence vol.  11, letter from E.  A.  Darwin, 9 November [1863] , letter from E.  A.  Darwin to Emma Darwin, 11 November [1863] , and letter from Edward Sabine to John Phillips, …

To Thomas Spring Rice   [before 7 July 1838]


Express their concern that the offer for sale to the British Museum, by G. A. Mantell and Thomas Hawkins, of two valuable collections, has been declined.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; William Buckland; Adam Sedgwick; John Phillips; William Whewell; Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet; Charles Lyell, 1st baronet; Charles Stokes; William John Hamilton; Edward Stanley; Richard Owen; William Clift; Charles Babbage; John Bostock; Peter Mark Roget; John Taylor; Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2d Marquess of Northampton; William John Broderip
Addressee:  Thomas Spring Rice
Date:  [before 7 July 1838]
Classmark:  House of Commons papers; accounts and papers, 1837/38, XXXVI, 307
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-421F

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