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From W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot   20 December 1875

Summary

Sends some money on behalf of himself and his father to help with FEA’s problems with the Index.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  20 Dec 1875
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Letter, C. R. Darwin to F. E. Abbot (20 December 1875), in folder Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10311

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, W. E. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … it in. with much respect | Believe me | yours faithfully | W.  E.  Darwin F E Abbot Esq …
  • … From W.  E.  Darwin to F.  E.  Abbot   20 December 1875 …
  • … see, for example, Correspondence vol. 19, letter to F. E. Abbot, 6 September [1871] ). …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … 1903. Letter, C. R. Darwin to F. E. Abbot (20 December 1875), in folder Darwin, Charles …
  • … see Correspondence vol. 24, letter from F. E. Abbot to W. E. Darwin, 19 January 1876 ). …

From W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot   13 June [1880]

Summary

CD has asked him to express appreciation for the Index and regret that FEA will no longer be running it. CD wishes FEA to stop the weekly advertisement of his appreciation of the Index.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  13 June [1880]
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Letter, W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot (13 June [1880]), in folder Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12633

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, W. E. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … respect, I am dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | W.  E.  Darwin F.  E.  Abbot Eq re …
  • … From W.  E.  Darwin to F.  E.  Abbot   13 June [1880] …
  • … CD’s permission, see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to F. E. Abbot, 16 November [1871] . …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … 1903. Letter, W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot (13 June [1880]), in folder Darwin, Charles and …
  • … and the letter from F. E. Abbot, 15 May 1880 . See letter from F. E. Abbot, 15 May 1880 . …

To F. E. Abbot   16 November [1871]

Summary

Explains why he must decline to write for the Index: his health is poor and he has never systematically thought much on religion. FEA may print his comments, "with qualifications", if he wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  16 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8070

Matches: 8 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   16 November [1871] …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … s ‘Truths for the times’ (Abbot 1870). See letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 1 November 1871  and …
  • … for $50 with his letter of 1 November 1871 . Letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 1 November 1871 . …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 1 November 1871 . …
  • … CD refers to his letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] , in which he …
  • … n.  1. Extracts from CD’s letters to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] and 16 November [1871] , …

To F. E. Abbot   6 September [1871]

Summary

CD’s views [on religion] are far from clear. He cannot make up his mind how far an inward conviction that there must be some Creator or First Cause is really trustworthy evidence. Does not feel he has thought deeply enough to express himself publicly on religion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  6 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7924

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   6 September [1871] …
  • … 1871] and 16 November [1871] . See letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 6 June [1871] and n.  3. …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … December 1871, p.  404, Abbot printed extracts from the letters to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [ …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 20 August 1871 . …
  • … CD refers to the letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 20 August 1871 . Abbot was the editor of the …
  • … of Natural Sciences ( letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 20 August 1871 ). CD mentioned the …
  • … in Variation 2: 432. See letters to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] and 6 June [1871] . See, …

From F. E. Abbot   1 November 1871

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Summary

For CD’s approval, cites passage from CD note he wants to quote in a lecture;

pleads for CD’s moral support for FEA’s work in free-thought movement.

Sends $50 [dollars or pounds!?] because he wants CD to become regular contributor to Index.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8043

Matches: 8 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From F.  E.  Abbot   1 November 1871 …
  • … s journal, the Index (see letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 6 June [1871] ), and had received a …
  • … volume containing the issues for 1870 ( letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 6 September [1871] ). …
  • … Truths for the times’ ( Abbot [1870] ), in his letter to F.  E.  Abbot of 27 May [1871] , …
  • … sign myself | Your young friend | F.  E.  Abbot. P.S.  An early reply will greatly oblige. …
  • … of 27 May [1871] and 6 June [1871] (see letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 20 August 1871 ). CD …
  • … private statements quoted (see letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 6 September [1871] ). CD had paid …

From F. E. Abbot   18 July 1872

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Thanks CD for five dollars and two-year subscription to Index, and for permission to quote CD’s compliments on Truths for the times.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July 1872
Classmark:  DAR 159: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8417

Matches: 7 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From F.  E.  Abbot   18 July 1872 …
  • … a black regiment ( Higginson 1870 ). See letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 2 July 1872  and n.  2. …
  • … See letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 2 July 1872  and n.   …
  • … 1. See letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 8 January 1872  and n.  1. For Abbot’s reasons for wishing …
  • … in the Index , see Correspondence vol.  19, letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 1 November 1871 . …
  • … See letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 2 July 1872  and n.  3. Thomas Wentworth Higginson was well …

To F. E. Abbot   6 June [1871]

Summary

Sends subscription for the Index.

FEA’s article ["The intuitional and scientific schools of free religion", Index 15 Apr 1871] is one of the most striking CD has read.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  6 June [1871]
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7804

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   6 June [1871] …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • Abbot, 11 May 1871 , and letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] . There are three issues …
  • … this letter and the letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 11 May 1871 . See letter from F.  E.   …

To F. E. Abbot   8 January 1872

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CD is grateful for the eulogy in Index [no. 104]. Many would disagree. It is the fashion to say he is a good observer with "an utterly illogical mind".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  8 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8151

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   8 January 1872 …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 6 September [1871] , and letters from F.  E.  Abbot, 20 August  …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  19, letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 6 June [1871] ). CD’s copy of the …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  19, letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] , for the quotation, …

To F. E. Abbot   27 May [1871]

Summary

CD is surprised and gratified by the interest in his views in America.

Has read the extract from the Liberal Christian sent by FEA and also Truths for the times, which he admires.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  27 May [1871]
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7771

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   27 May [1871] …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … the letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 11 May 1871 . Letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 11 May 1871 . The …

From F. E. Abbot   20 August 1871

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Thanks CD for interest in FEA’s work and for money for Index. Sends 1870 volume of Index.

Praises CD’s services to free-thought.

Asks for CD’s view of the influence of his theory on religion, to use in lecture.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7912

Matches: 6 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … a dishonorable act. With most grateful sentiments, I am| most truly your, F.  E.  Abbot. …
  • … From F.  E.  Abbot   20 August 1871 …
  • … refers to Abbot [1870] and Abbot 1871 (see letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 11 May 1871  and …
  • … Letters to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] and 6 June [1871] . Abbot was editor of the …
  • … and I believe that I agree to every word. See letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 27 May [1871] . …

From F. E. Abbot   15 May 1880

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Thanks for money for further subscription to Index; FEA soon to step down as editor.

On CD’s solid reputation in America among rising men of science.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 159: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12607

Matches: 5 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From F.  E.  Abbot   15 May 1880 …
  • … that quality universal in the world. I am, dear sir, | Yours gratefully, F.  E.  Abbot. …
  • … See letter to F. E. Abbot, 15 April 1880 ; CD had sent the money to cover the costs of …
  • … s views of Darwinism ’ (see letter to F. E. Abbot, 15 April 1880 ). The book reviewed was …

To F. E. Abbot   30 March 1874

Summary

FEA has expressed CD’s views on the moral sense with remarkable clearness and correctness; his eulogy is magnificent ["Darwin’s theory of conscience and its relation to scientific ethics", Index 12 Mar 1874]. Cannot give a judgment on the essay because he has had "no practice in following abstract and abstruse reasoning".

CD does not see how morality can be "objective and universal". No one would call the maternal bond in lower animals a "moral obligation". When a social animal "becomes in some slight incipient degree" a moral creature "capable of approving or disapproving of its own conduct" do not such obligations remain of a so-called instinctive nature rather than becoming at once moral obligations?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  30 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9377

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   30 March 1874 …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … that could be published in the Index (see letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 3 March 1874 ). …
  • … See letter from F.  E.  Abbot, 3 March 1874 ; the copies of the Index contained Abbot’s …

To F. E. Abbot   15 April 1880

Summary

Thanks FEA for copy of a review of a book on evolution by "an ignorant lawyer".

Sends £5 for Index subscription.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  15 Apr 1880
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Letter, C. R. Darwin to F. E. Abbot (15 April 1880), in folder Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12577

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   15 April 1880 …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … 1903. Letter, C. R. Darwin to F. E. Abbot (15 April 1880), in folder Darwin, Charles and …

From F. E. Abbot   3 March 1874

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Asks CD to read and comment, for publication, on his forthcoming essay in Index on the evolution of conscience and morals through action and reaction between man and the moral environment.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 159: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9332

Matches: 3 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From F.  E.  Abbot   3 March 1874 …
  • … responded with a private letter to Abbot (see letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 30 March 1874 ). CD …

To F. E. Abbot   2 July 1872

Summary

Renews subscription to Index.

Was interested in FEA’s lecture on "The God of science" [Index 24 Feb 1872].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Date:  2 July 1872
Classmark:  Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857–1903. Folder: Darwin, Charles and W. E. Darwin (son), 1871–1883, box 44. HUG 1101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8401

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Abbot, F. E. …
  • … To F.  E.  Abbot   2 July 1872 …
  • … Harvard University Archives (Papers of F. E. Abbot, 1841–1904. Named Correspondence, 1857– …
  • … the Index , see the letter to F.  E.  Abbot, 8 January 1872 , n.  1. CD’s calculation of …

From F. E. Abbot to W. E. Darwin   19 January 1876

Summary

Thanks WED for his letter of 20 December 1875. Is surprised and delighted by the support from WED and CD for the Index.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  19 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 210.7: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10362G

Matches: 4 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, W. E. …
  • … From F. E. Abbot to W. E. Darwin   19 January 1876 …
  • … vol. 23, letter from W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot, 20 December 1875 . Nil admirari : …
  • … vol. 23, letter from W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot, 20 December 1875 ). For more on Abbot’s …

From F. E. Abbot   11 May 1871

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Wishes to inform CD that, contrary to CD’s impression, natural selection is widely accepted in U. S. by educated men; encloses copies of his lectures, papers, and the Index.

Author:  Francis Ellingwood Abbot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7753

Matches: 2 hits

  • Abbot, F. E. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From F.  E.  Abbot   11 May 1871 …

From H. E. Litchfield   [13 November 1871]

Summary

Does not want CD to put his name to any religious movement. Discourages giving money to Abbott or Voysey.

Author:  Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8054F

Matches: 3 hits

  • … from F. E. Abbot, 1 November 1871 (sent from Ohio), and the letter to F. E. Abbot, 16 …
  • … See Correspondence vol. 19, letter from F. E. Abbot, 1 November 1871 . In his letter of 1 …
  • … Correspondence vol. 19, letter to F. E. Abbot, 16 November [1871] ). For John Tyndall’s …

Ranney, R. H. (1845–76)

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 2015) printed letterhead, letter from F. E. Abbot to W. E. Darwin, 19 January 1876 (DAR …

From W. E. Darwin   [15? December 1875]

Summary

Asks CD whether it is worth sending money to prop up the Index.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15? Dec 1875]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10297F

Matches: 2 hits

  • … and the letter from W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot, 20 December 1875 ; the day was probably …
  • … donation (see letter from W. E. Darwin to F. E. Abbot, 20 December 1875 ). Leonard Darwin …
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