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To William Whewell   16 April [1839]


Thanks WW for wedding gift.

Expresses admiration for his History of the inductive sciences [1837].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whewell
Date:  16 Apr [1839]
Classmark:  Trinity College Library, Cambridge (Add c 88: 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-506

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Babbage, Charles. 1829. A letter to the Right Hon. T. P. Courtenay, on the proportionate number of births of the two sexes under different circumstances. Edinburgh Journal of Science n.s. 1 (1829): 85–104.

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From Henry Holland to Erasmus Alvey Darwin   24 February [1869]



References to works on probability;

statistics on proportion of sexes in births in England and Wales.

Author:  Henry Holland, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6632

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  • … Bibliography Babbage, Charles. 1829. A letter to the Right Hon. T. P. Courtenay, on the …
  • letter to W.  D.  Fox, 4 September [1850] ). Holland refers to Sylvestre François Lacroix and Lacroix 1816 , and to Pierre Simon Marquis de Laplace and Laplace 1814 . Holland may refer to Quetelet 1835 . CD refers to Charles Babbage

To Caroline Darwin   27 February 1837


Has just given a paper [on "Sand tubes"] at Cambridge Philosophical Society and exhibited some specimens. It went well, with Whewell and Sedgwick taking an active part.

Herschel thinks 6000–odd years since the creation not nearly long enough to explain the separations from a single stock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Date:  27 Feb 1837
Classmark:  DAR 154: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-346

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  • Babbage, Charles. 1837. The ninth Bridgewater treatise. A fragment. London. Cannon, Walter F. 1961. The impact of uniformitarianism. Two letters
  • letter of 23 January 1837 ( Wilson 1972 , pp.  436–7). For an account of the brilliant company at one of Charles Babbage’ …

From J. M. Herbert   [28 March] 1834


A letter full of news of Cambridge and friends: the BAAS meeting at Cambridge; charges of corruption in the University; the Cambridge petition on behalf of Dissenters.

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Mar] 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-240

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  • Charles Babbage , and George Peacock . A copy, made by Joseph Romilly , University Registrary, is in the Cambridge University Archives (CUR 118). See also Winstanley 1940 , pp.  83–96. The third university was Trinity College, Dublin ( Cumberland ). Herbert continued the letter

To Baden Powell   18 January [1860]


To avoid possible misundertanding of his letter [2654] of that morning, CD wishes to make clear that he did not wish to imply that BP’s essay and the Vestiges of creation were in the same class. The more he thinks of it the more difficult he feels it would be to give a fair account of the authors who have maintained the modification of species. CD finds that he referred to BP’s views in the preface to his larger work [Natural selection], which was replaced by the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Baden Powell
Date:  18 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2655

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  • letter to Charles Lyell, 21 June [1859] ). CD included Haldeman among those who had previously discussed the species question in the ‘historical sketch’ prepared as a preface for the American edition of Origin . See Appendix IV. CD refers to the manuscript on species that he wrote between 1856 and 1858 ( Natural selection ), from which Origin was largely compiled. The preface has not been preserved. The quotation is taken from Powell 1855 , p.  359. John Frederick William Herschel’s remark was printed in Babbage  …

To Charles Lyell   [14] September [1838]


Comments on an article in Edinburgh Review [by David Brewster, 67 (1838): 271–308] on Comte’s Philosophie positive.

Discusses falsity of Élie de Beaumont’s views of contemporaneous parallel lines of elevation and subsidence.

Owen’s views of relationship of reptiles to birds.

On "question of species" CD has filled notebook after notebook with facts, "which begin to group themselves clearly under sub-laws".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [14] Sept [1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-428

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  • letter to Richardson, which Lyell had enclosed for CD to read and forward. C.  Lyell 1840 , 1: 241–2. CD discussed the fauna of the region in Journal and remarks, pp.  300–2. The Lyells remained at Kinnordy until 14 November, when they departed for London ( Wilson 1972 , p.  483). Probably Charles Stokes . Late in 1837, Roderick Murchison, who was General Secretary of the British Association, had offered Charles Babbage