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To Charles Lyell   [September–December 1842]

Summary

Discusses relationship of subsidence to the formation of coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Sept–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-605

To Charles Lyell   14 July 1868

Summary

Comments favourably, though often differing, on articles by G. H. Lewes.

Discusses claim of Agassiz [in A journey in Brazil (1868)] that he found evidence of glaciers in Brazil. Suggests sponsoring an expedition to test these claims.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 July 1868
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.352)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6275

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Cancelled: same as DCP-LETT-649. Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  CUL DAR 146: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-645

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-649

To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1842]

Summary

Believes "absurd letter" hastily read at last Geological Society Council meeting was from Charlesworth’s solicitor. Suggests that it may have been sent to entrap the Council and that it should be read over carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 7381(i))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-653

To Charles Lyell   20 March [1869]

Summary

Discusses views of Wallace, H. N. Moseley, and Croll on the mechanics of glacier movement.

Comments on Wallace’s new book [The Malay Archipelago (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  20 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.367)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6672

To Charles Lyell   5 March [1869]

Summary

Discusses wear and tear due to glaciation and significance of this evidence for dating the glacial period. Mentions views of James Croll and Archibald Geikie on the issue.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.364)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6692

To Charles Lyell   4 May [1869]

Summary

Asks for a photograph of CL to be used by a society [in Serbia].

Comments on article by Wallace ["Sir Charles Lyell on geological climates and the Origin", Q. Rev. 126 (1869): 359–94].

Has finished new edition of Origin [5th (1869)]

and is back at work on sexual selection [Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  4 May [1869]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.369)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6725

To Charles Lyell   20 May 1869

Summary

Cites article by David Forbes dealing with the geology of the S. American Cordillera ["Geology of Bolivia and South Peru", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 17 (1861): 7–62].

Discusses the flexures of the Cordillera, the age of the mountains, and basaltic dikes in granite areas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  20 May 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.370)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6751

To Charles Lyell   [15 or 22 September 1843]

Summary

Mentions expected birth of child [Henrietta Emma].

BAAS meeting.

Comments on letters from G. R. Waterhouse and William Lonsdale.

Describes survival of apparently "fossil" seeds sent by W. Kemp.

Is at work on MS [of Volcanic islands].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [15 or 22] Sept 1843
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-696

To Charles Lyell   [16 December 1843]

Summary

Description and defence of his view of the tosca in Banda Oriental, along the Rio Uruguay and at the Rio Negro, taking issue with A. D. d’Orbigny. Refers to the pumice in the Patagonian Territory. Two tables show the layered tosca formation along the Uruguay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [16 Dec 1843]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-724

To Charles Lyell   25 December [1870]

Summary

Thanks CL for his book [The student’s elements of geology (1871)].

Is correcting proofs [of Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  25 Dec [1870]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.386)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7401

To Charles Lyell   [1 September 1844]

Summary

Asks about CL’s new book [Travels in North America (1845)].

Discusses views of A. D. d’Orbigny on elevation.

Mentions reading W. H. Prescott [History of the conquest of Mexico (1843)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1 Sept 1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-773

To Charles Lyell   [8 February 1845]

Summary

Remarks on fossils described in A. D. d’Orbigny’s Voyage dans l’Amérique méridionale.

Asks CL whether he has talked with John Murray concerning 2d ed. [of Journal of researches].

Mentions conversation with Hugh Cuming about South American shells. Has had G. B. Sowerby (elder) look at some specimens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.42)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-824

To Charles Lyell   10 May [1872]

Summary

Comments on CL’s Principles of geology, 11th ed.

Discusses natural selection in man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  10 May [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.415)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8314

To Charles Lyell   22 May [1872]

Summary

Comments on migration as a factor in evolution. Suggests pamphlet by August Weismann on the subject [Über den Einfluss der Isolierung (1872)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  22 May [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.416)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8345

To Charles Lyell   1 June 1872

Summary

Thanks him for interesting letter from a Mr Wood on heredity in fruit-trees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  1 June 1872
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.418); Edinburgh University Library, Centre for Research Collections (Gen.117/6267-8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8366

To Charles Lyell   12 July [1872]

Summary

Comments on enclosed discussion of S. American geology by Agassiz. Mentions elevation of Patagonia and glaciation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  12 July [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.420)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8405

To Charles Lyell   [9 April 1873]

Summary

Hopes that Charles Lyell has enjoyed his excursion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [9 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8552F

To Charles Lyell   [9 November 1873 or 26 April or 6 December 1874]

Summary

Arranges a visit to CL.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [9 Nov] 1873 or [26 Apr or 6 Dec] 1874
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8715
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