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To ?   [after 2 November 1859]

Summary

Origin will be published 22 Nov. Fears correspondent will find the conclusions "abominable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 2 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  Michael S. Hollander (dealers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2541

CD memorandum   24 April 1859

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Questions about stripes on mules.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Apr 1859
Classmark:  DAR 206 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2454

To A. R. Wallace   13 November 1859

Summary

A copy of CD’s book [Origin] has been sent to ARW; invites his comments. "God knows what the public will think". Hooker believes Lyell is a convert, but CD does not think so, although he is "deeply interested". If he can convert Huxley, CD will be content.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  13 Nov 1859
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2529

To John Murray   14 November [1859]

Summary

Mme Belloc wishes to translate CD’s book on species into French. Asks JM to communicate with her. CD anxious to have his views known and discussed. Wishes there could be a German translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.54–56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2531

To John Lubbock   [22 November 1859]

Summary

CD’s former admiration for Paley’s Natural theology [1802].

Cares not for reviews [of Origin] but for opinions of men like Lubbock, Huxley, Hooker, Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [22 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 17 (EH 88206466)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2532

To W. D. Fox   [16 November 1859]

Summary

News of his health and the water-cure establishment.

[Origin] "my weariful book on Species" has been sent to WDF, who will not agree with it. Hooker is a convert, and Lyell is "staggered".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [16 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 124)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2533

To W. B. Carpenter   18 November [1859]

Summary

Comments on WBC’s response to the Origin. Hopes he will review it. Acceptance will depend more on men like WBC, with well-established reputations, than on his own writings.

"Lyell thinks the chapter on the Imperfection of the Geological Record not exaggerated."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  18 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 261.6: 1 (EH 88205918)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2535

To W. B. Carpenter   19 November [1859]

Summary

Asks to hear WBC’s conclusion about the Origin when he has read it all. Knows only one believer so far – J. D. Hooker. Sometimes feels frightened that he may be a monomaniac.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  19 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 261.6: 2 (EH 88205919)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2536

To J. D. Hooker   [20 November 1859]

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Curious about author of review of Origin in Athenæum.

W. B. Carpenter has written and sounds converted, as has Quatrefages [de Bréau], who will "go a long way with" CD.

Has been ill and thus had time to brood about reception of book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [20 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2537

To J. D. Hooker   [22 November 1859]

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CD hopes Woodward was not the Athenæum reviewer. "The manner in which he drags in immortality, & sets the Priests at me … is base".

JDH has made CD feel he can "face a score of savage reviewers".

H. C. Watson has written to him in tremendous praise of the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [22 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2542

To Charles Lyell   23 November [1859]

Summary

Thanks CL for his decision to accept CD’s "doctrine of modification" [in Elements of geology, 6th ed. (1865)]. Believes it "morally impossible that investigators of truth, like you and Hooker, can be wholly wrong". Does not think CL’s decision will injure his works.

Thinks CL overrates importance of multiple origin of dogs.

Mentions sending copy of Origin to Herschel. Asks CL about Herschel’s reaction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  23 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.176)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2543

To T. C. Eyton   24 [November 1859]

Summary

Mentions reactions to Origin. It will "horrify and disgust" TCE.

Some authorities approve more than CD expected.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  24 [Nov 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.177)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2546

To Charles Lyell   24 [November 1859]

Summary

Sales of Origin.

Discusses revisions for second edition. Mentions possible French translation.

Views of Quatrefages [de Bréau].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  24 [Nov 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.178)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2547

To John Murray   24 November [1859]

Summary

CD is astonished at sale of Origin [to booksellers].

Arranges to start new edition immediately. Cannot change much [while at Ilkley Wells], nor work rapidly because of health. Relieved that JM has no cause to repent of publishing Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.70–71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2549

To T. H. Huxley   24 [November 1859]

Summary

Murray has sold out Origin; wants a new edition immediately.

Asks THH to check whether Geoffroy de St Hilaire is correct [form of name].

Would be grateful for THH’s impressions on the truth of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 [Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 4 (EH 88205939)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2550

To Charles Lyell   25 [November 1859]

Summary

Discusses corrections for second edition [of Origin]. Will leave out the reference to whale and bear. Discusses pheasant crosses. Success of the book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  25 [Nov 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.179)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2552

To T. H. Huxley   25 November [1859]

Summary

THH’s letter about the Origin makes CD feel like a Catholic who has received extreme unction. Can now sing nunc dimittis. Had determined to abide by judgment of Lyell, Hooker, and THH.

Problem of how variations arise at all troubles him also.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  25 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 72)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2553

To T. H. Huxley   25 November [1859]

Summary

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

To Adam Sedgwick   26 November [1859]

Summary

CD expected AS’s "strong disapprobation" of his book [Origin] but is grieved "to have shocked a man whom I sincerely honour". Has worked "like a slave" on the subject for over 20 years and is not conscious that bad motives have influenced the conclusions at which he has arrived. CD does not think the book will be mischievous and "if I be wrong I shall soon be annihilated". CD may have written too confidently from feeling confident that no "false theory would explain so many classes of facts".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  26 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  The British Library (Egerton MS 3020: 1–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2555

To John Phillips   26 November [1859]

Summary

Though many facts of palaeontology may be against his theory, CD begs JP to consider whether a theory wholly false could explain several classes of facts – which CD enumerates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  26 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2556
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