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To W. B. Carpenter   18 November [1859]


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]


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 W. B. Carpenter   3 December [1859]


Delighted by WBC’s letter about Origin. There is now "a great physiologist on our side". "You have done me an essential kindness in checking the odium theologicum in the E[dinburgh] R[eview] … immaterial whether we go quite the same lengths … the principle is everything."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  3 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 261.6: 3 (EH 88205920)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2568
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