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To Cuthbert Collingwood   14 March [1861]

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CD is not surprised at CC’s entire rejection of his views. Agrees that there is no direct proof of unlimited variation. Says natural selection should be viewed as comparable to wave theory of light: it is probable because it groups and explains a host of facts in several fields of science.

Agrees Louis Agassiz’s review [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 30 (1860): 142–55] is not unfair, but Agassiz misunderstands CD. His "categories of thought" are to CD merely empty words.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Cuthbert Collingwood
Date:  14 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add. MS. 37725, ff. 6–9b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3088

To Cuthbert Collingwood   16 February [1866]

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Regrets that his health prevents their meeting, but offers some suggestions for the expedition to the Malay Archipelago and coast of China: the search of caverns in the Malay Archipelago for fossil bones, deep sea dredging in the tropics, glacial action in any moderately steep mountains, means of geographical distribution, the history of domestic animals in these regions, and gestures and expressions of real savages as compared with our civilised expressions. [See 5008 and 5011.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Cuthbert Collingwood
Date:  16 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5008B

From Cuthbert Collingwood   20 February 1866

Summary

Thanks for CD’s suggestions. [From CD’s notes on CC’s previous letter, these were (1) means of distribution; (2) domestic animals; (3) gestures of savages.]

Author:  Cuthbert Collingwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 161: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5011

From Cuthbert Collingwood   30 March 1868

Summary

Sends CD his book [Naturalist on the China Sea (1868)].

Author:  Cuthbert Collingwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 161: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6073

From Cuthbert Collingwood   15 February 1866

Summary

Going to Orient as naturalist aboard the Rifleman. Offers CD his services.

Author:  Cuthbert Collingwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 161: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5008
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