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To John Phillips   21 January [1859]

Summary

Acknowledges the honour that the Council [of the Geological Society] have conferred upon him [award of Wollaston Medal]. Will attend the anniversary meeting if his health permits, but cannot attend the dinner.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  21 Jan [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum (Geological collections)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2402

To John Phillips   8 February [1859]

Summary

His doctor urges CD most strongly not to expose himself to the excitement and fatigue of receiving the [Wollaston] Medal. He will ask Lyell to receive it on his behalf.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  8 Feb [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2410

To John Phillips   11 November [1859]

Summary

Sends Origin to JP. Says it is as yet only an abstract. Fears JP will "fulminate anathemas" against it. Asks him to read it all straight through, otherwise it will be unintelligible.

Is not so foolish as to expect to convert anyone. CD remembers how many long years his own conversion took. Hooker "has completely given up species as immutable creatures".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2521

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

To John Phillips   29 November [1859]

Summary

Apologises for not having had time to read Phillips’ books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  29 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (tipped in to the Phillips copy of Origin (QH365 .O1859 1859 8vo c.1))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2560G
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