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To W. W. Reade   30 June [1870]

Summary

Thanks WWR for information on the Nehro idea of beauty and other facts relating to expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Winwood Reade
Date:  30 June [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7255

To W. W. Reade   21 May [1868]

Summary

Thanks WWR for information in answer to his queries concerning expression.

Asks when horns first appear among a breed of sheep on the Guinea coast,

and for information about the gorilla and chimpanzee.

Asks about African ideas of beauty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Winwood Reade
Date:  21 May [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.371)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6754

From W. W. Reade   18 December [1874]

Summary

Bishop J. W. Colenso supports his old contention that the Kaffirs (including Zulus of South Africa) are Negroes.

[Horace Waller’s] The last journals of David Livingstone [in central Africa (1874)] cites CD’s plant research and has many facts "for Darwin".

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Dec [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9764

From W. W. Reade   20 April 1875

Summary

Staying with the [Ore H.] Sandwiths during his convalescence.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 176: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9941

From W. W. Reade   31 January 1871

Summary

Thinks G. H. Lewes will review Descent in Pall Mall Gazette.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7468

From W. W. Reade   1 February 1871

Summary

Sir Andrew Smith says Hottentots and Kaffirs laugh till they cry.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7473

From W. W. Reade   21 February 1871

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Summary

Various comments on Descent;

on suicide on Gold Coast;

on mulattoes’ not being prolific.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7501

From W. W. Reade   4 March 1871

Summary

Praise for gentle but resolute tone of Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7546

From W. W. Reade   12 September 1871

Summary

Prefers W. C. Wells’s explanation of the formation of the Nehro type to CD’s sexual selection.

Outlines his view of the origin of man by natural selection.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7936

From W. W. Reade   15 September 1871

Summary

Believes CD will not consider him a good Darwinian since he accepts natural selection only as a secondary law.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7947

From W. W. Reade   18 September 1871

Summary

There is a primary law of growth and innate improvement. Natural selection is a secondary law that operates to "arrange the details". This is not Lamarckian, because will is not involved.

Thanks for Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

Amused by critics who say CD is metaphysically unsophisticated.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7950

From W. W. Reade   20 September 1871

Summary

Surprised at Mivart’s harsh review [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90], considering courteous tone of his book. Assures CD he has not been converted by Mivart.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7955

From W. W. Reade   25 September 1871

Summary

Sees his ideas on conscious and non-conscious intelligence are already in Murphy [J. J. Murphy, Habit and intelligence (1869)].

Encloses an extract from S. W. Baker’s The Albert N’yanza [1866] on the behaviour of the giraffe [See Origin, 6th ed., p. 178], and some references to Baker’s Nile tributaries [1867].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 69: A49; DAR 176: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7968

From W. W. Reade   13 February 1872

Summary

Sending sheets of his forthcoming work on Africa [Martyrdom of man (1872)] with views that differ from CD’s on music and sexual selection.

The Pall Mall Gazette will review the new [6th] edition of the Origin, together with Mivart’s Genesis of species [1871].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8210

From W. W. Reade   16 February 1872

Summary

Defends Descent against CD’s self-disparagement. The parts on the moral sense seem to him the finest in the book.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8215

From W. W. Reade   18 February 1872

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Summary

Compares Origin to Newton’s Principia and Adam Smith’s Wealth of nations.

His view of CD’s response to Mivart.

On mammae;

gradualism of evolution;

suicide among savages.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 88: 74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8218

From W. W. Reade   20 February 1872

Summary

Saw editor of the Pall Mall Gazette about review of Origin and Genesis of species.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8221

From W. W. Reade   12 March 1872

Summary

Has just finished his work [? The martyrdom of man (1872)]. The new points are: (1) Negroes have whiskers; (2) their music is sometimes agreeable; (3) the Kaffirs are Negroes.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8241

From W. W. Reade   14 March 1872

Summary

Plans for visit to CD.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8242

From W. W. Reade   18 March [1872]

Summary

Will see CD tomorrow.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Mar [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8247
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