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To Herbert Spencer   13 November 1875

Summary

CD cannot remember whether he was on the committee of the Jamaica affair [for prosecution of Governor Eyre in 1866] but he subscribed £10.

It is curious and amusing how positivists hate all men of science, possibly because their prophet [Comte] made laughable and gigantic blunders in predicting the course of science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  13 Nov 1875
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS.791/111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10258

To Herbert Spencer   [after 22 September 1881]

Summary

Although he agrees with the object of HS’s league he will not join until he has seen how it works.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  [after 22 Sept 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 122v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13352

To Herbert Spencer   11 March [1856]

Summary

Thanks for copy of HS’s Principles of psychology [1855].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  11 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 484a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1841

To Herbert Spencer   25 November [1858]

Summary

Thanks for HS’s Essays: [scientific, political, and speculative, vol. 1 (1858)]. Admires his general argument for the development theory.

CD is preparing an abstract on change of species. He treats subject as a naturalist, not from a general point of view. Otherwise he might have quoted HS’s argument to great advantage.

CD particularly liked articles on music and style. Expression is a favourite topic with CD. Agrees all expression is biological.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  25 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS.791/41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2373

To Herbert Spencer   2 February [1860]

Summary

Has prepared a historical sketch [of writers on origin of species] for foreign editions of Origin. It includes HS. He was too ill to provide it for the 1st ed.

Sorry Murray has not sent HS his copy of Origin, as he was instructed.

Huxley will put CD and E. A. Darwin down for HS’s gigantic [publishing] programme. Suggests Dr Drysdale be approached about it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  2 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS.791/47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2680

To Herbert Spencer   23 [February 1860]

Summary

HS put the case of selection strikingly and clearly in his article [Anonymous, "A theory of population, deduced from the general law of animal fertility", Westminster Rev. 57 (1852): 468–501]. Of CD’s numerous private critics only HS has rendered the philosophy fairly: his argument is an hypothesis that explains groups of facts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  23 [Feb 1860]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS. 791/51)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3126

To Herbert Spencer   9 December [1867]

Summary

Thanks for copy of HS’s First principles [? 2d ed. (1867)].

Comments on HS’s Principles of biology [1864, 1867].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  9 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 485a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5717

To Herbert Spencer   10 June [1872]

Summary

Expresses his "unbounded admiration" for HS’s article on Martineau ["Mr Martineau on evolution", Contemp. Rev. 20 (1872): 141–54]

and his article on sociology [Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 701–18]. CD never believed in the reigning influence of great men on the world’s progress but could not have given his reasons. "Now every one with eyes to see and ears to hear . . . ought to bow their knee to you, as I for one do."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  10 June [1872]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS791/80)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8380

To Herbert Spencer   21 August [1873]

Summary

Thanks for copy of HS’s Descriptive sociology [1873].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  21 Aug [1873]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS.791/322)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9019

To Herbert Spencer   31 October [1873]

Summary

Discusses adaptations in flowers and their heritability.

Mentions advertisements for HS’s book [? Study of sociology (1873)].

Thought HS would have profited by principle that a character appearing late in life is inherited at same age.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  31 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 486
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9119
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