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From Herbert Spencer   7 July 1875

Summary

Thanks CD for his new volume [Insectivorous plants].

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 177: 234
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10049

From Herbert Spencer   22 September 1881

Summary

Sends CD a circular [missing] and asks whether he will add his name to group [Anti-Aggression League].

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept 1881
Classmark:  DAR 202: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13351

From Herbert Spencer   22 February 1860

Summary

CD has caused a great change in HS’s views, in showing how a great proportion of adaptation should be explained by natural selection not direct adaptation to changing conditions. HS had remarked on the survival of the best individuals as a cause of improvement in man, but he "& every one" overlooked selection of spontaneous variation. Believes so many kinds of indirect evidence must add up to a conclusive demonstration of the doctrine.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Feb 1860
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal V, pp. 107–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2706B

From Herbert Spencer   22 April 1865

Summary

Wonders whether CD might contribute, if possible, an occasional letter to the Reader to help in their effort to establish the journal.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 225
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4817

From Herbert Spencer   2 November 1866

Summary

Asks whether CD will add his name to a list supporting them in the "[Edward John] Eyre prosecution matter".

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 177: 226
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5265

From Herbert Spencer   8 February 1868

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Variation.

Discusses Pangenesis and considers CD’s "gemmules" comparable to his own hypothetical "physiological units" ["On alleged ""spontaneous generation"", and on the hypothesis of physiological units", appendix in The principles of biology, vol. 1 (1864)].

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 227
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5851

From Herbert Spencer   3 March 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for copy of Descent; wishes it had appeared earlier so that he could have made use of the facts in his Principles of psychology [2d ed. (1870–2)].

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7540

From Herbert Spencer   2 May 1871

Summary

Intends to answer Sir A. Grant’s article if CD does not. [A. Grant, "Philosophy and Mr Darwin", Contemp. Rev. 17 (1871): 274–81; H. Spencer, "Mental evolution", Contemp. Rev. 17 (1871): 461–2.]

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7734

From Herbert Spencer   12 June 1872

Summary

HS hopes in the future to show more fully "absolute emptiness" of James Martineau’s propositions; is glad CD approved of his article dealing with JM’s arguments. [J. Martineau, "The place of mind in nature", Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 606–23; H. Spencer, "Mr Martineau on evolution", Contemp. Rev. 20 (1872): 141–54.]

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1872
Classmark:  DAR 177: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8384

From Herbert Spencer   16 November 1872

Summary

Thanks CD for Expression. Disagrees with his views on the genesis of melody; HS gives some reasons for believing it to originate in the natural cadences of emotional speech.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 177: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8631

From Herbert Spencer   26 April 1873

Summary

Wants to use CD’s support to put pressure on Michael Foster to enable Huxley to take an immediate holiday.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8883

From Herbert Spencer   11 November 1874

Summary

Wishes to know where, in his works, CD refers to some particular behaviour in dogs.

Mentions the sensitivity of cirripedes to passing shadows.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 177: 233
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9716
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