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To ?   [after 2 November 1859]

Summary

Origin will be published 22 Nov. Fears correspondent will find the conclusions "abominable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 2 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  Michael S. Hollander (dealers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2541

CD memorandum   24 April 1859

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Questions about stripes on mules.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Apr 1859
Classmark:  DAR 206 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2454

From William Jardine   20 December 1859

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Cannot agree with all of CD’s views [in Origin].

Thinks too much is made of the Galapagos. The peculiarity of their ornithology will break down.

Offers to answer any questions on ornithology.

Author:  William Jardine
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1859
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2590

To J. D. Hooker   21 [December 1859]

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Delighted JDH coming to Down. They will discuss Origin. JDH’s remarks that theory explains too much are excellent, yet CD cannot see his error.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2591

To Asa Gray   21 December [1859]

Summary

Would welcome American edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  21 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2592

To Charles Lyell   22 [December 1859]

Summary

Comments on Hooker’s introductory essay [in Flora Tasmaniae].

Cites C. V. Naudin’s article ["Considérations philosophiques sur l’espèce et la variété", Rev. Hortic. 4th ser. 1 (1852): 102–9].

Mentions letter from William Jardine criticising discussion of the Galapagos in the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  22 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.186)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2593

To John Murray   22 December [1859]

Summary

Asa Gray offers to arrange for reprinting Origin in U. S. CD has told him JM would send sheets of 2d ed. by post.

CD thinks he has good scheme for his "larger work" in three volumes, with separate titles and a general title. Will be two years before first volume is ready because of his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.68–69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2594

To J. D. Hooker   23 [December 1859]

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Received JDH’s introduction to Flora Tasmaniae.

Criticism of C. V. Naudin’s descent theory.

Asks that Lyell be allowed to see letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2595

To Leonard Horner   23 December [1859]

Summary

Much pleased that LH approves of Origin.

"Ilkley [Wells] did me extraordinary good."

Wants to know C. J. F. Bunbury’s opinion of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Horner
Date:  23 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2596

To John Murray   24 December [1859]

Summary

Thanks JM for present of McClintock’s work [Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, The voyage of the "Fox" in the Arctic seas (1859)], which he and his wife look forward to reading.

Asks to be told when reprint [of Origin] is ready.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.24–25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2597

To F. J. Pictet de la Rive   24 December [1859]

Summary

Sends Origin to FJP. "I rest my conviction solely on the fact, as it seems to me, that the theory explains large classes of facts otherwise inexplicable." Has made important converts: Lyell, Hooker, Huxley, and W. B. Carpenter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  François Jules Pictet de la Rive
Date:  24 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (MS. fr. 1651, ff. 6–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2598

To Asa Gray   24 December [1859]

Summary

Thanks for AG’s Japan memoir [Mem. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. 6 (1857–9): 377–452]. Does not think AG’s arguments for a warm post-glacial period are sufficient, but will not be sorry to be proved wrong.

Believes natural selection explains many classes of facts which repeated creation does not.

Writes of some responses to the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  24 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (46)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2599

To T. H. Huxley   24 December [1859]

Summary

Sends MS on pigeons for THH’s lecture at Royal Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  24 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 221.4: 218 photocopy
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2600

To J. D. Hooker   25 [December 1859]

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CD will not write to L. Descaisne to defend his priority over C. V. Naudin.

Feels success of theory depends on acceptance and application by good and well-known workers, like JDH, Huxley, and Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2602

To T. H. Huxley   25 December [1859]

Summary

Henry Holland and others have attacked his reasoning from analogy to one primordial created form – by which CD means only that we know nothing of how life originated. The reasoning seems probable to him, so he has kept it in.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  25 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2603

To W. D. Fox   25 December [1859]

Summary

His poor health keeps him from work.

His book [Origin] is a success "in the ordinary sense" – has had to reprint another 3000 copies.

Will now begin his "bigger book" which he plans to publish in three separate volumes with distinct titles and also a general title.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 125)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2604

To John Higgins   26 December 1859

Summary

Discusses purchase of additional land.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  26 Dec 1859
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/3/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2605

To J. D. Hooker   26 [December 1859]

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High, detailed praise for introductory essay to Flora Tasmaniae [reprinted as On the flora of Australia (1859)]. CD expects it to convert botanists from doctrine of immutable creation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 33, 30a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2606

To John Murray   26 [December 1859]

Summary

Has sent off last proof of 2d ed. of Origin. Assumes JM has remembered the diagram. Asks that remaining clean sheets be sent to Asa Gray.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  26 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.48–48A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2607

To Charles Lyell   27 [December 1859]

Summary

Mentions William Clift ["Report in regard to the fossil bones found in New Holland", Edinburgh New Philos. J. 10 (1830–1): 394–6].

Discusses relations between fossil and living types.

Discusses Hooker’s introductory essay [in Flora Tasmaniae]. Criticises Hooker’s views on flora of rising and sinking islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  27 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.187)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2608
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