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To ?   19 March [1860–1?]


Recommends papers on Styrian Cave insects and American cave animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Mar [1860–1]
Classmark:  King’s College London Archives (TH/PP MISC)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13770G

To Frances Mosley Wedgwood   5 March [1860 or later]


Thanks for a shell of an edible mollusc and also specimens of blind cave animals, which he will present in FW’s name to the British Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Mosley (Fanny Frank) Wedgwood
Classmark:  Alan Wedgwood (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11310F

To William Erasmus Darwin   [4 March 1860]


Discusses the direction of WED’s studies.

Tells of the response to the Origin and the impact that it has made in England and abroad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [4 Mar 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2675

To Asa Gray   2 March [1860]


Has been ill with pleurisy.

Sends more corrections and additions for American edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  2 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (24)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2718

To J. D. Hooker   3 March [1860]



CD’s list of fifteen converts. His opinions on opponents and supporters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2719

To T. H. Huxley   4 March [1860]


Gardeners’ Chronicle has reprinted THH’s Times review.

W. H. Harvey made weak attack on Origin [Gard. Chron. (1860): 145–6], to which Hooker made admirable rejoinder [Gard. Chron. (1860): 170–1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  4 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2720

To a Bookseller   4 March [1860]


Orders J. B. Jukes’s Student’s manual of geology [1857] and Macmillan’s Magazine (Dec 1859).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bookseller.
Date:  4 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York (MA 1492)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2721

To James Lamont   5 March [1860]


Responds to JL’s comments on effect of natural selection on grouse or reindeer.

Asks if dirt adheres to feet of water-birds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Lamont
Date:  5 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2722

To Williams and Norgate?   6 March [1860]


Orders first part of vol. 3 of Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Histoire naturelle générale des règnes organiques [3 vols. (1854–62)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  6 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2723

To Samuel Pickworth Woodward   6 March [1860]


Will be glad to have SPW’s criticisms of Origin.

Discusses his use of terms, "typical" and "specialisation".

Emphasises large body of facts explained by his theory of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Date:  6 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 379
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2724

To Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf Günther   6 March [1860]


Reports on the snakes he collected in the Galapagos.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  6 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2725

To Asa Gray   8 March [1860]


Further additions and corrections for American Origin.

Views of Owen, G. H. K. Thwaites, and W. H. Harvey on CD’s theories.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  8 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2726

From Frederick Wollaston Hutton   8 March 1860



Reports catching a landrail on board ship.

Encloses drawings of insects caught at sea.

Author:  Frederick Wollaston Hutton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar 1860
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 241
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2727

To J. D. Hooker   12 March [1860]



Lyell and CD would urge JDH to make his essays into a book, but see he has embarked on a huge project with G. Bentham [Genera plantarum, 3 vols. (1862–83)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2728

To Joseph Prestwich   12 March [1860]


Asks if JP can send criticism of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Prestwich
Date:  12 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2729

To J. D. Hooker   18 [March 1860]



JDH coming to Down. Huxley will be invited.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  18 [Mar 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2730

To G. H. K. Thwaites   21 March [1860]


Is pleased GHKT goes a little way with him.

Has rectified in foreign editions of Origin his omission of an explanation of the failure of many forms to progress;

also has discussion of beauty in MS. Does GHKT really believe Diatomaceae, for instance, were created beautiful so that man, millions of generations later, should admire them through a microscope? CD attributes most of these structures to unknown laws of growth; useful structures are accounted for by natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Date:  21 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2731

To H. G. Bronn   21 March [1860]


Thanks HGB [for his Morphologische Studien (1858)].

Pleased at quickness of translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Georg Bronn
Date:  21 Mar [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2732

To W. R. Greg   21 March [1860?]


Is glad to read Greg’s remarks on Origin. Discusses MS Greg has sent for review on proportion of sexes at birth.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Rathbone Greg
Date:  21 Mar [1860?]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (December 1996)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2732F

To William Darwin Fox   22 [March 1860]


Only proof that internal organs and bones were intermediate would convince CD of the possibility of the astounding [deer] hybrid WDF has reported.

Has WDF positive knowledge that common ganders do not always turn white?

Has begun his larger books. New editions of Origin will appear.

What is right and wrong in it will soon be sifted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  22 [Mar 1860]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2733
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