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From David Forbes   [after 12 December 1860]

Summary

Glacial action in the Andes.

Origin of Chilean sheep.

Varieties of S. American horses.

Author:  David Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 11 December 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2621

From Alfred Russel Wallace   [December? 1860]

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Gives an extract from L. von Buch on the flora of the Canaries [Physikalische Beschreibung der Canarische Inseln (1825)].

Natural selection does not explain why animals of different groups in the same place often resemble each other.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Dec? 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2627

To T. H. Huxley   2 December [1860]

Summary

Is sick of hostile reviews but they have helped in showing where he must expatiate and expand in new edition of Origin.

Has more confidence in the general truth of his view. Disappointed THH does not think it more probable than he did at first.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  2 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 149)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3003

To John Murray   3 December [1860]

Summary

Asks again how great a hurry there is for new edition [of Origin, 3d ed.]. Corrections will enlarge volume by a dozen or twenty pages, plus a short historical sketch. Would like "With Corrections" in title.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.80–81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3004

To Jeffries Wyman   3 December [1860]

Summary

"You cannot tell how much your paper on Gestation has interested me" ["On some unusual modes of gestation in batrachians and fishes", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 27 (1859): 5–13].

Robert McDonnell has made curious discoveries on electrical organs of rays.

Is giving JW’s hog case in corrected ed. [3d] of Origin.

Would like account of tip of tail of young rattlesnake.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jeffries Wyman
Date:  3 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (Jeffries Wyman papers H MS c 12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3005

To Charles Lyell   4 December [1860]

Summary

Sale of Origin requires new edition [3d (Apr 1861)].

Further discussion of geological elevation and subsidence in Europe. Compares evidence to that of South America. His theory that semi-fluid matter underlies earth’s crust.

Mentions David Forbes’s explanation of South American nitrate deposits.

Has followed CL’s advice not to reply directly to reviewers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.236)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3006

To Benjamin Silliman Jr   4 December [1860]

Summary

Thanks for information on cave rat.

CD is obliged for news of J. D. Dana’s recovery.

Will use BS’s information about cave rat in revised [3d] edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Benjamin Silliman, Jr
Date:  4 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3007

To J. D. Hooker   4 December [1860]

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Third edition of Origin will answer reviewers.

Drosera experiments detailed.

Hopes for W. H. Harvey’s conversion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3008

To T. H. Huxley   5 [December 1860]

Summary

Thanks THH for his note; pleased by what he says. Is too sensitive about shades of opinion of men like THH.

The Macmillan article on Origin [H. Fawcett, "A popular exposition of Mr Darwin on the origin of species", Macmillan’s Mag. 3 (1860): 81–92].

J. E. Gray’s misunderstanding of Origin.

Account of the encounter at Oxford BAAS meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 [Dec 1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5:130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3009

To John Murray   5 December [1860]

Summary

Reminds JM that copies of diagram must be printed off [for Origin, 3d ed.]. It must be carefully reproduced or parts of the book will be as unintelligible as Hebrew. Hopes never again to have to make so many additions in order that many rather stupid reviewers will at least understand what he meant.

There is a good article on the Origin in Macmillan’s Magazine [by Henry Fawcett].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.60–61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3010

To J. D. Hooker   6 December [1860]

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Henry Fawcett’s article on Origin [Macmillan’s Mag. 3 (1860): 81–92] quotes JDH’s Oxford speech.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3011

From J. M. Rodwell   6 December 1860

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Discusses Origin, suggesting confirmation might come from studying reproduction in microscopic organisms.

Gives anecdotal observations of blind rats and white cats.

Author:  John Medows Rodwell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1860
Classmark:  DAR 47: 169–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3012

To Henry Fawcett   6 December [1860]

Summary

Expresses his admiration for HF’s review of Origin in Macmillan’s Magazine (Fawcett 1860).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Fawcett
Date:  6 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3012F

From J. D. Hooker   [6–11 December 1860]

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JDH’s page-by-page criticisms on Origin, first edition, as requested by CD for preparation of the third edition.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6–11 Dec 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3013

To W. E. Darwin   [8 December 1860]

Summary

Asks identity of [Henry] Fawcett, who wrote a capital article on the Origin in Macmillan’s Magazine [3 (1860): 81–92], "A popular exposition of Mr Darwin".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [8 Dec 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3014

To Richard Kippist?   11 December [1860]

Summary

Orders several volumes: Mémoires du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle 8 (1822), Edinburgh Philosophical Journal 14 (1826), and BAAS Report containing Owen’s Presidential Address [1858, pp. xli–cx].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Kippist
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3016

To Asa Gray   11 December [1860]

Summary

The pamphlet of AG’s Origin reviews [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. CD will bear half the costs of publishing.

Will write to Huxley about Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3017

To T. H. Huxley   11 December [1860]

Summary

Forwards A. Gray’s letter [inquiring whether THH would be interested in printing Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 166)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3018

To J. D. Hooker   11 December [1860]

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On JDH’s suggestions for new edition of Origin.

Gray’s Atlantic Monthly articles to be published [in England] as a pamphlet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 80, 78E
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3019

To David Forbes   11 December [1860]

Summary

Encourages Forbes to publish his geological observations on Chile.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  David Forbes
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3019F
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