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To John Murray   [24 September – 31 October 1867]

Summary

Instructions for the index to Variation

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [24 Sept – 31 Oct 1867]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) 2006
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5633F

From A. R. Wallace   [19 June 1867]

Summary

CD is invited to see ARW’s collections at Bayswater.

ARW has written an answer to the Duke of Argyll and North British Review criticisms.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 June 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5634

From John Lubbock   28 September [1867]

Summary

Returns R. G. Haliburton’s paper ["The unity of the human race proved by the universality of certain superstitions connected with sneezing", reprinted in New materials for the history of man (1863)] and sends one of his own partly in answer to it ["The early condition of man", Anthropol. Rev. 6 (1868): 1–14].

Capital BAAS meeting at Dundee.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5635

From Asa Gray   [after 17 September 1867]

Summary

AG has promised to review CD’s new book [Variation] for the Nation [forwards a letter from E. L. Godkin of the Nation to this effect] and wonders if he might have sheets a little in advance.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 17 Sept 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5636

From A. R. Wallace   1 October [1867]

Summary

Informs CD of his reply to Argyll and the North British Review criticisms [in "Creation by law", Q. J. Sci. 4 (1867): 471–88]. Cites "the predicted Madagascar moth" and Angraecum sesquipedale.

Birth of Herbert Spencer Wallace.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 106: B43–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5637

To J. T. Moggridge   1 October [1867]

Summary

Hopes JTM’s health will improve.

Asks for information about crosses of peas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Traherne Moggridge
Date:  1 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 376
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5638

To Charles Lyell   4 October [1867]

Summary

Replies to CL’s further comments [on Variation].

Discusses direct action of the environment as a cause of variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.334)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5640

From J. V. Carus   5 October 1867

Summary

Asks CD’s help in translating names and descriptions of fowls [in Variation].

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5641

To George Warington   7 October [1867]

Summary

Admires his paper ["On the credibility of Darwinism", J. Trans. Victoria Inst. 2 (1867): 39–62, and discussion 63–125].

Ridicules William H. Ince and Admiral FitzRoy on their naive ideas about Noah’s ark.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Warington
Date:  7 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Royal College of Physicians of London (MS1001/95)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5642

From J. V. Carus   7 October 1867

Summary

Some sheets of Variation have gone astray.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5643

To J. V. Carus   8 October [1867]

Summary

CD provides explanations and advice on translating names and descriptions of breeds of fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  8 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 14–15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5644

To J. V. Carus   10 October [1867]

Summary

Sends a corrected revise to replace a sheet which has been lost in the mail.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  10 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 54–55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5645

From J. J. Moulinié   11 October 1867

Summary

Has received more Variation sheets; some are missing. In a few days the first six chapters of the French translation will be printed.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 268
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5646

To George Warington   11 October [1867]

Summary

Thanks recipient for the pamphlet, but he had already procured the Transactions.

Does not think that his views on Origin bear in any way on the question whether some one organic being was originally created by God, or appeared spontaneously through the action of natural laws.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Warington
Date:  11 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (15 November 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5646F

To James Samuelson   12 October [1867]

Summary

Thanks for Quarterly Journal of Science 4 (1867). Has just read Wallace’s admirable article in last number ["Creation by law", Q. J. Sci. 4 (1867): 471–88]. He is a master of clear argument.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Samuelson
Date:  12 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5647

To A. R. Wallace   12 and 13 October [1867]

Summary

Response to ARW’s "Creation by law", especially the Angraecum sesquipedale and the predicted Madagascar moth.

ARW’s argument on beauty strikes CD as good.

Wishes ARW had made more clear the assumption of the reviewer [in North Br. Rev.] that each variation is a strongly marked one.

The Duke of Argyll’s argument on beauty is not candid.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  12 and 13 Oct 1867
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 46434 f. 96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5648

To Asa Gray   16 October [1867]

Summary

Sends sheets of first volume of Variation.

Transport of seeds in locust dung.

Pangenesis will be called "a mad dream".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  16 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (95)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5649

From J. V. Carus   16 October 1867

Summary

Anxious to read the second volume [of Variation].

Appreciates "the way in which you [CD] teach us all how to look on, and how to study, nature".

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5650

From J. D. Hooker   18 October 1867

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Summary

Must cut short visit to Down because of domestic problems.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 180–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5651

From William Houghton   18 October 1867

Summary

Studying freshwater Planariae. Did CD find they had nervous systems?

News of T. C. Eyton and [William?] Owen.

Author:  William Houghton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 271
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5652
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