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From W. W. Reade   21 February 1871

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Various comments on Descent;

on suicide on Gold Coast;

on mulattoes’ not being prolific.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7501

From W. W. Reade   4 March 1871

Summary

Praise for gentle but resolute tone of Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7546

From W. W. Reade   12 September 1871

Summary

Prefers W. C. Wells’s explanation of the formation of the Nehro type to CD’s sexual selection.

Outlines his view of the origin of man by natural selection.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7936

From W. W. Reade   15 September 1871

Summary

Believes CD will not consider him a good Darwinian since he accepts natural selection only as a secondary law.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7947

From W. W. Reade   18 September 1871

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There is a primary law of growth and innate improvement. Natural selection is a secondary law that operates to "arrange the details". This is not Lamarckian, because will is not involved.

Thanks for Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

Amused by critics who say CD is metaphysically unsophisticated.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7950

From W. W. Reade   20 September 1871

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Surprised at Mivart’s harsh review [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90], considering courteous tone of his book. Assures CD he has not been converted by Mivart.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7955

From W. W. Reade   25 September 1871

Summary

Sees his ideas on conscious and non-conscious intelligence are already in Murphy [J. J. Murphy, Habit and intelligence (1869)].

Encloses an extract from S. W. Baker’s The Albert N’yanza [1866] on the behaviour of the giraffe [See Origin, 6th ed., p. 178], and some references to Baker’s Nile tributaries [1867].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 69: A49; DAR 176: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7968

From W. W. Reade   6 January [1871]

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On sexual selection and the sense of beauty among the W. African Negroes.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 89: 170–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7429

From W. W. Reade   10 January 1871

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Sends quotation about Lycurgus and Spartan exposure of infants who were deemed defective.

Bibliographic references on sense of beauty and morals.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7435

From W. W. Reade   16 January 1871

Summary

Meeting with CD postponed.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7443

From W. W. Reade   31 January 1871

Summary

Thinks G. H. Lewes will review Descent in Pall Mall Gazette.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7468

From W. W. Reade   1 February 1871

Summary

Sir Andrew Smith says Hottentots and Kaffirs laugh till they cry.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7473
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