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To W. H. Flower   22 September [1871]


Asks WHF to check over some enclosed MS pages [Origin, 6th ed.?]. CD quotes some of WHF’s remarks, but should WHF not wish to be mixed with CD’s theoretic notions, CD will omit the whole paragraph.

Many think CD’s notions are "rubbish, pleasantly flavoured", like the reviewer in the Quarterly Review, who CD cannot doubt is "Mr Mivart, with bigotry arrogance illiberality & many other nice qualities".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  22 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7963

To Paolo Mantegazza   22 September 1871


Explains that he cannot agree with Mantegazza’s views on sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Paolo Mantegazza
Date:  22 Sept 1871
Classmark:  Archivio della Società Italiana di Antropologia e di Etnologia 2 (1872): 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7963F

To John Murray   23 September [1871]


Has been so unwell that he could do absolutely nothing on Origin [6th ed.]. A new chapter seven has cost much labour.

Sorry to hear R. I. Murchison is ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 234–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7964

To Chauncey Wright   23 September [1871]


Forwards a letter. Has distributed 220 copies of the pamphlet [Darwinism 1871].

Thomas Henry Huxley has sent review of St George Jackson Mivart’s On the genesis of species and his review of Descent in Quarterly Review (Mivart 1871a and [Mivart] 1871c) to the Contemporary Review [18 (1871): 443–76] .

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  23 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Massachusetts Historical Society (George E. Nitzsche Unitariana collection, box 4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7964F

To Edward Bartlett   [24] September [1871]


Thanks for goose specimens.

Asks whether Egyptian goose throws water out of side of beak. Can it tear herbage like the domestic goose?

[Mistakenly dated 16 Sept by CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Bartlett
Date:  [24] Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7965

To E. B. Tylor   24 September [1871]


CD most interested by Primitive culture [1871]. Impressed by EBT’s account of development of religious beliefs and of the survival of old customs. Hopes EBT will treat morals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Burnett Tylor
Date:  24 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 50254: 41–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7966

From H. Ramu   24 September 1871


Sends CD a sketch of goat with maxillary appendages and notes the dimensions of the structures.

Author:  H Ramu
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 99: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7967

From W. W. Reade   25 September 1871


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 Guiseppe Carboni   25 September 1871


Thanks CD for autograph and photograph.

The Origin destroys philosophical foundations of religion.

Author:  Giuseppe Carboni
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7969

To H. Ramu   26 September 1871


Obliged for note and sketch [of goat appendages].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  H Ramu
Date:  26 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 147: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7970

From St G. J. Mivart   26 September 1871


Has seen an article by Chauncey Wright ["Darwinism", North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103] and has heard it has been enlarged and reprinted [1871]. As CD has been distributing copies StGM wonders whether he might have one.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 195
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7971

To St. G. J. Mivart   27 September [1871]



Sends a reprint of Chauncey Wright’s article ["Darwinism", North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  27 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7972

From T. H. Huxley   28 September 1871


Sends proof of article for Contemporary Review [18 (1871): 443–76].

Is grieved to hear that Mivart is author of Quarterly Review article. THH thought better of him than that.

Compares the Origin to Plato’s Republic: "it will remain fresh for two thousand years".

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 99: 43–46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7973

To Albert Günther   28 September [1871]


Sends some questions [missing].

Bad health has prevented him from working for six weeks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  28 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library (14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7974

From E. B. Tylor   29 September 1871


Thanks for CD’s praise of his book [Primitive culture (1871)], wonders if he should abridge part into a small popular volume.

Author:  Edward Burnett Tylor
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 178: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7975

To T. H. Huxley   30 September [1871]


On THH’s review [see 7977] of Mivart’s Genesis of species and the Quarterly Review article on Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  30 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 283)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7976

To J. D. Hooker   30 September [1871]


Sends proofs of Huxley’s article on Mivart, to be published in Contemporary Review ["Mr Darwin’s critics", 18 (1871): 443–76].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 206
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7977

From Thomas Druitt   30 September 1871


Sends CD £100 as requested. Gives information on bonds purchased on CD’s behalf.

Author:  Thomas Druitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 262.11: 8 (EH 88206060)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7978

From Albert Günther   1 October 1871


Sorry to hear of CD’s poor health.

Is hard at work examining Ceratodus.

Encloses discussion of Mus species with functionally prehensile tails.

Encloses argument against freshwater fish entering the sea.

Author:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 246; DAR 205.3: 274
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7980

From J. D. Hooker   [2 October 1871]



On Huxley’s article for Contemporary Review [see 7977] confuting Mivart. It has cheered him,

for he is very low about his mother’s state.

Is also in detestable position with "my lord and master", A. S. Ayrton. JDH has denounced him to the [First] Lord of the Treasury [W. E. Gladstone] for his conduct.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Oct 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 80–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7981
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