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From Chauncey Wright   3 April 1872

Summary

Discusses Mivart’s reply ["Genesis of species", North Am. Rev. 114 (1872): 451–68] to CW’s review and to Huxley.

Asks whether CD knows anyone to whom he could usefully send a copy of his phyllotaxy paper [Mem. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. n.s. 9 (1867–73): 379–415].

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8273

To Chauncey Wright   6 April 1872

Summary

Delighted to have cloud of darkness removed by CW’s paper on phyllotaxy [Mem. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. n.s. 9 (1867–73): 379–415].

Has heard that Mivart will answer CW’s pamphlet [Darwinism (1871)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  6 Apr 1872
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8277

To Chauncey Wright   [11 or 21] April [1872]

Summary

Sends details of Alexander Dickson’s paper ‘On some abnormal cones of Pinus Pinaster’ (Dickson 1871).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  [11 or 21] Apr 1872
Classmark:  Joseph M. Maddalena Catalog 16: Spring 1992
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8297F

From Chauncey Wright   24 May 1872

Summary

Has replied [in North Am. Rev. 115 (1872): 1–30] to Mivart’s communication to the North American Review [114 (1872): 451–68].

Discusses the degree of fixedness of different characters in organisms.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8351

To Chauncey Wright   3 June [1872]

Summary

CW’s article responding to Mivart [see 8351] on the fixity of species is very clear.

On evolution of language, CD doubts W. D. Whitney’s claim that changes are effected by the will of man. Asks CW when a thing may properly be said to be so effected.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  3 June [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8367

From Chauncey Wright   29 August 1872

Summary

Discusses ideas on the development of language; agrees with CD that it is a process governed by unconscious selection; he considers it analogous to unconscious selection of domestic animals by savages. Remarks on the differing views of Max Müller and W. D. Whitney regarding the origin of language and its development. Comments on the extent to which unintentional effects can be ascribed directly to the agency of free intelligent wills.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8493

To Chauncey Wright   31 August [1872]

Summary

CD thanks CW for long, interesting letter; hopes the ideas will be worked into an essay some day.

Suggests dates for a proposed visit and gives instructions for reaching Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  31 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8497

From Chauncey Wright   2 September 1872

Summary

Arranges to visit CD at Down.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8507

To Chauncey Wright   6 September [1872]

Summary

Recommends J. C. Houzeau’s Études sur les facultés mentales des animaux [1872].

Was glad to make CW’s acquaintance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Chauncey Wright
Date:  6 Sept [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8512

From Chauncey Wright   9 September 1872

Summary

Discusses the mental powers and habits of animals and considers that those of man are not separated from those of animals by any sort of fundamental barrier; the gulf seems formidable only from a self-conscious, human point of view. Man’s important distinction is his greater ability to act and respond independently of external stimuli, in consequence of his internal accumulation of personal experience.

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Sept 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 171
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8515
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