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To W. B. Carpenter   3 December [1859]

Summary

Delighted by WBC’s letter about Origin. There is now "a great physiologist on our side". "You have done me an essential kindness in checking the odium theologicum in the E[dinburgh] R[eview] … immaterial whether we go quite the same lengths … the principle is everything."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  3 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 261.6: 3 (EH 88205920)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2568

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Bibliography Emma Darwin ( …
  • … 1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta …
  • … 1859 . Henrietta Darwin later wrote that Emma Darwin would not show her ‘Professor …
  • … s horrified reprobation’ of Origin ( Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 172). See also letter to C.  S. …

To Mary Butler   11 September [1859]

Summary

Inquires about the chances of meeting her when he goes to Ilkley for a cure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Butler
Date:  11 Sept [1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.168)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2489

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Bibliography Emma Darwin ( …
  • … 1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta …
  • … At the end of October 1859, Emma Darwin wrote to William Erasmus Darwin: ‘Miss Butler your …
  • … on Wells Terrace, where the family joined him on 17 October ( Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 172). …

To John Lubbock   [6 February 1859]

Summary

JL’s brother’s accident.

Thinks JL should tackle systematics of anomalous insects from studies of internal organs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [6 Feb 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 26 (EH 88206475)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2408

Matches: 4 hits

  • … s younger brother, had injured himself (see following letter). Henrietta Emma Darwin
  • … accompanied Emma Darwin and the younger children to …
  • … Hartfield, Sussex, on 7 February 1859 (Emma Darwin’s diary). Henrietta had been …
  • … ill throughout much of January. Emma Darwin’s diary records that CD had a second ‘attack’ …

To George Varenne Reed   1 July [1859]

Summary

Sends payment for Francis Darwin’s tutoring. Inquires about possible arrangements for his son Leonard, who is slow and not well, to attend with Francis.

Asks whether he can have a cutting of GVR’s carrion-smelling Arum which he needs for an experiment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Varenne Reed
Date:  1 July [1859]
Classmark:  Buckinghamshire Record Office (D22.39.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2474

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Bibliography Emma Darwin ( …
  • … 1904): Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin. A century of family letters. Edited by …
  • … Grammar School in August 1860 ( Emma Darwin (1904) 2: 192). CD conducted experiments on …

To W. E. Darwin   14 [March 1859]

Summary

Writes of events at Down: mostly of playing billiards on their new table.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  14 [Mar 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2431

Matches: 5 hits

  • … visited Down from 10 to 14 March 1859 (Emma Darwin’s diary). CD had recently purchased a …
  • … House. Mrs Grut had been engaged by Emma Darwin in January 1859 as a governess for the …
  • … written in December 1858 (DAR 210.6), Emma Darwin wrote that she was ‘looking out for a …
  • … was terminated on 16 March 1859 (Emma Darwin’s diary) because of an incident that took …
  • … day CD’s letter was written. Henrietta Emma Darwin recounted the incident in a letter to …

To W. D. Fox   [12 February 1859]

Summary

Undergoing hydropathic treatment for his old ailment.

The "Abstract" [Origin] is the cause. Only two chapters to do.

His satisfaction that he believes he has convinced Hooker and Huxley and staggered Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [12 Feb 1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 106)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2412

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 1906 , p.  56). Charlotte Langton was Emma Darwin’s sister. She and her husband Charles …
  • … lived at Hartfield Lodge, Hartfield, Sussex. Henrietta Emma Darwin had been ill …
  • … for much of January (Emma Darwin’s diary). See letter to W.  E. Darwin, 15 [October …

To Charles Lyell   30 March [1859]

Summary

CD is grateful to CL for his help in arranging with Murray for publication [of Origin]. Sorry Murray objects to term "abstract" in title, but will defer to him and CL.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  30 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.164)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2439

Matches: 3 hits

  • … assistance. — Yours most truly | C.  Darwin Emma comes up to London for 2 or 3 days on …
  • … for life’. See Young 1985  and Secord 1985. Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that …
  • … she went to London with Henrietta Emma Darwin on1 April 1859 and returned to Down on 4  …

To Elizabeth Drysdale   [22 or 29 October 1859]

Summary

Declines an invitation to visit [Moor] Park.

He hopes that Dr Lane is arranging things to his satisfaction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elizabeth Drysdale, Lady Drysdale
Date:  [22 or 29] Oct 1859
Classmark:  John Wilson (Autographs) Ltd, Catalogue 88; Clive Farahar & Sophie Dupré, Catalogue 55; B & L Rootenberg (May 1991)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2498A

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Henrietta and Elizabeth on 24 November (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). In mid-October CD …
  • … Francis, and probably Leonard and Horace), arrived on 17 October (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR …
  • … 242); letter from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [24 or 31 October 1859], DAR …
  • … the son-in-law of Elizabeth Drysdale ( Emma Darwin (1904), p.  184). See n.  7, below. CD …
  • Darwins were in Ilkley and the reference to four or five weeks’ stay. CD left for Ilkey, in Yorkshire, where he was planning to visit the hydropathic establishment, on 2 October 1859, and left there for London on 9 December ( Correspondence vol.  7, Appendix II). In his letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 15 October [1859] ( Correspondence vol.  7), CD wrote that his family were arriving on Monday, which would have been 17 October, and staying for three or four weeks. Emma

To W. E. Darwin   25 [August 1859]

Summary

Writes of a visit to Leith Hill and WED’s injured ankle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  25 [Aug 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2483

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 5 May 1859] and 7 July [1859] ). Emma Darwin’s diary records that the children went to …
  • … CD and Emma joined them on 20 August. Emma and Henrietta Emma Darwin returned to Down …
  • … on 25 August 1859 (Emma Darwin’s diary). The case involving the family of Henry Tibbats …

To W. E. Darwin   [14 October 1859]

Summary

Discusses events at Ilkley.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [14 Oct 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2498

Matches: 2 hits

  • … The Friday before Emma Darwin and the younger children arrived in Ilkley (see n.   …
  • … 2, below). Emma Darwin’s diary records that she went to the home of her brother Francis ( …

To John Lubbock   [22 November 1859]

Summary

CD’s former admiration for Paley’s Natural theology [1802].

Cares not for reviews [of Origin] but for opinions of men like Lubbock, Huxley, Hooker, Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [22 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 17 (EH 88206466)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2532

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II), but this letter evidently precedes Emma Darwin’s departure …
  • … on 24 November (Emma Darwin’s diary). After Emma left, CD relinquished his rented house in …

To W. E. Darwin   [5 May 1859]

Summary

Discusses WED’s plans for the summer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [5 May 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2442

Matches: 3 hits

  • … that he paid £1 16 s . for them on 28 April 1859. The postscript is in Emma Darwin’s hand. …
  • … Cambridge for the new university term. Emma Darwin’s diary records that William left Down …
  • … to William written late in May 1859, Emma Darwin stated: ‘Your father & I think it will …

To W. D. Fox   [6 October 1859]

Summary

First impressions of the water-cure establishment are not favourable – "I always hate everything new".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [6 Oct 1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2502

Matches: 3 hits

  • … See Metcalfe 1906  and Rees 1989 . Emma Darwin and the children joined CD at Ilkley on …
  • … and stayed until 24 November 1859 (Emma Darwin’s diary). See letter to J.  D. Hooker, 15  …
  • Emma telling me to look out for for a House, as she is greatly inclined to come here. But I have not least idea whether there is a House which would suit or how I could do my water-cure out of Establishment. — So everything is utterly uncertain. I heartily wish you would come, but I darenot not advise or press it. Most affec ly yours | C.  Darwin

To W. E. Darwin   [23 October–20 November 1859]

Summary

Tells how to get information on, and gain membership in, the London Library.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [23 Oct – 20 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2497

Matches: 2 hits

  • … The last possible Sunday was 20 November. On 24 November Emma Darwin left Ilkley and CD …
  • … returned to Ilkley Wells House (Emma Darwin’s diary). The daughter or sister of William …

From J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1859]

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Summary

JDH half through Origin. High praise for facts and reasoning.

Lyell told JDH his criticisms: small matters JDH did not appreciate.

Reactions of G. Bentham, J. S. Henslow, and C. C. Babington.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 137–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2579

Matches: 2 hits

  • … published in 1862 (Hooker 1862). Henrietta Emma Darwin was staying in London at the home …
  • … of her aunt and uncle, Frances Mackintosh and Hensleigh Wedgwood (Emma Darwin’s diary). …

To John Murray   5 April [1859]

Summary

Sends title and first three chapters [of Origin]. Thinks first chapter will interest the public and is sure views are original. If JM thinks otherwise, he should freely reject the work. Chapter 2 is dull and abstruse, chapter 3 is plain and interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.35–35A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2447

Matches: 3 hits

  • … read the entire manuscript of Origin . Emma Darwin had lunched with the Tollets during her …
  • … recent trip to London, 1–4 April 1859 (Emma Darwin’s diary). The arrangement may have been …
  • … of Emma and CD since their childhood. On several occasions during visits to the Darwins, …

To Mary Butler   20 February [1859]

Summary

Sends naturalists’ autographs.

Enjoyed fortnight at Moor Park.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Butler
Date:  20 Feb [1859]
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University (Albert E. Lownes Manuscript Collection, MS 84.2 (Box 3, Folder 37))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2416

Matches: 2 hits

  • … novelist, on earlier visits to Moor Park (see letter to Emma Darwin, [28 April 1858] ). …
  • … Henrietta Emma Darwin had been a patient at Moor Park on several occasions in 1858. CD had …

To James Paget   [15 October–19 November 1859]

Summary

Thanks JP for bearing in mind his strong wish to learn any facts on inheritance at corresponding ages, and on correlation of growth.

JP’s case of teeth affected by syphilitic parents seems very curious. Would like to hear a few particulars when they meet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  [15 Oct – 19 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.5703/27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2500

Matches: 2 hits

  • … establishment in Ilkley Wells House on Thursday, 24 November, after Emma Darwin returned …
  • … to Down (Emma Darwin’s diary). Paget’s letter has not been located. Paget, who was a …

To W. E. Darwin   [13 February 1859]

Summary

Discusses events at Moor Park and domestic matters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [13 Feb 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2414

Matches: 2 hits

  • … G.  H. Darwin, 24 [February 1859]). Emma Darwin’s diary records that ‘G.  went to school’ …
  • … see nn.  5 and 6, below). According to Emma Darwin’s diary, William returned to Cambridge …

To W. E. Darwin   7 July [1859]

Summary

Discusses affairs at Down and WED’s coming trip to the Lakes.

Is getting on very slowly with his "confounded proof-sheets" [of Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  7 July [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2476

Matches: 2 hits

  • … at Trinity College, Cambridge. Emma Darwin’s diary records that Erasmus Alvey Darwin, …
  • … 31 August to 6 September. According to Emma Darwin’s diary, George Howard Darwin returned …
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