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To Athenæum   5 May [1863]


Replies to a reviewer’s statement, that any theory of descent will connect large classes of facts, by pointing out that no other explanation has been as satisfactory as natural selection. But whatever view is adopted "signifies extremely little in comparison with the admission that species have descended from other species and have not been created immutable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  5 May [1863]
Classmark:  Athenæum, 9 May 1863, p. 617
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4142

To ? [‘Julian’]   [c.1864]


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Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [c. 1864]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 10629)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4375F

To Athenæum   18 April [1863]


Attacks the doctrine of "heterogeny" (spontaneous generation during each geological period) as completely lacking in evidence.

Defends natural selection as connecting large classes of facts in natural history. That certain forms have not changed since remote epochs is not an objection of any force.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Athenæum
Date:  18 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  Athenæum, 25 April 1863, pp. 554–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4108

To ?   28 April [1863?]


Discusses exchange of photographs with Édouard Claparède, "for whom I feel the highest respect".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  28 Apr [1863?]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (6 August 1975, lot 176)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13866

To an editor   24 March [1863?]


Encloses a dialogue on species from a New Zealand newspaper [S. Butler’s First dialogue on evolution, from the Christchurch Press].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  24 Mar [1863?]
Classmark:  Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4058

To the Geological Society of London   [c. 28 December 1863]


Recommendation of the admission of George Maw to the fellowship of the Geological Society of London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  [c. 28 Dec 1863]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/F/1/6 No.2179)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4360F

To Ernst Haeckel   30 December [1863] – 3 January [1864]


Will be proud to receive EH’s Die Radiolarien [1862].

Health continues very weak.

[P.S. 3 Jan] Has sent EH another letter by mistake.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  30 Dec [1863] – 3 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A/ Abt. 1: 1026/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4361

To John Higgins   4 December 1863


Acknowledges receipt of £248 2s. 1d.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  4 Dec 1863
Classmark:  Dominic Winter Auctioneers (dealers) (10 April 2019, lot 138)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4361F

From Hugh Falconer   31 December [1863]


Returns a letter wrongly addressed by CD [4361].

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4362

From Daniel Oliver   [after 20 July 1863]


Gives a reference to a paper.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 20 July 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4366

From A. R. Wallace   [23 January 1863?]



Now recalls a Melastoma visited by some small Cetoniadae and bees (Xylocopa) in Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Jan 1863?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.8: 70 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4390

To Alfred Newton   24 March [1863]


Thanks for potatoes, which may be useful in crossing.

Germination of seeds in earth on partridge’s foot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  24 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4435

To Armand de Quatrefages   27 March [1863]


Specimens obtained from Charles Martins will be most interesting.

Comments on QdeB’s book [Physiologie comparée (1862)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Louis Armand (Armand de Quatrefages) Quatrefages de Bréau
Date:  27 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Manuscrits (Manuscripts NAF 11824 ff. 76–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4437

To W. H. Flower   11 July [1863]


Discusses rudimentary sixth toe of frogs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  11 July [1863]
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4559

To Hurst & Blackett   15 November [1863]


Offers letters to Eliza Meteyard for her book [The life of Josiah Wedgwood (1865–6)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hurst & Blackett
Date:  15 Nov [1863]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection: FF8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4672

From E. A. Darwin   [1863–6?]


Has signed for the shares. Fears CD’s "good time" has not lasted long.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1863–6?]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4726

From William Bowman   31 January [1863]


Will supply CD with information "as far as my knowledge extends".

Suggests CD visit him.

Author:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  Sir John Paget Bowman
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4988

To William Bowman   10 March [1863]


Will send portion of copied manuscript [of Variation 2: 8–10] for WB to examine. Asks about inherited abnormalities of the eye.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Date:  10 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5030

To James Paget   11 March [1863]


Sends a sentence, quoting JP, on inherited peculiarities in eye-brows. Asks whether he may use it in his chapter on inheritance [Variation, ch. 12].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology MSS 405 A. Gift of the Burndy Library)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5436

To Arthur Rawson   6 June [1863]


CD thanks the sender of a Cypripedium. He finds its pollination contrivances interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Rawson
Date:  6 June [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5563
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