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Life and Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2   By: (1809-1882)

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THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN

INCLUDING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CHAPTER

EDITED BY HIS SON

FRANCIS DARWIN

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOLUME II

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

VOLUME II.

CHAPTER 2.I. The Publication of the 'Origin of Species' October 3, 1859, to December 31, 1859.

CHAPTER 2.II. The 'Origin of Species' (continued) 1860.

CHAPTER 2.III. The Spread of Evolution 1861 1862.

CHAPTER 2.IV. The Spread of Evolution. 'Variation of Animals and Plants' 1863 1866.

CHAPTER 2.V. The Publication of the 'Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication' January 1867 June 1868.

CHAPTER 2.VI. Work on 'Man' 1864 1870.

CHAPTER 2.VII. The Publication of the 'Descent of Man.' Work on 'Expression' 1871 1873.

CHAPTER 2.VIII. Miscellanea, including Second Editions of 'Coral Reefs,' the 'Descent of Man,' and the 'Variation of Animals and Plants' 1874 and 1875.

CHAPTER 2.IX. Miscellanea (continued). A Revival of Geological Work The Book on Earthworms Life of Erasmus Darwin Miscellaneous Letters 1876 1882.

BOTANICAL LETTERS.

CHAPTER 2.X. Fertilisation of Flowers 1839 1880.

CHAPTER 2.XI. The 'Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom' 1866 1877.

CHAPTER 2.XII. 'Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the same Species' 1860 1878.

CHAPTER 2.XIII. Climbing and Insectivorous Plants 1863 1875.

CHAPTER 2.XIV. The 'Power of Movement in Plants' 1878 1881.

CHAPTER 2.XV. Miscellaneous Botanical Letters 1873 1882.

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CHAPTER 2.XVI. Conclusion.

APPENDICES.

I. The Funeral in Westminster Abbey.

II. List of Works by C. Darwin.

III. Portraits.

IV. Honours, Degrees, Societies, etc.

TRANSCRIPT OF A FACSIMILE OF A PAGE FROM A NOTE BOOK OF 1837.

led to comprehend true affinities. My theory would give zest to recent & Fossil Comparative Anatomy: it would lead to study of instincts, heredity, & mind heredity, whole metaphysics, it would lead to closest examination of hybridity & generation, causes of change in order to know what we have come from & to what we tend, to what circumstances favour crossing & what prevents it, this & direct examination of direct passages of structure in species, might lead to laws of change, which would then be main object of study, to guide our speculations.

LIFE AND LETTERS OF CHARLES DARWIN.

VOLUME II.

CHAPTER 2.I.

THE PUBLICATION OF THE 'ORIGIN OF SPECIES.'

OCTOBER 3, 1859, TO DECEMBER 31, 1859.

1859.

[Under the date of October 1st, 1859, in my father's Diary occurs the entry: "Finished proofs (thirteen months and ten days) of Abstract on 'Origin of Species'; 1250 copies printed. The first edition was published on November 24th, and all copies sold first day."

On October 2d he started for a water cure establishment at Ilkley, near Leeds, where he remained with his family until December, and on the 9th of that month he was again at Down. The only other entry in the Diary for this year is as follows: "During end of November and beginning of December, employed in correcting for second edition of 3000 copies; multitude of letters."

The first and a few of the subsequent letters refer to proof sheets, and to early copies of the 'Origin' which were sent to friends before the book was published.]

C. LYELL TO CHARLES DARWIN. (Part of this letter is given in the 'Life of Sir Charles Lyell,' volume ii. page 325.) October 3d, 1859.

My dear Darwin,

I have just finished your volume and right glad I am that I did my best with Hooker to persuade you to publish it without waiting for a time which probably could never have arrived, though you lived till the age of a hundred, when you had prepared all your facts on which you ground so many grand generalizations.

It is a splendid case of close reasoning, and long substantial argument throughout so many pages; the condensation immense, too great perhaps for the uninitiated, but an effective and important preliminary statement, which will admit, even before your detailed proofs appear, of some occasional useful exemplification, such as your pigeons and cirripedes, of which you make such excellent use... Continue reading book >>


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