The Manuscripts and Correspondence Letters of Charles Darwin and His Colleagues

Title

The Manuscripts and Correspondence Letters of Charles Darwin and His Colleagues

Subject

Identification of influences on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

Description

This collection of manuscripts and letters of correspondence of Charles Darwin and his colleagues identify and display the influence of their opinions and expertise over the formation and publication of his theory of descent.

Creator

Caroline Floyd

Source

Darwin Correspondence Project (University of Cambridge), Darwin Manuscript Project (American Museum of Natural History), and Darwin Online.

Items in the The Manuscripts and Correspondence Letters of Charles Darwin and His Colleagues Collection

On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties
The manuscript provides a brief and unpolished theory of species transmutation by natural cause. In the words of Darwin, a better abstract for his own theory could not have been drafted influencing Darwin and Wallace's collaboration in the following…

Vestiges on the Natural History of Creation
This manuscript was published anonymously (later determined to be Chambers) and outlined an early but inaccurate theory of organic change over time that's greatest contribution was facilitating the start of discussion surrounding evolution by natural…

Principles of Geology (Volume 2)
The volumes promoted a uniformitarian system of geological process which influenced Darwin’s understanding of organic change by natural selection to be a slow process occurring over vast spans of time.

Principles of Geology (Volume 1)
The volumes promoted a uniformitarian system of geological process which influenced Darwin’s understanding of organic change by natural selection to be a slow process occurring over vast spans of time.

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
The manuscript of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection with the table of content provided as a brief overview of the work. This conveys how expansive his theory was, indicated by the huge variation in topics and concepts…

An Essay on the Principles of Population
This manuscript outlined the difference in growth rates between human populations and agricultural production, stating that human populations increased exponentially while agricultural production followed an arithmetic growth rate, implying that…

Letter from Thomas Huxley to Charles Darwin (including drawing)
A letter sent from Thomas Huxley to Charles Darwin including a sketch (drawn by Huxley) of Darwin being worshiped as a bishop or saint.

Letter from John Henslow to Charles Darwin
John Henslow was made aware of a naturalist position available with Captain Robert FitzRoy aboard the H.MS. Beagle and offered it to Charles Darwin.

Letter from Joseph Hooker to Charles Darwin
Objections to the methods and conclusions of Charles Darwin's geological survey work.

Letter from Charles Darwin to Joseph Hooker
He thanks Joseph Hooker for his objections to the mechanism of natural selection and he will respond by sending a fair copy of his manuscript when written.