Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart, Volume 2

Front Cover

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 474 - TOte the Medal and Fund from time to time. " And I direct that the legacy hereinbefore given to the said Society, shall be paid out of such part of my personal estate as may be legally applicable to the payment of such bequests.
Page 134 - Junius has sometimes made his satire felt, but let not injudicious admiration mistake the venom of the shaft for the vigour of the bow.
Page 210 - But it would seem that four or five years' hard work had enabled me to understand what it meant ; for Lyell,* writing to Sir Charles Bunbury (under date of April 30, 1856), says :— " When Huxley, Hooker, and Wollaston were at Darwin's last week they (all four of them) ran a tilt against species — further, I believe, than they are prepared to go.
Page 457 - From early youth to extreme old age it was to him a solemn religious duty to be incessantly learning, constantly growing, fearlessly correcting his own mistakes, always ready to receive and reproduce from others that which he had not in himself. Science and Religion for him not only were not divorced, but were one and indivisible.
Page 457 - The generous freedom allowed to reh'gious inquiry in the National Church, the cause of humanity in the world at large, were to him as dear as though they were his own personal and peculiar concern. With that one faithful, beloved, and beautiful soul, who, till within the last two...
Page 432 - But while I taught that as often as certain forms of animals and plants disappeared, for reasons quite intelligible to us, others took their place by virtue of a causation which was beyond our comprehension ; it remained for Darwin to accumulate proof that there is no break between the incoming and the outgoing species, that they are the work of evolution, and not of special creation.
Page 317 - A friend of mine, Huxley, who will soon take rank as one of the first naturalists we have ever produced, begged me to read these sermons as first rate, " although, regarding the author as a churchman, you will probably compare him, as I did, to the drunken fellow in Hogarth's contested election, who is sawing through the signpost at the other party's public-house, forgetting he is sitting at the other end of it. But read them as a piece of clear and unanswerable reasoning.
Page 357 - He [Darwin] seems much disappointed that I do not go farther with him, or do not speak out more. I can only say that I have spoken out to the full extent of my present convictions, and even beyond my state of feeling as to man's uubroken descent from the brutes, and I find I am half converting not a few who were in arms against Darwin, and are even now against Huxley.
Page 439 - Darwin can show me how this latent musical faculty in the lowest races can have been developed through survival of the fittest, can have been of use to the individual or the race, so as to cause those who possessed it in a fractionally greater degree than others to win in the struggle for life, I must believe that some other power (than natural selection) caused that development. It seems to me that the onus probandi will lie with those who maintain that man, body and mind, could have been developed...
Page 438 - would have thought written by some one else," I add the following summary of my position, perhaps more simply and forcibly stated than in any of my published works : — " It seems to me that if we once admit the necessity of any action beyond ' natural selection ' in developing man, we have no reason whatever for confining that agency to his brain. On the mere doctrine of chances it seems to me in the highest degree improbable that so many points of structure, all tending to favour his mental development,...