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Letter from J. Arthur Thomson, editor, the Home University Library, to Patrick Geddes

Outlines that ten introductory lectures on the 'Study of Cities' are required for publication, with line illustrations only. Confirms that G. H. Perris will follow up with an agreement. Comments on Patrick Geddes' evolution syllabus and upcoming biological symposium. Suggests that they should write an essay or paper. Envelope extant and included.

Thomson, Sir John Arthur, 1861-1933, Knight, zoologist

Letter from J. Arthur Thomson, Edinburgh, to Patrick Geddes

The pursuit of knowledge. Criticism of 'Vestiges' - the progress of man, (with a thought diagram), mentioning the theories of Weismann, Darwin, Oliphant, Fiske and Miss Buckly and stressing his belief in the importance of the reproductive factor. Commentary on disestablishment of the church. The Duke of Argyll's attack on natural selection: he is 'tolerably far gone in muddleheadedness'. Reference to Fothergill, Erasmus, [Jean Baptiste] Lamarck, Robert Chambers and Thomas Huxley.

Thomson, Sir John Arthur, 1861-1933, Knight, zoologist

Lecture notes by [J. Arthur Thomson] on Darwinian theory, its advocates and critics

Lecture 3 on 'what the Darwinian ‘[theory] has cleared up'. Lecture IV giving a 'summary of Darwinism' and a list of his fellow-workers, i.e. Alfred Russell Wallace, British naturalist, 1823-1913; Herbert Spencer, English evolutionary philosopher, 1820-1903; Ernst [Heinrich] Haeckel, German naturalist, 1834-1919; and Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist, 1825-1895. Lecture V on 'Darwinism and its critics': i.e. Asa Gray, American botanist, 1810-1888; Karl Wilhelm von Nageli, 1817- 1865; Herbert Spencer and Theodor Eimer. Pages numbered 13-18. Manuscript.

Thomson, Sir John Arthur, 1861-1933, Knight, zoologist

Notes by [J. Arthur Thomson] for lecture on 'Evolution [Theory]'

Notes apparently by J. Arthur Thomson for a lecture on the theory of evolution. Includes discussion of the nature and origin of variation; growth [theory]; Darwinian orthodoxy; problems of variation; causes of variation; and problems of evolution. Paginated. Typescript.

Thomson, Sir John Arthur, 1861-1933, Knight, zoologist

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