Ref NoJOJ/DAR/F211756
CollectionJack Johns Darwin Collection
TitleMiscellaneous material concerning 'Darwin' by James Moore and Adrian Desmond.
Descriptiona) Typescript letter dated 5th April 1992 signed by James Moore to Jack Johns, referring to an earlier letter. Moore comments on a Darwin publicity tour of Australia and the development of Christianity, referring to Emma Darwin's beliefs. Moore also mentions Paley's Evidence and Natural Theology being routinely 'rediscovered' by Creationists in America, and comments that Jack Johns' interest in Darwin is 'heartening' b) Small newspaper clipping from The Times, dated 2/10/91, containing a review of the television programme 'Charles Darwin - Devil's Chaplain', presented by James Moore and Adrian Desmond which is described as a 'generous trailer' for their new biography on Darwin. c) Cutting from the Radio Times dated 28th September-4th October 1991, containing a praisee of the television programme 'Charles Darwin - Devil's Chaplain', presented by James Moore and Adrian Desmond. d-e) Typescript letter dated 9th January 1992, signed by James Moore to Jack Johns, referring to a letter sent by Mr. Johns and discussing the comments made on the biography of Darwin. In answering Jack Johns' arguments, Moore discusses Darwin's motives, humour and illness. On the subject of Darwin's loss of faith, Moore refers to an enclosed argument which is not present with the letter. The subjective nature of 'understanding' Darwin is also noted. f-g) Typescript letter dated 26th February 1992 from Jack Johns to 'Jim' [Moore], also referring to the reprint of the article. Johns comments on the development of Christianity, through Darwin's experience, and the questionable use of Paley's Natural Theology in Bible classes. Johns notes that he considers himself to have many characteristics of Charles Darwin, but none of his genius. Presumably letter a) was a reply to this note. Items d-g were in a single brown envelope. h) Cutting from New Scientist dated 26th October 1991 containing largely complimentary a review, by William Bynum, of 'Darwin' by A. Desmond and J. Moore. i) Cutting from the Times Educational Supplement, dated 29th November 1991, containing a review, by Helena Cronin, of 'Darwin' by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. j) Cutting from The Times Saturday Review, dated 28th September 1991, containing a review, by Fiona McCarthy, of 'Darwin' by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. k-l) Photocopy of an article in the Economist, dated 2nd November 1991, containing a review of 'Darwin' by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. m) typescript covering letter dated 10th December 1991 from Jack Johns to Dr. Moore, thanking Moore for a copy of his book 'Darwin' and his invitation for Jack Johns to comment upon it. Mr. Johns notes that he has had very little oppurtunity to dicuss his interest in Charles Darwin and his evolutionary theory with anyone before this. A holograph note in Mr. Johns hands reads 'Typed Up copies'. n-v) typescript pages collected with letter m) comprising Jack Johns' reply to Dr. Moore's invitation to comment on his book 'Darwin'. In this letter, Mr. Johns sketches a brief autobiography, including the devlopment of his interest in Darwin. He then goes on to discuss in detail various elements of the book, some with particular page references. These comments make up the basis for the exchange of letters listed as a), d-e) and f-g). Mr Johns also notes that he has read two reviews, but only mentions by name William Bynum's review in New Scientist, with which he writes that he agrees most. w) publicity leaflet for 'The Darwin Legend', a book by James Moore, co-author of 'Darwin', concerning the 'conversion' accounts of Darwin's renunciation of his theories late in life, 'in the presence of one "Lady Hope"'. x) Cutting from The Times, dated 4th October 1991, containing a review by Robert Chalmers of the television programme 'Charles Darwin - Devil's Chaplain'. This cutting was folded and loosely inserted inside leaflet w). y-ai) Typescript copies of items m-v) listed above. Covering letter is on headed notepaper and bears holograph note ' Apart from this [i.e. covering letter] - typed top copies'. aj-as) Rough, holograph notes, in Jack Johns' hand, on 'Darwin' by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. These notes form the basis of the review written to Dr. Moore, included as items o-v) and ab-ai) above.
NotesPrevious reference number: UKC/JOJ/DAR : F211756
PhysicalDescriptionIn acid free envelope with original packaging attached. Holograph on original packaging - ''Darwin' by Moore and Desmond, My and other reviews (my s)', signed by Jack Johns.
Correspondence and publicity material.
Related PersonJohns, Jack, d 2009
Moore, James
Bynum, William
Cronin, Helena
Chalmers, Robert
McCarthy, Fiona
Associated PersonDarwin, Charles Robert (1809-1882), naturalist
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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