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Language: key letters

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How and why language evolved bears on larger questions about the evolution of the human species, and the relationship between man and animals. Darwin presented his views on the development of human speech from animal sounds in The Descent of Man (1871),…

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  • … separated from one stock.” Letter 2070: Wedgwood, Hensleigh to Darwin, C. R., [before 29 …
  • … do they scream & make loud noise?” Letter 7040: Wedgwood, Hensleigh to Darwin, C. R., …

Hensleigh Wedgwood

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Hensleigh Wedgwood, Emma Darwin’s brother and Charles’s cousin, was a philologist, barrister and original member of the Philological Society, which had been created in 1842. In 1857, while Wedgwood was preparing a dictionary of English etymology, he wrote…

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  • … origin) in various other Indo-European languages. Hensleigh Wedgwood, Emma Darwin’s brother …
  • … Society, which had been created in 1842. In 1857, while Wedgwood was preparing a dictionary of …
  • … and transitional forms in language and palaeontology. Hensleigh’s cousin must have …

The origin of language

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Darwin started thinking about the origin of language in the late 1830s. The subject formed part of his wide-ranging speculations about the transmutation of species. In his private notebooks, he reflected on the communicative powers of animals, their…

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  • … of the natural language theory included Darwin’s cousin, Hensleigh Wedgwood , the liberal …
  • … of comparative psychology. London: N. Trübner. Wedgwood, Hensleigh. 1866. On the origin of …

The "wicked book": Origin at 157

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Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 November 1859.  To celebrate we have uploaded hundreds of new images of letters, bringing the total number you can look at here to over 9000 representing more than…

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  • … H. C. Watson J. J. Weir H. W. Bates Hensleigh Wedgwood J. S. Henslow C …

Julia Wedgwood

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Charles Darwin’s readership largely consisted of other well-educated Victorian men, nonetheless, some women did read, review, and respond to Darwin’s work. One of these women was Darwin’s own niece, Julia Wedgwood, known in the family as “Snow”. In July…

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  • … theological modernism. At the zenith of her reputation Julia Wedgwood was a considered one of the …
  • … ailing elderly relatives. Towards the end of her life Julia Wedgwood regretted that she had not had …
  • … the defender of Darwinism “Philalethes.” Importantly, Wedgwood’s review suggests that natural …
  • … Darwinism and Christianity, it is unsurprising that Wedgwood structured her review of Origin as …
  • … Darwinism “Philalethes” (lover of truth). Importantly, Wedgwood’s review suggests that natural …
  • … means by which God’s creatures reach His ultimate goal. As Wedgwood wrote: The …
  • … the question, Whence do they originally spring? Wedgwood’s review was well-received by …
  • … a large family circle. As a result of her familial position, Wedgwood spent much of her adult life …
  • … of the women encountered in Charles Darwin’s letters, Snow Wedgwood was one of our priority figures …
  • … 134–8; 4 (1861): 237-47. Wedgwood Barbara and Hensleigh Wedgwood. 1980. The Wedgwood Circle, …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … from within his own family circle, especially his cousin Hensleigh Wedgwood, whom Darwin had cited …
  • … was confronted by the presence of its master. ( Letter from Hensleigh Wedgwood, [3–9 March 1871] . …
  • … point of agreement is a satisfaction to me’ ( letter to Hensleigh Wedgwood, 9 March 1871 ). …
  • … home, Leith Hill Place in Surrey, and CD’s niece Lucy Wedgwood collected and weighed the dried …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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Moral Nature

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In Descent of Man, Darwin argued that human morality had evolved from the social instincts of animals, especially the bonds of sympathy and love. Darwin gathered observations over many decades on animal behavior: the heroic sacrifices of social insects,…

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  • … form one great philosophy?" Letter 7470 : Wedgwood, Hensleigh to Darwin, [before 3 …
  • … shame." Letter 7537 : Darwin, C. R. to Wenslow, Hensleigh, 3 March [1871] …

Journal of researches

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The Journal of researches, Darwin’s account of his travels round the world in H.M.S. Beagle, was his first published book. The circumstances of its publication were not shaped by Darwin, however, but by the Beagle’s captain, Robert FitzRoy, who, according…

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  • … FitzRoy ’. In contrast, when Darwin’s cousin Hensleigh Wedgwood and his wife Fanny read the …
  • … ‘I am not in general a good reader of travels’, Hensleigh confessed, ‘ but I found no part of yours …
  • … length of the journal kept during the voyage, while another Wedgwood cousin continued to encourage …
  • … attending the renowned Birmingham Music Festival with his Wedgwood cousins. ‘ To write a book, I do …

Emma Darwin

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Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife and first cousin, was born Emma Wedgwood, the eighth and youngest child of Josiah Wedgwood II and Bessy Allen. Her father was the eldest son of the famous pottery manufacturer, Josiah Wedgwood I. Her mother was one…

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What did Darwin believe?

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What did Darwin really believe about God? the Christian revelation? the implications of his theory of evolution for religious faith? These questions were asked again and again in the years following the publication of Origin of species (1859). They are…

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  • … was another important religious tradition in the Darwin and Wedgwood families. Josiah Wedgwood, who …
  • … of Darwin’s brother Erasmus, and of Emma’s brother, Hensleigh Wedgwood and his wife Fanny. In …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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  • … nodding Wedgwood, Hensleigh [1867-72] …
  • … laughter Wedgwood, Hensleigh [1867-72] …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … Williams séance was held at the home of Darwin’s cousin Hensleigh Wedgwood. Those present included …

Darwin in letters, 1860: Answering critics

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On 7 January 1860, John Murray published the second edition of Darwin’s Origin of species, printing off another 3000 copies to satisfy the demands of an audience that surprised both the publisher and the author. It wasn't long, however, before ‘the…

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  • … evidence. Several correspondents, such as his cousin Hensleigh Wedgwood and Heinrich Georg Bronn, …

Darwin and vivisection

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Darwin played an important role in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought an unsuccessful prosecution against a French physiologist who…

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  • … that included Darwin’s brother, Erasmus, and his cousin Hensleigh Wedgwood. After Darwin refused to …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … and part of a circle of philanthropists that included Hensleigh and Frances Wedgwood. She had …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … well as sister Catherine’s and his own. He also notes that Hensleigh [Wedgwood] thinks he has …

Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … a long holiday at Hengwrt, a house in Wales rented by the Hensleigh Wedgwoods for the summer, and …
  • … Correspondence vol. 13, CD’s ‘Journal’, Appendix I). Wedgwood and Darwin relatives visited Down …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … 1859] } Fanny The Woman in White [Collins 1860] } Hensleigh [DAR *128: 151] …
  • … with ‘X’ in brown crayon. 101  Fanny Hensleigh, i.e., Frances Mackintosh Wedgwood. …
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