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To Richard Kippist   31 January [1869?]

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"You are most perfectly welcome to Fragmenta [F. J. H. von Mueller Fragmenta phytographiae Australiae (1858–64)], & I shall be delighted if they are of the slightest use to you."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Kippist
Date:  31 Jan [1869?]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (pasted in Mueller 1858–82, vol. 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3426A

From J. D. Hooker   14 [January] 1869

Summary

Oliver overlooked CD’s request about rutaceous flowers. Of precisely which points about the ovules does CD want illustrations?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 [Jan] 1869
Classmark:  DAR 48: A78, DAR 103: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5729

From James Paget   [1869]

Summary

"I enclose a note from Lord Fitzwilliam about his horse with zebra-marks. The case seems as striking as I believed."

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1869]
Classmark:  Paget ed. 1901, p. 408
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6533

From Vladimir Onofrievich Kovalevsky   [January–March 1869]

Summary

Has written to Moscow about translations of Origin. Wishes to translate additions to the fifth English edition and print them as a supplement.

Pleased by CD’s high opinion of Alexander Kovalevsky.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Jan–Mar 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6541

From William Erasmus Darwin   [January 1869]

Summary

A list of investments presumably belonging to CD.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 262.11: 6 (EH 88206193)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6541A

From James Orton   4 January 1869

Summary

Describes the novelties found on his recent expedition to South America sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Wants to dedicate to CD book [The Andes and the Amazon (1870)] which is modelled on Journal of researches.

Author:  James Orton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 173: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6542

From George Cupples   4 January 1869

Summary

Receiving notes on inbreeding from T. T. Wright, who has long experience with the subject.

Reports six-toed pup.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 161: 287
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6543

To Sven Nilsson   5 January 1869

Summary

Thanks SN for the trouble he has taken for him [on Lapland reindeer horns].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Sven Nilsson
Date:  5 Jan 1869
Classmark:  Lund University Library Special Collections (Sven Nilsson papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6544

To Julius Victor Carus   5 January 1869

Summary

Asks JVC to ascertain the age at which merino rams develop horns, and whether they grow faster or more slowly than in other breeds of sheep in which both sexes have horns.

Asks how JVC’s translation [of Variation] has sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  5 Jan 1869
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 37–38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6545

To George Cupples   [6–9? January 1869]

Summary

Discusses the development of horns in reindeer and other deer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Cupples
Date:  [6–9? Jan 1869]
Classmark:  Cupples 1894, p. 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6546F

From George Maw   9 January 1869

Summary

Planning to visit Gibraltar and Morocco. Is there anything he can do for CD?

Author:  George Maw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6547

From George Cupples   11 January 1869

Summary

Writing to friends on CD’s behalf about deer: T. T. Wright, Archibald McNeill.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 161: 288
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6548

From Fritz Müller   12 January 1869

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Gives details of some crossing experiments with Eschscholzia.

Describes the grass Streptochaeta, which FM believes to be a primitive grass.

Relates some observations on maize that are well explained by Pangenesis.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 76: B34–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6549

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   13 January 1869

Summary

Sends MS of 13 pages in answer to Nägeli, for new edition of Origin [5th ed., p. 151].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 94: 110–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6550

From Lydia Ernestine Becker   13 January 1869

Summary

Praises Variation and Pangenesis.

Reports observations on parrots and cockatoos.

Author:  Lydia Ernestine Becker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 160: 105, 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6551

To George Maw   13 January 1869

Summary

Thanks GM for offer of observations. Would be interested to know when the horns of merino rams first appear,

and has long wished for living specimens of Drosophyllum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  13 Jan 1869
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6552

From George Maw   14 January 1869

Summary

In Gibraltar he will make notes on merino lambs and Drosophyllum as CD requests.

Author:  George Maw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6553

From J. D. Hooker   15 January 1869

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Criticisms of and suggestions for CD’s draft MS on Nägeli [for Origin, 5th ed.].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6554

From George Cupples   15 January 1869

Summary

Forwards A. McNeill’s letter on deer horns. McNeill wrote portion on deerhounds in William Scrope’s book [The art of deer-stalking (1838)].

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 161: 289
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6555

From Thomas Henry Farrer   15 January 1869

Summary

Red tape leaves no time for botany.

New ministry laudably attempting economies.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 164: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6556
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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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  • … "A child of God" (1) Abberley, John (1) …
  • … (2) Aitken, Thomas (1) Albano, Louisa …
  • … (2) Allen, Frances (1) Allen, Grant …
  • … (4) Althaus, Julius (1) Ambrose, J. L. …

Darwin The Collector

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Look at nature more closely and create and record your own natural collections.

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  • … Activities provide an introduction to Charles Darwin, how and why he collected so many specimens …

Detecting Darwin

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Who was Charles Darwin? What is he famous for? Why is he still important?

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  • … Pupils act as Darwin detectives, exploring clues about Darwin’s life and work. No prior knowledge …

1 Belgrave Street, London

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Marriages and gossip

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  • … A family friend relates news of her marriage and other gossip. …

Language: Interview with Gregory Radick

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Darwin made a famous comment about parallels between changes in language and species change. Gregory Radick, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds University, talks about the importance of the development of language to Darwin, what…

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  • … the answers from the interview.     1. According to Darwin, how did language …
  • … after his death? Transcription 1. According to Darwin, how did language …

German poems presented to Darwin

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Experiments in deepest reverence The following poems were enclosed with a photograph album sent as a birthday gift to Charles Darwin by his German and Austrian admirers (see letter from From Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877). The poems were…

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  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono.” 1 To the master of …
  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono”. 1 —§—   …
  • … still it shines bright! 1. Non che poco io dia, da imputar sono; …

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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Darwin And Evolution

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What is evolution? What did Darwin discover and how did he come to his conclusions?

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  • … Activities give an introduction to Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. Specimens brought …

Darwin's Fantastical Voyage

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Learn about Darwin's adventures on his epic journey.

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  • … These activities explore Darwin’s life changing voyage aboard HMS Beagle. Using letters home, …

Dramatisation script

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Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

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  • … Re: Design – performance version – 25 March 2007 – 1 Re: Design – Adaptation of the …
  • … predominantly read the words of the following: Actor 1 – Asa Gray Actor 2 – Charles …
  • … JANE GRAY: [Jane Loring Gray’s journal. Harvard. November 1887]  1   Dr Gray went in to Boston …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … in the London daily newspaper the Morning Star in 1862 (see Animal World , 1 January 1870, p. …
  • … for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Annual Report, 1864, p. 32; Animal World , 1 February …
  • … from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [2 September 1863] (DAR 219.1: 77), and Correspondence …

Interview with Randal Keynes

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Randal Keynes is a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and the author of Annie’s Box (Fourth Estate, 2001), which discusses Darwin’s home life, his relationship with his wife and children, and the ways in which these influenced his feelings about…

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  • … of interview: 7 August 2008 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: …

Interview with Tim Lewens

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Dr Tim Lewens is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Organisms and artifacts (2004), which examines the language and arguments for design in biology and philosophy, and of…

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  • …   Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: This is part …

Interview with Emily Ballou

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Emily Ballou is a writer of novels and screenplays, and a prize-winning poet. Her book The Darwin Poems, which explores aspects of Darwin’s life and thoughts through the medium of poetry, was recently published by the University of Western Australia Press.…

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  • … Date of interview: 28 May 2009 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr …

Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …

Suggested reading

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  Contemporary writing Anon., The English matron: A practical manual for young wives, (London, 1846). Anon., The English gentlewoman: A practical manual for young ladies on their entrance to society, (Third edition, London, 1846). Becker, L. E.…

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Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate…

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  • … begin to think a veritable ass’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868] ). I am …
  • … Darwin’s network of informers proved very fruitful. On 1 May , Darwin received a letter from …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … been supposed, but his views were generally derided. 1  In 1859, Lyell visited several …
  • … ( Correspondence vol. 8, letter to Charles Lyell, 4 May [1860] and n. 3; Hutchinson 1914, 1: 51). …
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