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Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … spent completing Forms of flowers , his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the …
  • … of bloom, each of these projects would culminate in a major publication. Darwin’s botany was …
  • … by his engagement to Sara Sedgwick, an American from a family that the Darwins had befriended. The …
  • … He returned to his alma mater in November to hear a Latin oration composed specially for the …
  • … the fertility of individual flowers and plants across a range of common species, such as the …
  • … pleases me.’. Darwin dedicated the book to Gray, ‘as a small tribute of respect and affection’. He …
  • … to you.’ Drawing his separate publications together into a larger whole enabled Darwin to advance …
  • … measure: ‘it might then be highly beneficial to [a plant] that the same flower or the same …
  • … I believe it is of value, it is not likely that more than a few hundred copies w d . be sold’. His …
  • … waxy coating on the leaves and fruit was, like dimorphism, a well-known botanical characteristic …
  • … I am now going to continue my observations.’ He requested a large number of plants from Hooker on …
  • … who wrote on 16 July , ‘assisting you is a relief in the general monotony of routine. I am …
  • … plants prevents injury from salt-water—& I believe with a few prevents injury from pure water …
  • … continue the observations. ‘I got out within 2 minutes of a very heavy shower’, William wrote on …
  • … The drops seemed to stick closely to the leaves and required a tolerable shake’. Darwin gained …
  • … tree) and Desmodium gyrans (telegraph plant). ‘He is a good fellow but nurses a private ambition …
  • … 1877 ). At Down House, Darwin and Francis devised a method of recording leaf motion for …
  • … over time: ‘Bristle was gummed to 1 Cot. & beyond it a triangular bit of card was fixed & in …
  • … method effectively transferred the movement of leaflets to a piece of blotting paper; a pencil …
  • … the production. Darwin thanked the director, Adriaan Anthoni van Bemmelen, on 12 February 1877 : …
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