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Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad


At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … ‘some Quadrumanum animal’, as he put it in a letter to J. D. Hooker of 24[–5] February [1863] . …
  • wished his one-time mentor had not said a word ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24[–5] February [1863] ). …
  • difficulty in answering Owen  unaided ’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 February 1863] ). Hugh
  • … ‘I fear L. will get scant pity even from his own side, for F spoke to me the other night in the most
  • to see men fighting so for a little fame’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 17 March [1863] ). …
  • to capture his and othersattention ( see letter to J. D. Dana, 20 February [1863] , and letter
  • a letter to the  Athenæum  in response ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 March [1863] ). He later
  • partly composed such  a good letter (!)’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 17 March [1863] ). At the
  • Benjamin Carpenters book on Foraminifera ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, [29 March 1863] , and
  • might as well think of origin of matter.—’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [29 March 1863] ). Owens
  • the first edition of  Antiquity of man  ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 February 1863] , and
  • science before the public in this way ( see letter from J. D. Hooker, [7 May 1863] , and Appendix
  • have been gnashing my teeth at my own folly’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 May 1863] ). After his
  • bending his facts to support Darwins theory ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [17 April 1863] ). …
  • in all Englandwho dare speak out’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 May 1863] ). The others listed
  • Darwin had also found a supporter in New Zealand. Julius von Haast, a German working as a provincial
  • of Canterbury in September 1862 ( see letter to Julius von Haast, 22 January 1863 ); he discussed
  • and palaeontological discoveries made in New Zealand. Haasts arduous explorations and geological, …
  • who applauded him as aglorious species man’, while Haast extolled Darwin as thenoble champion of
  • Philosophical Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand, of which Haast was a founding member ( see
  • Charles Naudin thought little of his theory ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 January [1863] ), but
  • had placed Sedgwick in opposition to him ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, [223 November 1863] ). …
  • reminded Huxley again of the German botanist Karl Friedrich von Gärtners experiments, which had
  • he struck a more optimistic note in a letter to Julius von Haast of 18 July [1863] , in which he

Women’s scientific participation


Observers | Fieldwork | Experimentation | Editors and critics | Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a community of women who participated, often actively and routinely, in the nineteenth-century scientific community. Here is a…

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  • … in chimpanzees and orangs. Letter 5705 - Haast, J. F. J. von to Darwin, [4 December …

Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments


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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  • … Gardens, Edinburgh, that he should repeat Karl Friedrich von Gärtner’s experiments on  Verbascum , …
  • … virtual strangers like Samuel Butler ( letter to Julius von Haast, 26 December [1865] ), Darwin …