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Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts


At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … & contempt—almost hatred—’ ( from Asa Gray and J. L. Gray, 8 and 9 May [1869] ). James …
  • …  that had been painstakingly collected by William Chester Tait in Portugal. Darwin wanted to compare …
  • … Sweetland Dallas’s edition of Fritz Müller’s  Für Darwin  (Dallas trans. 1869). The book, an …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants


Towards the end of 1862, Darwin resolved to build a small hothouse at Down House, for ‘experimental purposes’ (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and volume 10, letter to Thomas Rivers, 15 January 1863). The decision…

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  • continuing: ‘Do you not think you ought to be sent with M r  Gower to the Police Court?’ (William
  • and in 1869 Darwin told the botanist William Chester Tait that he had4 houses of different
  • 1863a, which he received in mid-February (see letter from LC. Treviranus, 12 February 1863 ). …
  • …  The reference is to James Bateman, an orchid specialist (RDesmond 1994). 17.  Stylidium
  • Cyanophyllum magnificum M  r  Low 29 | of Melastomaceæ …