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From Asa Gray   12 May 1874

Summary

Encloses letter and sketch from O. N. Rood on pointed ears.

Reports observations on Sarracenia variolaris. A correspondent finds that the fluid in the pitchers is anaesthetic and that a sweet trail runs down the plant, nearly to the ground, to lure up ants.

Encloses two articles on insectivorous plants [Nation 18 (1874): 216–17, 232–4].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 165: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9455

Matches: 16 hits

  • … From Asa Gray   12 May 1874
  • … DAR 165: 184 Asa Gray Cambridge, Mass. 12 May 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … notes for CD’s letter to Gray of 3 June [1874]. The subject of the ‘wolf story’ has not …
  • … up ants. Encloses two articles on insectivorous plants [ Nation 18 (1874): 216–17, 232–4]. …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, and selection …
  • … John Murray. 1871. Mellichamp, Joseph Hinson. 1874. Notes on Sarracenia variolaris. …
  • … Ogden Nicholas Rood. Gray’s articles appeared in the Nation , 2 April 1874, pp.   …
  • … 216–17, and 9 April 1874, pp.  232–4 ([A. Gray] 1874a). …
  • … as ‘Do plants eat insects? ’ in two parts in the Gardeners’ Chronicle , 2 May 1874 and …
  • … 9 May 1874 ([A. Gray] 1874b). Alfred William Bennett reported similar findings to those of …
  • … Association for the Advancement of Science (1874) pt B: 113–33. Thomson, William. 1871. …
  • … Cambridge, Mass, May 12, 1874 Dear Darwin Here is a note & sketch, from Prof. Rood of New …
  • … see letter to Asa Gray, 3  June [1874] and n.  9). CD’s copy has not been found. Gray …
  • … 12–14, and pp.  30–2. See also Mellichamp 1874 . He also refers to Jeffries Wyman. Gray …
  • … Crinoida Dajeeana . The man-eating tree of Madagascar’ ( World , 28 April 1874, p.  7; …
  • … Asa Gray Columbia College May 4 th . 1874 Dear Professor; When Darwin’s book on the “ …

To Asa Gray   3 June [1874]

Summary

CD is deeply pleased by AG’s article on him in Nature [10 (1874): 79–81].

Is preparing book on "Drosera and Co." for the printers. Reports observations on digestion in Drosera and Pinguicula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  3 June [1874]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9480

Matches: 19 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   3 June [1874] …
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (103) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 June [1874] Asa Gray …
  • … by AG’s article on him in Nature [10 (1874): 79–81]. Is preparing book on " Drosera and …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874 . Gray …
  • … had enclosed a letter of 4 May 1874 from Ogden Nicholas Rood with …
  • … his own letter of 12 May 1874; no letter from Gray dated 4 May has been found. In a …
  • … see also annotations to letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874 . For Rood’s sketch, see …
  • … to the letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874 . CD had discussed vestigial pointed ears in …
  • … finished revisions to the second edition of Descent by early April 1874 ( letter to John …
  • … Murray, 4 April 1874 ). Ohr-spitze : ear-tip. Jane Loring Gray bought a backgammon board …
  • … also letter to J.  N.  Lockyer, 13 May [1874] and n.  2). For CD’s relationship with Brown …
  • … in two parts as ‘Do plants eat insects? ’ in the Gardeners’ Chronicle , 2 May 1874 and …
  • … 9 May 1874 ([A.  Gray] 1874b); Gray was identified as the author by his initials …
  • … only in the second part. See letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874  and nn.  2 and 3. …
  • … See letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874  and n.  4. CD was particularly interested in the …
  • … in various species of Pinguicula (butterwort) in June and July 1874 are in DAR 59.1; …
  • … those for 1 June 1874 are in DAR 59.1: 35. Gray had enclosed a copy of a spoof article ‘ …
  • … The man-eating tree of Madagascar’ from a New York newspaper, World , 28 April 1874, p.   …
  • … 7, with his letter of 12 May 1874; the copy has not been found. The pretext of the …

To Asa Gray   5 June [1874]

Summary

Profoundly grateful for AG’s article in Nature; he is especially pleased by what AG says about teleology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  5 June [1874]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (104)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9483

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   5 June [1874] …
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (104) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 June [1874] Asa Gray …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] . See …
  • … letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] and n.  3. The copy of Gray’s article in DAR 140.1: 2  …
  • … p.  81). Letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874]. In the penultimate paragraph of his article on …

From Asa Gray   16 June 1874

Summary

AG’s article in Nature was "just and moderate".

Sends his review of C. Hodge’s What is Darwinism? (1874) [Nation 18 (1874): 348–51].

It is uphill work making a theist out of CD.

Gives further observations on Sarracenia variolaris.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 165: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9492

Matches: 14 hits

  • … From Asa Gray   16 June 1874
  • … DAR 165: 185 Asa Gray Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. 16 June 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Bibliography Hodge, Charles. 1874. What is Darwinism? London: T. Nelson and Sons. …
  • … was "just and moderate". Sends his review of C. Hodge’s What is Darwinism? (1874) [ Nation …
  • … 18 (1874): 348–51]. It is uphill work making a theist out of CD. Gives further …
  • … See the letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] , written after CD received an advance copy of …
  • … Lockyer. See letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] and nn.  4 and 9. Gray had enclosed copies …
  • … identified. In his review of Hodge 1874 , Gray rejected Charles Hodge’s identification of …
  • … Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. June 16, 1874. My Dear Darwin The gratification I feel in …
  • … Academy of Arts and Sciences, 28 January 1874, for CD’s election as a foreign honorary …
  • … honorary members were elected in January 1874; the membership included 194 fellows, 85  …
  • … members ( Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 9 (1874): 302, 310). …
  • … of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard. See also letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874  and n.  4. For …
  • … Gray’s interest in backgammon, see the letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] and n.   12. …

From Asa Gray   19 June 1874

Summary

Writes of his article in Nature. Corrects some errors that have appeared in the published version.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 165: 186
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9501

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  • … From Asa Gray   19 June 1874
  • … DAR 165: 186 Asa Gray Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. 19 June 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … not been found. See letter to Asa Gray, 5 June [1874] . Gray had made the same point about …
  • … Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. June 19 1874. My Dear Darwin Your 2 nd letter reached me …
  • … See letters to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] and …
  • … 5 June [1874]; CD had seen both an advance copy and then the published …
  • … version of an article about him by Gray in Nature , 4 June 1874 (A.  Gray 1874c). …
  • … published a correction in Nature , 2 July 1874, p.  161: I supposed that I had written “ …
  • … See also letter to Asa Gray, 30 June [1874] ). Gray referred to Robert Brown, Christian …
  • … Nature (see letter to Asa Gray, 30 June [1874] ), and a version was published in the form …
  • … of a letter to the editor ( Nature , 2 July 1874, p.  161; see n.  2, above); the …

To Asa Gray   25 June 1874

Summary

Remarks on his work on Pinguicula. Notes its digestive power; it absorbs nutritious matter from leaves and seeds as well as insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  25 June 1874
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (108)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9511

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  • … To Asa Gray   25 June 1874
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (108) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 June 1874 Asa Gray …
  • … See letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] ; CD’s most recent letter …
  • … to Gray, of 5 June [1874], does not mention Pinguicula (butterwort). CD’s …
  • … experiments on digestion in Pinguicula in June 1874 are in DAR 59.1: 35–63. The specimens …
  • … were sent by Amy Ruck; see letter to W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer, 23 June 1874  and n.  3. The …
  • … specimens, carried out between 23 and 27 June 1874, are in DAR 59.1: 57–63. CD published …

To Asa Gray   30 June [1874]

Summary

Thanks for Sarracenia, which is as wonderful as any orchid.

Asks AG to observe Pinguicula.

Has read AG’s semi-theological review [Nation 18 (1874): 348–51] with interest

and has obtained the book [C. Hodge, What is Darwinism? (1874)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  30 June [1874]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (109)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9520

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  • … To Asa Gray   30 June [1874] …
  • … Herbarium, Harvard University (109) Charles Robert Darwin Down 30 June [1874] Asa Gray …
  • … Bibliography Hodge, Charles. 1874. What is Darwinism? London: T. Nelson and Sons. …
  • … s semi-theological review [ Nation 18 (1874): 348–51] with interest and has obtained the …
  • … book [C. Hodge, What is Darwinism? (1874)]. …
  • … leaf, thus stimulating more digestive fluid. See letters to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] and …
  • … 5 June [1874]. CD refers to Gray’s profile of him published in Nature (A.  Gray 1874c). …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letters from Asa Gray, 16 June 1874 and …
  • … 19 June 1874 (see n.  2, below). …
  • … Letters from Asa Gray, 16 June 1874 and …
  • … 19 June 1874. See …
  • … letter from Asa Gray, 19 June 1874  and nn.  2 and 4. The editor …
  • … of Nature was Joseph Norman Lockyer. See letter from Asa Gray, 16 June 1874 . See …
  • … letter to Asa Gray, 3 June [1874] and n.  5. Drosera is the sundew and Dionaea the Venus …
  • … CD a copy of his review of Charles Hodge’s What is Darwinism? ( Hodge 1874 ; [A.  Gray] …
  • … 1874d; see letter from Asa Gray, 16 June 1874 ). Hodge had equated CD’s theories with …
  • … a position that Gray rejected. CD’s copy of Hodge 1874  is in the Darwin Library–Down. …
  • … Letter to Asa Gray, 25 June 1874. In Insectivorous plants , pp.  378–9, CD concluded that …

From Asa Gray   11 December 1874

Summary

Cannot help with Pinguicula or Utricularia. Mrs Mary Treat is studying Utricularia.

Forwards his short piece on duration of varieties [New York Tribune 8 Dec 1874; Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 9 (1875): 109–14].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1874
Classmark:  DAR 165: 187
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9753

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From Asa Gray   11 December 1874
  • … DAR 165: 187 Asa Gray Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. 11 Dec 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … of varieties [ New York Tribune 8 Dec 1874; Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 9 (1875): 109–14]. …
  • … Dalton Hooker’s wife, died on 13 November 1874 ( Allan 1967 , p.  225). There is a lightly …
  • … Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. Dec.  11 1874. My Dear Darwin, I must be owing you an …
  • … CD’s last letters to Gray were those of 25 June 1874 and …
  • … 30 June [1874]; CD asked Gray about Pinguicula (butterwort) in both letters. No letter has …
  • … See letter from Mary Treat, 2 December 1874 . CD published his work on Drosera (sundew) …

To Asa Gray   25 December 1874

Summary

Read AG’s article [see 9753] on longevity and duration of varieties with great interest.

Death of Mrs Hooker.

Hopes Insectivorous plants will be out in the spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  25 Dec 1874
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (110)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9779

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   25 December 1874
  • … Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (110) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 Dec 1874 Asa Gray …
  • … Dalton Hooker’s wife, died on 13 November 1874 ( Allan 1967 , p.  225). According to Emma …
  • … See letter from Asa Gray, 11 December 1874 . There is a lightly annotated copy of Gray’s …
  • … See letter from Mary Treat, 2 December 1874 . CD cited a later article by Treat on …
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Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

Summary

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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  • … The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the …
  • … intervals’ ( letter to D. T. Gardner, [ c . 27 August 1874] ). The death of a Cambridge friend, …
  • … and collecting beetles ( letter from W. D. Fox, 8 May [1874] ).  Such reminiscences led Darwin to …
  • … much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). I feel very old & …
  • … old & helpless’  ( letter to B. J. Sulivan, 6 January [1874] ). Darwin mentioned his poor …
  • … on the matter ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 26 October 1874 ). Séances, psychics, and …
  • … Joseph Dalton Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). Later in the month, …
  • … and an imposter’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 27 January 1874 ). Darwin agreed that it was ‘all …
  • … perform his antics’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 29 January [1874] ). This did not stop word getting …
  • … at his home ( letter from T. G. Appleton, 2 April 1874 ). Back over old ground New …
  • … Charles Lyell ( letter to Smith, Elder & Co., 8 January 1874 , letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 …
  • … of correction’ ( letter to H. E. Litchfield, 21 [March 1874] ). The book came out in June with the …
  • … Darwin on this point ( letter from J. D. Dana, 21 July 1874 ); however, he did not retract his …
  • … dog breeders (letters from George Cupples, 21 February 1874 and 12 March 1874 ); the material …
  • … Islands (Hawaii; letters from T. N. Staley, 12 February 1874 and 20 February 1874 ; letters …
  • … islanders ( letter from William Dealtry, 16 January 1874 ). One of the most significant …
  • … enemy into a jelly’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 14 April 1874 ). The technical nature of Huxley’s …
  • … mind where it goes’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 16 April 1874 ). The second edition of  …
  • … would be very good ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Darwin's son George …
  • … of your thought’ ( letter from G. H. Darwin, 20 April 1874 ). The Mivart affair …
  • … mental and physical disorders (G. H. Darwin 1873b). In July 1874, an anonymous essay appeared in the …
  • … libel’ on his son ( letter to G. H. Darwin, [27 July 1874] ).  George, however, consulted with his …
  • … [a] lying scoundrel’ ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 1 August [1874] ). He drafted a brief statement of …

Darwin's 1874 letters go online

Summary

The full transcripts and footnotes of over 600 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1874 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1874 through his letters and see a full list of the letters. The 1874 letters…

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  • … of over 600 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1874 are published online for the first time. …
  • … ( Letter to G. H. Darwin, 1 August [1874] ) The Mivart affair highlights …
  • … are some other highlights from Darwin's correspondence in 1874: I feel as old as …
  • … signifying so much.  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) At the age of 65, Darwin …
  • … more quietly was severely tested by some of the events of 1874. He had a clear idea of the shape of …
  • … must be enough for me  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) During the year he …
  • … the positive  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 August [1874] ) – he mourned after several …
  • … day’s work  ( Letter to D. F. Nevill, 18 September [1874] ) Darwin’s family continued …
  • … have to do—  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 November [1874] ) Darwin’s continuing …

St George Jackson Mivart

Summary

In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … In 1874, the Catholic zoologist St George Jackson Mivart caused Darwin and his son …
  • … appeared to have created very little stir, until, in July 1874, Mivart published an anonymous review …
  • … of the Quarterly ( letter from G. H. Darwin, 29 July 1874 ). Darwin hastily advised against …
  • … to wish to circulate ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 1 August [1874] ). Darwin provided a draft of the …
  • … to endorse them ( letter from G. H. Darwin, 5 August 1874 ). He sent a second draft, which Darwin …
  • … a fair copy of his letter with his letter of 6 [August] 1874 . George and Darwin were also …
  • … George’s letter to Murray with his letter of 11 August 1874 , and was no doubt relieved to …
  • … to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). In October, George’s letter …
  • … a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other words, Mivart had used …
  • … reaction was savage ( letter to G. H. Darwin, [6 December 1874] ). Hooker and Huxley between them …
  • … the attack on George ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1874 ). Huxley met Mivart at an evening …
  • … ( Enclosure to letter from J. D. Hooker, 21 December 1874 .) A reply soon came from Mivart . …
  • … of a gentleman’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 23 December 1874 ). However, Huxley still wrote to …
  • … this.   124 Gower St W.C. Dec. 24th 1874. Private & Confidential …
  • … to John Tyndall ( letter from John Tyndall, 28 December 1874 , and letter from J. D. Hooker, 29 …
  • … 16 January 1875, p. 66, signed, ‘The Quarterly Reviewer of 1874’. In it he reiterated his claim that …

Joseph Simms

Summary

The American doctor and author of works on physiognomy Joseph Simms wrote to Darwin on 14 September 1874, while he was staying in London. He enclosed a copy of his book Nature’s revelations of character (Simms 1873). He hoped it might 'prove…

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  • … physiognomy Joseph Simms wrote to Darwin on 14 September 1874 , while he was staying in London. …
  • … stockings. (Letter from Joseph Simms, 14 September 1874 ) The foot could tell …

Essay: Evolution & theology

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—by Asa Gray EVOLUTION AND THEOLOGY The Nation, January 15, 1874 The attitude of theologians toward doctrines of evolution, from the nebular hypothesis down to ‘Darwinism,’ is no less worthy of consideration, and hardly less diverse, than that of…

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  • … EVOLUTION AND THEOLOGY The Nation, January 15, 1874 The attitude of theologians toward …

Essay: What is Darwinism?

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—by Asa Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge asks he promptly and decisively answers: ‘What is Darwinism? it is atheism.’ Leaving aside all subsidiary and incidental matters, let us consider–1. What the…

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  • … Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge …

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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  • … attack upon Darwin’s son George, in an anonymous review in 1874 (see Correspondence vol. 22, …
  • … had also considered taking up the issue with Murray in 1874, even threatening to break off future …
  • … laid to rest, another controversy was brewing. In December 1874, Darwin had been asked to sign a …
  • … botanical research and had visited Down House in April 1874 (see Correspondence vol. 22, letters …
  • … A scientific friendship had developed between the men in 1874, and this was enhanced by Romanes’s …
  • … white’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, [before 4 November 1874] ).   Testing Pangenesis …
  • … had learned of Lyell’s failing health from Hooker in 1874 and January 1875. On 22 February, he was …

Women’s scientific participation

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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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  • … 9426 - Story-Maskelyne , T. M. to Darwin, [23 April 1874] Thereza Story-Maskelyne …
  • … Letter 9616 - Marshall, T. to Darwin, [September 1874] Theodosia Marshall sends …
  • … 9606 - Harrison, L. C. to Darwin, [22 August 1874] Darwin’s niece, Lucy, sends a …
  • … Letter 9616  - Marshall, T.  to Darwin, [September 1874] Theodosia Marshall details …
  • … Letter 9485 - Treat, M. to Darwin, [8 June 1874] Mary Treat details her experiments …

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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George Eliot was the pen name of celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She was born on the outskirts of Nuneaton in Warwickshire and was educated at boarding schools from the age of five until she was 16. Her education ended when she…

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  • … started ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). Darwin took Emma to a Sunday afternoon at …

Photograph album of Dutch admirers

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Darwin received the photograph album for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from his scientific admirers in the Netherlands. He wrote to the Dutch zoologist Pieter Harting, An account of your countrymen’s generous sympathy in having sent me on my…

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  • … to Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 18 February 1874 ) Zouteveen’s editions of …

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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  • … A GRAY 3 AUGUST 1871 201  TO A GRAY 3 JUNE [1874] 202  FROM A GRAY 16 …

Darwin as mentor

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Darwin provided advice, encouragement and praise to his fellow scientific 'labourers' of both sexes. Selected letters Letter 2234 - Darwin to Unidentified, [5 March 1858] Darwin advises that Professor C. P. Smyth’s observations are not…

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  • … Letter 9580 - Darwin to Darwin, G. H. D., [1 August 1874] Darwin gives feedback on work …
  • … Letter 9613 - Darwin to Hooker, J. D., [30 August 1874] Darwin comments on a “clever” …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … later, would take his camera across the globe to observe the 1874 transit of Venus. Tommy, …
  • … Perfilieff , a member of the Tolstoy family in March of 1874, Darwin included the line “I have the …
  • … newly-produced  carte . Image: Charles Darwin, 1874, Elliot and Fry, Dar 257:11,   …
  • … ©Cambridge University Library Between 1874 and 1878 Darwin was very busy – too busy, …
  • … Darwin’s Pictures: Views of Evolutionary Theory, 1837-1874 . New Haven, USA: Yale University Press, …

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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  • … in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the …
  • … experiments on live animals in Britain. In December 1874, Darwin was asked to sign a memorial …

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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  • … Letter 9377 : Darwin, C. R. to Abbott, F. E. A., 30 March 1874 Writing to the American …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … 9633 - Nevill, D. F. to Darwin, [11 September 1874] Dorothy Nevill tells Darwin …

Clémence Auguste Royer

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Getting Origin translated into French was harder than Darwin had expected. The first translator he approached, Madame Belloc, turned him down on the grounds that the content was ‘too scientific‘, and then in 1860 the French political exile  Pierre…

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  • … This point was not lost on Royer. In 1874 in front of the  Société d’Anthropologie de Paris , she …
  • … before the Societe d’Anthropologie de Paris in 1874. …

Lydia Becker

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Becker was a leading member of the suffrage movement, perhaps best known for publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal. She was also a successful biologist, astronomer and botanist and, between 1863 and 1877, an occasional correspondent of Charles Darwin. …

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Titus Coan

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In 1874, when Darwin was preparing the second edition of Descent of Man, he received letters from all over the world in reply to his queries about human behaviour; one in particular would have stirred up unexpected memories of his own time among the native…

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Francis Darwin marries

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The Darwins' son, Francis, marries Amy Ruck; Francis starts work as his father's assistant

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  • … The Darwins' son, Francis, marries Amy Ruck; Francis starts work as his father's assistant …
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