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List of correspondents

Summary

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,…

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Abbot, F. E. (17) Abernethy, J. W. (1) …
  • … Allen, Grant (13) Allen, J. A. (b) (1) …
  • … Allen, Thomas (2) Allman, G. J. (4) …
  • … Athenæum (11) Atkin, J. R. (1) …
  • … Ayres, W. P. (1) B. J. Edwards & Co. (1) …
  • … Barnes, K. S. (1) Barr, J. G. R. (1) …
  • … Barrett, W. F. (1) Barrois, J. H. (2) …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

Summary

In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … of varieties’, he remarked to Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 September [1856] ). I …
  • … was questioned about pigs, dogs, and cattle; Carl Johann Andersson about native Swedish ponies; Hugh …
  • … pretty effectually’ complained Darwin in 1857 ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [2 May 1857] ). …
  • … bird had naturally eaten have grown well.’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1856] ). …
  • … Lyell had pressed him to write up his views ( letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 May [1856] ). …

Darwin’s queries on expression

Summary

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…

Matches: 21 hits

  • … in the blind Bowker, J.H. [10 Dec 1867] …
  • … Fuegians Brooke, C.A.J. 30 Nov 1870 …
  • … Dyaks Brooke, C.A.J. 30 April 1871 …
  • … forwarded by Muller Haast, J.F.J. von 12 …
  • … he forwards it to Haast, J.F.J. von 4 Dec …
  • … Zealand includes enclosure from Revd J Stack, Maori Missionary Kaipoi …
  • … Lake Wellington, Australia letter to F.J.H. von Mueller nodding, …
  • … of baby's tears Hooker, J.D. 5 Sept …
  • … head forward Mivart, G.J. 26 Jan 1871 …
  • … expressions Rothrock, J.T. 31 March 1867 …
  • … Aborigines Speedy, J. 29 Sept 1868 …
  • … New Zealand) forwarded to CD by J.F.J. von Haast Maoris …
  • … respond to query Weale, J.P.M. 7 July 1867 …
  • … Kafir, Hottentot Weale, J.P.M. [10 Dec …
  • … Kaffirs Weale, J.P.M. 23 Oct 1868 …
  • … Kafir girls Weale, J.P.M. [25 May 1870] …
  • … Africa?   Weale, J.P.M. [Jan 1873] …
  • … astonishment Wedgwood, F.J. [1867-72] …
  • …   Wedgwood, F.J. [1867-72] …
  • … in ancients Wedgwood, F.J. [1867-72] …
  • … Lock Hospital Wedgwood, F.J. [1867-72] …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

Summary

In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

Matches: 14 hits

  • … (DAR 119) opens with five pages of text copied from Notebook C and carries on through 1851; the …
  • … [A. von Humboldt 1811] Richardson’s Fauna Borealis [J. Richardson 1829–37] …
  • … Paper on consciousness in brutes Blackwood June 1838 [J. F. Ferrie 1838]. H. C. Watson on …
  • … to White Nat. Hist of Selbourne [E. T. Bennett ed. 1837 and [J. Rennie] ed. 1833] read 19  : …
  • … what have they written.? “Hunt” [J. Hunt 1806] p. 290 …
  • … [Lindley 1840]— Chapter on Races improvement of &c &c important I should think …
  • … chiefly on distribution of forms said to be Poor Sir. J. Edwards Botanical Tour [?J. E. Smith …
  • … Butler. 3. first sermons [Butler 1834] recommended by Sir. J. Mackintosh J. Long Moral Nature …
  • … Playfair 1824] Hume’s Essay [?Hume 1741–2] J. Taylor Art of Dying [J. Taylor 1651] …
  • … to Senegal [Adanson 1759] Richardson. Fauna Borealis [J. Richardson 1829–37]— all Vols. …
  • … at Maer.— Lives of Kepler & Galileo. Drinkwater [J. E. Drinkwater] 1833]— Prof. …
  • … 1826] Lee Scot’s Narrative of Shipwreck in China [J. L. Scott 1841] Lockarts Life of …
  • … Hist of Music [Hogarth 1835] Wilkinson Ægyptian [J. G. Wilkinson 1837–41] read [DAR …
  • … Naturelle [Lucas 1847–50] 1857 Nov. 15. Andersson Lake Gnami [Andersson 1856] …
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