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List of correspondents

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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,…

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  • … Higginson, T. W. (5) Hildebrand, Friedrich (39) …
  • … Ludwig, Camilla (3) Ludwig, Friedrich (3) …
  • … George (29) Max Müller, Friedrich (6) …
  • … Rolfe, R. M. (9) Rolle, Friedrich (12) …
  • … Tiddeman, R. H. (1) Tiemann, Friedrich (1) …

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

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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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  • … Lyell, 17 March [1863] ). In January 1863, the geologist Friedrich Rolle, who had recently …
  • … of reactions to his theory in Germany ( see letter from Friedrich Rolle, 26 January 1863 ). Darwin …
  • … ). He reminded Huxley again of the German botanist Karl Friedrich von Gärtner’s experiments, which …
  • … on orchids written by a German correspondent, the botanist Friedrich Hildebrand, to be published in …
  • …  experiments with the same results ( see letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 16 July 1863 ). …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • from Hermann Muller, 6 December 1876 and 28 December 1876). Friedrich Hildebrand recognised its
  • the origin of species and varieties’ ( letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 6 December 1876 , and
  • stigma’, he told Gray on 4 December. Darwin also adopted Friedrich Hildebrands termheterostyle’ …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … Support for Darwin in Germany was equally enthusiastic. Friedrich Hildebrand sent his praise for  …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … received detailed observations from Fritz Müller in Brazil, Friedrich Hildebrand in Germany, and …
  • … had  recently been criticised for this by the philologist Friedrich Max Müller in a series of …
  • … of the arguments opposed to this belief” ( letter to Friedrich Max Müller, 3 July 1873 ). …

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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  • … renewing contact with correspondents such as Daniel Oliver, Friedrich Hildebrand, Fritz Müller, and …
  • … in the album, and a series of poems by the Austrian writer Friedrich Adler (see Appendix VI). One …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … with Gray, Philip Henry Gosse, George Chichester Oxenden, Friedrich Hildebrand, and others mentioned …
  • … at the new botanic garden in Castleton, Jamaica. Darwin and Friedrich Hildebrand in Germany compared …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … with those of trusted correspondents like Müller and Friedrich Hildebrand. Supporters and …
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