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Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • on 'so difficult a subject, as evolution’ ( letter to ARWallace,  27 July [1872] ). …
  • set the final price at 7 s.  6 d.  ( letter from RFCooke, 12 February 1872 ). …
  • unpublished at the end of the year ( letter from C.-FReinwald, 23 November 1872 ). To
  • Whale  & duck  most beautiful’ ( letter from ARWallace, 3 March 1872 ). I
  • … `chiefly perhaps because I do it badly’ ( letter to ARWallace, 3 August [1872] ).  …
  • from his ignorance, he feels no doubts’ ( letter to FCDonders, 17 June 1872 ). Right up to the
  • … & new views which are daily turning up’ ( letter to ARWallace, 28 August [1872] ).  …
  • and with John Murrays assistant, the excitable Robert CookeDarwin, as with  Origin , was
  • to pay something for the privilege   . . . ?’ queried Cooke despairingly, `or have you agreed to
  • numbers required led to increasingly frantic letters from Cooke: 'We are in a precious quondary
  • …  & have not taken care of ourselves’ ( letter from RFCooke, 20 November 1872 ). A
  • in the face of a disappointed public ( letter from RFCooke, 25 November 1872 ). Among those
  • Mary Lloyd, were vying to read it first ( letter from FPCobbe, [26 November 1872] ). …
  • darkness by an industrial strike ( letter from RFCooke, 6 December 1872 ).  Caught out by the
  • reward to which any scientific man can look’ ( letter to FCDonders, 29 April [1872] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1879: Tracing roots

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Darwin spent a considerable part of 1879 in the eighteenth century. His journey back in time started when he decided to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an essay on Erasmus’s evolutionary ideas…

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  • … he warned that it was ‘dry as dust’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 9 September 1879 ). He was also …
  • … Zoology’, but it was in Germany that Darwin was most fêted. A German bookkeeper and his wife sent …
  • … knowledge—observation & experiment’ ( letter from J. F. Moulton, 10 December 1879 ). In reply …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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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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  • … Descent  was published in November 1874 ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Though …
  • … on subsequent print runs would be very good ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). …
  • … more in my life than this day’s work’ ( letter to D. F. Nevill, 18 September [1874] ).Francis’s …
  • … structure and mechanism that Darwin agreed with ( letter to F. J. Cohn, 12 October 1874 ). Darwin …
  • … she valued the photograph he sent highly ( letter from D. F. Nevill, [11 September 1874] ). …
  • … of his children shedding tears as tiny babies ( letter from F. S. B. François de Chaumont, 29 April …
  • … edition was published in January 1875 ( letter from C.-F. Reinwald , 4 February 1874 ). Barbier …
  • … journey on board the Beagle) in December ( letter from C.-F. Reinwald , 10 December 1874 ). Samuel …

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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  • … of the second edition of Climbing plants ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 23 February 1876 ). When …
  • … shoemaker and ardent naturalist Thomas Edward ( letter from F. M. Balfour, 11 December 1876 ; …
  • … value’, was ‘extremely dry’, he informed Robert Cooke on 16 September . Darwin was apologetic …
  • … Friedrich Hildebrand, 6 December 1876 , and letter from F. J. Cohn, 31 December 1876 ). …

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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  • … Abberley, John (1) Abbot, F. E. (17) …
  • … Maurice (3) Albrecht, R. F. (3) …
  • … Bushell (1) Ansell, G. F. (1) Ansted …
  • … Appleton, T. G. (6) Arnold, F. S. (2) …
  • … Austin, A. D. (2) Austin, C. F. (1) …
  • … W. W. (4) Baillie, A. F. (1) …
  • … Alexander (b) (1) Baird, S. F. (1) …
  • … Baldwin, J. D. (2) Balfour, F. M. (16) …
  • … Barber, M. E. (1) Baring, F. T. (1) …
  • … Frederick (1) Batalin, A. F. (2) …
  • … Edouard (3) Bergstedt, C. F. (1) …
  • … (1) Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte …
  • … Chapman, John (4) Charles, R. F. (2) …

Origin is 160; Darwin's 1875 letters now online

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To mark the 160th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species, the full transcripts and footnotes of nearly 650 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1875 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1875…

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  • more about the wide distribution of my books.  ( Letter to RFCooke, 29 June [1875] ) …

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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  • … about the popularity of his book, writing to Robert Cooke on 11 April , ‘though I believe it is …
  • … on leaves and the distribution of the stomata’ (F. Darwin 1886). Alongside his work on bloom, …
  • … the vibratory flagella of some Infusoria’ ( letter from F. J. Cohn, 5 August 1877 ). Francis’s …
  • … its larger aim was announced in the subtitle: Zeitschrift für einheitliche Weltanschauung auf …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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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…

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  • … Nat. [A. P. de Candolle 1820] in Geolog. Soc. F. Cuvier on Instinct [F. G. Cuvier 1822] read …
  • … Paper on consciousness in brutes Blackwood June 1838 [J. F. Ferrie 1838]. H. C. Watson on …
  • …  letter to Sir W Scott [MacCulloch 1824] at Maer? W. F. Eduards sur les characteres de races …
  • … Flourens “Resume analytique des observations par F. Cuvier sur l’instinct”—L’Institut 1839. p. 408 …
  • … 1839–41]— in Geograph Soc Siebold’s Japan [P. F. B. von Siebold 1833–50]— d[itt]o Kalm …
  • … & Production [Royle 1840] Bennets. Whaling Voyage [F. D. Bennett 1840] [DAR *119 …
  • … 14v.] Baron de Brincken; memoire descriptif de la fôret de Bialowcka. Varsovie 1826 …
  • … Nemesis to China [Bernard 1844]. The Emigrant, Head [F. B. Head 1846] St. John’s …
  • … of Birds from distant countries Birds of Japan [P. F. B. von Siebold 1833–50] Zoolog. Soc …
  • … 3. (old Series). Mem. Geolog. Soc. Paris Studies on Chalk F. of France [Archiac 1846].— …
  • … [Grote 1846–56] Napiers Hist. of Peninsular War [W. F. P. Napier 1828–40] Campbell’s …
  • … Sir John Davies. China during the War and Peace [J. F. Davis 1852]. read Books Read, 1838–51 …
  • … 1765] Ap 5 D r  Edwards on Influence of causes [W. F. Edwards 1832]— well skimmed 25 …
  • … at other numbers 25. Owen & Botelers Africa [W. F. Owen 1833 and Boteler 1835] well …
  • … —— Wiegmann’s Archif. fur Naturg. [ Archiv für Naturgeschichte ] one vol. for 1838—— 16 th …
  • … [DAR 119: 12a] 1842 Feb. 4 th . F. Michaux’s (son of the botanist) 75 …
  • … Eyres Narrative [?V. Eyre 1843].— May 7 th . F. Horner’s life & Correspondence [Horner …
  • … of Chesterfields letters [P. D. Stanhope 1774] —— F. Bremer’s little novels [Bremer 1842, …
  • … 1834–9] Dec 12 th  The Emigrant by Sir F. B. Head [F. B. Head 1846] —— 16 th …
  • … 9 th  Jukes Voyage [Jukes 1847]. Vol. I & II. W. F. Edwards Des Caracteres des Races Humaines …
  • … an Eastern King [Knighton] 1855] read The Hon ble  Cooke Journey to Oregon Bon. Price [Coke …
  • … by Richard Owen.  Vol. 4 of  The works of John Hunter, F.R.S. with notes . Edited by James F. …
  • … Peacock, George. 1855.  Life of Thomas Young, M.D., F.R.S.  London.  *128: 172; 128: 21 …
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