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From Camille Dareste   18 November [1869]

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Asks CD to write a letter sponsoring him for the Chair of Comparative Physiology at Paris. There are some who do not think his work on artificial production of monstrosities belongs in physiology.

Author:  Gabriel-Madeleine-Camille (Camille) Dareste
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6994

From Roland Trimen   18 November 1869

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Thanks CD for his orchid paper ["Fertilization of orchids", Collected papers 2: 138–56]. Comments briefly on orchids.

Discusses moths in which the wing underside is the most brightly coloured, and relates his observations on sexual selection by a moth, Syntomis.

Author:  Roland Trimen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 82: 27–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6995

To Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg   18 November [1869]

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Thanks CGE for memoir on the Bacillariae of Mexico [Abh. K. Akad. Wiss. Berlin (Phys.) (1869): 1–66].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Date:  18 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ABBAW): (NL Ehrenberg, Nr. 321, Brief von Charles Darwin)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6996
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Darwin & Glen Roy

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Although Darwin was best known for his geological work in South America and other remote Beagle destinations, he made one noteworthy attempt to explain a puzzling feature of British geology.  In 1838, two years after returning from the voyage, he travelled…

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  • … Walk in Darwin’s footsteps:    Click this link to download a field guide to Glen Roy written …

Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … In 1865, the chief work on Charles Darwin’s mind was the writing of  The variation of animals and …

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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  • … On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July …
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