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From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [20 January 1879]

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H. N. Moseley says [in "Notes on plants collected and observed at the Admiralty Islands", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 15 (1877): 77] pigeons eject seeds in fit state for germination. He regards pigeons as providing most efficient means of transport in Malayan Archipelago.

CD’s collected notes on geographical distribution would make a good book.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10341

From James Torbitt   [1879?]

Summary

Has found no [potato] variety whose foliage can resist the parasite, except when grown under glass.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1879?]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11814

To Francis Darwin?   [1879–80?]

Summary

Discusses A. B. Frank’s views [Beiträge zur Pflanzenphysiologie (1868)] on how plants position themselves; differences and similarities compared with their own conclusions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [1879–80?]
Classmark:  Botany School Cambridge (in A. B. Frank, Beiträge zur Pflanzenphysiologie, 1868)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11816

To Albert Günther   1 January 1879

Summary

Thanks AG for his kind note and returns his good wishes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  1 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11817

From Marius Koch   3 January 1879

Summary

A young disciple wishes to know if reports of people with tails in New Guinea could be true.

Author:  Marius Koch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 169: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11819

To Edward Frankland   4 January [1879]

Summary

Fears that the promised bottle of pure water may have been despatched or stolen in passage. [See 11768a.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  4 Jan [1879]
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester (Frankland Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11820A

From Mary Jung   7 January 1879

Summary

Young Austrian woman asks for CD’s autograph.

Author:  Mary Jung
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 168: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11821

From Carl Kraus   8 January 1879

Summary

A supporter of "the presumptive connection between socialism and evolution through natural selection" sends essays of Carl Vogt and requests CD to comment on them publicly.

Author:  Carl (Charles) Kraus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 169: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11822

To ?   9 January 1879

Summary

Thanks correspondent for the copies of his engraving. "The work seems to be, though I cannot pretend to be a judge, a vy fine production".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Dr Mirko Majer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823

From W. E. Darwin   9 January 1879

Summary

Sends figures on increase in value of North Western Railway stocks. Says consol stock considered much more secure for bankers. Does not think his own bank is in danger of a run. Is glad to see the Emperor of Prussia has confirmed CD’s appointment to Academy. Is snowing at Bassett.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11823F

To W. E. Darwin   10 January [1879]

Summary

G[eorge] has visited A[nthony] R[ich] at Worthing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  10 Jan [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11824

From Leopold Würtenberger   10 January 1879

Summary

Asks about possibility of securing grant in England in order to complete work on ammonites. Describes progress. Could CD recommend him to a foundation? Describes personal background.

Author:  Leopold Würtenberger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 181: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11825

To Mary Jung   11 January 1879

Summary

Suggests MJ does not worry about the differences in opinion between ecclesiastics and scientists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Jung
Date:  11 Jan 1879
Classmark:  J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (catalogue 681, 28–9 June 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11825F

From C. H. Blackley   13 January 1879

Summary

Relates anecdote about a provincial girl’s reaction to being told men descended from monkeys.

Author:  Charles Harrison Blackley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11826

To C. H. Blackley   14 January 1879

Summary

Thanks CHB for his anecdote about a provincial girl’s reaction to being told men descended from monkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Harrison Blackley
Date:  14 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Formerly in the private collection of Dr T. B. Robinson
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11826F

To Karl Höchberg   13 January 1879

Summary

Thanks for essay on origin of taste for music. Will send to Edmund Gurney.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Höchberg
Date:  13 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 145: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11827

To Melchior Neumayr   15 January 1879

Summary

Asks MN about trustworthiness of Leopold Würtenberger. Would like to aid LW financially in his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Melchior Neumayr
Date:  15 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (13 December 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11829

To Leopold Würtenberger   15 January 1879

Summary

Is sorry that LW’s circumstances interfere with his scientific work. Does not think any English scientific society can help.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Würtenberger
Date:  15 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Helmut Würtenberger (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11829F

From Gaston de Saporta   16 January 1879

Summary

Sends his photograph; asks for CD’s.

Author:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 177: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11830

From W. K. Parker   17 January 1879

Summary

Sends CD a book on science and scriptures written by a clergyman friend [unidentified].

Author:  William Kitchen Parker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 174: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11831
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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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  • … "A child of God" (1) Abberley, John (1) …
  • … (2) Aitken, Thomas (1) Albano, Louisa …
  • … (2) Allen, Frances (1) Allen, Grant …
  • … (4) Althaus, Julius (1) Ambrose, J. L. …

Darwin The Collector

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Look at nature more closely and create and record your own natural collections.

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  • … Activities provide an introduction to Charles Darwin, how and why he collected so many specimens …

Detecting Darwin

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Who was Charles Darwin? What is he famous for? Why is he still important?

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  • … Pupils act as Darwin detectives, exploring clues about Darwin’s life and work. No prior knowledge …

1 Belgrave Street, London

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Marriages and gossip

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  • … A family friend relates news of her marriage and other gossip. …

Language: Interview with Gregory Radick

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Darwin made a famous comment about parallels between changes in language and species change. Gregory Radick, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds University, talks about the importance of the development of language to Darwin, what…

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  • … the answers from the interview.     1. According to Darwin, how did language …
  • … after his death? Transcription 1. According to Darwin, how did language …

German poems presented to Darwin

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Experiments in deepest reverence The following poems were enclosed with a photograph album sent as a birthday gift to Charles Darwin by his German and Austrian admirers (see letter from From Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877). The poems were…

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  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono.” 1 To the master of …
  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono”. 1 —§—   …
  • … still it shines bright! 1. Non che poco io dia, da imputar sono; …

Dates of composition of Darwin's manuscript on species

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Many of the dates of letters in 1856 and 1857 were based on or confirmed by reference to Darwin’s manuscript on species (DAR 8--15.1, inclusive; transcribed and published as Natural selection). This manuscript, begun in May 1856, was nearly completed by…

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  • … the chapters ( Natural selection ) are also given. Chapter 1 is not extant nor was it recorded in …
  • … title and references 1 [Not known] …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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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…

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Darwin And Evolution

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What is evolution? What did Darwin discover and how did he come to his conclusions?

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  • … Activities give an introduction to Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. Specimens brought …

Darwin's Fantastical Voyage

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Learn about Darwin's adventures on his epic journey.

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  • … These activities explore Darwin’s life changing voyage aboard HMS Beagle. Using letters home, …

Home learning: 7-11 years

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Do try this at home! Support your children’s learning by downloading our free and fun activities for those aged between 7-11 and 11-14 years, using Darwin’s letters.  

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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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  • … Re: Design – performance version – 25 March 2007 – 1 Re: Design – Adaptation of the …
  • … predominantly read the words of the following: Actor 1 – Asa Gray Actor 2 – Charles …
  • … JANE GRAY: [Jane Loring Gray’s journal. Harvard. November 1887]  1   Dr Gray went in to Boston …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … in the London daily newspaper the Morning Star in 1862 (see Animal World , 1 January 1870, p. …
  • … for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Annual Report, 1864, p. 32; Animal World , 1 February …
  • … from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [2 September 1863] (DAR 219.1: 77), and Correspondence …

Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

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  • … line number.     Page xiv, par. 1, line 1, insert before ‘Geoffroy’: 1   …
  • … on the modification of species.    Page xix, par. 1, line 2, insert after ‘and clearness.’: …

Interview with Randal Keynes

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Randal Keynes is a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and the author of Annie’s Box (Fourth Estate, 2001), which discusses Darwin’s home life, his relationship with his wife and children, and the ways in which these influenced his feelings about…

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  • … of interview: 7 August 2008 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: …

Interview with Tim Lewens

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Dr Tim Lewens is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Organisms and artifacts (2004), which examines the language and arguments for design in biology and philosophy, and of…

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  • …   Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: This is part …

Interview with Emily Ballou

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Emily Ballou is a writer of novels and screenplays, and a prize-winning poet. Her book The Darwin Poems, which explores aspects of Darwin’s life and thoughts through the medium of poetry, was recently published by the University of Western Australia Press.…

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  • … Date of interview: 28 May 2009 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr …

Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …
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