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Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … keener than ever to repeat the experiments by which Karl Friedrich von Gärtner had demonstrated a …
  • … finding no shortage of supporters in Germany. In September, Friedrich Rolle sent him the first part …

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, 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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  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, that he should repeat Karl Friedrich von Gärtners experiments on  …
  • progress. In May, Darwin received the first instalment of Friedrich Rolles  Der Mensch  (Rolle
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