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Strange things sent to Darwin in the post

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Some of the stranger things Darwin received in the post can tell us a lot about how Darwin worked at home. In 1863, Darwin was very excited when the ornithologist Alfred Newton sent him a diseased, red-legged partridge foot with an enormous ball of clay…

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  • … In 1863, Darwin was very excited when the ornithologist Alfred Newton sent him a diseased, red …
  • … Hooker’s throat . The final tally was 82 plants when Newton asked for the foot back to …

Funding

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The Darwin Correspondence Project has been made possible by generous funding from the following institutions: • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation [[{"fid":"474","view_mode":"default","type":"media"…

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  • … file-default"}}]] • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation …
  • … P. Sloan Foundation","title":"Alfred P. Sloan Foundation","height" …
  • … Trust • Golden Family Foundation • Isaac Newton Trust • John Templeton …

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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  • … Darwin’s close scientific colleague and friend, Alfred Russell Wallace becomes interested, and …
  • … One of the first examples was the naturalist Alfred Newton , who became a Darwinian convert …

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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  • … Ertl, Emil (1) Espinas, Alfred (3) …
  • … Groves, Henry (3) Grugeon, Alfred (2) …
  • … Hannay, J. B. (3) Hanson, Alfred (1) …
  • … Josef (1) Krakauer, Alfred (1) Kratz …
  • … Morton, J. C. (1) Moschkau, Alfred (6) …
  • … Newport, George (2) Newton, Alfred (35) …
  • … Tyler, D. F. (1) Tylor, Alfred (3) …
  • … Wright, Thomas (2) Wrigley, Alfred (8) …

The "wicked book": Origin at 157

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Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 November 1859.  To celebrate we have uploaded hundreds of new images of letters, bringing the total number you can look at here to over 9000 representing more than…

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  • … in the drama surrounding Origin’ s publication: Alfred Russel Wallace , co-discoverer of …
  • … Edward Blyth J. V. Carus William Kemp Alfred Newton Frederick Smith A. …

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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  • … female preference in the mating process. In a letter to Alfred Russel Wallace in 1864, Darwin …
  • … from family, friends, and colleagues. For the zoologist Alfred Newton, the achievement of the son …
  • … theory of descent with modification’ ( letter from Alfred Newton, 29 January 1868 ). …

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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  • expresses his Christian belief and Darwin discovers that Alfred Wallace has developed his own
  • The contents of the package (an essay from New Guinea from Alfred Russel Wallace) throws Darwin into
  • intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton.  / Let each man hope and believe
  • were laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, near to those of Newton. [A setting of Proverbs, Chapter 13, …

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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  • … 180; 128: 5, 9 Moquin-Tandon, Horace Bénédict Alfred. 1841.  Éléments   de tératologie …
  • … Library.]  *119: 5v., 7v.; 119: 5a Wallace, Alfred Russel. 1853.  A narrative of travels …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … to the application of natural selection to humans from Alfred Russel Wallace and St George Jackson …
  • … , the public debate over human evolution grew more heated. Alfred Russel Wallace had expressed …
  • … Albert Günther, Joseph Hooker, Rudolf Albert von Kölliker, Alfred Newton, Robert Swinhoe, and …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • letters in August, on one occasion penning just two lines to Alfred Russel Wallace, ‘I am so giddy I
  • … `’the age of Darwin’’, as we now speak of the age of Newton’ ( letter from Napoleon de la Fleurière
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