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From Henry Johnson   12 January [1872?]

Summary

Sends a map of a field showing the effect of earthworms.

Author:  Henry Johnson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan [1872?]
Classmark:  DAR 168: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12419

From [?]   [1872 or later]

Summary

Extract from the History of the rise and progress of the Killerby, Studley and Warlaby herds of shorthorns by William Carr (1867).

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1872 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13888

From William Bowman   [before 25 January 1872]

Summary

Gives lengthy details from his medical experience on how structural and other changes in the parts of the eye are related to lacrimation.

Mentions belief in CD’s views.

Author:  William Bowman, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 25 Jan 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 265
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5338

From ?   [1872–4]

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Notes some corrections for 2d ed. of Descent.

Author:  Unidentified
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1872–4]
Classmark:  DAR 88: 151–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7424

To Arthur Hough   15 January [1872–4]

Summary

His thanks for the curious photograph. Since he has similar ones he will not "rob" AH of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Arthur Hough
Date:  15 Jan [1872-4]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (Tipped into Origin 5th ed. Strong Room E 920 D1 (4))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7442A

From James Paget   [1872]

Summary

"I am at work on the nervous mimicry of organic disease: I have some hope that, during my work, I may fall on some facts which may be of interest to you, and you may be sure that I shall send them to you."

Author:  James Paget, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1872]
Classmark:  S. Paget ed. 1901, p. 408
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8130

To ?   [1872 or later?]

Summary

Queries about the pitch of children’s crying.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1872?]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 8051)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8135F

From J. D. Hooker   1 January 1872

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Gladstone’s private secretary [West] has written that the Government plans to alter JDH’s position with regard to the First Commissioner of Works [Ayrton].

Huxley is not better after his Brighton trip.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8136

From W. E. Darwin   [1 January 1872]

Summary

Worm action at Stonehenge.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Jan 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8137

From J. J. Moulinié   1 January 1872

Summary

The difficulties of incorporating the reorganised chapters of the 6th English edition of Origin into JJM’s translation, which was made from the 5th edition.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 277
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8138

To J. D. Hooker   2 January 1872

Summary

Heartily glad about the news of the Ayrton affair development.

Huxley looks very unwell from too much miscellaneous work; CD wishes he could be made a Director General for transference of British Museum and for other scientific work, as JDH suggests.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 94: 216–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8139

To W. E. Darwin   3 January [1872]

Summary

Thanks for letter [8137]. Finds observation at Stonehenge of depth of mould at different parts of slope "most valuable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  3 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8140

From A. C. Ramsay   3 January 1872

Summary

Further details and measurements of the stones in the courtyard pavement for CD’s investigation of earthworm action.

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8141

From W. E. Darwin   [4 January 1872]

Summary

Sends comments on his diagram of Stonehenge. Will go to Beaulieu.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4 Jan 1872]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 49)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8141F

To J. J. Moulinié   4 January 1872

Summary

Was unaware that chapter headings [of Origin] had been printed off [in French edition (1873)]. Suggests that new part of chapter 7 be printed as appendix.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Date:  4 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66 ff. 26–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8142

From St G. J. Mivart   4 January 1872

Summary

Sends his reply to Huxley’s criticisms [Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 168–97].

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8143

To L. C. Wedgwood   5 January [1872]

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Asks her to probe worm-holes on grassy slopes with a knitting needle to ascertain whether they come out at right angles to the slope or to the horizon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lucy Caroline Wedgwood; Lucy Caroline Harrison
Date:  5 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (Add 4251: 331)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8144

To St G. J. Mivart   5 January 1872

Summary

Feels that StGJM’s review of Descent [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90] greatly misrepresents CD’s opinions and conclusions. Feels their differences of opinion are so great that discussion of almost any subject would be a waste of both their time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  St George Jackson Mivart
Date:  5 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8145

To Mary Treat   5 January 1872

Summary

Praises MT’s observations and asks her to repeat experiments on the the relation of sexes of butterflies to the nutrition of the larvae.

Is glad she will publish her observations on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Lua Adelia (Mary) Treat
Date:  5 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Amy Nagashima (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8146

To Francis Darwin   6 January 1872

Summary

Asks FD questions about his sketch [missing] of ridges and furrows. [FD’s answers are interlined.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1872
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8147
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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 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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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: …

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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