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Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

Summary

'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’ ( letter to Francis Galton, 8 November [1872] …
  • anything more on 'so difficult a subject, as evolution’ ( letter to ARWallace,  27 July
  • to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after
  • The public are accustomed to novels for 1s’, he wrote to Murray on 8 January , but Murray
  • and despite Darwins best efforts, set the final price at 7 s.  6 d.  ( letter from RFCooke
  • condition as I can make it’, he wrote to the translator ( letter to JJMoulinié, 23 September
  • translation remained unpublished at the end of the year ( letter from C.-FReinwald, 23 November
  • the new edition in the United States, Darwin arranged with Murray to have it stereotyped. Before the
  • Whale  & duck  most beautiful’ ( letter from ARWallace, 3 March 1872 ). I
  • … `chiefly perhaps because I do it badly’ ( letter to ARWallace, 3 August [1872] ).  …
  • from his ignorance, he feels no doubts’ ( letter to FCDonders, 17 June 1872 ). Right up to the
  • Hookers cause was taken up by his friends, in particular John Lubbock and John Tyndall, as one
  • to Gladstone a week later ( enclosure to letter from John Lubbock to WEGladstone, 20 June 1872
  • … & new views which are daily turning up’ ( letter to ARWallace, 28 August [1872] ).  …
  • and with John Murrays assistant, the excitable Robert CookeDarwin, as with  Origin , was
  • to pay something for the privilege   . . . ?’ queried Cooke despairingly, `or have you agreed to
  • numbers required led to increasingly frantic letters from Cooke: 'We are in a precious quondary
  • …  & have not taken care of ourselves’ ( letter from RFCooke, 20 November 1872 ). A
  • supply; the initial print run of 5000 was increased to 7000, but although the printers had the text
  • 4 November 1872 , and letter to JSCraig, 7 November 1872 ). But recognition was far from

Darwin in letters, 1881: Old friends and new admirers

Summary

In May 1881, Darwin, one of the best-known celebrities in England if not the world, began writing about all the eminent men he had met. He embarked on this task, which formed an addition to his autobiography, because he had nothing else to do. He had…

Matches: 17 hits

  • … in Unconscious memory in November 1880 and in an abusive letter about Darwin in the St James’s …
  • … memory in Kosmos and sent Darwin a separate letter for publication in the Journal of Popular …
  • … publishers decided to print ‘500 more, making 2000’ ( letter to H. E. Litchfield, 4 January 1881 ) …
  • … 31 January [1881] and 19 February [1881] ). On 7 March , Darwin sent his discussion of the …
  • … the animal learnt from its own individual experience ( letter from G. J. Romanes, 7 March 1881 ). …
  • … eager to send his draft to the printers without delay, asked John Murray, his publisher, to make an …
  • … the sale of books being ‘a game of chance’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 12 April 1881 ). On 18 May …
  • … laboratory. The Lake District may have reminded Darwin of John Ruskin, who lived there. Sending the …
  • … he would feel ‘less sulky in a day or two’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 29 July 1881 ). The degree of …
  • … falls at this late period of the season’ ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 30 July 1881 ). Darwin gave in …
  • … ). His scientific friends, however, did not agree. Both John Lubbock and Hooker asked for Darwin’s …
  • … about the year 1840(?) on all our minds’ ( letter to John Lubbock, [18 September 1881] ). When …
  • … to bear the ‘wear & tear of controversy’ ( letter to G. R. Jesse, 23 April 1881 ). Later in …
  • … everyone else’s judgment on the subject ( letter to A. R. Wallace, 12 July 1881 ). However, some …
  • … judge this seems true’, Darwin reported to Romanes on 7 August . Family joys An …
  • … not be disappointed if the sale is small’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 5 October 1881 ). The …
  • … in 1881, the year ended with the happy news of a birth. On 7 December, Charles and Emma Darwin’s …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

Summary

The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … be done by observation during prolonged intervals’ ( letter to D. T. Gardner, [ c . 27 August …
  • … pleasures of shooting and collecting beetles ( letter from W. D. Fox, 8 May [1874] ).  Such …
  • … And … one looks backwards much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). …
  • … was an illusory hope.— I feel very old & helpless’  ( letter to B. J. Sulivan, 6 January [1874] …
  • … inferred that he was well from his silence on the matter ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 26 October …
  • … Descent  was published in November 1874 ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Though …
  • … had been in two volumes and had cost twenty-four shillings.) Murray’s partner, Robert Francis Cooke, …
  • … on subsequent print runs would be very good ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). …
  • … Quarterly Review  discussing works on primitive man by John Lubbock and Edward Burnett Tylor. It …
  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … wording of both the letter to the editor and the letter to Murray to accompany it. The depth of …
  • … & it had been refused’ ( letter from G. H. Darwin, [6 or 7 August 1874] ). When the letter was …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … from the moment of being hatched ( letter to  Nature , 7 and 11 May [1874] ; Spalding 1872a). …
  • … more in my life than this day’s work’ ( letter to D. F. Nevill, 18 September [1874] ).Francis’s …
  • … structure and mechanism that Darwin agreed with ( letter to F. J. Cohn, 12 October 1874 ). Darwin …
  • … she valued the photograph he sent highly ( letter from D. F. Nevill, [11 September 1874] ). …
  • … from his sons George and Francis ( letter to Anton Dohrn, 7 March 1874 ). Dohrn replied …
  • … Sharpe for promotion at the British Museum ( letter to R. B. Sharpe, 24 November [1874] ).  He …
  • … American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( see letter to J. P. Cooke, 20 February 1874 ), and …

Cross and self fertilisation

Summary

The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom, published on 10 November 1876, was the result of a decade-long project to provide evidence for Darwin’s belief that ‘‘Nature thus tells us, in the most emphatic manner, that she abhors…

Matches: 13 hits

  • seeds of Ipomœa. I remember saying the contrary to you & M r  Smith at Kew. But the result is
  • 17 March [1867] ). He noted another factor in a letter to Gray, remarking, ‘I am going on with my
  • relationship had lessened the fertility of the offspring (F. Müller 1868b, p. 629). Darwin urged
  • 11 March [1873] ). In April 1873, the publisher John Murray announced in the Athenæum   …
  • plagued by foreign Translators, Reviewers, &c.’ ( To John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). In reply to
  • … [1873] ). In September, Darwin wrote a long letter to Nature commenting on a seemingly
  • add new researches on this subject. ( To JVCarus   7 February 1875 ). In fact, Darwin had
  • the set of all my works, I would suggest 1,500’ ( To R. F. Cooke, 16 September 1876 ). In the
  • first grandchild, a son born to Amy and Francis Darwin on 7 September, suddenly turned to tragedy
  • not expect that more than 6 or 700 would sell.’ ( To John Murray, 15 November 1876 ). In fact, …
  • of hybrids, has not yet been produced’ ( From ARWallace, 13 December 1876 ). No reply to this
  • 1877, the edition wasnearly exhausted’ ( From R. F. Cooke, 16 March 1877 ). In November 1877, …
  • W. Rimpau, 10 December 1877 ). By the end of February 1878, Murray was ready to print the second

Movement in Plants

Summary

The power of movement in plants, published on 7 November 1880, was the final large botanical work that Darwin wrote. It was the only work in which the assistance of one of his children, Francis Darwin, is mentioned on the title page. The research for this…

Matches: 15 hits

  • The power of movement in plants , published on 7 November 1880was the final large botanical work
  • had considered combining the works in a single volume ( letter to J. V. Carus, 7 February 1875 ). …
  • … , a plant that exhibited all three types of movement ( letter from RILynch, [before 28 July
  • described and illustrated Horaces machine in a paper (F. Darwin 1880, pp. 44955). …
  • the woodblock using photography for scientific accuracy ( letter from JDCooper13 December
  • lost colour, withered, and died within a couple of days ( letter from A. F. Batalin28 February
  • how their observations could have been so much at odds ( letter to Hugo de Vries 13 February 1879
  • to translate the paper into German, and it appeared in 1880 (F. Darwin 1880b). In the same letter, …
  • turgescence and growth ( letter from Hugo de Vries7 August 1879 ). Darwin replied, ‘ I thank
  • the curious mode of germinationand concluded, ‘ M r  Rattan seems to be a real good observer, …
  • ofCircumnutating Movements of Plants’, he told Robert Cooke of John Murray publishers, before
  • about the number of copies they should print ( letter to John Murray, 10 July 1880 ). Moreover, …
  • the length of the book was projected at 600 pages, which, Cooke pointed out wasa good deal more’ …
  • who care for physiological Botany in this country ’. Cookes reply was not encouraging; taking into
  • printing more copies or raising the price ( letter from R. F. Cooke20 July 1880 ). Darwin

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

Summary

1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

Matches: 24 hits

  • … ‘my wife … poor creature, has won only 2490 games’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 28 January 1876 ). …
  • … quantity of work’ left in him for ‘new matter’ (letter to Asa Gray, 28 January 1876). The …
  • … to a reprint of the second edition of Climbing plants ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 23 February …
  • … & I for blundering’, he cheerfully observed to Carus. ( Letter to J. V. Carus, 24 April 1876. …
  • … provided evidence for the ‘advantages of crossing’ (letter to Asa Gray, 28 January 1876). Revising …
  • … year to write about his life ( Correspondence vol. 23, letter from Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, 20 …
  • … nowadays is evolution and it is the correct one’ ( letter from Nemo, [1876?] ). …
  • … him ‘basely’ and who had succeeded in giving him pain ( letter to A. R. Wallace, 17 June 1876 ). …
  • … disgrace’ of blackballing so distinguished a zoologist ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 29 January 1876 ) …
  • … must have been cast by the ‘poorest curs in London’ ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, [4 February …
  • … had been founded in March 1876 by the London physiologist John Scott Burdon Sanderson to discuss how …
  • … her questions were ‘too silly to deserve an answer’ ( letter from S. B. Herrick, 12 February 1876 …
  • … on Dionaea ‘to test the insect eating theory’ ( letter from Peter Henderson, 15 November 1876 …
  • … sending Darwin small amendments to his results ( letter from Moritz Schiff, 8 May 1876 ). …
  • … to get positive results in this year’s experiments’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, [ c . 19 March …
  • … in the Encyclopaedia Britannica the previous year ( letter to G. H. Darwin, [after 4 September …
  • … shoemaker and ardent naturalist Thomas Edward ( letter from F. M. Balfour, 11 December 1876 ; …
  • … Darwin rejoiced to hear that the Cambridge astronomer John Couch Adams not only approved of George’s …
  • … the more shocking because associated with a happy event. On 7 September, Charles and Emma became …
  • … value’, was ‘extremely dry’, he informed Robert Cooke on 16 September . Darwin was apologetic …
  • … Friedrich Hildebrand, 6 December 1876 , and letter from F. J. Cohn, 31 December 1876 ). …
  • … at the pre-publication sale dinner held by his publisher, John Murray ( letter to John Murray, 15 …
  • … ). In England, the clergyman botanist George Henslow, son of John Stevens Henslow, Darwin’s …
  • … harmony with yours’ ( letter from George Henslow, [ c. 7 December 1876] ). A more typical …

Darwin in letters, 1880: Sensitivity and worms

Summary

‘My heart & soul care for worms & nothing else in this world,’ Darwin wrote to his old Shrewsbury friend Henry Johnson on 14 November 1880. Darwin became fully devoted to earthworms in the spring of the year, just after finishing the manuscript of…

Matches: 19 hits

  • … in zoology. New studies of animal instincts by George John Romanes drew upon Darwin’s early …
  • … my grandfather’s character is of much value to me’ ( letter to C. H. Tindal, 5 January 1880 ). …
  • … have influenced the whole Kingdom, & even the world’ ( letter from J. L. Chester, 3 March 1880 …
  • … delighted to find an ordinary mortal who could laugh’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin to Charles and …
  • … much powder & shot’ ( Correspondence vol. 27, letter from Ernst Krause, 7 June 1879 , and …
  • … modified; but now I much regret that I did not do so’ ( letter to Samuel Butler, 3 January 1880 ). …
  • … and ‘decided on laying the matter before the public’ ( letter from Samuel Butler, 21 January 1880 …
  • … and uncertain about what to do. He drafted two versions of a letter to the Athen æum , sending …
  • … in which he will have the last word’, she warned ( letter from H. E. Litchfield, [1 February 1880] …
  • … who will fight to the end’, added her husband Richard ( letter from R. B. Litchfield, 1 February …
  • … him & given him Darwinophobia? It is a horrid disease’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 3 February …
  • … writing to his publisher’s business partner Robert Cooke on 23 April , ‘My family shake their …
  • … is the profit for Author or publisher?’ ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 20 July 1880 ). ‘I must take …
  • … science, I must now lose some for science’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 21 July 1880 ). The worries …
  • … corresponding structural differentiations’ ( letter from F. M. Balfour, [22 November 1880] ). …
  • … study to public-school pupils ( letter to Francis Galton, 7 April 1880 , and letter from Francis …
  • … of Epping Forest’. In October, Darwin had discussions with John Lubbock and Huxley and was …
  • … B. Buckley, 31 October [1880] ). Buckley reported back on 7 November : ‘At first he hesitated …
  • … the year’s end, a Christmas card from another old friend, John Maurice Herbert, inspired happy …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

Summary

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…

Matches: 18 hits

  • … at the end of Congo voyage [R. Brown 1818]. (Hooker 923) 7  read Decandolle Philosophie …
  • … 1835] read Marcel de Serres Cavernes d’Ossements 7 th  Ed. 10  8 vo . [Serres 1838] …
  • … de S t  Hilaire 1832 [I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1832–7] contains all his fathers views Quoted by …
  • … [Reimarius 1760] The Highlands & Western Isl ds  letter to Sir W Scott [MacCulloch 1824 …
  • … 1834–40]: In Portfolio of “abstracts” 34  —letter from Skuckard of books on Silk Worm …
  • … The Emigrant, Head [F. B. Head 1846] St. John’s Highlands [C. W. G. Saint John 1846] …
  • … 1766] Count Dandalo on silk worm Eng. Translat 1825—Murray [Dandolo 1825] /good/ M rs …
  • … M rs  Fry’s Life [Fry 1847] Horace Walpoles letter to C t . of Ossory [Walpole 1848] …
  • … B.M. 6. 6. Black Edin. Longman [Ramsay 1848] St. John’s Nat. Hist. of Sutherlanshire, Murray
  • … Liebigs Lectures on Chemistry [Liebig 1851]. Sir John Davies. China during the War and Peace …
  • … Asiatic Society ]—contains very little Macleay’s letter to D r  Fleming [Macleay 1830] …
  • … ] to end of Vol: XVIII & Part I. of V. 19 (1843) 25. Murray Domestic Poultry.— Domestic …
  • … d . Series. vol 3. p. 1 to 312 30 th  Colquhoun (John) The Moor & the Loch [Colquhoun …
  • … an Eastern King [Knighton] 1855] read The Hon ble  Cooke Journey to Oregon Bon. Price [Coke …
  • … [Heer 1854].— Hooker has it.— Very important Hookers letter Jan. 1859 Yules Ava [Yule 1858] …
  • … many vols. I have read.— [DAR *128: 149] Murray Geograph. Distrib. Price William …
  • … by Richard Owen.  Vol. 4 of  The works of John Hunter, F.R.S. with notes . Edited by James F. …
  • … Robert. 1843.  Memoirs of the life of John   Constable, R.A., composed chiefly of his letters. …