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Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … Hooker’s suspicion of ambitious gardeners ( letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 25 August 1877 ). …
  • … Siebold’s study of medical monstrosity ( letter from C. T. E. Siebold, 10 October 1877 ). An …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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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…

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  • … been cast by the ‘poorest curs in London’ ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, [4 February 1876] ). …
  • … been the subject of mere observation’ ( letter from T. H. Farrer, 31 December 1876 ). The Swiss …

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

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  • … German language: Sachs is very kind to him’ ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 18 June [1878] ). …
  • … from Francis Darwin, [22 June 1878] ). ‘Sachs doesn’t consider that there is any puzzle as to how …
  • … he was unwell. ‘I was rather seedy last night & didn’t appear at the laboratory & this …
  • … ill favour because however civilly I may word it a man can’t like to have his work torn to shreds …
  • … bitter opponent’ ( Correspondence vol. 24, letter to T. C. Eyton, 22 April 1876 ). ‘When I …
  • … successive seminal generations’ ( enclosure to letter to T. H. Farrer, 7 March 1878 ). In the end, …
  • … Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil ( letter to R. A. T. Gascoyne-Cecil, 18 May 1878 ). The issue …
  • … vanish like the chaos before the wind’ ( letter from T. H. Noyes, 19 November 1878 ). A …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … very much obliged to you For now of course we shan’t Be taken in or done for By …
  • … agreed to see him at Down with Thiselton-Dyer ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 7 July 1875 ). It …

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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  • … Ansell, G. F. (1) Ansted, D. T. (8) …
  • … C. E. C. B. (2) Appleton, T. G. (6) …
  • … Paul (1) Austen, J. T. (5) Austin, A …
  • … Baynes, H. M. (1) Baynes, T. S. (1) …
  • … Beale, L. S. (2) Beall, T. B. (1) …
  • … Wilhelm (4) Beke, C. T. (1) Beke, …
  • … A. L. B. (1) Blackwell, T. E. (1) …
  • … Blore, E. W. (1) Blow, T. B. (1) …
  • … Marcellin de (1) Bonney, T. G. (2) …
  • … Brett, C. H. (1) Brewer, T. M. (1) …
  • … Brown, Edwin (2) Brown, T. C. (1) …
  • … Bruce, H. A. (1) Brunton, T. L. (39) …
  • … A. W. (2) Buckland, F. T. (1) …

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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  • … to Darwin’s.  Others, like Hugh Falconer , couldn't wait to buy 'the wicked book' …
  • … the other names to look for: Daniel Oliver W. T. Thiselton-Dyer George …
  • … Lubbock R. I. Lynch J. B. Burdon Sanderson T. V. Wollaston …