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Darwin in letters, 1879: Tracing roots


Darwin spent a considerable part of 1879 in the eighteenth century. His journey back in time started when he decided to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an essay on Erasmus’s evolutionary ideas…

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  • There are summaries of all Darwin's letters from the year 1879 on this website.  The full texts
  • 27 of the print edition of The correspondence of Charles Darwin , published by Cambridge
  • to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an
  • his publishers, he warned that it wasdry as dust’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 9 September 1879 ). …
  • turned out, alas, very dull & has disappointed me much’ ( letter to Francis Galton, 15 [June
  • home again’, he fretted, just days before his departure ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, [after 26
  • all over like a baked pear’ ( enclosure in letter from R. W. Dixon, 20 December 1879 ). The year
  • nice and good as could be’ ( letter from Karl Beger, [ c. 12 February 1879] ). The masters of
  • Darwin asthe deep thinker’, while friends such as Ernst Haeckel, who had rebutted the physician
  • lifes work, which is crowned with glory’ ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 9 February 1879 ). The
  • February 1879 ). Carus Sterne was the pseudonym of Ernst Krause, editor of the journal
  • theory of development in connection with Charles Darwin and Ernst Haeckel. Kosmos was, as
  • 2 June 1879 ]). As one of Darwins most ardent admirers, Krause not only sent birthday greetings
  • Darwin, Darwin decided to publish an English translation of Krauses essay as a short book. …
  • shamefully ignorant of my grandfathers life’ ( letter to Ernst Krause, 14 March 1879 ). …
  • of the Admiralty described the unknown young man asA M r Darwin grandson of the well known
  • … ‘almost indispensable’ ( letter from Ernst Krause, 7 June 1879 ). Darwin welcomed Krauses
  • the highest point, for hiswhy”—“what for” &c are incessant’, Darwin joked on 2 July (first
  • is his profession thonot a profitable one; also D r  C[lark]’s opinion that he was so likely to
  • meet the local celebrity, John Ruskin. Marshall wrote on 7 September that Ruskin, the day after
  • dogma’, Mary Jung, a young Austrian woman, wrote on 7 January . ‘When my reason agrees with your
  • and preventCattle diseases, Potato diseases &c’, probably did not know that Darwin had already

Darwin in letters, 1880: Sensitivity and worms


‘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…

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  • heart & soul care for worms & nothing else in this world,’ Darwin wrote to his old
  • to adapt to varying conditions. The implications of Darwins work for the boundary between animals
  • studies of animal instincts by George John Romanes drew upon Darwins early observations of infants, …
  • my grandfathers 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
  • Darwins Life . ‘In an endeavour to explain away y r . treatment of [William Alvey Darwin],’ …
  • delighted to find an ordinary mortal who could laugh’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin to Charles and
  • coloured by controversy. The work had been co-authored with Ernst Krause, whose essay on Erasmuss
  • 1879, an issue produced in honour of Darwins birthday. Krause enlarged and revised the essay for
  • Evolution old and new , which had appeared in May 1879. Krause wanted to correct Butlers
  • powder & shot’ ( Correspondence vol. 27, letter from Ernst Krause, 7 June 1879 , and
  • an inconsistency in the preface, where Darwin stated that Krauses piece had been written in 1879
  • by anticipation the position I have taken as regards D r Erasmus Darwin in my book Evolution old
  • to the end’, added her husband Richard ( letter from R. B. Litchfield, 1 February 1880 ). Even the
  • themosquito inflated to an elephant’ ( letter from Ernst Krause, 9 December 1880 ). Again, …
  • shake their heads in the same dismal manner as you & M r . Murray did, when I told them my
  • in a book about beetles the impressive wordscaptured by C. Darwin”. … This seemed to me glory
  • … ‘but the subject has amused me’ ( letter to W. C. McIntosh, 18 June 1880 ). Members of the family
  • study to public-school pupils ( letter to Francis Galton, 7 April 1880 , and letter from Francis
  • he had received from German and Dutch naturalists on his 70th birthday, and some of his recent work
  • great doctrines …“Come of Age”‘ ( letter from W. C. Williamson to Emma Darwin, 2 September 1880 ). …
  • B. Buckley, 31 October [1880] ). Buckley reported back on 7 November : ‘At first he hesitated

Darwin in letters, 1881: Old friends and new admirers


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…

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  • In May 1881, Darwin, one of the best-known celebrities in England if not the world, began
  • a very old man, who probably will not last much longer.’ Darwins biggest fear was not death, but
  • sweetest place on this earth’. From the start of the year, Darwin had his demise on his mind. He
  • provision for the dividing of his wealth after his death. Darwins gloominess was compounded by the
  • was interrupted by Samuel Butlers renewed claim that Ernst Krause had used Butlers book
  • and that Darwin had concealed this in his preface to his and Krauses 1879 book Erasmus Darwin . …
  • in Unconscious memory in November 1880 and in an abusive letter about Darwin in the St Jamess
  • of the Darwin family consulted anxiously about whether Krauses Kosmos article should be
  • on 4 January , ‘would like its publication & call me & Krause liars’. Thomas
  • Other friends rallied round. Francis Balfour translated Krauses account and published it in
  • publishers decided to print500 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 ). …
  • the sale of books beinga game of chance’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 12 April 1881 ). On 18 May
  • he would feelless 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
  • with you’, a Swedish teacher told him ( letter from C. E. Södling, 14 October 1881 ), while H. M. …
  • to possibilities for women, judging from her organization &c’. When Darwin replied the following
  • … ‘bread-winners’ ( Correspondence vol. 30, letter to C. A. Kennard, 9 January 1882 ). …
  • publication & to acknowledge any criticism’ ( letter to C. G. Semper, 19 July 1881 ). He
  • scientific belief. However, he objected when biologists like Ernst Haeckel converted the Darwinian
  • to bear thewear & tear of controversy’ ( letter to G. R. Jesse, 23 April 1881 ). Later in
  • judge this seems true’, Darwin reported to Romanes on 7 August . Family joys An
  • 1881 ). The publication date was 10 October, but by 7 October Darwin learned that 1200 copies

Darwin’s student booklist


In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, …
  • who had moved on to London for further medical training (see letter from E. A. Darwin, [29
  • of England. This list is difficult to date precisely. Darwin mentions reading  Granby  in a
  • The position of  Granby  on the list would suggest that Darwin was very busy reading in January
  • of chemistry in 1801. Other books illustrate Darwins wider scientific interests, and also
  • … , which was edited by David Brewster; and Robert Grant took Darwin to meetings of the Wernerian
  • university. There are several books of travel, and Darwin seems to have been particularly
  • arctic zoology. Two titles are closely connected with Darwins familyZoonomia  was
  • a week between March 1750 and March 1752. Both he and Dr Darwin had Lichfield connections, but the
  • Almacks ,  Granby  and Brambletye House.  Darwin wrote to his sister Susan on 29 January
  • … <Ni>tric Oxide?   (DAR 19: 34) Darwins student booklist - the text
  • Pamplets by D rs . Grant & Brewster on Nature History. 7  7 in number Blairs lectures
  • 1825. There is a copy in the Darwin LibraryDown. 7 CD probably refers to the  Edinburgh
  • CD described Lister 1826 as anentertaining book’ (see letter to S. E. Darwin, 29 January [1826] …
  • times to the year 2000 . (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. …