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List of correspondents


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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  • … Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. …
  • … William (2) Aitken, Thomas (1) …
  • … Allen, John (1) Allen, Thomas (2) …
  • … Bell, Robert (b) (2) Bell, Thomas (2) …
  • … Birch, Samuel (5) Birkett, Thomas (1) …
  • … Dareste, Camille (9) Darwin family (1) …

Darwin’s reading notebooks


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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  • In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished
  • used these notebooks extensively in dating and annotating Darwins letters; the full transcript
  • … *128). For clarity, the transcript does not record Darwins alterations. The spelling and
  • book had been consulted. Those cases where it appears that Darwin made a genuine deletion have been
  • a few instances, primarily in theBooks Readsections, Darwin recorded that a work had been
  • of the books listed in the other two notebooks. Sometimes Darwin recorded that an abstract of the
  • own. Soon after beginning his first reading notebook, Darwin began to separate the scientific
  • the University of Cambridge. These works, catalogued by H. W. Rutherford ( Catalogue of the library
  • Prichard; a 3 d . vol [Prichard 183647] Lawrence [W. Lawrence 1819] read Bory S t
  • 1822] Falconers remark on the influence of climate [W. Falconer 1781] [DAR *119: 2v. …
  • 1819]. see p. 17 Note Book C. for reference to authors about E. Indian Islands 8 consult D r
  • … [Dampier 1697] Sportsmans repository 4 to . [W. H. Scott 1820]— contains much on dogs
  • of variation in animals in the different isl ds  of E Indian Archipelago— [DAR *119: 6v.] …
  • … & Rev. W. Herbert.— notes to White Nat. Hist of Selbourne [E. T. Bennett ed. 1837 and [J. Rennie
  • 2 vols. 8vo. avec 2 atlas 4to. ibid, 181823. £1 2 s  [E. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 181823] …
  • said to be Poor Sir. J. Edwards Botanical Tour [?J. E. Smith 1793] Fabricius (very old
  • at Maer.— Lives of Kepler & Galileo. Drinkwater [J. E. Drinkwater] 1833]— Prof. …
  • on Aurochs [Weissenborn 1838] Smiths grammar [J. E. Smith 1821] & introduct of Botany [J. …
  • must be read. 1855 (read) Salts Travels in Abyssinia [Salt 1814] Appendix &c must be read
  • … —— 23 Stansbury. Exploration & Survey of the Great Salt Lake [Stansbury 1852]. May 15 th
  • Jamaica [Gosse 1847] 12 Salts Travels in Abyssinia [Salt 1814] —— Boreau Flore du
  • 1 (1847) in Darwin Library.] *128: 179 Arnold, Thomas. 183843History of Rome . 3
  • de   Pekin . 16 vols. Paris128: 18 Beale, Thomas. 1839The natural history of the
  • ed. (1874) in Darwin Library.]  119: 5a Bell, Thomas. 1837A history of British
  • Bernier, François. 1826Travels in the Mogul Empire A.D.   16561668 . Translated by Irving
  • Bethune, John. 1840Poems by the late John Bethune; with a   sketch of the authors life by his
  • eds.]  119: 11a Blacklock, Ambrose. 1838A treatise on sheep; with the   best means
  • Croker. 5 vols. London119: 4a, 9b Boteler, Thomas. 1835Narrative of a voyage of
  • or Latter Day   Saints, in the valley of the Great Salt Lake: a history . Philadelphia. …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'


In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

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  • On 14 May 1856, Charles Darwin recorded in his journal that heBegan by Lyells advice  writing
  • this manuscript. Although advised by Lyell to publish only a brief outlineprobably more for the
  • quantities of information, pursuing his own experiments in a variety of different areas, analysing
  • Natural selection . Determined as he was to publish, Darwin nevertheless still felt cautious
  • Asa Gray and then by the specialist in Madeiran entomology, Thomas Vernon Wollaston. Darwin also
  • argumentative habitshe increasingly valued the views of Thomas Henry Huxley, at that time a
  • in London. Natural Selection Not all of Darwins manuscript on species has been
  • of pigeons, poultry, and other domesticated animals. As Darwin explained to Lyell, his studies, …
  • can William Bernhard Tegetmeier continued to help Darwin acquire much of the material for
  • on domestic animals in India and elsewhere. William Darwin Fox supplied information about cats, dogs
  • mastiffs. The disparate facts were correlated and checked by Darwin, who adroitly used letters, …
  • to make my Book as perfect as ever I can.’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 8 February [1857] ). …
  • garden species with their wild congeners. Many of Darwins conclusions about the variation of
  • these chapters are not extant. It seems likely that Darwin used the manuscript when compiling  The
  • or lost during the process. Before the publication of Darwin's correspondence from these years, …
  • light on the role that these ideas were intended to play in Darwins formal exposition. …
  • selection could not act without varieties to act upon, Darwin wanted to know where, how, and in what
  • begun in 1855 based on soaking a wide variety of seeds in salt water in order to show that they
  • sooner said, than done: a pigeon has floated for 30 days in salt water with seeds in crop & they
  • bad & not a stop from beginning to end!’ (letters to W. E. Darwin, [17 February 1857] and

Satire of FitzRoy's Narrative of the Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle, by John Clunies Ross. Transcription by Katharine Anderson


[f.146r Title page] Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle Supplement / to the 2nd 3rd and Appendix Volumes of the First / Edition Written / for and in the name of the Author of those / Volumes By J.C. Ross. / Sometime Master of a…

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  • obtain such a one I was (in a manner) compelled to take Mr Darwin on a far too independent footing. …
  • of this Supplement exhibit evidence to that effectin Mr Darwins instanceespecially in respect
  • to be noticed. Being of course ambitious to rival Mr Darwin in the line of Theory-invention – …
  • … – with the exception of one of the classwhich Mr Darwin bribed the Aborigines to performwe
  • … (as p/ meteorological Journalgiven in Appendix Volume) E.B.S.1/4S. fifty three miles from the S.E
  • distantand on the 30 th nearly the same, and at 10 a.m. of the 31 st only seventeen miles. …
  • near sunset of the 31 st we having been as foresaid at 10 a.m. only seventeen miles distant from
  • steering aside from the Isles during the time between 10 a.m. and nearly 6 p.m. since after
  • I therefore hit upon the expedient of giving it to Mr Darwin to put into his Volume. Heresaid
  • to the soils of the coral formation. Nevertheless Mr Darwin (doubtless from his not looking
  • and very pretty view.” Now bearing in mind that Mr Darwin is exceedinglyfondof dry bones
  • my fairness of statement that I have thus recapitulated Mr Darwins sentimentsalbeitso adverse
  • master of a merchant ship) took up his abode on the S.E.rn Islet of the groupand in a very short
  • establishing another Harem at Batavia.” IX Mr Darwin's volume of the Adventure and
  • this section (IX) of my report) I have to note that Mr Darwin has in that volume [column continues
  • with reference to the Cocosyet I knewas well as Mr Darwin didall the particulars of the
  • that it was malapropos for our objectmine and Mr Darwins, to witto notice this factyet
  • not cannot on this occasion refrain from declaring that Mr Darwin did not back me at all so
  • down to the Settlementand there again set up. Mr Darwin and myself having visited and slept in it
  • boards and the pillars of the Island timber. Two Englishmen (Thomas Deeley and George Bailey) of the
  • my correct position and to give my soi-distant friend Mr Darwin the important credit of enouncing
  • p.107 of trumpeter of the Superlative merits ofour Darwin” – Being so employedI saymy
  • at hand the Settlers were living principally of (imported) salt provisions!” When a person
  • … [ f.210v p.124 ] tive in the P.M. instead of the A.M. portion of the nautical dayand myself
  • reality playing at blind mans buff in pretending to be at a loss where to steer for finding the
  • 30 th (March) what I felt certain was land and that of a most extraordinary complexionI at
  • … [Closing page marked in pencil233ff. Mar, 1908 E.W.J. / Examined by C.J.G.”] * …
  • … – the circumstances their having been brought from the E.I.A. firstto Cape Good Hopeand thence
  • … *[24] “Unless a few brackishindeed salt waterbrooks can be termed rivers.” *[25] …