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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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  • … for non-commercial use only. Please respect Craig Baxter's right to be identified as the …
  • … there came a slight shock in the right arm, Gray’s arm twitches. which seemed, …
  • … a murder -immutable…I think I have found out – here’s presumption! -the simple way by which species …
  • … after some gentle coaxing, is let in on the Englishman’s secret and potentially incendiary ideas. …
  • … I enjoyed of making your acquaintance at Hooker’s three years ago; and besides that should always be …
  • … seeds. I shall have it nearly all reprinted in Silliman’s Journal, as a nut for [Professor] Agassiz …
  • … of seeds. Hurrah! [One of the enclosed] seed[s] has just germinated after 21-and-a-half …
  • … send it you if it contains any interest. Thanks for A Gray’s letter [to you]. I do rub my hands and …
  • … Gray gets the whiff of something significant here, that he’s not quite being told. Now this …
  • … similar theory of natural selection. Also, Darwin’s infant son develops scarlet fever, which fever …
  • … …  49   [Yet] there is nothing in Wallace’s sketch which is not written out much fuller in my …
  • … have died in [the] village and others have been at death’s door, with terrible suffering. …
  • … begin to consider the theological ramifications of Darwin’s ideas. Hooker clears his throat …
  • … ARTS AND SCIENCES, PROCEEDINGS XVII, 1882 4  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER 10 MAY 1848 …

Women’s scientific participation

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Observers | Fieldwork | Experimentation | Editors and critics | Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a community of women who participated, often actively and routinely, in the nineteenth-century scientific community. Here is a…

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  • … |  Editors and critics  |  Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a …
  • … community. Here is a selection of letters exchanged between Darwin and his workforce of women …
  • … Women: Letter 1194 - Darwin to Whitby, M. A. T., [12 August 1849] Darwin …
  • … garden. Letter 4523 - Wedgwood, L. C. to Darwin, [6 June 1864] Darwin’s
  • … February 1867] Mary Barber responds to Darwin’s queries about Expression from …
  • … wife of American naturalist Asa Gray, responds to Darwin’s queries about Expression …
  • … him. Letter 6535 - Vaughan Williams , M. S. to Darwin, H. E., [after 14 October …
  • … and offers to observe birds, insects or plants on Darwin’s behalf. Letter 8683 - …
  • … the wallpaper. Letter 5756 - Langton, E. & C. to Wedgwood S. E., [after 9 …
  • … Letter 8144 - Darwin to Wedgwood, L. C., [5 January 1872] Darwin asks his niece, …
  • … Letter 9606 - Harrison, L. C. to Darwin, [22 August 1874] Darwin’s niece, Lucy, …
  • … the future. Letter 4038 - Darwin to Lyell, C., [12-13 March 1863] Darwin …

Darwin in letters, 1879: Tracing roots

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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 …
  • … to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an …
  • … the sensitivity of the tips. Despite this breakthrough, when Darwin first mentioned the book to his …
  • … a holiday in the Lake District in August did little to raise Darwin’s spirits. ‘I wish that my …
  • … W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, [after 26] July [1879] ). From July, Darwin had an additional worry: the …
  • … that his grandfather had felt the same way. In 1792, Erasmus Darwin had written: ‘The worst thing I …
  • … contained a warmer note and the promise of future happiness: Darwin learned he was to be visited by …
  • … Haeckel, who had rebutted the physician Rudolf Virchow’s attempt to discredit evolutionary theory in …
  • … pride and with the greatest satisfaction, on your life’s work, which is crowned with glory’ ( …
  • … Francis Darwin, [after 2 June 1879 ]). As one of Darwin’s most ardent admirers, Krause not only …
  • … Kosmos honouring Darwin. Among the essays was Krause’s own tribute in the form of an account of …
  • … the highest point, for his “why”—“what for” &c are incessant’, Darwin joked on 2 July (first …
  • … is his profession tho’ not a profitable one; also D r  C[lark]’s opinion that he was so likely to …
  • … and prevent ‘Cattle diseases, Potato diseases &c’, probably did not know that Darwin had already …

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 …

Language: key letters

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How and why language evolved bears on larger questions about the evolution of the human species, and the relationship between man and animals. Darwin presented his views on the development of human speech from animal sounds in The Descent of Man (1871),…

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  • … human species, and the relationship between man and animals. Darwin presented his views on the …
  • … he first began to reflect on the transmutation of species. Darwin’s correspondence reveals the scope …
  • … he exchanged information and ideas. Letter 346: Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, C. S., 27 Feb 1837 …
  • … tell me you do not see what is new in Sir J. Herschell’s idea about the chronology of the old …
  • … that languages, like species, were separately created. Darwin writes to the geologist Charles Lyell …
  • … Letter 7040: Wedgwood, Hensleigh to Darwin, C. R., [1868-70?] As Darwin began to work on …
  • … Chauncey Wright, Darwin discusses William Dwight Whitney’s theory that language evolves through the …
  • … Oxford professor Friedrich Max Müller, who opposed Darwin’s theory of evolution and its extension to …
  • … A. H. to Darwin, C. R., 27 July 1877 Darwin’s study of human nature had involved extensive …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those …
  • … a broad variety of women had access to, and engaged with, Darwin's published works. A set of …
  • … women a target audience? Letter 2447 - Darwin to Murray, J., [5 April 1859] …
  • … that his views are original and will appeal to the public. Darwin asks Murray to forward the …
  • … and criticisms of style. Letter 2461 - Darwin to Hooker, J. D., [11 May 1859] …
  • … H. E., [8 February 1870] Darwin seeks Henrietta’s editorial help with chapters three and …
  • … got hold of it first. Darwin’s female readership Letter …
  • … with which to work. She has transcribed parts of Darwin’s papers, including diagrams, to share with …
  • … "epistolary acquaintance" of his, Sara Hennell . Hennell's writings show a " …
  • … range of evidence in order to raise questions about Darwin’s conclusions, in particular his …
  • … - Barnard, A. to Darwin, [30 March 1871] J. S. Henslow’s daughter, Anne, responds to …
  • … Frances Wedgwood offers critical comments on Darwin’s work on self-regard. She asks Henrietta act as …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … activities for building and maintaining such connections. Darwin's networks extended from his …
  • … when strong institutional structures were largely absent. Darwin had a small circle of scientific …
  • … section contains two sets of letters. The first is between Darwin and his friend Kew botanist J. D. …
  • Darwin and Gray Letter 1674 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 25 Apr [1855] Darwin …
  • … flora of the USA. He sends a list of plants from Gray’s Manual of botany [1848] and asks him to …
  • … reform, Darwin opposes appending first describer’s name to specific name. Letter 1220 — …
  • … to Darwin and Lyell for Athenæum . He mentioned Darwin’s work on complemental males in barnacles …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same …
  • … nineteenth century were different in important ways. Many of Darwin's leading supporters were …
  • … much as possible. A number of correspondents tried to draw Darwin out on his own religious views, …
  • … political contexts. Design Darwin was not the first to challenge …
  • … on the controversial topic of design. The first is between Darwin and Harvard botanist Asa Gray, …
  • … second is a single letter from naturalist A. R. Wallace to Darwin on design and natural selection. …
  • … constant watching of an intelligent ‘chooser’ like man's selection to which you so often …
  • Darwin and Graham Letter 13230 — Darwin, C. R. to Graham, William, 3 July 1881 …
  • … chance” but has horrid doubt whether convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from lower …
  • … Belief This collection of letters explores Darwin’s reluctance to take a definitive position …
  • … Letter 471 — Darwin, Emma to Darwin, C. R., [c. Feb 1839] Emma discusses Darwin’s religious …

Controversy

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The best-known controversies over Darwinian theory took place in public or in printed reviews. Many of these were highly polemical, presenting an over-simplified picture of the disputes. Letters, however, show that the responses to Darwin were extremely…

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  • … the disputes. Letters, however, show that the responses to Darwin were extremely variable. Many of …
  • … was itself an important arena of debate, one that Darwin greatly preferred to the public sphere. …
  • … and support sustained in spite of enduring differences. Darwin's correspondence can thus help …
  • … Disagreement and Respect Darwin rarely engaged with critics publically. Letters exchanged …
  • … Richard Owen, the eminent comparative anatomist, show how Darwin tried to manage strong disagreement …
  • … were less severe, the relationship quickly deteriorated and Darwin came to regard him as a bitter …
  • … Letter 2548 — Sedgwick, Adam to Darwin, C. R., 24 Nov 1859 Adam Sedgwick thanks Darwin for …
  • … neither be proved nor disproved”. He says that Darwin’s “grand principle natural selection ” is …
  • … of living species” and so could not regard Darwin’s attempt to demonstrate the nature of such …
  • … he goes immense way with us”, but emphasises Owen’s unfriendly manner. Darwin remarks that Owen …
  • … P. A., 12 Apr [1867] Darwin is sympathetic to Haeckel’s position, and is struck by singular …
  • … Letter 5533 — Haeckel, E. P. A. to Darwin, C. R., 12 May 1867 Haeckel thanks Darwin for the …

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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  • … There are summaries of all Darwin's letters from the year 1878 on this website.  The full texts …
  • … lessen injury to leaves from radiation In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to …
  • … in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of experiments to …
  • … spent an extended period in Würzburg at Julius Sachs’s botanical institute, one of most advanced …
  • … from botanical research was provided by potatoes, as Darwin took up the cause of an Irish …
  • … would rid Ireland of famine. Several correspondents pressed Darwin for his views on religion, …
  • … closed with remarkable news of a large legacy bequeathed to Darwin by a stranger as a reward for his …
  • … birthday ( letter to Ernst Haeckel, 12 February [1878] ), Darwin reflected that it was ‘more …
  • … Expression ), and the final revision of Origin (1872), Darwin had turned almost exclusively to …
  • … Movement in plants In the spring of 1878, Darwin started to focus on the first shoots and …
  • … Sophy to observe the arching shoots of Neottia (bird’s nest orchid) near her home in Surrey: ‘If …
  • … ( letter to Sophy Wedgwood, 24 March [1878–80] ). While Darwin was studying the function of …
  • … on one side, then another, to produce movement in the stalk. Darwin compared adult and young leaves …
  • … after growth has ceased or nearly ceased.’ Finally, Darwin turned to plant motion below the …
  • … precision the lines of least resistance in the ground.’ Darwin would devote a whole chapter to the …
  • … 22 December [1878] ). Son abroad Darwin’s experiments on plant movement were …
  • … apart. At the start of June, Francis left to work at Sach’s laboratory in Germany, not returning …
  • … be obtained at Down House, but Francis thought Horace’s abilities were a match for German instrument …
  • … here is far from well made.’ (Jemmy or Jim was Horace’s nickname.) Francis was occasionally …
  • … letter from Francis Darwin, [after 7 July 1878] ). Sachs’s confidence was apparently matched by his …
  • … Anne Westwood, and the proud grandparents. Many of Darwin’s letters conveyed news of the boy. ‘All …
  • … faculties. He seemed to take special note of the child’s use of language and power of judgment. …
  • … own research on animal instinct and intelligence. ‘Frank’s son, nearly 2 years old (& we think …
  • … a young monkey, so as to observe its mind’? Darwin’s suggestion was seconded: ‘Frank says you ought …
  • … cases of animal intelligence were observed by Darwin’s correspondents. The German stamp-collector …

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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  • … The year 1876 started out sedately enough with Darwin working on the first draft of his book on the …
  • … Down House measured by the ongoing tally of his and Emma’s backgammon games. ‘I have won, hurrah, …
  • … regarding the ailments that were so much a feature of Darwin family life. But the calm was not to …
  • … a serious concussion from a riding accident, and George Darwin’s ill-health grew worse, echoing …
  • … of the next generation of the family, with Francis and Amy’s child expected in September. Their joy …
  • … and his baby son Bernard now part of the household, and Darwin recasting his work on dimorphic and …
  • … had involved much time and effort the previous year, and Darwin clearly wanted to focus his …
  • … When Smith, Elder and Company proposed reissuing two of Darwin’s three volumes of the geology of …
  • … single-volume edition titled Geological observations , Darwin resisted making any revisions at …
  • … not even to look at a single proof ’. Perhaps Carus’s meticulous correction of errors in the German …
  • … effected by his forthcoming pamphlet, Darwin confounded (C. O’Shaughnessy 1876), which, he …
  • … in an anonymous article, which impugned not only George’s but also Darwin’s respectability (see …
  • … that Mivart still had the capacity to damage George’s reputation. ‘I care little about myself but Mr …
  • … the still raw memory of this incident that underlay Darwin’s heartfelt thanks to Wallace for his …
  • … year’s experiments’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, [ c . 19 March 1876] ). A less welcome reaction …
  • … because of a ‘long and terrible illness’ ( letter to C. S. Wedgwood, 20 April 1876 ). By the time …

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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  • … There are summaries of all Darwin's letters from the year 1877 on this website.  The full texts …
  • … Ever since the publication of Expression , Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The …
  • … of these projects would culminate in a major publication. Darwin’s botany was increasingly a …
  • … his wife, Amy, the previous year. He assisted his father’s research on movement and bloom, and …
  • … The year 1877 was more than usually full of honours. Darwin received two elaborate photograph albums …
  • … from Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. Closer to home, Darwin received an honorary Doctorate of …
  • … sites for possible earthworm activity. Now in his 69th year, Darwin remained remarkably productive, …
  • … no controversy. In his autobiographical reflections, Darwin remarked: ‘no little discovery of …
  • … (‘Recollections’, p. 419). During the winter and spring, Darwin was busy preparing the manuscript of …
  • … and presented to the Linnean Society of London. In the book, Darwin adopted the more recent term …
  • … as dimorphic without comparing pollen-grains & stigmas’, Darwin remarked to Joseph Dalton …
  • … measurements of the size and number of pollen-grains, Darwin compared the fertility of individual …
  • … warned Thiselton-Dyer, who seems to have shared Hooker’s suspicion of ambitious gardeners ( letter …
  • … enjoyed working with Francis, and encouraged his son’s independent research. Using the facilities at …
  • … diet of meat. His findings answered a number of Darwin’s critics who had questioned whether plants …
  • … glandular hairs in the cups formed by the leaves of fuller’s teasel ( Dipsacus sylvestris , a …
  • … heard & understood’. An abstract appeared in the society’s Proceedings , but the council …
  • … on 23 May , ‘the Council have refused to print Frank’s paper on the Teazle glands.… I have not been …
  • … suspected that the referees were sceptical of the paper’s conclusions regarding protoplasm, and …
  • … botanist Ferdinand Julius Cohn, who confirmed Francis’s observations: ‘the most curious appearance …
  • … of Siebold’s study of medical monstrosity ( letter from C. T. E. Siebold, 10 October 1877 ). An …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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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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  • … dispute over an anonymous review that attacked the work of Darwin’s son George dominated the second …
  • … been the naturalist and traveller Alexander von Humboldt’s 105th birthday, Darwin obliged with a …
  • … from W. D. Fox, 8 May [1874] ).  Such reminiscences led Darwin to the self-assessment, ‘as for one …
  • … I feel very old & helpless The year started for Darwin with a week’s visit to …
  • …  ( letter to B. J. Sulivan, 6 January [1874] ). Darwin mentioned his poor health so frequently in …
  • … ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 26 October 1874 ). Séances, psychics, and sceptics …
  • … [1874] ). Later in the month, another Williams séance was held at the home of Darwin’s
  • … head that M r  Spencer’s terms of equilibration &c always bother me & make everything less …

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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  • … Editions Plants always held an important place in Darwin’s theorising about species, and …
  • … his periods of severe illness. Yet on 15 January 1875 , Darwin confessed to his close friend …
  • … way to continuous writing and revision, activities that Darwin found less gratifying: ‘I am slaving …
  • … bad.’ The process was compounded by the fact that Darwin was also revising another manuscript …
  • … coloured stamens.’ At intervals during the year, Darwin was diverted from the onerous task of …
  • … zoologist St George Jackson Mivart. In April and early May, Darwin was occupied with a heated …
  • … chapter of the controversy involved a slanderous attack upon Darwin’s son George, in an anonymous …
  • … on 12 January , breaking off all future communication. Darwin had been supported during the affair …
  • … Society of London, and a secretary of the Linnean Society, Darwin’s friends had to find ways of …
  • … pp. 16–17). ‘How grandly you have defended me’, Darwin wrote on 6 January , ‘You have also …
  • … in public. ‘Without cutting him direct’, he advised Darwin on 7 January , ‘I should avoid him, …
  • … the publisher of the Quarterly Review , in which Mivart’s anonymous essay had appeared. ‘I told …
  • … & again’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 January 1875 ). Darwin had also considered taking up …
  • … , ‘I feel now like a pure forgiving Christian!’ Darwin’s ire was not fully spent, however, …
  • … The vivisection issue was a delicate one within Darwin’s family, and he tried to balance his concern …
  • … paper sent me by Miss Cobbe.’ Darwin found Cobbe’s memorial inflammatory and unfair in its …
  • … on 12 May, one week after a rival bill based on Cobbe’s memorial had been read in the House of Lords …
  • … on vivisection , p. 183). Darwin learned of Klein’s testimony from Huxley on 30 October 1875 : …
  • … medicine in London. Klein had assisted in some of Darwin’s botanical research and had visited Down …
  • …   Poisons, plants, and print-runs Darwin’s keen interest in the progress of physiology …
  • … of protoplasm. He added the details of Brunton and Fayrer’s experiments to Insectivorous plants , …
  • … I can say is that I am ready to commit suicide.’ Darwin’s despair over the revision process may have …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … and also a meeting with Herbert Spencer, who was visiting Darwin’s neighbour, Sir John Lubbock. In …
  • … all but the concluding chapter of the work was submitted by Darwin to his publisher in December. …
  • … hypothesis of hereditary transmission. Debate about Darwin’s theory of transmutation …
  • … alleged evidence of a global ice age, while Asa Gray pressed Darwin’s American publisher for a …
  • … for the Advancement of Science. Fuller consideration of Darwin’s work was given by Hooker in an …
  • … illness. Diet and exercise Among Darwin’s first letters in the new year was a report …
  • … meals & these I think suit me best.’ He sought Jones’s approval to increase his intake of coffee …
  • … I enjoy much.’ The new exercise regime led to Darwin’s being teased by his neighbour, John Lubbock, …
  • … so you are in for it’ ( letter from H. E. Darwin, [  c . 10 May 1866] ). Henrietta’s
  • … indeed at poor Susan’s loneliness’ ( letter from E. C. Langton to Emma and Charles Darwin, [6 and 7 …

Referencing women’s work

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Darwin's correspondence shows that women made significant contributions to Darwin's work, but whether and how they were acknowledged in print involved complex considerations of social standing, professional standing, and personal preference.…

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  • Darwin's correspondence shows that women made significant contributions to Darwin's work, …
  • … set of selected letters is followed by letters relating to Darwin's 1881 publication …
  • … throughout Variation . Letter 2395 - Darwin to Holland, Miss, [April 1860] …
  • … anonymised and masculinised. Letter 3316 - Darwin to Nevill, D. F., [12 November …
  • … Nevill is referenced by name for her “kindness” in Darwin’s Fertilisation of Orchids . …
  • … Surrey”. Letter 4794 - Darwin to Lyell, C., [25 March 1865] Darwin asks …
  • … Letter 7223 - Darwin to Wedgwood, L. C., [9 June 1867 - 72] Darwin asks his niece to …
  • … Henrietta, about how best to reference her husband’s contribution to a chapter on music in …
  • … her editorial work on Expression . While her husband's contribution to the same work was …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … book out of my head’. But  a large proportion of Darwin’s time for the rest of the year was devoted …
  • … way, and the initial reception of the book in the press. Darwin fielded numerous letters from …
  • … offered sharp criticism or even condemnation. Darwin had expected controversy. ‘I shall be …
  • … a bare-faced manner.”‘ The most lively debate centred on Darwin’s evolutionary account of the …
  • … taste. Correspondence with his readers and critics helped Darwin to clarify, and in some cases …
  • … year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression. Darwin continued to investigate the …
  • … also brought a significant milestone for the family, as Darwin’s eldest daughter Henrietta was …
  • … during several past years, has been a great amusement’. Darwin had been working fairly continuously …
  • … work on species theory in the late 1830s. In recent years, Darwin had collected a wealth of material …
  • … to human evolution was comparatively small, reflecting Darwin’s aim of  showing kinship with animals …
  • … Hooker suggested one of the reasons behind the book’s popularity: ‘I hear that Ladies think it …
  • … Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV). Four of Darwin’s five sons received a copy, and his daughter …
  • … in ‘lucid vigorous style’, as well as for the book’s ‘arrangment, not to mention still more …
  • … The geologist William Boyd Dawkins remarked on Darwin’s books’ reception amongst ‘artisans and mill …
  • … & menstruation coming out of the primary fact that one’s n th . ancestor lived between tide …
  • … A number of correspondents took issue with Darwin’s evolutionary explanation of the ‘higher’ …
  • … and beetles to  Descent , could not extend Darwin’s evolutionary theory beyond man’s ‘bodily frame …

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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  • … and screenplays, and a prize-winning poet. Her book The Darwin Poems , which explores aspects of …
  • … Dr White: This is an interview with Emily Ballou, who’s a writer of novels and screenplays and, …
  • … which in the 19th century was called Weatherboard, and Darwin went to Weatherboard on the tail end …
  • … and he took the walk to the waterfall along the creek. It’s a walk that I did every day. I’ve done …
  • … to a rock was a small metal plaque and it said, ?Charles Darwin passed this way.? And although I …
  • … Wentworth Falls, it was reportedly 43 degrees. Australia’s hot, you know, at a much lower …
  • … place that I love so much?? And I started to write about Darwin on that walk. So, I wrote several …
  • … At first I thought perhaps I would write about Darwin in Australia, and then as I travelled to the …
  • … collections of plants rather than? You know, the children’s photos begin and then they just peter …
  • … and it took a lot of patient explaining on my father’s part so that I could really understand what …
  • … reading that and was struck at the poetry in Darwin’s own writing. Even just the titles of each …
  • … recte Succinea] on the wild Banana. Now, that’s a poem. That’s a poem. Darwin wrote it …
  • … and beautiful. Or, lists of specimens, or the Werner’s Nomenclature for [sic] Colours that he …
  • … standing outside Darwin; as well as Darwin. So that’s why poetry seemed to me [appropriate], and …
  • … I saw more of the complex man through the research. There’s something very tangible when you’re …

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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  • … Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. …
  • … Sciences (1) Anderson, G. S. (1) …
  • … Alexander (b) (1) Baird, S. F. (1) …
  • … Barnard, Anne (2) Barnes, K. S. (1) …
  • … Edward (6) Bartlett, R. S. (1) …
  • … Batalin, A. F. (2) Bate, C. S. (21) …
  • … Baynes, H. M. (1) Baynes, T. S. (1) …
  • … H. F. (1) Billings, J. S. (2) …
  • … Jacques (1) Boulger, G. E. S. (1) …
  • … Henry (1) Brady, G. S. (1) Brady, H. …
  • … E. J. A. (1) Bristowe, J. S. (2) …
  • … Dareste, Camille (9) Darwin family (1) …

Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

Summary

The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

Matches: 9 hits

  • … In 1865, the chief work on Charles Darwin’s mind was the writing of  The variation of animals and …
  • … from this, the editing of excerpts from Fritz Müller’s letters on climbing plants to make another …
  • … to comment on a paper on  Verbascum (mullein) by CD’s protégé, John Scott, who was now working in …
  • … Argyll, appeared in the religious weekly,  Good Words . Darwin received news of an exchange of …
  • … Butler, and, according to Butler, the bishop of Wellington. Darwin’s theory was discussed at an …
  • … in the  Gardeners’ Chronicle . At the end of the year, Darwin was elected an honorary member of …
  • … of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and J. D. Hooker’s father, died in August. There was also a …
  • … same age as Darwin himself. Falconer had seconded Darwin’s nomination for the Copley Medal of the …
  • … 12). In early January Falconer had written to Darwin’s brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, to reassure …
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