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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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  • … Fonblanque, E. B. de (1) Forbes, David (13) …
  • … W. H. (10) Milne Home, David (4) …
  • … Charles (b) (1) Moore, David (3) …
  • … H. A. (1) Wedderburn, David (1) …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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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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  • … *119: 9v.] 1839. Decemb. Advertised . David Low “Treatise on Domestic Animals”; …
  • … Keppells(?) voyage to Borneo [Keppel 1846] Life of David Hume— (new Edit) by Bell [Hume 1778] …
  • … Johnstons Maps [A. K. Johnston 1848] separately—Forbes is going to publish one. 45 Gosse. …
  • … in N. America [H. Martineau 1838b] Burtons Life of David Hume [Burton 1846] Society in …
  • … Greece [Mitford 1784–1818] 3 d . 25 th  Forbes Alps [J. D. Forbes 1843] —— …
  • … U.S. Expedition [J. D. Dana 1849] 1850 March Forbes Cystideæ & Asteridæ [E. Forbes …
  • … (read) [DAR *128: 173] Introduction to Forbes & Hanley Mollusca [E. Forbes and …
  • …   Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle ] Tom I–IV Ap. 20 Forbes History of Brit. Star fishes [E …
  • … Gnami [Andersson 1856] —— 26 Slightly skimmed Forbes & Hancock British Shells [Forbes and …
  • … , no. 632, 7 December 1839, p. 933, announced that David Low’s  Illustrations of the breeds of   …
  • … Knowledge.) London.  *119: 13 Badham, Charles David. 1845.  Insect life . Edinburgh and …
  • … from the Swedish. London.  119: 13b Brewster, David. 1831.  The life of Sir Isaac Newton …
  • … Burton, John Hill. 1846.  Life and correspondence of David   Hume . 2 vols. Edinburgh.  *119: …
  • … of remarkable trials . London.  128: 3 Cranz, David. 1767.  The history of Greenland: …
  • … 23b Cunningham, Allan. 1843.  The life of Sir David Wilkie;   with his journals, tours, …
  • … vols. London.  *128: 173; 128: 20 Forbes, James David. 1843.  Travels through the Alps of …
  • … Mass. [Darwin Library.]  128: 26 Hartley, David. 1749.  Observations on man, his frame, …
  • … by Arthur Helps. London.  *119: 23; 128: 3 Hume, David. 1741–2.  Essays, moral and …
  • … London.  119: 2a ——. 1777.  The life of David Hume, Esq. written by   himself . London …
  • … . New York. [Other eds.]  *119: 15v. Livingstone, David. 1857.  Missionary travels and   …

Darwin in letters, 1844–1846: Building a scientific network

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The scientific results of the Beagle voyage still dominated Darwin's working life, but he broadened his continuing investigations into the nature and origin of species. Far from being a recluse, Darwin was at the heart of British scientific society,…

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  • … Review  (1845), while other colleagues like Edward Forbes ridiculed the theories employed there, …
  • … lamination of volcanic rocks prompted an exchange with James David Forbes on the analogous structure …
  • … the resources of experts such as palaeontologists Edward Forbes and George Brettingham Sowerby, and …

Cojata, Peru

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Aymara people

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  • David Forbes brings his work on the Aymara Indians to Darwin's attention. …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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  • … Bombay, India]   Forbes, David 26 …
  • … blushing Forbes, David 13 June 1870 …

Discussion Questions and Essay Questions

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There are a wide range of possibilities for opening discussion and essay writing on Darwin’s correspondence.  We have provided a set of sample discussion questions and essay questions, each of which focuses on a particular topic or correspondent in depth.…

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  • … in nature and human society? [In different human races (David Forbes, 1868, W. Reade, 1870-1) As a …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'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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  • … In addition to visiting colleagues such as the geologist David Forbes and receiving a visit from the …

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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  • … November 1871] ). He also wrote to the leading geologists David Forbes, Arthur Crombie Ramsey, and …