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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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  • … as were family members. Darwin asked his niece Sophy to observe the arching shoots of …
  • … Almost all seedlings come up arched’ ( letter to Sophy Wedgwood, 24 March [1878–80] ). While …
  • … work at Sach’s laboratory in Germany, not returning until 8 August. ‘Alas Frank is off tomorrow to …
  • … into Greek. Theodor von Heldreich wrote from Athens on 8 February that the translator, a young …

Earthworms

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As with many of Darwin’s research topics, his interest in worms spanned nearly his entire working life. Some of his earliest correspondence about earthworms was written and received in the 1830s, shortly after his return from his Beagle voyage, and his…

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  • … Questions | Experiment Earthworms and Wedgwood cousins As with many of …
  • … of his own family, in particular his nieces, Lucy and Sophy Wedgwood, the daughters of Emma Darwin& …
  • … these two young women, even going so far as to submit Lucy Wedgwood's observations for …
  • … Letters Letter 385 - Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood & Josiah Wedgwood to Darwin, 10 …
  • … her observations. Letter 12745 - Darwin to Sophy Wedgwood, 8 October 1880 …
  • … Lucy’s “well-known affection for worms". In her reply, Sophy drew on her own familiarity with …

Darwin in letters, 1880: Sensitivity and worms

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‘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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  • … Darwin to Emma Darwin, [18 September 1880] ). Darwin’s Wedgwood nieces, Sophy and Lucy, were asked …
  • … worms. We find that the light frightens them’ ( letter to Sophy Wedgwood, 8 October [1880] ). …
  • … Galton, 7 April 1880 , and letter from Francis Galton, 8 April 1880 ). Darwin was queried about …
  • … of several close family members. Emma’s brother Josiah Wedgwood III died on 11 March. Like Emma, he …

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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  • … (3) Alglave, Émile (8) Alice (2) …
  • … (1) Ansted, D. T. (8) Anthropological Society, …
  • … (2) Bence Jones, Henry (8) Beneden, Édouard …
  • … (2) Blackley, C. H. (8) Blackwall, John …
  • … (1) Gould, John (8) Gower, W. H. (1) …
  • … Wedderburn, David (1) Wedgwood, C. S. (8) …
  • … Sarah (1) Wedgwood, Sophy (4) Wegner …

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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  • … Letter 12745 - Darwin to Wedgwood, K. E. S., [8 October 1880] Darwin asks his niece, …
  • … may be “unfavourable” and suggests Lucy might join her. Sophy may be the “lady...interested in the …
  • … S. to Darwin, [15 October 1880] Darwin’s niece, Sophy, reports that she has “been up on the …

Capturing Darwin’s voice: audio of selected letters

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On a sunny Wednesday in June 2011 in a makeshift recording studio somewhere in Cambridge, we were very pleased to welcome Terry Molloy back to the Darwin Correspondence Project for a special recording session. Terry, known for his portrayal of Davros in Dr…

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  • … Gray. Re: Design toured Britain and America in 2007–8, shedding light on how Darwin developed …
  • … making observations, as exemplified by the letters to his Wedgwood nieces, Lucy ( [before 25 …
  • … a draft chapter of Descent (letter to H. E. Darwin, [8 February 1870] ). …

1.1 Ellen Sharples pastel

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< Back to Introduction The earliest surviving portrayal of Darwin, who was born on 12 February 1809, is this pastel or chalk drawing by Ellen Wallace Sharples. He is shown kneeling chivalrously before his sister Catherine (born in 1810), in the kind…

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  • … that even before he was sent to a day school at the age of 8, his taste for natural history was well …
  • … the 1909 Cambridge exhibition, ‘in the possession of Miss Wedgwood of Leith Hill Place’; i.e. Sophy
  • … the Darwin archive records that the drawing passed from Miss Wedgwood to ‘Charles Darwin in …