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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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Diagrams and drawings in letters


Over 850 illustrations from the printed volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin have been added to the online transcripts of the letters. The contents include maps, diagrams, drawings, sketches and photographs, covering geological, botanical,…

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  • … in central Sweden,  16 February 1879 C. W. Hamilton's observations [on stem structure …

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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  • … The Highlands & Western Isl ds  letter to Sir W Scott [MacCulloch 1824] at Maer? W. F. …
  • … Fossorial Hymenop. [Shuckard 1837] d[itt]o —— Hamilton on the Dog [C. H. Smith 1839–40] 2 d …
  • … Anne [Smollett 1805].— 1842 Jan 10 M rs  Hamilton Grays Etruria [E. C. Gray 1840], …
  • … 1853] (curious) Williams Missionary in T. del Fuego [Hamilton 1854] March 28 th . …
  • …   with portions of his correspondence . Edited by John Hamilton Thom. 3 vols. London.  119: 15b …

Was Darwin an ecologist?


One of the most fascinating aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the extent to which the experiments he performed at his home in Down, in the English county of Kent, seem to prefigure modern scientific work in ecology.

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments


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…

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  • … is, I like it even better than Adam Bede’. He also read Hamilton Aïdé’s  Carr of Carrlyon , …