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

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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 he ‘Began by Lyell’s …
  • … Charles Lyell and Joseph Dalton Hooker, who were joined in 1856 by Hooker’s friend the American …
  • … only source of information about his preoccupations during 1856 and 1857. They reveal little noticed …
  • … might work in nature ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 10 ). He was surprised that no …
  • … remarked to Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 September [1856] ). I mean to make my …
  • … considerable research in published and unpublished sources. Edward Blyth needed little encouragement …
  • … on plants. Expanding projects set up during 1855 and 1856 (see  Correspondence  vol. 5), he tried …
  • … first two chapters of his species book, completed by October 1856 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). …
  • … Gray, vary in the United States ( letter to Asa Gray, 2 May 1856 )? What about weeds? Did they …
  • … hermaphrodite’ ( letter to to T. H. Huxley, 1 July [1856] ), which became a source of amusement in …
  • … that Asa Gray and Hooker confirmed during the course of 1856. Science at home: the botanical …
  • … many different experiments on plants through the summers of 1856 and 1857, particularly with garden …
  • … have grown well.’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1856] ). His faith in his ideas …
  • … trees (see letters to William Erasmus Darwin, [26 February 1856] and to Charles Lyell, 3 May …
  • … Waring Darwin, the sixth and last, was born on 6 December 1856) was a constant worry, particularly …
  • … in New South Wales ( letter to Syms Covington, 9 March 1856 ). Many other topics, …
  • … the geological phenomenon of cleavage, still unresolved in 1856, with John Phillips and entered into …
  • … visited the Darwins at Down House for several days in April 1856, and Darwin took this opportunity …
  • … made in a letter written by Lyell from London on 1–2 May 1856. Darwin took the suggestion seriously …
  • … him to write up his views ( letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 May [1856] ). Darwin had also …
  • … At a second weekend party held at Down on 26 and 27 April 1856, he had discussed the question of …
  • … doctrine.’ ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 7 ). The excitement and intellectual …

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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  • … Letter 1836  - Berkeley, M. J. to Darwin, [7 March 1856] Clergyman and botanist …
  • … Letter 1836  - Berkeley, M. J. to Darwin, [7 March 1856] Clergyman and botanist Miles …

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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  • … . [Knapp] 1838] Read Gleanings in Natural History. By Edward Jesse, Surveyor of Her Majestys
  • … [John Paget 1839]— account of Dogs like wolves.— E. Blyth.— read Monograp der Kartoffeln
  • … [DAR *128: 160] Mansfields Paraguay [Mansfield 1856] } read Chesterton Prison Life
  • Hutchison Dog Breaking 3 d . Edit [Hutchinson 1856] new information on Pointer & Retriever
  • Annal des Sc. Nat. 4 th  Series. Bot. Vol 6 [Naudin 1856]. Read Notes to Jardine & …
  • 1855 Sept. Tegetmeier on Poultry [Tegetmeier 18567] —— 27 th . Mem. de lAcad. …
  • Das Ganze der Landwirttschaft [Kirchhof 1835].— 1856. Jan 10 th  G. Colin Traite de
  • … [Rudolphi 1812] [DAR 128: 16] 1856 Jan 21. Hucs Chinese Empire [Huc
  • Mar 1 Veith Naturgeschichte Haussaugethiere [Veith 1856].— 3 d  Knox Races of Man.— 1850 [R
  • 174155] d[itt]o [DAR 128: 17] 1856 . Jan 28. Watts Life by Muirhead
  • … [Pepys 18489]— April 21 Sandwitt Kars [Sandwith 1856]. [DAR 128: 18] March
  • 18516] —— Wollaston on Variation [Wollaston 1856] F. Smith on Apidæ [F. Smith 1855] …
  • 1835 [H. C. Watson 1835] [DAR 128: 20] 1856 June 26. Davis J. Barnard. …
  • 1855] —— 19 Von Tschudi Alpine life [Tschudi 1856] 30. Brehm Handbuch Vogel
  • 1857 Nov. 15. Andersson Lake Gnami [Andersson 1856] —— 26 Slightly skimmed Forbes
  • from these portfolios is in DAR 205, the letter from William Edward Shuckard to which CD refers has
  • 44  Probably Francis Boott. 45  Edward Forbes provided sketches and notes for the
  • London. [Other eds.]  *119: 15; 119: 22b Belcher, Edward. 1848Narrative of the voyage
  • domesticorum . Hafniæ.  *128: 182 Bennett, Edward Turner, ed. 1837The natural history
  • … …  [By Gilbert White.] A new edition with notes by Edward Turner Bennett. London. [Abstract in DAR
  • … . Edinburgh. [Other eds.]  119: 21b Bevan, Edward. 1827. The honey-bee; its natural
  • collected in Melville Island. Appendix XI in Parry, William EdwardA   supplement to the
  • and 12 atlases. Paris.  *119: 5v. [Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton]. 1835.  …
  • Trilobites.  Translated from the German by Thomas Bell and Edward Forbes. London: Ray Society. …
  • ser. 6: 142214.  *119: 21v.; 119: 18a Clarke, Edward Daniel. 181023Travels in
  • of Oxford. London. [Other eds.]  119: 21b Eyre, Edward John. 1845Journals of
  • … [Darwin Library.]  119: 18b; *128: 178 Forbes, Edward. 1841A history of British
  • London  2, pt 2: 483534119: 22a Forbes, Edward and Hanley, Sylvanus. 184953A
  • …  etc. 2d ed. Tiguri128: 16 Gibbon, Edward. 177688The history of the decline and   …

Darwin in letters, 1851-1855: Death of a daughter

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The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. The period opens with a family tragedy in the death of Darwin’s oldest and favourite daughter, Anne, and it shows how, weary and mourning his dead child,…

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  • animals and plants with Hooker who, with Charles Lyell and Edward Forbes, was one of the most public
  • him. In this regard, the naturalist and museum curator Edward Blyth figures most prominently. Blyth