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To William Walmisley Baxter   26 January [1862]

Summary

Discusses deduction from bill for medicine.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  26 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13773

To Edward Cresy   8 January [1862 or 1868]

Summary

Obliged for the Theophrastus. Will return it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  8 Jan [1862 or 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13788

From Robert Bateman   [28 January 1862]

Summary

For his father [James Bateman], he sends three more species of orchids and names of others described by CD.

Author:  Robert Bateman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3357

From Ellen Frances Lubbock to Emma Darwin   [January 1862]

Summary

Trying to persuade CD to visit JL.

Author:  Ellen Frances Hordern; Ellen Frances Lubbock
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3368

From John Brodie Innes   2 January [1862]

Summary

Quiz has been sent off to Down.

JBI will leave for Scotland on Monday.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 167.1: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3370

To J. B. Innes   [3] January [1862]

Summary

Quiz arrived safely.

CD’s three sons are in bed with bad colds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  [3] Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3371

To Charles Edouard Brown-Séquard   2 January [1862]

Summary

Pleased to hear through Miss Pennington that CEB-S intends to review Origin in a French journal. Suggests 3d ed. as this will soon appear in French translation. Does not expect perfect agreement on so complex a subject as descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Édouard Brown-Séquard
Date:  2 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Royal College of Physicians of London (MS-BROWC/981/96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3372

From Joseph Dalton Hooker   [1 January 1862]

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Summary

Sends plant specimens. William Borrer will be glad to send seeds.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3373

From John Lubbock   6 January 1862

Summary

Sends paper [on ancient Swiss lake-habitations, Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 26–51] for CD’s opinion.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3376

From Henry Walter Bates   6 January 1862

Summary

Sends CD ch. 2 of his book [The naturalist on the river Amazons] for suggestions, having accepted CD’s recommendations concerning ch. 1.

Effects of climate on dress in ch. 1 similar to, but independent of, notions expressed by CD in his Journal of researches [p. 381].

On geology, book deals with distribution and theory of deltas of the Amazon.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3377

From Imperial Zoological Society of Acclimatisation   10 January 1862

Summary

Announces a meeting of the Society to elect its officers.

Author:  Société Impériale Zoologique d’Acclimatation
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 96: 11 v.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3379

To Société Impériale Zoologique d’Acclimatation   [after 10 January 1862]

Summary

Asks how much he owes for his annual subscription to the Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Soc. Imp. Zool. Acclim.
Date:  [after 10 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 11 r.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3380

From H. W. Bates   11 January 1862

Summary

Grieved to hear of CD’s illness; begs him not to give moment’s thought to his MS until health has returned.

Plans to exhibit mimetic butterflies at Linnean Society.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3381

To H. W. Bates   13 January [1862]

Summary

Has been in bad health and has just read HWB’s MS in the last two days. Praises the book; assured it will be successful. Offers to write to Murray. Hooker interested in conclusions on colour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  13 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3382

From Thomas Henry Huxley   13 January 1862

Summary

Against all predictions his Edinburgh lecture was well received [Evidence as to man’s place in nature (1863)].

Took his old line about problem of infertility of hybrids as a test of CD’s views.

Report [from a newspaper] not quite right about what he said, but they have not refuted his statement that some form of progressive development theory is certainly true, nor that man and the apes come from same stock. Owen has gone in for progressive development in second edition of the Palaeontology [1861].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3383

From Charles Carter Blake   13 January 1862

Summary

Thanks for note on his Macrauchenia paper [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 7 (1861): 441–3].

Asks for references to descriptions of certain bones found in South America.

Lists four fossil New World monkeys; is CD aware of any others?

Author:  Charles Carter Blake
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 198
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3384

From C. E. Brown-Séquard   13 January 1862

Summary

Apologises for not answering CD sooner about where he will publish review [of Origin]. Review is to appear in his own journal, but will postpone publishing it until the French translation of 3d ed. appears. Expresses substantial agreement with CD’s views.

Author:  Charles Édouard Brown-Séquard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3385

To T. H. Huxley   14 [January 1862]

Summary

On success of THH’s Edinburgh lectures.

Agrees that THH is right that the hybrid question is a "hiatus" [in the argument for natural selection] but he overrates it. Crossed varieties frequently produce sterile offspring. On this question asks THH to read his Primula paper [Collected papers 2: 45–63]. CD suspects sterility will come to be viewed as a selected character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  14 [Jan 1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 167)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3386

From John Hutton Balfour   14 January 1862

Summary

Thanks for Primula paper [Collected papers 2: 45–63]; will examine some [Edinburgh] Botanic Garden samples in its light.

Huxley visiting Edinburgh and spoke on man’s zoological relations with monkeys [see Man’s place in nature (1863)]. JHB disagrees with his views.

Author:  John Hutton Balfour
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3387

From Henry Holland   [3–14] January [1862]

Summary

Condolences on death of Charlotte Langton [née Wedgwood].

Is waiting to hear from Lord Tankerville [see 3339].

Author:  Henry Holland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3–14] Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 238
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3388
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Darwin The Collector

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Look at nature more closely and create and record your own natural collections.

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  • … Activities provide an introduction to Charles Darwin, how and why he collected so many specimens …

Detecting Darwin

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Who was Charles Darwin? What is he famous for? Why is he still important?

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  • … Pupils act as Darwin detectives, exploring clues about Darwin’s life and work. No prior knowledge …

1 Belgrave Street, London

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Marriages and gossip

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  • … A family friend relates news of her marriage and other gossip. …

Language: Interview with Gregory Radick

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Darwin made a famous comment about parallels between changes in language and species change. Gregory Radick, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds University, talks about the importance of the development of language to Darwin, what…

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  • … the answers from the interview.     1. According to Darwin, how did language …
  • … after his death? Transcription 1. According to Darwin, how did language …

German poems presented to Darwin

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Experiments in deepest reverence The following poems were enclosed with a photograph album sent as a birthday gift to Charles Darwin by his German and Austrian admirers (see letter from From Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877). The poems were…

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  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono.” 1 To the master of …
  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono”. 1 —§—   …
  • … still it shines bright! 1. Non che poco io dia, da imputar sono; …

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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Darwin And Evolution

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What is evolution? What did Darwin discover and how did he come to his conclusions?

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  • … Activities give an introduction to Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. Specimens brought …

Darwin's Fantastical Voyage

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Learn about Darwin's adventures on his epic journey.

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  • … These activities explore Darwin’s life changing voyage aboard HMS Beagle. Using letters home, …

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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  • … Re: Design – performance version – 25 March 2007 – 1 Re: Design – Adaptation of the …
  • … predominantly read the words of the following: Actor 1 – Asa Gray Actor 2 – Charles …
  • … JANE GRAY: [Jane Loring Gray’s journal. Harvard. November 1887]  1   Dr Gray went in to Boston …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … in the London daily newspaper the Morning Star in 1862 (see Animal World , 1 January 1870, p. …
  • … for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Annual Report, 1864, p. 32; Animal World , 1 February …
  • … from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [2 September 1863] (DAR 219.1: 77), and Correspondence …

Interview with Tim Lewens

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Dr Tim Lewens is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Organisms and artifacts (2004), which examines the language and arguments for design in biology and philosophy, and of…

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  • …   Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: This is part …

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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  • … Date of interview: 28 May 2009 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr …

Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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Interview with Randal Keynes

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Randal Keynes is a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and the author of Annie’s Box (Fourth Estate, 2001), which discusses Darwin’s home life, his relationship with his wife and children, and the ways in which these influenced his feelings about…

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  • … of interview: 7 August 2008 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: …

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 ones, …

Suggested reading

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  Contemporary writing Anon., The English matron: A practical manual for young wives, (London, 1846). Anon., The English gentlewoman: A practical manual for young ladies on their entrance to society, (Third edition, London, 1846). Becker, L. E.…

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Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate…

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  • … begin to think a veritable ass’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868] ). I am …
  • … Darwin’s network of informers proved very fruitful. On 1 May , Darwin received a letter from …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … been supposed, but his views were generally derided. 1  In 1859, Lyell visited several …
  • … ( Correspondence vol. 8, letter to Charles Lyell, 4 May [1860] and n. 3; Hutchinson 1914, 1: 51). …

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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  • … how some works might have escaped being recorded ( LL , 1: 151): He had one shelf on …
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