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From Robert Caspary   [after 9 June 1866]

Summary

Data on good and bad pollen-grain yields of different species. Sends sketches of two male Rhamnus catharticus flowers [see Forms of flowers, p. 294].

Author:  Johann Xaver Robert (Robert) Caspary
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 9 June 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 109: A81; DAR 111: B45, B48b, B48c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10344

To Francis Darwin   [after 12 October 1866]

Summary

Instructions on paying a bill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 12 Oct 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13793

From W. D. Fox   [before 1 March 1866]

Summary

Would much like to see Dr Birchfield appointed superintendent of the new asylum at Woking.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 Mar 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13808

To Charles Lyell   [26 April 1866 – 14 December 1871]

Summary

CD asks if he can call tomorrow (Friday) at 9: 30, and offers to come on Saturday if that would suit CL better.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [26 Apr 1866 – 14 Dec 1871]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, General Special Collections (DC AL 1/2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13825G

From William Turner   [after 28 April 1866?]

Summary

Observations on a bird that used a stone to break open a snail.

Author:  William Turner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Apr 1866?]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13850

From John Walton   [after 4 April 1866]

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Summary

Reports of a tooth found in the testicle of a horse.

Hares are very fleet in countries in which greyhound coursing is developed, slow in those in which no greyhounds are kept.

Author:  John Walton, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13851

To E. F. Lubbock   [1 October 1866]

Summary

"… Mr Herbert Spencer. I will call tomorrow about half past 12".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ellen Frances Hordern; Ellen Frances Lubbock
Date:  [1 Oct 1866]
Classmark:  Henry Bristow (dealer) (Catalogue 265)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13863

To [H. B. Jones?]   13 April [1866]

Summary

CD’s plans have changed. He will be in London the following week and therefore able to call on correspondent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Bence Jones
Date:  13 Apr [1866]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (17 December 1973)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13868

To H. A. Huxley   [before 25 November 1866?]

Summary

Asks if he may call on Sunday at 10 o’clock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henrietta Anne Huxley
Date:  [before 25 Nov 1866?]
Classmark:  Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2797F

From W. E. Darwin   8 May [1866]

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Describes the floral structure of broom, particularly the form of the varying anthers. Encloses drawings of anthers and pollen.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 76: B52, 66–72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3144

From E. F. Lubbock   [1 October 1866]

Summary

Herbert Spencer is staying with the Lubbocks and would much like to see CD.

Author:  Ellen Frances Hordern; Ellen Frances Lubbock
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Oct 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4728

From Richard Trevor Clarke   6 November [1866]

Summary

Wants to publish his observation on colour changes in Matthiola seeds.

Has been crossing cotton.

Approves of C. V. Naudin and Max Wichura.

Author:  Richard Trevor Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4932

To Edward Blyth   10 December [1866]

Summary

Asks for reference to EB’s article about tame deer on island in Aral Sea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Blyth
Date:  10 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4950

From Harriet Lubbock   [April? 1866]

Summary

Local matters.

Author:  Harriet Lubbock
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Apr? 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4960

To George Howard Darwin   [1866]

Summary

Asks GHD what the chances are against squinting and non-squinting children coming alternately in a family of ten.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4961

From W. E. Darwin   [23 June 1866]

Summary

Ovules of males of two forms [of Rhamnus catharticus?] are abortive and both females have incomplete stamens.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 June 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 109: A75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4962

To a local landowner   [1866?]

Summary

Requests that correspondent take some action regarding the state of horses on his farm. Robert Ainslie of Tromer Lodge, Down, was fined in 1852 following CD’s complaints.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Landowner, local
Date:  [1866?]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 27r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4963

From Daniel Oliver    [after 13 May 1866]

Summary

Gives CD some references to papers.

Reports improvement in his wife’s health.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 13 May 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 173: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4964

From E. A. Darwin   [before 20 February 1866?]

Summary

Lyell calculates enviously that CD can do more work than any of the philosophers.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 20 Feb 1866?]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4965

From Charles John Robinson   [1866?]

Summary

Has a small living at Norton Canon.

Will visit Charles Whitley next week.

Author:  Charles John Robinson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1866?]
Classmark:  DAR 176: 188
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4966
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Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of …
  • … Prigs’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 December 1866] ). But the crowning achievement of the year …
  • … publisher in December. Much of Darwin’s correspondence in 1866 was focussed on issues surrounding …
  • … 1½ hours every day’ ( letter to H. B. Jones, 3 January [1866] ). Darwin had first consulted Jones …
  • … go on better’ ( letter from H. B. Jones, 10 February [1866] ). Darwin began riding the cob, …
  • … the season is over’ ( letter from John Lubbock, 4 August 1866 ). More predictably, however, Darwin …
  • … how I can’t be idle’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 24 August [1866] ). Towards Variation …
  • … to supervise ( letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 January [1866] ). Darwin found the evidence of …
  • … 13), and continued to refine his hypothesis in 1866. He wrote to Hooker on 16 May [1866] , ‘I … …
  • … to Printers’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1866] ). When finally published in 1868, it …
  • … definite views’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 22 December [1866] ). The fourth edition of  …
  • … also added material obtained through correspondence in 1866, including observations by the American …
  • … undertook an ambitious expedition to Brazil in 1865 and 1866, partly with a view to finding support …
  • … ( letter to Charles Lyell, 8[–9] September [1866] ). Darwin had first heard of Agassiz’s …
  • … dozen physicists’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [28 February 1866] ). Darwin also ventured to inform …
  • … more than a subsidiary agent’, Darwin wrote on 8 March [1866] , prefacing his remark with, ‘I …
  • … Jones in future—’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 May 1866 ). Darwin himself was jubilant: ‘I have …
  • … Garden!!!!!!!!!’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [28 April 1866] ). Celebrity Darwin’s …
  • … exalted, and most brilliant intellects of our age’ (Anon 1866, p. 176). At Down, Darwin …
  • … in for it’ ( letter from H. E. Darwin, [  c . 10 May 1866] ). Henrietta’s letter …
  • … I dread all exertion’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [12 May 1866] ). Darwin’s interest in Caspary’s …
  • … The German zoologist had written to Darwin on 11 January 1866 , ‘Every time I succeed in making a …
  • … His vast work,  Generelle Morphologie , published in 1866, was dedicated to Darwin (as well as to …
  • … has ever received’ ( letter to Ernst Haeckel, 18 August [1866] ). Darwin clearly admired parts of …
  • … dreadful’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 22 December [1866] ). The  Origin in Germany …
  • … ( see for example, letter to C. W. Nägeli, 12 June [1866] ). Also in March, however, Christian …
  • … C. scoparius , sent to Darwin with his letter of 8 May [1866] , allowed detailed comparisons of …
  • … diœcious’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin, [7 May – 11 June 1866] ). On examining more specimens later …
  • … becoming diœcious’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin, 20 June [1866] ). Darwin was excited by …

Beauty and the seed

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One of the real pleasures afforded in reading Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the discovery of areas of research on which he never published, but which interested him deeply. We can gain many insights about Darwin’s research methods by following these …

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  • … a new edition of On the Origin of Species (the fourth) in 1866. Darwin made substantive changes to …
  • … … or are they? Towards the end of September 1866 Darwin received a letter from Fritz Müller, …
  • … composite of letter from Müller to Darwin, 2 Aug 1866, in Darwin’s experimental notebook"," …
  • … Fritz Müller to Charles Darwin, 2 Aug 1866. Darwin immediately responded: I have …
  • … Darwin, C. R. to Müller, J. F. T., 25 Sept [1866] This letter must have crossed in the post …
  • … me.— Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., 10 Dec [1866]   Hooker replied with …
  • … birds. Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R., 14 Dec 1866 Darwin was skeptical about …

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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  • … of his theories (e.g. to M. E. Boole, 14 December 1866 ). Even the youngest …
  • … letters to his Wedgwood nieces, Lucy ( [before 25 September 1866] ; 8 June [1867-72?] ) and …

Was Darwin an ecologist?

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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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  • … Charles Darwin to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1866] .  The ‘hard seed for grit’ …
  • … did not then exist: even the word was not coined until 1866. There was no academic department that …
  • … coined by the German scientist and theorist Ernst Haeckel in 1866. ‘By ecology, we mean the whole …
  • … dreadful’, Darwin wrote to T. H. Huxley on 22 December 1866 . ‘He seems to have a passion for …
  • … such study to an ‘uncritical’ natural history (Haeckel 1866, 2: 286–7; see also Stauffer 1957, p. …
  • … et al . New York: CABI Publishing. Haeckel, Ernst. 1866.  Generelle Morphologie der …

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, …

Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1860-1870

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This selection of Charles Darwin’s letters includes correspondence with his friends and scientific colleagues around the world; letters by the critics who tried to stamp out his ideas, and by admirers who helped them to spread. It takes up the story of…

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  • … are badly galled … Darwin to a local landowner, 1866. Science must take …
  • … should be still very far off. Mary Boole to Darwin, 1866. Never, for God’s …

Bartholomew James Sulivan

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On Christmas Day 1866, Bartholomew Sulivan sat down to write a typically long and chatty letter to his old friend, Charles Darwin, commiserating on shared ill-health, glorying in the achievements of their children, offering to collect plant specimens, and…

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  • … On Christmas Day 1866, Bartholomew Sulivan sat down to write a typically long and chatty letter …
  • … for weeks.’ ( Letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866 ) Sulivan, a member of a navy …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 5140 — Wallace, A. R. to Darwin, C. R., 2 July 1866 Wallace writes a lengthy analysis …
  • … Letter 5303 — Boole, M. E. to Darwin, C. R., 13 Dec 1866 In this letter marked “private”, …
  • … Letter 5307 — Darwin, C. R. to Boole, M. E., 14 Dec 1866 Darwin believes he is unable to …
  • … Letter 5003f — Shaw, James to Darwin, C. R., [6--10 Feb 1866] James Shaw transcribes a …
  • … Letter 5004 — Darwin, C. R. to Shaw, James, 11 Feb [1866] Darwin thanks James Shaw for the …
  • … Letter 5060 — Shaw, James to Darwin, C. R., 19 Apr 1866 James Shaw fills a letter to Darwin …

Fanny Owen

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One question which arises a lot when sifting through Darwin’s letters is are we prying? The vast majority of ‘burn this’ requests are found in his correspondence with Fanny Owen, the young woman Darwin courted before the Beagle voyage. Owen was evidently…

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  • … Palaeontologist who  wrote to Darwin on new year’s eve, 1866 to ask him for help in supporting …

Have you read the one about....

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... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some serious - but all letters you can read here.

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  • … ... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some …

Darwin and vivisection

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Darwin played an important role in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought an unsuccessful prosecution against a French physiologist who…

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  • … Correspondence vol. 14, letter to a local landowner, [1866?] ). A regular subscriber to the …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … had been delivered to the publisher in the final week of 1866. It would take all of 1867 to correct …
  • … on human expression that he may have drawn up in late 1866. His correspondents were asked to copy …
  • … completely revised the German translation of  Origin  in 1866, would be called upon to translate  …
  • … Beagle  shipmate Bartholomew James Sulivan at Christmas 1866, Darwin had written at the end of the …
  • … work,  Generelle Morphologie der Organismen  (Haeckel 1866), contained much interesting material, …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … in different ways (letter from Jeffries Wyman, 11 January 1866 ). Concurrently with his …

Science, Work and Manliness

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Discussion Questions|Letters In 1859, popular didactic writer William Landels published the first edition of what proved to be one of his best-selling works, How Men Are Made. "It is by work, work, work" he told his middle class audience, …

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  • … Letter 4997 - Wallace, A. R. to Darwin, [4 February 1866] Wallace laments the sense of …

Scientific Practice

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Specialism|Experiment|Microscopes|Collecting|Theory Letter writing is often seen as a part of scientific communication, rather than as integral to knowledge making. This section shows how correspondence could help to shape the practice of science, from…

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  • … Letter 5173 — Müller, J. F. T. to Darwin, C. R., 2 Aug 1866 Müller provides some observations …

Hermann Müller

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Hermann (Heinrich Ludwig Hermann) Müller, was born in Mühlberg near Erfurt in 1829. He was the younger brother of Fritz Müller (1822–97). Following the completion of his secondary education at Erfurt in 1848, he studied natural sciences at Halle and Berlin…

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  • … that was not only accepted by the school board but from 1866 adopted by the Prussian government as …
  • … Darwin’ (Facts from the science of mosses for Darwin) in 1866 and sending Darwin a copy of the …

Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … had surfaced since the fourth edition appeared at the end of 1866 and had told his cousin William …
  • … April 1869 ). Since his marriage to Annie Mitten in 1866, Wallace had become involved in the …
  • … when he was thrown by his horse. Having been advised in 1866 by the doctor Henry Bence Jones to go …

'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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  • … 1865, p. 20). The competition was held again in 1865 and 1866, but still no single design fitted the …
  • … 4)); he threatened to report a similar case of cruelty in 1866 (see letter to [Local landowner], …

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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  • … 5254  - Hildebrand, F. H. G. to Darwin, [23 October 1866] German botanist Friedrich …

Lydia Becker

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Becker was a leading member of the suffrage movement, perhaps best known for publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal. She was also a successful biologist, astronomer and botanist and, between 1863 and 1877, an occasional correspondent of Charles Darwin. …

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  • … Manchester Ladies’ Literary Society. On December 22nd 1866 Becker wrote to Darwin to ask if he …
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