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From Asa Gray   24 February 1868

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AG is writing notice of American edition of Variation [Nation 6 (1868): 234–6].

Pangenesis is "as good an hypothesis as one can now make".

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5921

From A. R. Wallace   24 February 1868

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Responds to CD’s queries on polygamy in birds and orang.

Discusses sexual selection and secondary characters; colours and sexual preference.

Expresses his admiration for Pangenesis; it is superior to Herbert Spencer’s theory.

ARW differs somewhat with CD’s chapter on causes of variability [ch. 22 in Variation]. Thinks several of CD’s arguments are unsound.

Briefly discusses how natural selection might aid in producing sterility between allied species.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: B70–2, DAR 86: A10–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5922

From John Murray   24 February [1868]

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Second issue [of Variation] is ready.

Murray thinks that the Athenæum review was written by J. E. Gray [see 5931].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 356
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5923

From Robert McLachlan   24 February 1868

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Reports that when August Meyer confined several distinct species of Phryganeidae they coupled and produced fertile ova, indicating that some specific characters are not so important so far as reproduction is concerned [see Descent 1: 342 n. 2].

Author:  Robert McLachlan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A86–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5924

From W. S. Dallas   24 February 1868

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Has difficulty translating Piderit’s use of verbissen.

Will hold F. Müller’s book until CD decides about translating it.

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5925
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The Mount, Shrewsbury

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Letters from home

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  • … Darwin writes in preparation for the voyage, and his father and sisters write with news from home …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … for a while, when he had again to lie down. ( LL 1: 224) Despite Darwin’s illness, the …

Alexander von Humboldt

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The phases of Charles Darwin’s career have often been defined by the books that he read, from Lyell’s Principles of Geology during the Beagle voyage to Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population during his London years. The book that encouraged him to…

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  • … The phases of Charles Darwin’s career have often been defined by the books that he read, from …

Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

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  • … Charles Howard, had died of gout (see Autobiography, p. 224). Darwin discussed gout as an inherited …

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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  • … the matter ( Hansard Parliamentary Debates , 3d ser., vol. 224 (1875), col. 794). A Royal …

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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  • …  Translated by William Ross. London. [Abstract in DAR 91: 22–4.]  119: 4a Lesson, René …