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From Asa Gray   25 February [1868]

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AG is not surprised at popularity of CD’s Variation. Gives some corrections for next edition.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5928

To W. D. Fox   25 February [1868]

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Is working on "Sexual selection"; asks WDF to send observations on birds’ finding new mates during breeding season [see Descent 2: 103–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 148a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5929

To Ludwig Rütimeyer   25 February [1868]

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Will forward LR’s memoir to Earl of Tankerville. Has sent LR’s pamphlet on "Darwin Lehre" [Die Grenzen der Thierwelt (1868)] to a German lady he employs as a translator. Cannot agree that there is an innate principle of perfection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Ludwig (Ludwig) Rütimeyer
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Universitätsbibliothek Basel, Handschriften (G IV 91, 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5930

To John Murray   25 February [1868]

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Thanks JM for presentation copies [of Variation]. Sends directions and list.

Has been told positively that hostile review in Athenæum was by Berthold Seemann, to whom he once refused a testimonial.

On the whole, reviews have been very good.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 182–183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5931

To Robert Caspary   25 February [1868]

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Will send English edition [of Variation] when available.

Mentions revisions in second issue concerning graft-hybrids.

Asks for Euryale seed for experiment.

Discusses fertility of crossed and self-fertilised plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Xaver Robert (Robert) Caspary
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5932

From Alexander Wallace   25 February 1868

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Asks CD to make his queries about proportion of sexes more precise so he can keep them in mind in his experiments with silkworms. [see Descent 1: 313.]

Author:  Alexander Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 85: B69–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5933

From Thomas Stretch to W. B. Tegetmeier   25 February 1868

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Eight-year record of sexes of chickens.

Author:  Thomas Stretch
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  25 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: C13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5934

To Henry Lee   25 February [1868]

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Thanks for results on sexes of trout. [See 5793.] CD is collecting information about the proportional numbers of sexes in animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Lee
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Walter R. Benjamin Autographs (May 1988)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5934A

To Robert McLachlan   25 February [1868]

Summary

Is obliged for the facts about the hybrids [see 5910], which permit him to reject the view of B. D. Walsh (and H. W. Bates?) that organs play an important part in keeping incipient species distinct.

He has asked John Murray to send RM a copy of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert McLachlan
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Smithsonian Libraries (Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5934B
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Leonard Darwin born

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The Darwins' eighth child and fourth son, Leonard, is born

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Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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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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Family life

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From the long letters exchanged with his sisters during the Beagle voyage, through correspondence about his marriage to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, the births—and deaths—of their children, to the  contributions of his sons and daughters  to his scientific…

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Syms Covington

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When Charles Darwin embarked on the Beagle in 1831 Syms Covington was ‘fiddler & boy to Poop-cabin’. Covington died in 1861 reportedly 47 years old, so he would have been 17; although if he was the Simon Covington born in Bedford on 30 January 1809,…

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The Mount, Shrewsbury

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Letters from home

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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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Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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Death of Annie Darwin

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The Darwins' 10-year old daughter, Anne Elizabeth, dies in Malvern.  Charles is with her, but Emma, heavily pregnant, has to stay behind at Down.

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Emma Darwin

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Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife and first cousin, was born Emma Wedgwood, the eighth and youngest child of Josiah Wedgwood II and Bessy Allen. Her father was the eldest son of the famous pottery manufacturer, Josiah Wedgwood I. Her mother was one…

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Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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Hunt for new letters: last chance!

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Think you know of a letter to or from Darwin that we haven’t found? Let us know! Although we already know of more than 15,000 letters that Darwin exchanged with nearly 2000 correspondents around the world, letters continue to come to light in both…

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Charles Darwin born

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Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the fifth of six children of Robert Waring Darwin, a doctor, and his wife Susannah, daughter of Josiah Wedgwood I.

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Darwin and religion in America

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Thomas Dixon, 'America’s Difficulty with Darwin', History Today (2009), reproduced by permission.  Darwin has not been forgotten. But he has, in some respects, been misremembered. That has certainly been true when it comes to the relationship…

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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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Horace Darwin born

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Darwin's son, and ninth child, Horace is born

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Francis Darwin

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Known to his family as ‘Frank’, Charles Darwin’s seventh child himself became a distinguished scientist. He was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, initially studying mathematics, but then transferring to natural sciences.  Francis completed…

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Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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The death of Anne Elizabeth Darwin

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Charles and Emma Darwin’s eldest daughter, Annie, died at the age of ten in 1851.   Emma was heavily pregnant with their fifth son, Horace, at the time and could not go with Charles when he took Annie to Malvern to consult the hydrotherapist, Dr Gully.…

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  • … We have lost the joy of the Household Charles and Emma Darwin’s eldest daughter, …

George Darwin born

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The Darwins' son George Howard Darwin born

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