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From E. A. Darwin   [1870–81]

Summary

Share dealings.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1870–81]]
Classmark:  DAR 105: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12379

To W. E. Darwin   [1870–82]

Summary

Two letters have arrived for WED.

Joseph has had two teeth out.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [1870–82]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (17 November 1995)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13799F

From Rowland H. Wedgwood   [1870–82]

Summary

An instance of long memory in a horse.

Author:  Rowland Henry Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1870–82]
Classmark:  G. J. Romanes (1882): 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13855A

To?   [1870–82]

Summary

Printed acknowledgment of the receipt of a letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1870–82]
Classmark:  DAR 133: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13859

To ?   [1870–82]

Summary

Query [possibly for publication] on ridges and furrows in pasture-land that had been ploughed long ago. Gives directions for measuring ridges on sloping land.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [1870–82]
Classmark:  DAR 63: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13885

From Francis Darwin   [before 4 January 1870]

Summary

Humphrey does not think more bones in female os coccyx than in male. Because of maceration it is impossible to compare male and female skeletons. Has another coach while Stuart ill.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 4 Jan 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6520F

From Alice Bonham-Carter to Emma Darwin   25 January [1870]

Summary

Sends a translation of two sentences [on floral structure] as requested by Henrietta Darwin.

Author:  Alice Bonham-Carter
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  25 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 240
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6576

From Gilbert William Child   26 January [1870]

Summary

Sends 2d ed. of his Essays on physiological subjects (1869).

Author:  Gilbert William Child
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6579

From William Boyd Dawkins   29 January [1870]

Summary

Discovery of skull of "River-bed" race of man near Corwen.

Author:  William Boyd Dawkins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6582

From Federico Delpino   [1870]

Summary

Sends CD "L’applicazione della teoria Darwiniana ai fiori ed agli insetti visitatori dei fiori" [Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 2 (1870)]. Continues to support vitalism and teleology.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7055

From Charles Ottley Groom Napier   January 1870

Summary

COG-N sends, at the request of the late Lord Brougham, a copy of his work, The book of nature and the book of man [1870].

Author:  Charles Ottley Groom Napier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 165: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7068

To Anton Dohrn   4 January 1870

Summary

The Zoological Garden has only one old adult male of Limulus. When there were females, eggs were never observed.

Encloses a separate letter [7071] about AD’s scheme [for a zoological station].

Suggests AD be cautious [in his work]. "Caution is almost the soul of science."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  4 Jan 1870
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 697); Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. fr. 2188, ff. 296-7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7070

To Abraham Dee Bartlett   5 January [1870]

Summary

Thanks ADB for Limulus.

Does Callithrix sciureus wrinkle the skin around its eyes when it screams? Do the eyes become suffused with moisture?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Abraham Dee Bartlett
Date:  5 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7072

To Charles Boner   [before 8 January 1870]

Summary

Has received [read?] CB’s two works [Chamois hunting in the mountains of Bavaria (2d ed., 1860) and Forest creatures (1871)] and has made use of them in his present book [Descent].

CB’s descriptions of the Tyrol make CD long to be "strong and young again to ramble over the mountains".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Boner
Date:  [before 8 Jan 1870]
Classmark:  Kettle ed. 1871, p. 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7073

From Charles Boner   8 January 1870

Summary

Is glad CD liked Chamois hunting [in Bavaria (1853, 1860)].

Regrets CD’s poor health.

Sends his book, Transylvania [1865].

Author:  Charles Boner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 160: 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7074

From Adolf Reuter   11 January 1870

Summary

Sends monstrous oranges,

red grape leaves,

and a bean with blue fruits (a hybrid of Phaseolus vulgaris and a Dolichos species).

Author:  Adolf Reuter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7075

From Anton Dohrn   13 January 1870

Summary

Thanks CD for his support and for his cautionary advice.

Will send his work on embryology of arthropods as soon as it is finished [Bau und Entwicklung der Arthropoden (1870)].

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7076

To Albert Günther   13 January [1870]

Summary

Delighted with proofs of illustrations [for Descent]. Hopes AG is pleased with them, as they illustrate facts given on his authority.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  13 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7077

From Albert Günther   [after 13 January 1870]

Summary

Is glad CD likes the proofs; looks forward to the appearance of his work.

Author:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 13 Jan 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 244
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7078

To Adolf Reuter   15 January [1870]

Summary

Thanks AR for specimens of fruit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Reuter
Date:  15 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 220–221)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7079
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List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … "A child of God" (1) Abberley, John (1) …
  • … (2) Aitken, Thomas (1) Albano, Louisa …
  • … (2) Allen, Frances (1) Allen, Grant …
  • … (4) Althaus, Julius (1) Ambrose, J. L. …

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; …

Dates of composition of Darwin's manuscript on species

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Many of the dates of letters in 1856 and 1857 were based on or confirmed by reference to Darwin’s manuscript on species (DAR 8--15.1, inclusive; transcribed and published as Natural selection). This manuscript, begun in May 1856, was nearly completed by…

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  • … the chapters ( Natural selection ) are also given. Chapter 1 is not extant nor was it recorded in …
  • … title and references 1 [Not known] …

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, …

Home learning: 7-11 years

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Do try this at home! Support your children’s learning by downloading our free and fun activities for those aged between 7-11 and 11-14 years, using Darwin’s letters.  

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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 …

Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

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  • … line number.     Page xiv, par. 1, line 1, insert before ‘Geoffroy’: 1   …
  • … on the modification of species.    Page xix, par. 1, line 2, insert after ‘and clearness.’: …

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, …
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