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From Sigmund Fuchs   [1877–8?]

Summary

Asks if CD agrees with Carl Claus’s Grundzüge der Zoologie [3d ed. (1876)], in separating tunicates from molluscs.

Author:  Sigmund Fuchs
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1877–8?]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 221
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10336

To Sigmund Fuchs   [1877–8?]

Summary

[Draft of letter for Francis Darwin to write to SF.] CD declines to express an opinion on SF’s query.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Sigmund Fuchs
Date:  [1877–8?]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 221v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10337

To Albert Günther   28 January [1877]

Summary

Has signed certificates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Date:  28 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/200/11/113)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10372

From G. J. Romanes   [after 8 January 1877]

Summary

Returns E. Haeckel’s Perigenesis [der Plastidule (1876)]. EH’s "plastidules" do not differ from Spencer’s "physiological units". Does not see that biology gains anything from EH’s theory.

Author:  George John Romanes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 8 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  E. D. Romanes 1896, p. 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10554

From Adolphe de Stillfried   [1877?]

Summary

Writes of his admiration for CD and requests an autograph or photo.

Author:  Adolphe de Stillfried
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 257
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10744

To [E. M. Dicey?]   [1877]

Summary

Gives his opinion on the education of girls in physiology. Would regret that any girl who wished to learn physiology should be checked.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elinor Mary Bonham-Carter; Elinor Mary Dicey
Date:  [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10746

From E. A. Darwin   17 [1877?]

Summary

Wants Francis [Rhodes] Darwin’s address; also asks if CD has heard "the great news".

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 [1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B94–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10754

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [before 17 January 1877]

Summary

Remarks on the difference between the sexes in Restionaceae and other subjects – occasioned by reading the introduction [to Forms of flowers].

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 17 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 111: B55–8r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10757

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [early 1877?]

Summary

Thanks WTT-D for his comments on and praise of his book [Forms of flowers].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [early 1877?]
Classmark:  DAR 111: B58v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10758

From Alphonse de Candolle   January 1877

Summary

Introduces his son Casimir, who is visiting England.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10759

From Alpheus Hyatt   January 1877

Summary

Reports on his work. Relationships of shells found at Steinheim; attempts to elucidate the genesis of different forms.

Author:  Alpheus Hyatt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 166: 357, 359
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10760

From Thomas Belt   [before 18] January 1877

Summary

TB is seeking a Government grant through the Royal Society so that he can give up his business and pursue his work on the glacial period; wants CD to support him with a note to Hooker.

Author:  Thomas Belt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 18] Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 202: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10761

From E. A. Darwin   [1 January 1877]

Summary

Would like Price’s address.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10763

From Arthur Mellersh   1 January 1877

Summary

Has "the missing link" been found in New Guinea, as he read in the newspaper?

Offers CD the nest of a foreign bird pressed on him by a neighbour.

Author:  Arthur Mellersh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10764

To Octavian Blewitt   1 January 1877

Summary

A letter in support of [Ann Jane] Cupples’ request to the Royal Literary Fund for assistance. Her talent, industry, and need.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Octavian Blewitt
Date:  1 Jan 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan 96 RLF 1/2015/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10764F

From Charles and Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   2 January [1877]

Summary

Agrees to propose GJR for membership in Royal Society.

Remarks on GJR’s paper on Medusae [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 167 (1877): 659–752].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  2 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.503)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10765

To Alfred Newton   2 January 1877

Summary

Thanks AN for telling him of the complex cross among wagtails. CD is surprised that so much close interbreeding does not check their propagation.

CD does not suppose he will ever have strength to work up his data on hybridism, so he will not write to Mr Monk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Newton
Date:  2 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10766

From T. A. B. Spratt   2 January 1877

Summary

TABS is pleased that CD found something of interest in his researches in Crete [Travels and researches in Crete (1869)].

Author:  Thomas Abel Brimage Spratt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 240
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10767

To Asa Gray   3 January 1877

Summary

Asks AG not to send his rare specimens [of Leucosmia].

Is glad of the notice about black pigs.

Has great faith in Jeffries Wyman;

thinks A. R. Wallace founds his speculation on a feeble basis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  3 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (118)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10768

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   3 January [1877]

Summary

Suggests that the scarcity of holly berries is owing to the scarcity of bees during the spring, rather than to frost. He does not know what caused the scarcity of bees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  3 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 6 January 1877, p. 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10769
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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 …

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 …

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. …

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 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: …

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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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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