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Darwin in letters, 1879: Tracing roots

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Darwin spent a considerable part of 1879 in the eighteenth century. His journey back in time started when he decided to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an essay on Erasmus’s evolutionary ideas…

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  • There are summaries of all Darwin's letters from the year 1879 on this website.  The full texts
  • Press . Darwin spent a considerable part of 1879 in the eighteenth century. His journey back
  • Erasmuss evolutionary ideas by the German science writer Ernst Krause. Darwins preoccupation with
  • wasdry as dust’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 9 September 1879 ). He was also unsatisfied with his
  • me much’ ( letter to Francis Galton, 15 [June 1879] ). Even the prospect of a holiday in the Lake
  • … ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, [after 26] July [1879] ). From July, Darwin had an additional
  • … ‘a dismal time’ ( letter to Henry Johnson, 24 September 1879 ). He may have been consoled to learn
  • pear’ ( enclosure in letter from R. W. Dixon, 20 December 1879 ). The year ended with the start of
  • or gone some other way round?’ At least the last letter of 1879 contained a warmer note and the
  • marriage settlement ( letter from W. M. Hacon, 31 December 1879 ). Seventy years old
  • could be’ ( letter from Karl Beger, [ c. 12 February 1879] ). The masters of Greiz College
  • lifes work, which is crowned with glory’ ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 9 February 1879 ). The
  • February 1879 ). Carus Sterne was the pseudonym of Ernst Krause, editor of the journal
  • theory of development in connection with Charles Darwin and Ernst Haeckel. Kosmos was, as
  • 2 June 1879 ]). As one of Darwins most ardent admirers, Krause not only sent birthday greetings
  • Darwin, Darwin decided to publish an English translation of Krauses essay as a short book. …
  • 1804 Memoirs of the life of Dr. Darwin to send to Krause, warning him that Robert Waring Darwin, …
  • shamefully ignorant of my grandfathers life’ ( letter to Ernst Krause, 14 March 1879 ). …
  • might end upinterfering with each other’ ( letter to Ernst Krause, 27 March 1879 ). Darwins aim
  • an introductionalmost indispensable’ ( letter from Ernst Krause, 7 June 1879 ). Darwin welcomed
  • into ridicule. He hates scientific men’ ( letter to Ernst Krause, 14 May 1879 ). From the
  • the views of the other botanists. He was glad to know that Ernst Stahl and Albert Bernhard Frank did

Darwin in letters, 1880: Sensitivity and worms

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‘My heart & soul care for worms & nothing else in this world,’ Darwin wrote to his old Shrewsbury friend Henry Johnson on 14 November 1880. Darwin became fully devoted to earthworms in the spring of the year, just after finishing the manuscript of…

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  • book, Erasmus Darwin , had been published in November 1879. It was received well by his relations
  • coloured by controversy. The work had been co-authored with Ernst Krause, whose essay on Erasmuss
  • Butler, Evolution old and new , which had appeared in May 1879. Krause wanted to correct Butlers
  • powder & shot’ ( Correspondence vol. 27, letter from Ernst Krause, 7 June 1879 , and
  • an inconsistency in the preface, where Darwin stated that Krauses piece had been written in 1879
  • was repeated, and fresh accusations were brought against Krause for quoting passages of Buffon and
  • themosquito inflated to an elephant’ ( letter from Ernst Krause, 9 December 1880 ). Again, …
  • had raised the plant from seeds sent by Asa Gray in December 1879. His observations differed, …
  • by Gray in an article and textbook (A. Gray 1877 and A. Gray 1879, pp. 201). ‘I think you cannot
  • vol. 27, letter from J. D. Hooker, 18 December 1879 ). For some years, Wallaces main source of

1879 Letters now online

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In 1879, Darwin continued his research on movement in plants and researched, wrote, and published a short biography of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin as an introduction to a translation of an essay by Ernst Krause on Erasmus’s scientific work. Darwin’s son…

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  • … In 1879, Darwin continued his research on movement in plants and researched, …
  • … Darwin as an introduction to a translation of an essay by Ernst Krause on Erasmus’s scientific work. …
  • … of over 640 letters written to and from Darwin in 1879 are now online. Read more about  Darwin& …
  • … such a job. ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 December [1879] ) In early 1879, as a tribute …
  • … .  ( Letter to the Darwin children, 21 February 1879 ) Just over a week after his …
  • … irritations  ( Letter t o Francis Darwin, 2 July [1879] ) Darwin regarded his …
  • … the country .  ( Letter to T. H. Farrer, 23 October 1879 ) During the year Darwin …
  • … of the theory of natural selection. Nothing came of it in 1879, but it was to bear fruit later. He …
  • … strong health .  ( Letter to T. H. Farrer, 13 October 1879 ) Darwin wrote this to his …

Life of Erasmus Darwin

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The Life of Erasmus Darwin (1879) was a curious departure for Darwin. It was intended as a biographical note to accompany an essay on Erasmus's scientific work by the German writer Ernst Krause. But Darwin became immersed in his grandfather's…

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  • … The Life of Erasmus Darwin (1879) was a curious departure for Darwin. It was intended as a …
  • … an essay on Erasmus's scientific work by the German writer Ernst Krause. But Darwin became …
  • … the book into grist for controversy.  In February 1879, Darwin received an unusual birthday …
  • … produced in his honour. The issue contained an essay by Ernst Krause on the evolutionary ideas of …
  • … in Darwin's autobiographical 'Reflections'. After reading Krause's essay, Darwin …
  • … ignorant of my grandfathers life ', Darwin wrote to Krause on 14 March 1879. He made contact …
  • … '. While Darwin was writing his lengthy notice, Krause revised and greatly enlarged his …
  • … text of the Life was a product of substantial revision. Krause's essay was considerably …
  • … my tether '. The book was published in November of 1879. Darwin filled his notice with …
  • … whose Evolution Old and New had been published in May of 1879, had not failed to find the …
  • … inserting a flysheet into unsold copies of the Life . Krause wrote a detailed defense, and George …

Darwin’s student booklist

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In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … it was first published in 1804. On rereading this work in 1879 Darwin judged it ‘a wretched …

Fritz Müller

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Fritz Müller, a German who spent most of his life in political exile in Brazil, described Darwin as his second father, and Darwin's son, Francis, wrote that, although they never met 'the correspondence with Müller, which continued to the close of…

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  • … strongest regard. Fritz Müller, in a letter to Ernst Krause written shortly after Darwin …
  • … Transactions of the Entomological society of London in 1879 on Darwin’s suggestion . Müller …

Volume 28 (1880) now published

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1880 opened and closed with an irksome controversy with Samuel Butler, prompted by the publication of Erasmus Darwin the previous year. Darwin became fully devoted to earthworms in the spring of the year, just after finishing the manuscript of Movement in…

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  • … year began with controversy. Samuel Butler was outraged that Ernst Krause, in his book Erasmus …
  • … In October, Darwin again took up the project, abandoned in 1879, of getting a Civil List pension for …

John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin ( Erasmus Darwin ).  Ernst Krause, a German botanist and science …
  • … profits ( Letter 12219 ), and the book was published in 1879. The following year Darwin …