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To G. H. Darwin   [after 25 February 1879]

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Frank [Darwin] has found a Trifolium remarkable for "bloom", but it was not in flower. If GHD knows where it grows, could he dig up the whole plant?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  [after 25 Feb 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10342

To Francis Darwin   [before 25 February 1879]

Summary

CD cannot find his pincers and other tools for microscopical dissection. Does FD know where he should look?

Hopes FD will feel better after "so complete a change" [trip to North Africa].

Sends his love to George.

Bernard gets more charming every day.

CD has been put on a committee for a memorial fund for W. K. Clifford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [before 25 Feb 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11883A

From Francis Darwin   [c. 25 February 1879]

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Directs CD where to find tools in his room. Has been looking at agave and aloe flowers. Thanks family for their letters.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 25 Feb 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11883F

From W. E. Darwin   25 February [1879]

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Thanks CD profusely for the circular which detailed his and Emma Darwin’s plans to increase their children’s income. Thinks a few hundred really makes the difference for feeling really rich, especially as he now knows how important it is for bankers to have available personal savings.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11896F

To Karl Höchberg   25 February 1879

Summary

Discusses the value of a vegetable diet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Höchberg
Date:  25 Feb 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.560)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11902

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   25 [February 1879]

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Thanks for book [Duchartre, Éléments de botanique].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  25 [Feb 1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 162)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11903

To C. A. Lindvall   25 February 1879

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CAL’s letter [see 11885] would not be printed by the Geological Society as it is too speculative and has no new information.

Encloses his photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl August Lindvall
Date:  25 Feb 1879
Classmark:  Centrum för vetenskapshistoria, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (MS C. A. Lindvall)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11904
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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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  • … From the long letters exchanged with his sisters during the  Beagle  voyage, through …

Francis Darwin marries

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The Darwins' son, Francis, marries Amy Ruck; Francis starts work as his father's assistant

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The evolution of a misquotation

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We gave you six things Darwin never said (despite what you may read elsewhere).   None of the fake soundbites is more insidious than the first: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is…

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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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  • … The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. …

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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  • … On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July …

Leonard Darwin born

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

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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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  • … Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife and first cousin, was born Emma Wedgwood, the eighth and …

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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  • … The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the …

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

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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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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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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  • … Known to his family as ‘Frank’, Charles Darwin’s seventh child himself became a distinguished …

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 seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle  voyage was one of …

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, …

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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