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List of correspondents


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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  • … Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. …
  • … (1) Athenæum (11) Atkin, J. R. (1) …
  • … (3) Bosquet, J. A. H. de (11) Bostock, John …
  • … (2) Breitenbach, Wilhelm (11) Brent, B. P. …
  • … (2) Bunbury, C. J. F. (11) Bunbury, F. J. …
  • … (1) Caspary, Robert (11) Cassell Petter & …
  • … (40) Crick, W. D. (11) Crier, John …
  • … (1) Crocker, C. W. (11) Crocq, Jean …
  • … (1) Dobell, H. B. (11) Dobson, G. E. …
  • … (7) Farrar, F. W. (11) Farrer, T. H. …

Darwin in letters, 1881: Old friends and new admirers


In May 1881, Darwin, one of the best-known celebrities in England if not the world, began writing about all the eminent men he had met. He embarked on this task, which formed an addition to his autobiography, because he had nothing else to do. He had…

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  • old man, who probably will not last much longer.’ Darwins biggest fear was not death, but that he
  • for the dividing of his wealth after his death. Darwins gloominess was compounded by the decline of
  • intimations of his own heart disease in December, Darwins spirits improved towards the latter part
  • Dispute with Butler In January, Darwins work on earthworms was interrupted by Samuel Butler
  • and in an abusive letter about Darwin in the St Jamess Gazette on 8 December. Krause countered
  • Journal of Popular Science detailing his use of Butlers work. Members of the Darwin family
  • … & call me & Krause liars’. Thomas Huxleys advice was to ignore Butler, and
  • was with Darwin, agreed. Unsure how to address Butlers campaign, which was conducted largely in
  • unintentionally made a small omission ’. Stephens reply on 12 January was flattering, …
  • friends rallied round. Francis Balfour translated Krauses account and published it in Nature
  • memory that Darwin feared he had redirected Butlers wrath upon himself. ‘Good Lord how he will
  • petitioning for a pension for Wallace, but it was Darwins efforts that secured it (see
  • of thelittle scientific workhe had done. Buckleys delight was evident when she told Darwin on
  • decided to print500 more, making 2000’ ( letter to H. E. Litchfield, 4 January 1881 ). Unlike
  • suggestions, and pointed out errors. Alphonse de Candolles approval of the technical terms used in
  • although he was sending his printersin 3 or 4 weeks the M.S. of a quite small book of little
  • my time is worth nothing.’ The Cambridge botanist Sydney Vines also thought the material was
  • him ( letter from C. E. Södling, 14 October 1881 ), while H. M. Wallis, who sent observations of
  • in heavenwhen the portrait was finished ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 23 July 1881 ). ‘All my family
  • Darwins confidence must have been boosted by this and by Viness opinion that Wiesner was not to be
  • Britannica , telling the author, Arabella Buckley, on 11 July that he regretted that there
  • entirely new will. Apart from providing for his family, on 11 September he instructed his
  • and plants, Darwin told the director, Archibald Geikie, on 11 November , ‘This leads me to make

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants


Darwin became increasingly involved in botanical experiments in the years after the publication of Origin. The building of a small hothouse - a heated greenhouse - early in 1863  greatly increased the range of plants that he could keep for scientific…

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  • early in 1863 marked something of a milestone in Darwins botanical work, since it greatly increased
  • work, at Down House since the winter of 18556 (see CDs Classed account book (Down House MS) and  …
  • George Henry Turnbull, and he relied again on Turnbulls hothouses in his experiments, begun in 1861
  • and even experiments on his behalf. Darwins decision to build a hothouse was thus obviously
  • Horwood had assisted him in the use of his employers hothouses over the previous two years. In a
  • …   According to John Claudius Loudons  Encyclopedia of gardening  (Loudon 1835), a copy of
  • and £9 15s. 10d. for fittings purchased in July (see CDs Classed account book and his Account book
  • was completed, Darwin told Turnbull that without Horwoods aid he wouldnever have had spirit to
  • wouldprobably have made a mess of it’ (letter to GH. Turnbull, [16? February 1863] ). …
  • sumsthat he imagined they would cost to buy. Hookers response was unequivocal: ‘You will give me  …
  • gave his list of plants to Hooker when he visited Kew on 11 February (see Emma Darwins diary (DAR
  • to JD. Hooker, 24[–5] February [1863] ). Darwins aesthetic appreciation of the tropical plants
  • … , he heard about the building of a hothouse at his fathers house in Shrewsbury, he commented: ‘how
  • to JD. Hooker, 21 February [1863] ). Darwins hothouse became an important focus for his
  • … [1869] ,  Calendar  no. 6661). Darwins greenhouse complex, comprising these four distinct
  • constructions, built inside the boundary wall of Darwins long kitchen garden, at the end nearest
  • although the superstructure was replaced after Darwins death, and one section of the 1864
  • the greenhouse complex was an important site of Darwins research, complementing his study, in which
  • to Francis Darwin, the first port of call on his fathers midday walk, when he would lookat any
  • 1864] ). In view of the importance of Darwins hothouse plants in his experimental work, it
  • had bought plants for his garden over many years. Darwins Classed account book gives an entry under
  • been an additional sheet which is now missing, or Darwins165may have referred to the number of
  • Index Londinensis . List of plants from Cattells catalogue
  • …     Mormodes auraticum 11 21   …
  • …   Anoectochilus argenteus  12 5 s . § …
  • in pencil. CD misspelled Cyrtopodium punctatum. 11.  Mormodes aurantiaca 12.   …
  • …     Alloplectis chrysanthum 11   Gesneraceæ …
  • 9.  Onagrae. 10.  Ampelidae. 11.  Alloplectus chrysanthus. 12.  Bulbophyllum
  • 82.  Aeschynanthus. Species of the genus are tropical vines; CD mispelledlianas’. 83. …