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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 …
  • … whom his work brought him into close contact. In November 1838, two years after his return, Darwin …
  • … touching in the concern they show for one another’s sensibilities. Early in 1839 the couple set up …
  • … theoretical achievement, the most important of Darwin’s activities during the years 1837–43 was …
  • … a result of thinking about the significance of John Gould’s and Richard Owen’s identifications of …
  • … be as they are (Kohn 1980). Between April 1837 and September 1838 he filled several notebooks with …
  • … of Darwin’s findings had been spread by the publication by J. S. Henslow and Adam Sedgwick of …
  • … it (in his referee’s report to the Society of 9 March 1838), had been developed by Darwin from a …
  • … and Buckland (see the reports by Buckland, 9 March 1838 , and Sedgwick, [after 15 May 1838] ). …
  • … were neglected. During the voyage Darwin had expected that J. S. Henslow would describe his …
  • … the other on the Keeling Island flora. Darwin’s letters to Henslow show a gradual realisation that …
  • … knowledge of plant distribution and classification (see Henslow 1837a and 1838; W. J. Hooker and G. …
  • … letters have suffered an even more severe loss. In a letter to Lyell’s sister-in-law, Katharine …
  • … of fact . . . on the origin & variation of species” ( Letter to J. S. Henslow, [November 1839] …
  • … that he had a sound solution to what J. F. W. Herschel in a letter to Lyell had called the ‘mystery …
  • … about searching for evidence to support his hypothesis. In a letter to Lyell, [14] September [1838
  • … just the same, though I know what I am looking for' ( Letter to G. R. Waterhouse, [26 July …
  • … there were no doubts as to how one ought to act’ ( Letter from Emma Darwin, [  c.  February 1839] …
  • … for several months (See  Correspondence  vol. 1, letter to Caroline Darwin, 13 October 1834 , …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he
  • arranged alphabetically, of the scientific books read from 1838 through 1846, but it was not kept up
  • Inside Front Cover] C. Darwin June 1 st . 1838 Stokes Library 1
  • … [A. von Humboldt 1811] Richardsons Fauna Borealis [J. Richardson 182937] …
  • read L. Jenyns paper on Annals of Nat. Hist. [Jenyns 1838] Prichard; a 3 d . vol
  • Cavernes dOssements 7 th  Ed. 10  8 vo . [Serres 1838] good to trace Europ. forms compared
  • 1827] Paxton on the culture of Dahlias [Paxton 1838] read Paper on consciousness in
  • worth studying in a metaphys. point of view Henslow has list of plants of Mauritius with
  • to White Nat. Hist of Selbourne [E. T. Bennett ed. 1837 and [J. Rennie] ed. 1833] read 19  : …
  • what have they written.? “Hunt” [J. Hunt 1806] p. 290
  • … [Reimarius 1760] The Highlands & Western Isl ds  letter to Sir W Scott [MacCulloch 1824
  • chiefly on distribution of forms said to be Poor Sir. J. Edwards Botanical Tour [?J. E. Smith
  • 183440]: In Portfolio ofabstracts34  —letter from Skuckard of books on Silk Worm
  • … [Gaertner 178891] (Plates on all seeds) R. Soc Henslow says there is a grand book with
  • Von. J. Metzger. Heidelberg 1841 [Metzger 1841] Read Henslow in Botanist 36  has written on
  • M rs  Frys Life [Fry 1847] Horace Walpoles letter to C t . of Ossory [Walpole 1848] …
  • Asiatic Society ]—contains very little Macleays letter to D r  Fleming [Macleay 1830] …
  • 1834]— d[itt]o d[itt]o d[itt]o. d[itt]o. 15 th  Henslows Botany [Henslow 1837].— d[itt]o d
  • … ] 4. Vol. references at End Feb. 23 rd . Henslow Pamph. on Wheat [Henslow 1841]— fact about
  • … [Heer 1854].— Hooker has it.— Very important Hookers letter Jan. 1859 Yules Ava [Yule 1858] …
  • of the material from these portfolios is in DAR 205, the letter from William Edward Shuckard to
  • years 18381842, under the command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N. New York. [Abstract in DAR 71: 512.]  …
  • years 18381842, under the command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N. Philadelphia. [Abstract in DAR 205.3: …
  • ou, iconographie de toutes les espèces et   variétés darbres, fruitiers cultivés dans cet   …
  • sur la distribution géographique des animaux vertébrés, moins les oiseauxJournal de Physique 94
  • Drury, Robert. 1729Madagascar; or, Robert Drurys   journal, during fifteen   years

Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

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  • Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to Hookers letter which he put down to his exceptionally
  • I was rapidly going the way of all fleshSee the letter At various periods in his
  • trembling, faintness, and dizziness. In 1849, Darwins symptoms became so severe that he removed his
  • certain that the Water Cure is no quackery.—  See the letter After returning from
  • in the years around 1848, 1852, 1859, and 1863. In a letter to Hooker in April of 1861for example, …
  • of his critically ill  ‘master & friendJohn Stevens Henslow. Darwin was sure the journey from
  • as my retching is apt to be extremely loud.—  See the letter Besides experimenting
  • 1864, Darwin attributed his improved health to Dr Jenners advice: ‘ drinking very littleenormous
  • the vomiting wonderfully & I am gaining vigour .’ (letter to JDHooker, 13 April [1864] ) …
  • were psychological or psychosomatic dimensions to Darwins most severe periods of crisis. At the
  • these grounds (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 2, letter to J. S. Henslow, 14 October
  • Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Caroline Wedgwood, [May 1838] , and letter to Robert FitzRoy, …
  • 1849] , andvomiting every weekin his letter to J. D. Hooker, 28 March 1849 ( …
  • decision to consult John Chapman.  In a letter to J. D. Hooker, [20-] 22 February [1864] ( …
  • 1995, pp. 428-9. On his difficulties reading, see letters to J. D. Hooker, 1 June [1865] and
  • discussed in Colp 1977, pp. 31-2, 47, 98. In his letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 March [1863] ( …
  • also Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker, 17 March [1864] . …
  • for several years (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 October 1849 , and
  • his chronic vomiting ( Correspondence vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 April [1864] ). …

Bibliography of Darwin’s geological publications

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This list includes papers read by Darwin to the Geological Society of London, his books on the geology of the Beagle voyage, and other publications on geological topics.  Author-date citations refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s…

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  • … refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s cumulative bibliography.  Where appropriate, …
  • … Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 210-12. —Observations of proofs …
  • … Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 542-4.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  …
  • … Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 552-4.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  …
  • … F1660.] —Remarks on the preceding paper, in a letter from Charles Darwin, Esq., to Mr. …
  • … of scientific enquiry; prepared for the use of Her Majesty’s Navy: and adapted for travellers in …
  • … Suggestions for further reading… On Darwin’s work in geology: Herbert, Sandra. …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It …
  • … into this complicated relationship throughout Darwin’s life, as it reveals his personal and …
  • … (and doubt) than many non-conformist denominations. Darwin’s parents attended a Unitarian chapel …
  • … A nominal adherence to the Anglican Church’s teachings was still essential for admittance to many of …
  • … necessary studies to be a clergyman. During Darwin’s lifetime, the vast majority of the …
  • … with the pursuit of scientific interests. Indeed, Darwin’s Cambridge mentor, John Stevens Henslow, …
  • … on every side his own snug ivy-covered house’ (Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1887): 321). …
  • … & I can see it even through a grove of Palms.—’ (letter to Caroline Darwin, 25–6 April [1832] …
  • … wrote to the contrary: ‘I am sorry to see in your last letter that you still look forward to the …
  • … near the British Museum or some other learned place’ (letter from E. A. Darwin, 18 August [1832] …
  • … it is a sort of scene I never ought to think about—’ (letter to W. D. Fox, [9–12 August] 1835 ). …
  • … and in correspondence with his fiancée, Emma Wedgwood, in 1838 and 1839, as can be read here. In the …
  • … However, what remains is cordial; in the first extant letter of the correspondence, Darwin wrote to …
  • … (a local charity), which he administered from 1848 to 1869 (letter to J. B. Innes, [8 May 1848] …
  • … he would make an excellent Guardian [of the Poor Fund]’ (letter to J. W. Lubbock, 28 March [1854] …
  • … club the use of his own lawn for its meetings (Moore 1985; letter to J. S. Henslow, 17 January …
  • … dog, Quiz, when he moved away from Down (letter to J. B. Innes, 15 December [1861] ). Darwin and …
  • … to be a cross between a cow and a red deer (letter from J. B. Innes, 7 December 1868 ). Innes had …
  • … Please think of my request favourably—’ (letter from J. B. Innes, 26 May 1871 ). Indeed Innes had …
  • … leaves Moses to take care of himself. Letter from J. B. Innes, 1 December 1878 …