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To ?   21 August 1881

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Declines an invitation to write for an unidentified periodical. "I am unable to write short articles in an interesting manner, & they would consume much of my time."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Editor
Date:  21 Aug 1881
Classmark:  Profiles in History (dealers) (March 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13296A

To an editor   24 March [1863?]

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Encloses a dialogue on species from a New Zealand newspaper [S. Butler’s First dialogue on evolution, from the Christchurch Press].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Editor
Date:  24 Mar [1863?]
Classmark:  Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4058

To an editor   12 October [1871]

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Sends photograph of himself for a proposed memoir in correspondent’s Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Editor
Date:  12 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8003
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Frederick Burkhardt (1912-2007)

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Founding editor, Darwin Correspondence Project Fred, as he was known to all who worked with him, first conceived of a project to publish all of Darwin’s correspondence in 1974 on his retirement as President of the American Council of Learned Societies,…

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  • … Founding editor, Darwin Correspondence Project Fred, as he was known to all who …
  • … Council of Learned Societies, 1957–74. General editor,  The works of William James  (19 …
  • … of Charles Darwin, 1860–1870  (CUP in press). Editor, translator: J. G. Herder  God, some …

The correspondence 1821-60: anniversary paperback set

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General Editor Frederick Burkhardt, and the editors of the Darwin Correspondence Project (Cambridge University Press 2009) These eight award-winning volumes, reprinted for the first time in paperback, present the definitive text of all known letters to…

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  • … General Editor Frederick Burkhardt, and the editors of the Darwin Correspondence …

Who we are

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Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974. Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here. Current staff are…

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  • … maintain the research database. Dr Samantha Evans (Editor and Research Associate) …
  • … Cambridge University Library). Ms Shelley Innes (Editor and Research Associate) …
  • … addition to general research and editing, she is the primary editor for German and Russian letters. …
  • … for the Darwin Bicentenary in 2009. Dr Anne Secord (Editor and Research Associate) …
  • … University. She rejoined the Project in October 2010 as an editor, having worked as assistant editor
  • … and consumption in the eighteenth century. She is the editor of an edition of Gilbert White’s  …
  • … natural history. Elizabeth Smith (Associate Editor - Technical Development) Elizabeth …
  • … resources for schools and families. Dr Paul White (Editor and Research Associate) Paul …

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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  • … Edison, T. A. (2) Editor (3) …
  • … Zoological Society (1) editor of Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. …

Darwin in public and private

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Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • … work on Drosera. Letter 10546 – Darwin to Editor of The Times , [23 June 1876] …

Darwin soundbites

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From atheistical cats to old fogies in Cambridge, we've collected some of Darwin's pithier remarks - some funny, some serious - but all quotes from letters you can read in full here. We particularly like this one: Will you be so kind as…

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  • … Where's it from? I am rather sorry that you are Editor, as I have always heard …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … a brief statement of denial in the form of a letter to the editor, and sent it to George. Drafts …
  • … and son agonised over the wording of both the letter to the editor and the letter to Murray to …
  • … no worse off than if I had sent my letter direct to the Editor & it had been refused’ ( letter …
  • … ‘. He explained why he had written to Murray and not the editor of the  Quarterly : ‘I cannot …
  • … replied immediately: ‘I have lost no time in seeing the Editor upon the subject who considering the …
  • … & frankest apology’ and sent a retraction to the editor of the  Quarterly Review . Huxley …

Darwin in letters, 1847-1850: Microscopes and barnacles

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Darwin's study of barnacles, begun in 1844, took him eight years to complete. The correspondence reveals how his interest in a species found during the Beagle voyage developed into an investigation of the comparative anatomy of other cirripedes and…

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  • … officers and travellers in general. Darwin was asked by the editor, Sir John Frederick William …
  • … of a letter for publication in the Scotsman. Yet when the editor, Charles Maclaren, maintained that …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate…

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  • … with long experience as a translator of German works, and an editor of the Zoological Record. Dallas …
  • … in fact by John Robertson, a Scottish journalist and former editor of the  London and Westminster …
  • … on the topic was provided by the poultry expert and editor of the  Field , William Bernhard …

St George Jackson Mivart

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In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … obedient servant, | George Darwin.   To the Editor of the Quarterly Review. …

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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  • … as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional man with …

Henrietta Emma Darwin

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Henrietta “Etty” Darwin (1843–1927) was the eldest of Charles Darwin’s daughters to reach adulthood. She married Richard Buckley Litchfield in 1871. She was a valued editor to her father as well as companion and correspondent to both of her parents.…

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  • … married Richard Buckley Litchfield in 1871. She was a valued editor to her father as well as …

Darwin and women: a selection of letters

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A shorter version of this film is available on the Cambridge University Press video stream.   Darwin and Women focusses on Darwin's correspondence with women and on the lives of the women he knew and wrote to. It includes a large number of…

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  • … research to students. Read more from the book's editor, Samantha Evans, in her blogs on …

Variation under domestication

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A fascination with domestication Throughout his working life, Darwin retained an interest in the history, techniques, practices, and processes of domestication. Artificial selection, as practiced by plant and…

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  • … botanists alike, including W. B. Tegetmeier , the poultry editor for the Livestock Journal and …

Awards

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In 1991 the Modern Language Association of America awarded its first ever Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters to the editors of The correspondence of Charles Darwin. The Morton N. Cohen Award was established in 1989 by a gift from…

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  • … Sciences, to Frederick Burkhardt, the Project’s founding editor, in recognition of a lifetime of …

Review: The Origin of Species

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- by Asa Gray THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION (American Journal of Science and Arts, March, 1860) This book is already exciting much attention. Two American editions are announced, through which it will become familiar to many…

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  • … of Science would naturally devolve upon the principal editor,’ whose wide observation and profound …

Correspondence with women

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We know of letters to or from around 2000 correspondents, about 100 of whom were women. Using the letter summaries available on this website, the letters can be assigned to rough categories.  Included in the count are letters to women in Darwin’s family…

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  • … adversary St George Jackson Mivart. Henrietta was a valued editor of his works. In his …

Darwin on human evolution

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'I hear that Ladies think it delightful reading, but that it does not do to talk about it, which no doubt promotes the sale.' For the first time online you can now read the full texts of nearly 800 letters Darwin wrote and received during 1871,…

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  • … unsettling. Henrietta had been an immense help to him as an editor as well as a daily companion. & …

Clémence Auguste Royer

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Getting Origin translated into French was harder than Darwin had expected. The first translator he approached, Madame Belloc, turned him down on the grounds that the content was ‘too scientific‘, and then in 1860 the French political exile  Pierre…

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  • … a woman’s role was to act silently and diligently (as an editor, proof-reader or translator) in …
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