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George Busk

Summary

After the Beagle voyage, Darwin’s collection of bryozoans disappears from the records until the material was sent, in 1852, for study by George Busk, one of the foremost workers on the group of his day. In 1863, on the way down to Malvern Wells, Darwin had…

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  • … records until the material was sent, in 1852, for study by George Busk, one of the foremost workers …
  • … Darwin’s friend Joseph Hooker, who reportedly described Busk as ‘the most fertile brain of any man I …
  • … him both on medical and physiological matters. Busk was also on the Council of the Royal …
  • … Copley Medal, news that was announced in 1864. Busk and his wife Ellen were part of a lively …

List of correspondents

Summary

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,…

Matches: 26 hits

  • … Benson, W. H. (2) Bentham, George (66) …
  • … Browne, Walter (6) Brownen, George (1) …
  • … Bush, John (3) Busk, George (18) …
  • … Claus, C. F. (9) Clendon, George, Jr (1) …
  • … Crookes, William (1) Cross, George (5) …
  • … Cupples, A. J. (2) Cupples, George (56) …
  • … Alexander (1) Dickie, George (3) …
  • … Fox, W. D. (225) Francis, George (1) …
  • … F. S. B. (10) Fraser, George (3) …
  • … Gibbons, W. H. S. (1) Gibbs, George (1) …
  • … Gordon, C. G. (1) Gordon, George (a) (3) …
  • … Grenville, G. N. (1) Grey, George (3) …
  • … Grove, G. (1) Grove, George (1) …
  • … Gull, W. W. (1) Gulliver, George (3) …
  • … Harris, G. E. (2) Harris, George (5) …
  • … Hensgen, Carl (1) Henslow, George (37) …
  • … Friedrich (39) Hill, George Birkbeck (1) …
  • … Hoddick, Fritz (1) Hodgskin, George (1) …
  • … Hooker, W. J. (9) Hookham, George (1) …
  • … F. B. (1) Johnston, George (2) Jones …
  • … King, Frederick (2) King, George (17) …
  • … Maudsley, Henry (3) Maw, George (29) …
  • … Morris, John (1) Morrish, George (1) …
  • … Newman, H. W. (1) Newport, George (2) …
  • … Pattrick, R. S. (1) Paul, George (1) …
  • … Frederick (7) Ransome, George (3) …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

Summary

In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … travelled with Joseph Prestwich, Douglas Strutt Galton, and George Busk to France, to visit the …
  • … first note that Galton and Prestwich accompanied Lubbock and Busk during the trip to Denmark to …
  • … ‘I should be quite satisfied with anything you & Tyndall & Busk settle’ (letter from John …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … was gathering support in influential scientific circles. George Bentham devoted the first part of …
  • … could not satisfy himself on all points ( see letter from George Bentham, 21 April 1863 ). …
  • … on species, though so cleverly written’ ( letter to George Bentham, 19 June [1863] ). …
  • … the Severn Valley Naturalists Field Club ( see letter from George Maw, 19 February 1863 ). Other …
  • … Oliver for references on phyllotaxy, and setting his son George, the mathematician in the family, to …
  • … a German botanist in Trinidad, and continued writing to George Henry Kendrick Thwaites, the director …
  • … noted in ‘Three forms of  Lythrum salicaria ’. George contributed his mathematical …
  • … Malvern Wells, Darwin stopped in London overnight to consult George Busk, former Hunterian Professor …
  • … that even writing the letter was ‘against rules’. George Busk had diagnosed Darwin as having …
  • … specialist at St Thomas’s Hospital, London ( letter from George Busk, [ c. 27 August 1863] ). …

Darwin's notes for his physician, 1865

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On 20 May 1865, Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that John Chapman, a prominent London publisher who had studied medicine in London and Paris in the early 1840s, visited Down to consult with Darwin about his ill health. In 1863 Chapman started to treat…

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  • … made more recently by William Brinton, William Jenner, and George Busk (see letter to J. D. Hooker, …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … theory on purely religious grounds. The Christian publisher George Morrish urged Darwin to rest the …
  • … the baboon is as the Creator made it’ ( letter from George Morrish, 18 March 1871 ). Darwin …
  • … 20 August 1871 ). The Anglican clergyman and naturalist George Henslow reported that he had been …
  • … of utilitarianism to assist his father in answering Morley. George and Henrietta remarked upon his …
  • … far the most vexing critic for Darwin was the zoologist St George Jackson Mivart. An expert on …
  • … Alexander Agassiz, Abraham Dee Bartlett, Albert Günther, George Busk, T. H. Huxley, Osbert Salvin, …
  • … December 1871] ). Francis was now studying medicine at St George’s Hospital in London, although he …

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…

Matches: 26 hits

  • … Notes to Jardine & Jesses Selbourne [E. Jesse ed. 1849] George’s Copy Aug. St. Hilaire. …
  • … L. Ossoy [Walpole 1848] 1 st  vol. —— History George III [Walpole 1845]. 1. vol. —— …
  • … May 28 th . Delineations of the Ox Tribe &c by George Vasey. 1851 [Vasey 1851]. May 28. …
  • … E. Vernon Harcourt p. 1851 [Harcourt 1851] —— 11 Busk Catalogue of Polyzoa [Busk 1852–4] …
  • … 1841 . Oxford.  119: 13b Atkinson, Henry George and Martineau, Harriet. 1851.  Letters …
  • … etc.  2 vols. London.  *119: 12v. Bennett, George. 1860.  Gatherings of a naturalist in …
  • … Edinburgh and London. [Other eds.] 128: 9 Bentham, George. 1826.  Catalogue des plantes …
  • … ou peu connues . Paris.  *128: 159 Berkeley, George. 1784.  The works of George Berkeley …
  • … [Abstract in DAR 71: 150–1.]  128: 18 Borrow, George Henry. 1843.  The Bible in Spain; or …
  • … sketches of statesmen who   flourished in the time of George III . 3 pts. London.  119: 21b …
  • … London. [Other eds.]  119: 3a Browne, William George. 1799.  Travels in Africa, Egypt and …
  • … and London.  119: 9a Bubb, afterwards Dodington, George. 1784.  The diary of the   late …
  • … atlases. Paris.  *119: 5v. [Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton]. 1835.  Rienzi,   …
  • … and   reason.  Edinburgh.  *119: 11v. Busk, George. 1852–4.  Catalogue of marine …
  • … 1835 to 1847 . 2 vols. London.  128: 8 Byron, George Gordon Noel. 1813.  The Giaour, a …
  • … England from the earliest   times till the reign of King George IV.  7 vols. London.  *119: 22, …
  • … and French. 2 vols. London.  128: 16 Catlin, George. 1841.  Letters and notes on the …
  • … 3 vols. Paris. [Other eds.]  119: 9a Chesterton, George Laval. 1856.  Revelations of …
  • … [Abstract in DAR 71: 164–5.]  119: 15a Combe, George. 1828.  The constitution of man …
  • … of England, from the   earliest times to the death of George II by Oliver   Goldsmith. The 11th …
  • …   trees . Philadelphia.  *119: 4v. Crabbe, George. 1807.  Poems . London. [Other eds.] …
  • … les mêmes parages . Paris.  119: 5a Culley, George. 1786.  Observations on live stock, …
  • …  London.  119: 7a, 13a Cumming, Roualeyn George Gordon. 1850.  Five years of a   hunter …
  • … . London. [Darwin Library.]  119: 22a Dixon, George, ed. 1789.  A voyage round the world; …
  • … de Larochejaquelein . Edinburgh.  119: 22b Earl, George Windsor. 1837.  The Eastern Seas …
  • … generations . Translated from the German edition by George Busk. London. [Darwin Library.]  119: …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … 1873). Darwin asked one of his Scottish correspondents, George Cupples, who the author might be, …
  • … for I knew my own ignorance before hand” ( letter to George Cupples, 28 April [1873] ). …
  • … Hooker, John Lubbock, Herbert Spencer, John Tyndall, George Busk, and William Spottiswoode met with …
  • … accepted, than Darwin reconsidered in favour of his son George. Keeping such editorial work in the …
  • … A family affliction The job also suited George’s current situation, for he had been forced to …
  • … problems that bore some resemblance to his father’s, George tried a variety of treatments during the …
  • … recommended by Andrew Clark. “When I have an attack”, George complained, “I’m to starve sweat & …
  • … offering to move the family to Malvern if it would make George more comfortable. Mindful of …
  • … and responsibility for his children’s health. He wrote to George and Horace (who was also often …
  • … to G. H. Darwin, 5 March [1873] ). Darwin worried too that George, perhaps owing to physical …
  • … he was more reserved about an essay on religion, advising George to reconsider publication: “It is …
  • … to G. H. Darwin, 21 October [1873] ). Darwin also warned George of the evils of “giving pain to …
  • … They ran into difficulties, however, with the vicar, George Sketchley Ffinden, who had been …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

Summary

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…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … family to collect specimens and make observations. His son George, who later studied mathematics at …
  • … insects; his correspondence with Gray, Philip Henry Gosse, George Chichester Oxenden, Friedrich …
  • … support for Darwin’s theory and his work on hybridity that George Bentham expressed in his …
  • … of supporters on the Council, including Hugh Falconer and George Busk, who had nominated him, the …
  • … ill. In Darwin’s absence, the Copley Medal was received by George Busk and deposited with Darwin’s …