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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: 17 hits

  • … by which  leaves  produce tendrils’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [8 February 1864] ). Darwin’s …
  • … it is a leaf climber & therefore sacred’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 June [1864] ). …
  • … his stipend being paid by Darwin himself ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [1 April 1864] ). Hooker …
  • … often at odds with one another: ‘Gardeners are the very d—l, & where two or three are gathered …
  • … to play your part  over  them’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 April 1864] ). Hooker …
  • … they do require very careful treatment’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 8 April 1864 ). Nevertheless, …
  • … that in giving I am hastening the fall’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 April 1864 ). In his …
  • … a first-class cabin for the journey ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 August 1864] ). Darwin …
  • … which you have bearded this lion in his den’ ( letter to B. D. Walsh, 4 December [1864] ). Walsh …
  • … he spoke out on the modification of species ( letter to B. D. Walsh, 21 October [1864] ). …
  • … ‘make a noise’, since the author evidently ‘smashe[d] most of the old Testament’ ( Correspondence …
  • … he thought him ‘sanguine & unsafe’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 February 1864 ). Hooker …
  • … correct if they contradicted the Bible ( see letter from J. D. Hooker, [19 September 1864] ). When …
  • … Lyell 1865] I shall recant for fifth time’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 October [1864] ). Lyell …
  • … displaying ‘remarkable genius’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 [May 1864] ). He added that he wished …
  • …  agree’ with Wallace’s views on humans ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 [May 1864] ), and he pointed …
  • … go against him with Royal Soc  y ’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 November [1864] ). Darwin and …

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: 15 hits

  • … Ansell, G. F. (1) Ansted, D. T. (8) …
  • … (2) Arruda Furtado, Francisco d’ (10) …
  • … Austen, J. T. (5) Austin, A. D. (2) …
  • … Balch, C. L. (3) Baldwin, J. D. (2) …
  • … J. H. (2) Bartlett, A. D. (15) …
  • … Brooks, W. C. (1) Brown, D. J. (1) …
  • … Dudley (1) Campbell, G. D. (3) Canby …
  • … & Galpin (1) Caton, J. D. (9) …
  • … Mary (1) Conway, M. D. (9) Conybeare …
  • … B. A. E. (1) Cooper, J. D. (2) …
  • … James (40) Crick, W. D. (11) Crier, …
  • … Crotch, G. R. (4) Crotch, W. D. (5) …
  • … Curzon, A. N. H. (1) D. Appleton & Co (30) …
  • … Damseaux, A. (1) Dana, J. D. (32) …
  • … Wallis, H. M. (4) Walsh, B. D. (32) …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

Summary

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…

Matches: 22 hits

  • … foolish, Penurious, Pragmatical Prigs’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 December 1866] ). But the …
  • … me any harm—any how I can’t be idle’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 24 August [1866] ). Towards …
  • … Animals & Cult. Plants” to Printers’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1866] ). When …
  • … than the belief of a dozen physicists’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [28 February 1866] ). Darwin also …
  • … me to worship Bence Jones in future—’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 May 1866 ). Darwin himself …
  • … went for ¾ to Zoolog. Garden!!!!!!!!!’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [28 April 1866] ). …
  • … tell him the truth how little exertion I can stand. I sh d  like very much to see him, though I …
  • … original contract between Darwin and the New York publisher D. Appleton and Co. in 1860. …
  • … admit how little is known on the subject’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 and 4 August [1866] ). And …
  • … how differently we look at every thing’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 August [1866] ). Yet both men …
  • … thing in a different light from you’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 7 August 1866 ). The two …
  • … 18 August, bringing his ‘blessed mss’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [17 August 1866] ). Hooker …
  • … Samuel Wilberforce, had held forth against  Origin  (J. D. Hooker 1866a, pp. 50, 75–6). The …
  • … indirect a bearing to be worth noticing’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 31 May [1866] ). Most of …
  • … after he had sounded the charge’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [4 September 1866] ). ' …
  • … that ‘each suggestion, to be of real value to science, w d  require years of work’ ( letter to J. …
  • … on his use of ‘awesomely long words’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 October [1866] ). He later …
  • … bit the worse for being unintelligible’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1866 , letter to …
  • … it the more atrocious the case appears—’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 November [1866] ). …
  • … about Susan, but she has hitherto borne it better than we c d  have hoped’ ( letter to Charles …
  • … end of a most sweet & loving character’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 October [1866] ). …
  • … a loss,—unless indeed the wife herself’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 April 1866] ). It was …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

Summary

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…

Matches: 24 hits

  • … ). Darwin sympathised, replying on 14 January , ‘I sh d  have a very bad heart, as hard as …
  • … to read a few pages feel fairly nauseated’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 February [1868] ). But such …
  • … thought it was by Gray himself, but Darwin corrected him: ‘D r  Gray would strike me in the face, …
  • … scamp & I begin to think a veritable ass’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868] ). …
  • … on 17 April 1868 . The letter was addressed to ‘the Rev d  C. Darwin M.d’; Binstead evidently …
  • … kind almost heroic, in you to sacrifice your hair and pay 3 d  in the cause of science …
  • … , ‘almost heroic, in you to sacrifice your hair and pay 3 d  in the cause of science.’ Darwin …
  • … as of ‘victorious males getting wives’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 25 February [1868] ). Yet a …
  • … “love”’, wrote the American entomologist Benjamin Dann Walsh on 25 March 1868 . Wallace …
  • … magenta. To Weir, he wrote on 27 February : ‘It w d  be a fine trial to cut off the eyes of the …
  • … of Hooker’s distributed it in Japan ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 5 September 1868 ); Edward Wilson, …
  • … previous year by James Philip Mansel Weale ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [20 May 1868] ). …
  • … through adaptation to local conditions ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 December 1868] ). Barber’s …
  • … everlasting woe?’ I am not sure whether it w d  not be wisest for scientific men quite …
  • … enmity to Revealed Religion’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868], n. 11 ). ‘I am not sure …
  • … a letter dated [8–10 September 1868] , ‘whether it w d  not be wisest for scientific men quite …
  • … legs”’, Darwin replied on 19 November , ‘but I sh d  think you were the first father who had …
  • … distinction of the kind … worth a fig’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 June 1868 ). Requests for …
  • … Kühne, who wished to pay ‘his devotions at the shrine of D r . Darwin’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley …
  • … and even ‘ preached  against’ ( letter from G. D. Hinrichs, [before 13 August 1868] ). Finally, …
  • … wife she will be proud of her old husband’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 November [1868] ). …
  • … people in this house all in love with you’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 August [1868] ). …
  • … wriggle myself out of any contradiction’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker 25 December [1868] ). The …
  • … better than I shd otherwise have done’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 29 December 1868 ). …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

Summary

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: 13 hits

  • … 4  [Pierquin de Gembloux 1839]. Said to be good by D r  L. Lindsay 5 [DAR *119: 1v. …
  • … on Annals of Nat. Hist. [Jenyns 1838] Prichard; a 3 d . vol [Prichard 1836–47] Lawrence [W. …
  • … Teneriffe. in Pers. Narr. [A. von Humboldt 1814–29] D r  Royle on Himmalaya types [Royle …
  • … reference to authors about E. Indian Islands 8 consult D r  Horsfield [Horsfield 1824] …
  • … sheep [Youatt 1831, 1834, 1837]. Verey Philosophie d’Hist. Nat. [Virey 1835] read …
  • … Crawford Eastern Archipelago [Crawfurd 1820] Raffeles d[itt]o [T. S. B. Raffles 1817] …
  • … [Temminck 1813–15] read Temminck has written Coup d’œil sur la Fauna des iles de la Sonde et …
  • … read 19  : French [? Annales de la Société Impériale d'Horticulture ] or Caledonian …
  • … on generation. 1828 [Girou de Buzareingues 1828a]. quoted by D r  Ryan on marriage [Ryan 1831] …
  • … published? [ Procés-Verbaux de   la Société d'Histoire Naturelle d'Ile Maurice ] …
  • … vegetale by Gallesio. Pisa 1816 [Gallesio 1816]— quoted by D r . Holland [Holland 1839] (p. 27) as …
  • … Couteur 1836] Bechstein on Caged Birds. 10 s  6 d . translated by Rennie [Bechstein 1835] …
  • … Petropolitanae ] 1775. 4. 3 2. 1 & 1760 inclusive N.B. 1775 is last Vol. d[itt]o.  Nova Acta …