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Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … blundering’, he cheerfully observed to Carus. ( Letter to J. V. Carus, 24 April 1876. ) …
  • … of blackballing so distinguished a zoologist ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 29 January 1876 ). Both …
  • … as hopeless as stemming a torrent with a reed’, he told Romanes on 4 June , but added, ‘Frank … …
  • … Pangenesis v. perigenesis The young zoologist George Romanes was also carrying out …
  • … date of 1875), Darwin must have been gratified by Romanes’s response to the heavily revised chapter …
  • … results in this year’s experiments’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, [ c . 19 March 1876] ). A less …
  • … by the mutual pressure of very young buds’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 June [1876] ). Darwin …
  • … paper was ‘not worthy of being read ever’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 28 January 1876 ). Darwin …
  • … Hildebrand, 6 December 1876 , and letter from F. J. Cohn, 31 December 1876 ). To Darwin’s …

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

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  • … ‘or as far as I know any scientific man’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December [1878] ). …
  • … down on the object, but he will always do so’ ( letter to G. J. Romanes, 20 August [1878] ). …
  • … deaf-mute, a monkey & a baby in your house!’ ( letter to G. J. Romanes, 2 September [1878] ). …
  • … I want to play the part of a thieving wasp’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, 21 June 1878 ). An …
  • … where his work had been more controversial ( letter from J.-B. Dumas and Joseph Bertrand, 5 August …
  • … and leaves Moses to take care of himself ’ ( letter from J. B. Innes, 1 December 1878 ). Darwin …
  • … European crop (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to J. S. Henslow, 28 October [1845] ). He …
  • … the matter be presented to the duke of Richmond ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 28 [February 1878] ). …
  • … That pecunious old couple of Worthing’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1878 ). …

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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  • … hope.— I feel very old & helpless’  ( letter to B. J. Sulivan, 6 January [1874] ). Darwin …
  • … rubbish’, he confided to Joseph Dalton Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). …
  • … letter to Smith, Elder & Co., 8 January 1874 , letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 January 1874 , and …
  • … for misinterpreting Darwin on this point ( letter from J. D. Dana, 21 July 1874 ); however, he did …
  • … Mivart (see  Correspondence  vol. 20, letter to St G. J. Mivart, 11 January [1872] ). To Darwin …
  • … whether he was the author of the review ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1874 ). Huxley …
  • … Mivart had written the article ( enclosure to letter from J. D. Hooker, 21 December 1874 ). Huxley …
  • … 15 th  he published that shabby rejoinder’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1874] ).  On …
  • … removed as secretary of the Linnean Society  ( letter From J. D. Hooker, 29 December 1874 ). …
  • … in prettiness & snugness’ ( letter from Emma Darwin to J. B. Innes, 12 October [1874] ).   …
  • … position of vicar of Deptford ( letter from Emma Darwin to J. B. Innes, 12 October [1874] ), but …
  • … mucin. He also did experiments with pepsin ( letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 25 April 1874) , …
  • … help with his lecture at the Royal Institution ( letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 21 March 1874 ) …
  • … of Darwin’s results ‘higglety-pigglety’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 July [1874] ). In 1873 …
  • … Darwin’s last years. The young physiologist George John Romanes wrote a long letter to Herbert …
  • … Spencer’s work, and sent a copy to Darwin ( letter from G. J. Romanes, 10 July 1874 ). After a …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … full paper. A disgruntled Darwin reported to George John Romanes on 23 May , ‘the Council have …
  • … vibratory flagella of some Infusoria’ ( letter from F. J. Cohn, 5 August 1877 ). Francis’s paper …
  • … & offer himself you & me to dejeuner!!!’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 June 1877 ). …
  • … the old story to be horsewhipped by a duke!’ ( letter to J. M. Rodwell, 3 June 1877 ). Back home, …
  • … the aim of testing Darwin’s theory of pangenesis, George Romanes sent Darwin lengthy notes made some …
  • … with wicked imprecations’ (Trollope 1867; letter to G. J. Romanes, [1 and 2 December 1877] ). …
  • … without lying down to rest’, he explained ( letter to J. W. Clark, 12 November 1877 ). …
  • … by, or could contain, any earth worms’ ( letter from J. G. Joyce, 15 November 1877 ). Even at …

Darwin as mentor

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Darwin provided advice, encouragement and praise to his fellow scientific 'labourers' of both sexes. Selected letters Letter 2234 - Darwin to Unidentified, [5 March 1858] Darwin advises that Professor C. P. Smyth’s observations are not…

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  • … grounds. Letter 3934 - Darwin to Scott, J., [21 January 1863] Darwin urges …
  • … of publication. Letter 4185 - Darwin to Scott, J., [25 & 28 May 1863] …
  • … publisher. Letter 9613 - Darwin to Hooker, J. D., [30 August 1874] Darwin …
  • … “admirable work”. Letter 11096 - Darwin to Romanes, G. J., [9 August 1877] …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … … Poor Murray shuddered again & again’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 January 1875 ). Darwin …
  • … hard at work on the rudimentary nervous system of medusae, Romanes was eager to carry out …
  • … of being any further driven home by experimental work.’ Romanes bisected root vegetables and …
  • … red half has become wholly white’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, [before 4 November 1874] ).   …
  • … he was blackballed on 2 December, the same meeting at which Romanes and Francis Darwin were made …

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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  • … Abbot, F. E. (17) Abernethy, J. W. (1) …
  • … Allen, Grant (13) Allen, J. A. (b) (1) …
  • … Allen, Thomas (2) Allman, G. J. (4) …
  • … Isaac (17) Andersson, C. J. (3) …
  • … Athenæum (11) Atkin, J. R. (1) …
  • … Ayres, W. P. (1) B. J. Edwards & Co. (1) …
  • … Balch, C. L. (3) Baldwin, J. D. (2) …
  • … Barnes, K. S. (1) Barr, J. G. R. (1) …
  • … Barrett, W. F. (1) Barrois, J. H. (2) …
  • … Rolleston, George (20) Romanes, G. J. (138) …