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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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  • … the page-proofs of  Descent , he wrote to Philip Lutley Sclater on 4 January , ‘Heaven knows, …
  • … and the heavy use of their arms and legs ( letter from C. L. Bernays, 25 February 1871 ). Samples …
  • … raise annually on an acre of land at 16 tons (letter from L. C. Wedgwood, [20 November 1871] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … of the theories set forth in  Origin  ( see letter to P. L. Sclater, 12 [March 1861] ). …

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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  • … with extracts from a dog’s stomach ( letter from T. L. Brunton, 28 February 1874 ), and Edward …
  • … the face, with a physiological explanation ( letter from T. L. Brunton, [29] October [1874] ). …
  • … appeal for funds, raising £860 ( Circular to John Lubbock, P. L. Sclater, Charles Lyell, W. B. …

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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  • … dei Lincei (1) Acland, C. L. (1) …
  • … Julius (1) Ambrose, J. L. (3) …
  • … R. H. (1) Balch, C. L. (3) Baldwin, …
  • … Baxter, E. B. (1) Baxter, M. L. (1) …
  • … Beal, W. J. (3) Beale, L. S. (2) …
  • … Beck, John (2) Becker, L. E. (16) …
  • … Urgeschichte (1) Bernays, C. L. (2) …
  • … John (4) Blackwell, A. L. B. (1) …
  • … William (29) Brace, C. L. (5) …
  • … Bruce, H. A. (1) Brunton, T. L. (39) …
  • … J. S. (66) Burg, C. L. van der (2) …
  • … E. A. (138) Darwin, E. L. (1) Darwin …
  • … Denby, T. W. (1) Denison, C. L. (3) …
  • … Carolina (1) Dodgson, C. L. (2) …
  • … Scientific Opinion (1) Sclater, P. L. (32) …

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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  • … Duncan Porter John A. Reesman  Marsha L. Richmond Peter Saunders Andrew …