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Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

Summary

'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … selection is somewhat under a cloud’, he wrote to J. ETaylor on 13 January , and he complained …
  • … by her husband, Richard Buckley Litchfield ( letter to H. E. Litchfield, 13 May 1872 ). Delivery …
  • … 'I know that I am half-killed myself’ ( letter to H. E. Litchfield, 25 July 1872 ). A …
  • … a week later ( enclosure to letter from John Lubbock to W. E. Gladstone, 20 June 1872 ).  Darwin …
  • … than usual. One such old friend was Sarah Haliburton, née Owen, to whose sister, Fanny, Darwin had …

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…

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  • … 1819]. see p. 17 Note Book C. for reference to authors about E. Indian Islands 8 consult D r …
  • … of variation in animals in the different isl ds  of E Indian Archipelago— [DAR *119: 6v.] …
  • … & Rev. W. Herbert.— notes to White Nat. Hist of Selbourne [E. T. Bennett ed. 1837 and [J. Rennie …
  • … 2 vols. 8vo. avec 2 atlas 4to. ibid, 1818–23. £1 2 s  [E. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1818–23] …
  • … chiefly on distribution of forms said to be Poor Sir. J. Edwards Botanical Tour [?J. E. Smith …
  • … Playfair 1824] Hume’s Essay [?Hume 1741–2] J. Taylor Art of Dying [J. Taylor 1651] …
  • … at Maer.— Lives of Kepler & Galileo. Drinkwater [J. E. Drinkwater] 1833]— Prof. …
  • … on Aurochs [Weissenborn 1838] Smiths grammar [J. E. Smith 1821] & introduct of Botany [J. …
  • … (read) G. St. Hilaire Progress de un Naturalist [E. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1835] (Gerard …
  • … by Boswell [Boswell 1831] Philip Van Artevelde [H. Taylor 1834]. reread Macaulay Art. …
  • … 1843] /Oct 1 st / 2 d  & 3 d  Vol Sept 5 W. Taylor’s life & Corresp. [Robberds …
  • … 1835.  Specimens of the table talk of the late   Samuel Taylor Coleridge . Edited by [Henry …

Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … what is a “Morphological character” … all characters i.e. all departures from a given structure are …
  • … understood … I always thought individual differences [i.e., differences between individuals] more …
  • … , he responded to the gardener and journalist David Taylor Fish in order to confirm the view …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

Summary

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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  • … of Kosmos covering the German debate (letters to W. E. Gladstone, 2 October 1877 and 25 …
  • … form and of motion was exact and lively’ ( letter from W. E. Gladstone, 23 October 1877 ). …
  • … found him as soft & smooth as butter’ ( letter to C. E. Norton, 16 March 1877 ). Hooker was …
  • … the gospel of dirt the order of the day’ ( letter from E. A. Darwin, 27 January [1877] ).  Carlyle …
  • … study of medical monstrosity ( letter from C. T. E. Siebold, 10 October 1877 ). An American banker …
  • … William Conant, was a colleague of the showman Phineas Taylor Barnum. Visitors were charged twenty …