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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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  • … by observation during prolonged intervals’ ( letter to D. T. Gardner, [ c . 27 August 1874] ). …
  • … pleasures of shooting and collecting beetles ( letter from W. D. Fox, 8 May [1874] ).  Such …
  • … one looks backwards much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). …
  • … he confided to Joseph Dalton Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). Later in …
  • … 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 …
  • … ‘I’m a grown man now’, he reminded Darwin, ‘& sh d . stand on my own footing, & if it is …
  • … whether he was the author of the review ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1874 ). Huxley …
  • … had written the article ( enclosure to letter from J. D. Hooker, 21 December 1874 ). Huxley’s …
  • … th  he published that shabby rejoinder’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1874] ).  On the …
  • … as secretary of the Linnean Society  ( letter From J. D. Hooker, 29 December 1874 ). Huxley …
  • … marked the end of his s research programme ( letter from D. A. Spalding, 21 July 1874 ). By …
  • … the subject & that must be enough for me’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). …
  • … the hardest cartilage, bone & meat &c. &c.’ ( letter to W. D. Fox,  11 May [1874] ). …
  • … Darwin’s results ‘higglety-pigglety’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 July [1874] ). In 1873, …
  • … the British Association for the Advancement of Science (J. D. Hooker 1874a). Hooker had been ‘driven …
  • … refracting the light most beautifully’  ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 17 August 1874 ). All …
  • … with his own  Utricularia  (bladderwort; letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 August 1874 ). …
  • … five times more time than the positive’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 August [1874] ), and that, …
  • … a day more in my life than this day’s work’ ( letter to D. F. Nevill, 18 September [1874] ) …
  • … and she valued the photograph he sent highly ( letter from D. F. Nevill, [11 September 1874] ). …
  • … Frances Harriet died suddenly on 13 November ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [17 November 1874] ). Later …

Darwin's 1874 letters go online

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The full transcripts and footnotes of over 600 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1874 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1874 through his letters and see a full list of the letters. The 1874 letters…

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  • … more quietly, as not signifying so much.  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) At …
  • … the subject & that must be enough for me  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) …
  • … five times more time than the positive  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 August [1874] ) …
  • … day more in my life than this day’s work  ( Letter to D. F. Nevill, 18 September [1874] ) …
  • … the work which you have to do—  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 November [1874] ) Darwin …

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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  • … 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) …
  • … 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) …

Have you read the one about....

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... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some serious - but all letters you can read here.

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  • … ... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some …

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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  • … of correcting’ ( Correspondence  vol. 16, letter to W. D. Fox, 12 December [1868] ). He may …
  • … ‘If I lived 20 more years, & was able to work, how I d.  have to modify the “Origin”, & …
  • … it is a beginning, & that is something’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [22 January 1869] ). …
  • … as is very likely to be the case’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 January 1869 ). Hooker went …
  • … do fairly well, though if I had read you first, perhaps I d  have been less deferential towards …
  • … males & females, cocks & hens.—’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 November [1869] ). Yet …
  • … by Wallace’s assertions: ‘If you had not told me I d  have thought that they had been added by …
  • … & blasphemous preface to 1 st  Edit, she has added a 2 d  Preface, abusing me like a pick …
  • … [her] to translate “Domestic Animals”’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 November [1869] ). Angered by …
  • … of the whole meeting was decidedly Huxley’s answer to D r  M c Cann. He literally poured boiling …
  • … suggestions to its publisher, Macmillan ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 November 1869 ).  Darwin …
  • …  did not review more foreign articles ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 November [1869] ). New …
  • … work stops, my whole strength gives way’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 June [1869] ). Darwin …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … at the end of 1859, ‘I sometimes fancied that my book w  d  be successful; but I never even built …
  • … approval of his argument is evident. ‘Though I sh  d . not have much cared about throwing away …
  • … that all was much alike, & if you condemned that you w d . condemn all—my life’s work—& …
  • … ‘Your words have come true with a vengeance that I sh  d . be forestalled’, he lamented to Lyell. …
  • … material would require a ‘small volume’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 October [1858] ). Begun while …
  • … appropriated the other’s ideas (see letters to J. D. Hooker, 2 March [1859] , 11 March [1859] …
  • … the fine points of Darwin’s theory ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 May 1859 ). Among the older …
  • … at me & leaves me to their mercies’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [22 November 1859] ). Late in …
  • … sort of instinct to try to make out truth’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 24 [March 1859] ). Yet he …
  • … & rising naturalists on our side.—’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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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…

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  • … foolish, Penurious, Pragmatical Prigs’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 December 1866] ). But the …
  • … 4 June 1866, and in a letter to his cousin William Darwin Fox on 24 August [1866] , he wrote, ‘I …
  • … Animals & Cult. Plants” to Printers’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1866] ). When …
  • … drawing Darwin, Hooker, and the botanist Charles James Fox Bunbury into the discussion of glacial …
  • … 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 …

Darwin’s earthquakes

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Darwin experienced his first earthquake in 1834, but it was a few months later that he was really confronted with their power. Travelling north along the coast of Chile, Darwin and Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle, were confronted with a series of…

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  • … is a most awful spectacle of desolation. Letter to W. D. Fox, [7-11] March 1835 …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'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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  • … Darwin’s best efforts, set the final price at 7 s.  6 d.  ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 …
  • … Darwin’s wholeheartedly partisan reply ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 May 1872 ). On 13 June, a …
  • … to make one turn into an old honest Tory’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 July [1872] ). …
  • … use of the microscope led his head to `fail’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 29 October [1872] ) he had …
  • … by hearing about Panagæus!’ Darwin wrote ( letter to W. D. Fox,  16 July [1872] ).  I …
  • … continent for the sake of their health ( see letter to W. D. Fox, 16 July [1872] and n. 3), and …
  • … never may; for she is extremely delicate’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 16 July [1872] ). By December, …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

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In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

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  • … way before. ‘How very odd it is that no zoologist sh  d . ever have thought it worth while to look …
  • … on domestic animals in India and elsewhere. William Darwin Fox supplied information about cats, dogs …
  • … effectually’ complained Darwin in 1857 ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [2 May 1857] ). Making …
  • … my  profound  experiments. Franky said to me, “why sh d  not a bird be killed (by hawk, …
  • … bird had naturally eaten have grown well.’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1856] ). …
  • … Lyell had pressed him to write up his views ( letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 May [1856] ). …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The …
  • … 22 July 1863 and n. 1, and letters from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [6–27 September 1863], 29 …
  • … the woodcut of the steel vermin-trap, and was signed 'C. D.' The Darwins’ ' …
  • … Squires Ladies & MPs' (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [6–27 September 1863], and …
  • … (DAR 219.1: 77), and Correspondence vol. 11, letter to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). Several …
  • … MS), 20 August 1863, recording a payment of £2 11 s. 6 d. for distributing the 'cruelty …
  • … E. L. Darwin, 7 September 1863, letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, 8 December [1863], and …
  • … pp. 44, 54–5, 78, and Correspondence vol. 2, letter to W. D. Fox, 28 August [1837]). Later he …
  • … 8 Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (Fox 142) 1 The Act to prevent the cruel …
  • … not been identified; however, see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, 8 December [1863]. Only two …
  • … & 13 Vict. c. 92). 6  The `Appeal' was signed `C. D.' in the version …
  • … end of one of the two copies of the pamphlet among the W. D. Fox papers in Christ’s College Library, …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … for the drawing ( Correspondence  vol. 16, letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 November [1868] ; this …
  • … make it scream without hurting it much?’ ( letter to A. D. Bartlett, 5 January [1870] ). Darwin …
  • … in Bastian’s solutions of the same kind’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 July [1870] ). Bastian’s …
  • … to be thus killed by a man of 86’  ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 25 May [1870] ). On learning of this, …
  • … I know no more than the man in the moon’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 25 May [1870] ). Horace …
  • … evidence believe in bad motives in others’  ( letter to W. D. Fox, 15 November [1870] ). Fox …
  • … the Lady, if he had an opportunity’  ( letter from W. D. Fox, 18 [November 1870] ). …

Science, Work and Manliness

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Discussion Questions|Letters In 1859, popular didactic writer William Landels published the first edition of what proved to be one of his best-selling works, How Men Are Made. "It is by work, work, work" he told his middle class audience, …

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  • … Letters Letter 282 - Darwin to Fox, W. D., [9 - 12 August 1835] Darwin …
  • … hammering”. Letter 1533 - Darwin to Dana, J. D., [27 September 1853] Darwin …
  • … and strength. Letter 4000 - Darwin to Dana, J. D., [20 February 1863] Darwin …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … do think you have a good right to be so’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 and] 20 November [1862] ) …
  • … telling Hooker: ‘he is no common man’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] ). Two …
  • … the end of the year, he wrote to Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] ): ‘my …
  • … increasingly frustrated, telling Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 March [1862] ): ‘I am nearly …
  • … his ‘ enormous  labour over them’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 [October 1862] ; see ML 2: 292–3) …
  • … at Lythrum & have seen the  three  forms … I sh d . like to make out this wonderfully …
  • … warranted a paper for the Linnean Society ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 October [1862] ). However, …
  • … anything I published’, he told Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862] ). But he did not …
  • … the book, it was, after all, ‘a success’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 [June 1862] ). a …
  • … selection. He made the point to Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 March [1862] ): ‘I have found …
  • … a few of their letters; Darwin remarked ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 [March 1862] ): ‘It is really …
  • … was never so plainly brought forward’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 [November 1862] ), and the two …
  • … like” is at the bottom of all’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 26 November 1862 ) drew from Darwin a …
  • … physical conditions, and natural selection ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [after 26] November [1862] ). …
  • … studies to Charles Naudin, a botanist at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, whose experiments on …
  • … of Naudin’s methods, and his claims ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 [June 1862] ), but still …
  • … comments, Darwin expressed surprise that Gray ‘sh d . have strength of mind to care for science, …
  • … analogous to the nervous matter of animals’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 20 [September 1862] ; letter …

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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  • … Quadrumanum animal’, as he put it in a letter to J. D. Hooker of 24[–5] February [1863] . When …
  • … his one-time mentor had not said a word ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 24[–5] February [1863] ). …
  • … in answering Owen  unaided ’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 February 1863] ). Hugh Falconer was …
  • … Lyell’s book being written by others’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 February 1863] ). Falconer …
  • … to see men fighting so for a little fame’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 17 March [1863] ). …
  • … to capture his and others’ attention ( see letter to J. D. Dana, 20 February [1863] , and letter …
  • … a letter to the  Athenæum  in response ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 March [1863] ). He later …
  • … composed such  a good letter (!)’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 17 March [1863] ). At the same time …
  • … Carpenter’s book on Foraminifera ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, [29 March 1863] , and Appendix VII) …
  • … as well think of origin of matter.—’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [29 March 1863] ). Owen’s …
  • … first edition of  Antiquity of man  ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [23 February 1863] , and …
  • … science before the public in this way ( see letter from J. D. Hooker, [7 May 1863] , and Appendix …
  • … been gnashing my teeth at my own folly’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 May 1863] ). After his …
  • … in all England … who dare speak out’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 May 1863] ). The others listed …
  • … champion of true philosophic enquiry’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 April [1863] , and letter …
  • … Naudin thought little of his theory ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 January [1863] ), but he was …
  • … had placed Sedgwick in opposition to him ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, [22–3 November 1863] ). …
  • … than about honours like the Copley Medal ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 [December 1863] ). …
  • … , letter to Asa Gray, 20 April [1863] , letter to J. D. Hooker, [9 May 1863] , and …
  • … that Darwin was a ‘hard headed man’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [24 May 1863] ). Darwin finally …
  • … give a rational explanation of phyllotaxy ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 29 May [1863] , and letter …
  • … letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863 , and letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 May [1863] ). Hooker …
  • … I have come across no one like him’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 29 May [1863] ). The new …
  • … gyratory movements of its tendrils ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 25 [June 1863] ). Darwin observed …
  • … was hidden by overgrown trees and shrubs ( see letter from W. D. Fox, 7 September [1863] ). Emma …

Darwin in letters, 1851-1855: Death of a daughter

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The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. The period opens with a family tragedy in the death of Darwin’s oldest and favourite daughter, Anne, and it shows how, weary and mourning his dead child,…

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  • … to Hooker ( Correspondence  vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 [June 1850] ), ‘You ask me what …
  • … been actively interested in animal breeding. As Darwin told Fox in a letter of 27 March [1855] , …
  • … doubt whether the subject will not quite overpower me.—’ Fox supplied him with a steady stream of …
  • … is perverse & will not do as I wish it’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 7 May [1855] ). But, whether …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … were discovered that contain lists of Darwin’s plants (see D. M. Porter 1981). Charles Lyell …
  • … Jenyns, Waterhouse, and his second cousin, William Darwin Fox—knew, as he said to Henslow, he was …
  • … with facts It is true that, until he took J. D. Hooker into his confidence in 1844, …
  • … clearly  under sub-laws.' To his cousin, W. D. Fox, [25 January 1841] , he wrote: & …
  • … in this field and on friends like Henslow, T. C. Eyton, and W. D. Fox, who were knowledgeable about …
  • … [20 February 1840] , ‘as usual has been my enemy—but D r . Holland tells me he thinks it is only …

The writing of "Origin"

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From a quiet rural existence at Down in Kent, filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on the transmutation of species, Darwin was jolted into action in 1858 by the arrival of an unexpected letter (no longer extant) from Alfred Russel Wallace outlining a…

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  • … When I was in spirits I sometimes fancied that my book w d  be successful; but I never even built …
  • … approval of his argument is evident. ‘Though I sh  d . not have much cared about throwing away …
  • … myself that all was much alike, & if you condemned that you w  d . condemn all—my life’s work— …
  • … ‘Your words have come true with a vengeance that I sh  d . be forestalled’, he lamented to Lyell. …
  • … material would require a ‘small volume’ (letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 October [1858] ). Begun while …
  • … about the fine points of Darwin’s theory (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 May 1859 ). Among the …
  • … Priests at me & leaves me to their mercies’ (letter to J. D. Hooker, [22 November 1859] ). …
  • … a sort of instinct to try to make out truth’ (letter to W. D. Fox, 24 [March 1859] ). Yet he …
  • … young & rising naturalists on our side.—’ (letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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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…

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  • … 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 …
  • … well as of ‘victorious males getting wives’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 25 February [1868] ). …
  • … pigeon magenta. To Weir, he wrote on 27 February : ‘It w d  be a fine trial to cut off the eyes …
  • … 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 …
  • … of everlasting woe?’ I am not sure whether it w d  not be wisest for scientific men …
  • … 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] ). …

Darwin and Fatherhood

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Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten children. It is often assumed that Darwin was an exceptional Victorian father. But how extraordinary was he? The Correspondence Project allows an unusually…

Matches: 8 hits

  • … many more railway lines were built to the area (Darwin to J. D. Hooker,  8 April [1856] ). This …
  • … expressed regrets that his ill health (e.g., Darwin to J. D. Hooker,  14 May [1861] ) and family …
  • … anxiety & movement on account of Etty.’ (Darwin to W. D. Fox,  18 October [1860] ) Seven of …
  • … else is transmitted by inheritance.’  (Darwin to W. D. Fox,  23 September [1859] ). He believed …
  • … but fear has almost driven away grief.’ (Darwin to W. D. Fox,  2 July [1858] ). The death of a …
  • … Hooker on the death of his six-year-old daughter reveal (J. D. Hooker to Darwin,  16 September 1864 …
  • … wrote about the ‘awesome state of indecision’ (Darwin to W. D. Fox,  10 October [1850] ) as he and …
  • … not had courage to break through the trammels.’ (Darwin to W. D. Fox,  7 March [1852] ). A more …
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