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From J. N. Hoare   10 April 1871

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Sends quotations from Xenophon and Horace pointing to sexual selection. [See Descent, 2d ed., p. 29 n.]

Author:  John Newenham Hoare
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 147–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7673

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  • … From J.  N.  Hoare   10 April 1871 …
  • … DAR 87: 147–8 John Newenham Hoare Ashford, co. Wicklow 10 Apr 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …

To J. N. Hoare   16 April [1871]

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Thanks for the information about the passages in Xenophon and Horace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Newenham Hoare
Date:  16 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  Stephen R. Marzilli (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7689F

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  • … See letter from J.  N.  Hoare, 10 April 1871 . …

From Williams & Norgate   28 April 1871

Summary

Information on the publishing history of a book [J. C. Lavater, Physiognomische Fragmente, 4 vols. (1775–8)].

Author:  Williams & Norgate
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7725

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  • … The next edition is the one you possess in 10 vols 8 o . Paris 1805/9. — Believe us, Dear …
  • … New edition. Edited by M. Moreau de la Sarthe. 10 vols. Paris: [L. Prudhomme]. Lavater, …
  • … New edition by M. Moreau de la Sarthe. 10 vols. Paris: Depélafol. Lavater, Johann Caspar. …

From R. M. Kettle   11 April [1871]

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Thanks CD for correcting proof slips quoting CD letters to Charles Boner, though she does not agree with CD’s too short comments.

Author:  Rosa Mackenzie Kettle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7675

Matches: 3 hits

  • … letter and the letter from R.  M.  Kettle, 10 March [1871] . No letter to Kettle has been …
  • … found, but see the letter from R.  M.  Kettle, 10 March [1871]. See letter from R.   …
  • … M.  Kettle, 10 March [1871] and n.  4. Kettle refers to Charles Boner and Boner 1860 , …

To John Morley   14 April [1871]

Summary

Comments on JM’s review of Descent, vol. 2 [Pall Mall Gaz. 13 (1871): 1358–9].

Mistake CD made "in speaking of greatest happiness as the foundation of morals" is unintelligible to CD. Discusses J. S. Mill’s view of moral feelings as natural. Discusses basis of conscience.

Glad to read remarks on hive-bees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn
Date:  14 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 410
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7685

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  • … Descent 1: 97) in [Morley] 1871b, p.  10. William Edward Hartpole Lecky’s History of …
  • … 71. Morley discussed CD’s use of Mill 1864  in [Morley] 1871b, p.  10. See Descent 2: 393. …
  • … criticised this passage in [Morley] 1871b, p.  10. The final paragraph of [Morley] 1871b …
  • … humanity (p.  11). In [Morley] 1871b, pp.  10–11, Morley refers to CD’s description in …

From Andrew Smith   17 April 1871

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On Hottentots’ blushing.

Gives case of a baboon’s revenge. [See Descent, 2d ed. (1874), p. 69.]

Author:  Andrew Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 109–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7694

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  • … DAR 87: 109–10 Andrew Smith Brompton 17 Apr 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …

From Francis Galton to Francis Darwin   7 April 1871

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CD will take care of the eight little rabbits. FG outlines their future.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A25–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7662

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  • … be expected, I should be inclined to operate on 10(? ) of them in a new way, (into jugular …
  • … a supplying carotid artery) while they are quite young, say, Oct 14–21 operate on 10(? ) …
  • … of the young and the remaining 10 to be kept for further proceedings,—breeding or …

From Asa Gray   14 April 1871

Summary

Is reading Descent.

Encloses some answers to CD’s queries about expressions of Laura Bridgman.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 165: 175, 175/2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7683

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  • … Dewey Bridgman (see letter from Asa Gray, 10 and 14 March [1871] and n.  3). Gray probably …
  • … in April 1871 (see letter from Asa Gray, 10 and 14 March [1871] and n.  5. Jane Loring …

From Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   7 April 1871

Summary

On some errata in Descent.

Sends extracts from a statistical study giving proportion of sexes in [population of] Netherlands.

Author:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7664

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  • … curation/research/projects/butmoth/ (accessed 10 March 2010)). CD’s reply has not been …
  • … must be Doubletten, bldz.  264, line 10 Livornia must be Livonia , Vol I, p.  409 et aliis …

To William Ogle   13 April [1871]

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Reports further observations on contraction of platysma. Has been assisted by J. Wood. [See Expression, pp. 302, 303.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ogle
Date:  13 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 261.5: 11 (EH 88205909)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7679

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  • … 1870], and letter from William Ogle, [10–17 November 1870] , and this volume, letter to …

To Thomas Woolner   7 April [1871]

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Asks TW to persuade painters to observe how far down body blush extends on models.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Woolner
Date:  7 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 381, Woolner 1917, p. 288
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7665

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  • … New edition by M. Moreau de la Sarthe. 10 vols. Paris: Depélafol. LL : The life and …

To J. V. Carus   25 April [1871]

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Corrections for Descent. Has sold 6500 copies in England.

Has finished rough draft of Expression, but will put it aside for the summer.

Will refresh himself with some curious observations on the response of plants to certain stimuli.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  25 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 62–63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7715

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  • … war lasted from 19 July 1870 until 10 May 1871 ( Wawro  2003 ). See also Correspondence …

From J. V. Carus   22 April 1871

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On ratios of the sexes in insects, and other facts relating to sexual selection.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 98–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7708

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  • … Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 3: 10–13. Expression : The expression of the emotions …

To James Crichton-Browne   12 April 1871

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Discusses blushing. CD believes confusion of mind alone can account for it. Sends MS for JC-B’s comments and corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  12 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7678

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  • … attack in 1862 (see Correspondence vol.  10, letter to Asa Gray, 23[–4] July [1862] ), and …

From Hugh Browne   17 April [1871]

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Raises two points on CD’s view, in Descent [2: 229], on how aquatic birds acquire white plumage.

Also remarks on effect of will in certain human modifications,

on colour-blindness in his children,

and on ability to move his ears.

Author:  Hugh Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7690

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  • … annual compet n of the Robin Hoods & I can count 10, 11, & now & then 12 Pleiads. — Yours …

From E. R. Lankester   17 April [1871]

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Has had Hinrich Nitsche’s pointed ear photographed. Nitsche also has photographed the ear of a foetal orang. [See Descent 1: 21–3.]

Author:  Edwin Ray Lankester
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 87: 39–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7693

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  • … 27 February [1871], 9 March [1871], and 10 May 1871). Descent was given a negative review …

From H. M. Westropp   20 April [1871]

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Anecdote of bear reasoning [see Descent, 2d ed., p. 76].

Similarity of forms of ornamentation and implements in widely separate races and ages [Descent 1: 233].

Author:  Hodder Michael Westropp
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 90: 38–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7703

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  • … Rocky Mountains and the Andes ), pp.  309–10. CD cited Westropp 1866  and Nilsson 1868  in …

To R. F. Cooke   22 April [1871]

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Detailed questions about illustrations for [forthcoming] Expression.

Asks whether Times review has hurt sales of Descent.

The type on specimen page of Origin [6th ed.] seems clear, but lines are close. The cost is the great point for a wide circulation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  22 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 285–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7705

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  • … ed.  2008, pp.  190–2, and Prodger 2009 , pp.  108–10. James Davis Cooper provided woodcut …

From O. G. Rejlander   30 April 1871

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Since it is difficult to catch the expressions CD wants, OGR is posing himself.

Author:  Oscar Gustaf Rejlander
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 53.1: C47, C48, 176: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7728

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  • … want to make use of I will charge only 10/. I have worked thro’ the two Vol s you pleased …

From George Cupples   22 April 1871

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On reception of Descent in Edinburgh.

Anecdote about a dog helping another by separating combatants.

Author:  George Cupples
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 111–12c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7707

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  • … clergyman was probably Thomas Guthrie (see n.  10, below). Cupples probably refers to CD’s …
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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … given it up by early July ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, [10 July 1865] ). In July, he …
  • … finished hearing it read aloud ( letter to Fritz Müller, 10 August [1865] ). Over the next few …
  • … ( see letter from Fritz Müller, [12 and 31 August, and 10 October 1865] ; since it is impossible …
  • … similarly coloured varieties (see  Correspondence  vol. 10, letter to John Scott, 19 November …
  • … ‘industry & ability’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [10 March 1865] ). Scott took these …
  • … of transmutation to humans (see  Correspondence  vol. 10, letter from J. H. Balfour, 14 January …
  • … ( Correspondence vol. 11, letter from J. D. Hooker, 10 June 1863 ). However, probably …
  • … Cresy, 7 September [1865] , and letter from Edward Cresy, 10 September 1865 ). Francis and …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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  • … Bowker, J.H. [10 Dec 1867] [Cape of Good Hope (South …
  • … Gray, Asa 10 & 14 March [1871] Cambridge, …
  • … Weale, J.P.M. [10 Dec 1867] Bedford, Cape of Good …

Schools Gallery: Using Darwin’s letters in the classroom

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English| History| Science  English Pupils in Cumbria lead the way Year 9 English pupils at Ulverston Victoria High School spent several weeks studying Darwin’s letters, including comparing sections from Darwin’s ‘Voyage of the Beagle’ to letters…

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  • … Letter 1174 - Charles Darwin to Joseph Dalton Hooker, 10 May 1848 …
  • … ideas Using a ‘pass the bomb’ technique, Year 10 History pupils at Bideford College in …
  • … Science Roast beef and urine Year 10 pupils at Hitchin Girls School were …

Was Darwin an ecologist?

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the extent to which the experiments he performed at his home in Down, in the English county of Kent, seem to prefigure modern scientific work in ecology.

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  • … to me.— Charles Darwin to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1866] .  The ‘hard …

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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  • … however, continued to be raised in various ways. On 10 January, Charles O’Shaughnessy , an Irish …
  • … them to such extent?’ enthused Hermann Hoffmann on 10 January , while on 23 June, Auguste Forel …
  • … of plant digestion further, had already reported on 10 January that he had confirmed the ‘more …
  • … Caroline home, they had experienced a further calamity. On 10 May, William suffered serious …
  • … mentioned his oldest daughter Annie, who died at the age of 10 in 1851, but William, who was 11 …

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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  • … of coffee to two cups a day, since coffee, with the ‘10 drops of Muriatic acid twice a day (with …
  • … the chemistry go on better’ ( letter from H. B. Jones, 10 February [1866] ). Darwin began …
  • … you are in for it’ ( letter from H. E. Darwin, [  c . 10 May 1866] ). Henrietta’s letter …
  • … know how to begin’ ( letter to Fritz Müller, [before 10 December 1866] ). The intrusion of …
  • … other German states and Austria in June and July. Writing on 10 May from Württemberg, one of the …

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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  • … in nature ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 10 ). He was surprised that no naturalist …
  • … eaten have grown well.’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1856] ). His faith in his …

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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  • … (see  Correspondence  vol. 8, letter to Charles Lyell, 10 January [1860] ). In the same letter …
  • … had been published in 1862 (see  Correspondence  vol. 10). He sent a copy to Asa Gray to review in …
  • … of species, when crossed’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 10 [January 1863] ). He reminded Huxley again …
  • … Verbascum  and  Zea  (see  Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix VI). However, when  Evidence as …
  • … other acquired differences’ (see  Correspondence  vol. 10, Appendix VI). In addition to crossing …
  • … orchid genus  Acropera  (see  Correspondence  vol. 10). Their 1863 letters reveal Darwin’s …

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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  • … vol. 22, letters from E. E. Klein, 14 May 1874 and 10 July 1874 ). ‘I am astounded & …
  • … the process of writing and revising at all satisfying. On 10 February he complained to Hooker : …
  • … objectless & all being vanity of vanities,’ he wrote on 10 February . ‘But this will wear …

Dramatisation script

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Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

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  • … you sent me as well as I could. DARWIN:  10   My dear Dr Gray. I really hardly know …
  • … Hooker is younger than Darwin and Gray by about 10 years. Like Gray, he is a professional botanist …
  • … right when he said the whole subject would be forgotten in 10 years. But now that I hear you will …
  • … a lesser degree ‘Blood’s One Penny Envelope, 1, 3, and 10 cents’. If you will make him this present, …
  • … HOOKER:   208   We had a horrid scare 10 days ago, in the form of a Telegram from ‘Nature’ to …
  • … XVII, 1882 4  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER 10 MAY 1848 5  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER …
  • … 9  A GRAY TO C DARWIN, 22 MAY 1855 10  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 24 AUGUST 1855 …
  • … JOURNAL OF SCIENCE 72  A GRAY TO C DARWIN, 10 JANUARY 1860 73  C DARWIN TO …
  • … A GRAY, 21 JULY 1861 120 A GRAY TO JD HOOKER, 10 JUNE 1861 121  A GRAY TO C …
  • … 18 FEBRUARY 1862 129  JD HOOKER TO C DARWIN, 10 MARCH 1862 130  C DARWIN …
  • … 23 NOVEMBER 1862 136  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 10–20 JUNE 1862 137  A GRAY TO …
  • … AND 26 JANUARY 1862 142  A GRAY TO C DARWIN, 10 NOVEMBER 1862 143  A …

Darwin in letters, 1860: Answering critics

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On 7 January 1860, John Murray published the second edition of Darwin’s Origin of species, printing off another 3000 copies to satisfy the demands of an audience that surprised both the publisher and the author. It wasn't long, however, before ‘the…

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  • … form’, namely those of embryology ( letter to Asa Gray, 10 September [1860] ). Only his theory, he …
  • … with other animals’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 10 January [1860] )— he and others were well aware …
  • … views.—’ ( letter from J. S. Henslow to J. D. Hooker, 10 May 1860 ). What worried Darwin most …
  • … serve a purpose in Britain. He immediately wrote to Gray on 10 September after studying the first …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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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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  • … Marcel de Serres Cavernes d’Ossements 7 th  Ed. 10  8 vo . [Serres 1838] good to trace Europ. …
  • … on wheat [Le Couteur 1836] Bechstein on Caged Birds. 10 s  6 d . translated by Rennie …
  • … Soc read Prichards. Nat: History of Man. Bailliere. 1.10 [Prichard 1843]  must be studied . …
  • … Des ). De leur Anatomie, Reproduction et Culture. 4to. Avec 10 planches. Amsterdam, 1768. 12 s . …
  • … G. Browne 1799]— well skimmed 1839 Jan 10 All life of W. Scott [Lockhart 1837–8] …
  • … Voyage of Kolff to the Molucca Sea [Kolff 1840] 10 th  Surville-Marion [Crozet 1783]. …
  • … 1839]. References at end. chiefly on instincts 10 th . Blackwalls Researches in Zoology …
  • … 1839–40]. references at end.— Maer  (June 10 to Nov. 14. 1840) Smellies Buffon 3 d …
  • … Hilaire: [I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1841] d[itt]o: 10 th  Journal de Phys. [ Observations …
  • … [Lyman 1781] [DAR 119: 10b] Dec. 10 th  The Hour & Man. H. Martineau [H. …
  • … Dog [C. H. Smith 1839–40] 2 d . vol. d[itt]o Nov. 10 th  Sprengel. Endeckte Geheimniss. …
  • … Nat. Lib. vol 14 [Waterhouse 1841] Marked—— 10 th  Veterinary [ Veterinarian ] 1828 Vol 1 …
  • … & Mary. & Anne [Smollett 1805].— 1842 Jan 10 M rs  Hamilton Grays Etruria [E …
  • … Royle Prod. Resources of India [Royle 1840] abst June 10 th  Miller’s old Red Sandstone [H. …
  • … Clarendons History [Hyde 1704]. 1843 Jan 10. Last Vol of Clarendons History [Hyde …
  • … 26 Hinds Regions of Vegetation [Hinds 1843]. June 10 th . Linnæan Trans. [ Transactions of …
  • … 3. vols. [Bradley 1724] (nothing) scarcely —— 10 Johnson’s Field Sports of India [D. Johnson …
  • … or Geograph. Distrib:” [Gérard 1844–5] Dec. 10 Ray. Society. Vol I. Reports [Ray Society 1845 …
  • … French in Algiers [Lamping 1845] 1846 Jan 10 th  Mackintosh life of More …
  • … St. Lecons de Morph. Bot. [Saint-Hilaire 1841] April 10 Wagners Anatomy by Tulk [Wagner 1845] …
  • … of Ægyptians [J. G. Wilkinson 1837–41].— April 10 3 d  vol of d[itt]o W. Scotts Life …
  • … May 5. Ray’s Memorials of [Ray 1846] —— 10 th  The Falcon Family [Savage] 1845] 27 …
  • … Misc. Works. 3 vols: [Mackintosh 1846] Aug 10. Appendix to Carlyle’s Cromwell [Carlyle 1845]. …
  • … Travels in Brazil [Gardner 1846]. —— 10 th  D r . Joseph Adams. Philosoph. Treatise on …
  • … Miller First Impressions of England [H. Miller 1847]. Nov. 10 Prichard Physical Researches. Hist. of …
  • … et d'Histoire   Naturelle de Genève ]. Tom I to 10. —— Annales du Museum [ Annales …
  • … W. Tone Autobiography [Tone 1826] very amusing March 10 John Galt Autobiography [Galt 1833] …
  • … Chancellors [J. Campbell 1845–7] —— 10 Neander’s Life of St Bernard [Neander 1843] …
  • … Miller Footsteps of the Creator [H. Miller 1849] Dec. 10. Dana’s Geology. U.S. Expedition [J. …
  • … to 1837. & thence I have read in Journals June 10 th  Goulds Birds of Australia [Gould …
  • … . Feb. 1. Emigrants Manual [Burton 1851] March 10 th  Hind’s Solar System [Hind 1852 …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … her power of reaching.’ (Letter from G. R. Waterhouse, 10 February 1858 .) By now not only …
  • … a letter from Edward Cresy (letter from Edward Cresy, 10 September 1865 ), in which Cresy sent as …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … into a scientific book’ ( letter to Charles Kingsley, 10 June [1867] ). With respect to …
  • … of the hostile kind’ ( letter to Charles Kingsley, 10 June [1867] ). Kingsley himself had remarked …
  • … beaks shorter than average’ ( letter to Charles Kingsley, 10 June [1867] ). Typically, …
  • … letters about  Variation . Darwin wrote to Carus on 10 December , informing him of errors …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … had tried, indirectly, to influence him. He told Hooker: 10 Do see Falconer & …
  • … , and letter to Charles Lyell, 18 April [1863 ]. 10. Correspondence vol. 11, …
  • … 19. See letter from J. D. Hooker, 2 May 1865 and n. 10. 20. See the second enclosure …

Vivisection: first sketch of the bill

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Strictly Confidential Mem: This print is only a first sketch. It is being now recast with a new & more simple form – but the substance of the proposed measure may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …

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  • … for penalties of Cruelty to Animals Act. “ 10. —Penalty on licensed persons …
  • … otherwise than according to this Act. 10.—Any person holding a licence under this Act …
  • … and restrictions contained in sections numbered 8, 9, 10, 11, of the said act. (Signed) …

Frank Chance

Summary

The Darwin archive not only contains letters, manuscript material, photographs, books and articles but also all sorts of small, dry specimens, mostly enclosed with letters. Many of these enclosures have become separated from the letters or lost altogether,…

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  • … from his eldest son William’s house near Southampton on 10 August [1873] . William had followed …

Expression

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Darwin's interest in emotional expression can be traced as far back as the Beagle voyage. He was fascinated by the different sounds and gestures among the peoples of Tierra del Fuego, and on his return from the voyage he started recording observations…

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  • … of observations on their behaviour: one ' about the age of 10 months when put upon a soft …

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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  • … `in another world’ ( letter from St G. J. Mivart,  10 January 1872 ).  Darwin, determined to have …
  • … doubted he would ever use it ( letter to C. L. Dodgson, 10 December 1872 ). Darwin …

Darwin's notes for his physician, 1865

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On 20 May 1865, Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that John Chapman, a prominent London publisher who had studied medicine in London and Paris in the early 1840s, visited Down to consult with Darwin about his ill health. In 1863 Chapman started to treat…

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  • … (see letter from Charles and Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker, [10 July 1865]). Darwin’s condition …
  • … D. Fox, 8 December [1863]). In his letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 [November 1863] ( Correspondence …
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