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To ?   10 May [1871]

Summary

Thanks correspondent for item of criticism in a foreign newspaper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  10 May [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.396)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7747

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To ?    10 May [1871] …
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.396) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 May [1871] Unidentified …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. May 10 th Dear Sir I am very much obliged for the extracts, all …

To John Murray   12 May [1871]

Summary

Will require at least six weeks’ notice before a new edition of Descent has to go to press because of considerable corrections needed.

Thinks cheap edition of Origin is needed, since he could answer objections in it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 244–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7755

Matches: 4 hits

  • … editor of Vanity Fair , Thomas Gibson Bowles. See letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871 . …
  • … You can send Bills here, or wait about 10 days & send to Down. — Please specially remember …
  • … this letter and the letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871 . The bills were Murray’s payment …
  • … of Descent. See letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871 . The Darwins were visiting William …

To Luigi Pomba   10 May 1871

Summary

Has no objection to LP’s replacing Loescher in publishing an Italian translation of Descent. Murray will give proper authorisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Luigi Pomba
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 46–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7748

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Luigi Pomba   10 May 1871 …
  • … Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 46–7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 May 1871 Luigi Pomba …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. May 10. 1871 Dear Sir I am much obliged for your letter, & I can …

To John Murray   10 May [1871]

Summary

CD is perplexed about illustrations for Expression, i.e., whether photographs are better than woodcuts. He thinks photographs, but does not know which process is preferable. Asks JM to inquire.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 278–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7749

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To John Murray   10 May [1871] …
  • … Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 278–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 May [1871] John Murray …
  • … Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. May 10 th . Private ie.  not to be forwarded My dear Sir I …

From John Murray   10 May 1871

Summary

Offers CD same payment for the 3d issue of Descent as for 2d.

Has bespoke four better drawings of birds in case a 4th issue is needed.

Vanity Fair wants CD’s portrait by Carlo Pellegrini ["Ape"].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7750

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  • … From John Murray   10 May 1871 …
  • … DAR 171: 398 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 10 May 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …

To V. O. Kovalevsky   17 May [1871]

Summary

Interested in W. Hepworth Dixon’s Free Russia, but does not know "whether he is to be trusted".

VOK’s hard work in palaeontology will prepare him for future original investigations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Date:  17 May [1871]
Classmark:  Institut Mittag-Leffler
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7762

Matches: 4 hits

  • … between this letter and the letter from V.  O.  Kovalevsky, 10 May 1871 . Letter from V.   …
  • … O.  Kovalevsky, 10 May 1871. Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya. …
  • … See letter from V.  O.  Kovalevsky, 10 May 1871  and n.  4. See letter to V.  O.   …
  • … for your very interesting letter of May 10 th . — What a strange & curious life you & …

From V. O. Kovalevsky   10 May 1871

Summary

Paris is in the hands of "brigands and socialists", but one grows accustomed to sporadic bombardment,

and VOK is peacefully studying invertebrate palaeontology collections.

Reports on Paul Gervais’ successful cross between a Triton and an axolotl.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 169: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7752

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From V.  O.  Kovalevsky   10 May 1871 …
  • … Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский) Paris 10 May 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Paris 10 May— 71. — Dear Sir Six weeks ago seeing by all German papers that Paris is “à …

From J. W. Spengel   10 May 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for his letter referring to JWS’s bibliographical paper ["Darwinian bibliography", Z. Ethnol. 3 (1871): 56–67]. Will be glad to inform CD of any additions to the list and would be grateful for information on future publications.

Author:  Johann Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Spengel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7751

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From J.  W.  Spengel   10 May 1871 …
  • … DAR 177: 235 Johann Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Spengel Berlin 10 May 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Dorotheenstrasse 66 | Berlin, May 10. 1871. Dear Sir I have been very glad to receive this …

From J. V. Carus   28 May 1871

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Summary

Sends corrections for Descent.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 106–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7774

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 1869, pp.  445–6; see Descent 1: 77 n.  10). The spelling was changed to ‘Fijians’ in …
  • … A stag with 12 branches to the right, 10 branches to left antler is always called a 24- …
  • … right left of both antlers ! 27 33 66 ! with other pairs you find for instance 13 10 26 11 …
  • … 13 26 15 10 30 12 16 32 and so forth I am sorry to say that also in the Index there is a …

From Joseph Cundall to R. F. Cooke   19 May 1871

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Gives cost of printing photographs [for Expression] by the Woodbury process.

Author:  Joseph Cundall
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  19 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 53.2: 120–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7764

Matches: 2 hits

  • … letter to R.  F. Cooke, 8 May 1871 , and letter to John Murray 10 May [1871] and n.  2. …
  • … or if two are printed together & folded—10£ per 1000— If I have good negatives the prints …

From Francis Darwin   [after 22 May 1871]

Summary

Thanks for the cheque, and also for the offer to pay for him to go on a trip to north America with G. H. Darwin.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 22 May 1871]
Classmark:  Philip Trevelyan (private collection) DAR 274.1: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7761G

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Francis Darwin, 21 May [1871] and nn.  4 and 10). Francis published a short article in the …
  • … Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. …

To C. L. Balch   29 May 1871

Summary

Thanks for informing him that the New York Liberal Club has elected him a member. Responds to request to give advice to beginners in biology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Leland Balch
Date:  29 May 1871
Classmark:  Milwaukee Sentinel, 10 July 1871, p. 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7778F

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Milwaukee Sentinel , 10 July 1871, p. 2 Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 May 1871 Charles …

From Francis Darwin   [after 22 May 1871]

Summary

Explains about the attendance at St George’s hospital that is required for the MB examaminations, and how this would affect plans for a trip to north America.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 22 May 1871]
Classmark:  Philip Trevelyan (private collection) DAR 274.1: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7765G

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. …
  • … to Francis Darwin, 21 May [1871] and n.  10. CD had remarked on a review of Descent , …

From John Murray   26 May [1871]

Summary

Sends two bills [JM’s notes for payments due to CD] for £420 each for 3d issue of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 399
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7769

Matches: 1 hit

  • … payment was for the third printing of Descent (see letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871 ). …

From G. H. Darwin   [14 May 1871]

Summary

Has arranged a trip to the U. S. with Cambridge friends; believes it would be much jollier if Frank could go too.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [14 May 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7757

Matches: 1 hit

  • … Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. …

To R. F. Cooke   28 May [1871]

Summary

More discussion of the illustrations for Expression.

A Swedish naturalist [G. Lindström] has asked to translate the Journal of researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  28 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 280–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7773

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 8 May 1871 , and letter to John Murray, 10 May [1871] and n.  2. CD visited London from …

To Francis Darwin   21 May [18o71]

Summary

CD will pay for the American trip if it takes place.

Asks whether FD can help him understand the eyes of cephalopods; is the structure the same as in the Vertebrata and are the parts developed from homologous layers of skin?

Has been pleased by a recent review.

Postscript: Is thinking of a cheap edition of the Origin [1872] in which he hopes to answer St George Mivart’s criticisms.

Asks FD whether he can get some references to good papers on cephalapod eyes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  21 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 7–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7765

Matches: 1 hit

  • … includes cuttlefish, octopus, and squid). See n.  10, below. CD had asked Francis to show …

From V. O. Kovalevsky   28 May [1871]

Summary

Reports on the wholesale murder in Paris.

His wife, Sofya Kovalevsky, is working for her examinations.

VOK is studying embryology.

Alexander has left Suez and is now in Jaffa.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7775

Matches: 1 hit

  • … war. See letter from V.  O.  Kovalevsky, 10 May 1871  and n.  1. François Parisel served …

From C. W. Peach   1 May 1871

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Summary

Sends specimens of gulf-weed and cirripedes for CD to identify.

Various observations on Descent,

inherited deafness,

recognition of musical notes by dog, etc.

Author:  Charles William Peach
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 177–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7731

Matches: 1 hit

  • … show his head above the heather, within 10 yards of the cart, & slowly glide up a small …

From Henry Reeks   25 May 1871

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Comments on and corrections for chapter 13, "Mammals", of Descent.

Author:  Henry Stephen (Henry) Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 100–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7767

Matches: 1 hit

  • … have one spike-like brow-antler, about 10 inches in length; whereas an equally handsome, …
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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

Summary

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…

Matches: 8 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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?

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … 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'

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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?

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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  • … `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

Summary

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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