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From Asa Gray   10 February 1877

Summary

Sends specimens of two forms of Rhamnus lanceolata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1877
Classmark:  DAR 109: A84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10837

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  • … From Asa Gray   10 February 1877 …
  • … DAR 109: A84 Asa Gray Herbarium of Harvard 10 Feb 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. Feb, 10 1877 Dear Darwin Just in time this post day, a …

To W. W. Bailey   10 December [1877]

Summary

"Many thanks for the specimens which will be very useful whenever a new Edition is required."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations. Manuscripts and Archives Division. (Alfred Williams Anthony collection: box 7, folder 10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11274

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  • … To W.  W.  Bailey   10 December [1877] …
  • … Archives Division. (Alfred Williams Anthony collection: box 7, folder 10) Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down 10 Dec 1877 William Whitman Bailey …

To W. W. Bailey?   10 October 1877

Summary

Thanks for information, which will be useful if CD ever brings out a corrected edition of his book [Forms of flowers].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Whitman Bailey
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Steven Raab (dealer) (May 2017)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11176F

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  • … To W. W. Bailey?    10 October 1877 …
  • … Raab (dealer) (May 2017) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Oct 1877 William Whitman Bailey …

To Francis Darwin   [10 June 1877]

Summary

Asks FD to forward some eczema mixture to Southampton for him

and to hunt out notes on earthworm activity at Beaulieu Abbey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [10 June 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10995

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  • … To Francis Darwin   [10 June 1877] …
  • … DAR 211: 20 Charles Robert Darwin Leith Hill Place [10 June 1877] Francis Darwin …

From George Bentham   10 July 1877

Summary

Thanks CD for Forms of flowers. Comments on the chapter on cleistogamic flowers; offers some corrections.

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 168
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11046

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  • … From George Bentham   10 July 1877 …
  • … DAR 160: 168 George Bentham London, Wilton Place, 25 10 July 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

To G. J. Romanes   10 August [1877]

Summary

Comments on GJR’s paper in Nature.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  10 Aug [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.519)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11099

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   10 August [1877] …
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.519) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Aug [1877] George John Romanes …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   10 August 1877

Summary

Information on plants requested by CD.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11100

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  • … From W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer   10 August 1877 …
  • … DAR 178: 100 William Turner Thiselton-Dyer Kew 10 Aug 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

From F. J. Cohn   [10?] August 1877

Summary

Accepts CD’s offer to publish his letter, confirming Francis Darwin’s observations [see Collected papers 2: 205–7].

H. Hoffmann’s observations on Amanita contractile filaments must be repeated.

Microscopic examination of secretory gland filaments in Dipsacus leafcups. FD’s pseudopod theory of Dipsacus.

Author:  Ferdinand Julius Cohn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10?] Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 204
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11101

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  • … From F.  J.  Cohn   [10? ] August 1877 …
  • … DAR 161: 204 Ferdinand Julius Cohn Breslau [10? ] Aug 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

From W. M. Moorsom   10 September 1877

Summary

In Descent [1: 12] CD discusses intoxication among animals. South African elephants reportedly eat a plant that makes them wild.

Author:  Warren Maude Moorsom
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 234
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11132

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  • … From W.  M.  Moorsom   10 September 1877 …
  • … DAR 171: 234 Warren Maude Moorsom Whitehaven 10 Sept 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

From F. E. Nipher   10 September 1877

Summary

Cites another example of inheritance of maternal impressions.

Author:  Francis Eugene Nipher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 172: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11133

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  • … From F.  E.  Nipher   10 September 1877 …
  • … Francis Eugene Nipher Washington University, St Louis 10 Sept 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

From A. W. Rimpau   10 December 1877

Summary

Sends his paper ["Die selbst-sterilität des Roggens", Landwirtsch. Jahrb. 6 (1877): 1073–6] on self-sterility in Secale cereale. AWR was wrong in claiming Beta vulgaris was perfectly self-sterile.

Reports results of crossing wheat varieties. In the first generation offspring are always uniform; some are intermediate, some resemble one parent. In the second generation, on the contrary, he got a diversity of parental and intermediate forms.

Author:  Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11273

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  • … From A.  W.  Rimpau   10 December 1877 …
  • … 159 Arnold Dietrich Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Rimpau Schlanstedt 10 Dec 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

To Daniel Oliver   10 March [1877]

Summary

Enquiring about cleistogamic flowers of Oxalis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  10 Mar 1877
Classmark:  Newcastle University Library, Special Collections (Spence Watson/Weiss Papers SW/6/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10887F

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  • … To Daniel Oliver   10 March [1877] …
  • … Spence Watson/Weiss Papers SW/6/6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Mar 1877 Daniel Oliver …

From Asa Gray   10 June 1877

Summary

Has two young friends who wish to call on CD.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10994

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  • … From Asa Gray   10 June 1877 …
  • … DAR 165: 197 Asa Gray Herbarium of Harvard 10 June 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. June 10 th 187 7 My Dear Mr.  Darwin Except when you are …

From Hugo Schneider   10 February 1877

Summary

Sends birthday greetings. Asks for autographed photograph.

Author:  Hugo Schneider
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10838

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  • … From Hugo Schneider   10 February 1877 …
  • … DAR 177: 60 Hugo Schneider Berlin 10 Feb 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

From Johannes Schön   10 April 1877

Summary

In the name of a student science club, asks whether CD’s theory of evolution applies to mental as well as physical characteristics of men and animals. Asks whether animals have free-will like humans. Do animals have a sense that humans lack?

Author:  Johannes Schön
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10925

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  • … From Johannes Schön    10 April 1877 …
  • … DAR 177: 62 Johannes Schön Stettin 10 Apr 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

From L. A. Errera   10 October 1877

Summary

CD has made clear that in Cross and self-fertilisation he had not intended to suggest that autogamie (fertilisation of a flower by its own pollen) is superior to gitonogamie (fertilisation of a flower by one on the same plant).

Author:  Léo Abram Errera
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 163: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11177

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  • … From L.  A.  Errera    10 October 1877 …
  • … DAR 163: 28 Léo Abram Errera Brussels 10 Oct 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

To Howard Miller   10 January 1877

Summary

Declines offer involving embryological studies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Howard Miller
Date:  10 Jan 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.505)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10777

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  • … To Howard Miller   10 January 1877 …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 Down letterhead 10 Jan 1877 Howard Miller …

From J. G. F. Riedel   10 March 1877

Summary

Asks CD to publish in Nature JGFR’s observation that natives of Hainan have movable tail bones up to 4 cm long.

Author:  Johan Gerard Friedrich Riedel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 176: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10887

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  • … From J.  G.  F.  Riedel   10 March 1877 …
  • … Johan Gerard Friedrich Riedel Tandjang Pandam, Belitoong 10 Mar 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …

To Alphonse de Candolle   10 October 1877

Summary

AdeC’s two letters on bloom will be very useful; his remarks on evaporation and absorption seem very just. CD has made few experiments as yet. The investigation has been tedious and difficult.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11176

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  • … To Alphonse de Candolle   10 October 1877 …
  • … Candolle (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Oct 1877 Alphonse de Candolle …

From C. T. E. von Siebold   10 October 1877

Summary

Sends article and photograph of abnormally hairy family.

Mentions death of his student, Rudolf von Willemoes-Suhm.

Author:  Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11175

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  • … From C. T. E. von Siebold    10 October 1877 …
  • … DAR 177: 160 Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold Munich 10 Oct 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
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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

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…

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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

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

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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'

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

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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

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

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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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