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To T. H. Huxley   11 December [1860]

Summary

Forwards A. Gray’s letter [inquiring whether THH would be interested in printing Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 166)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3018

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   11 December [1860] …
  • … Archives (Huxley 5: 166) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1860] Thomas Henry Huxley …
  • … that is now missing (see letter to Asa Gray, 11 December [1860] ). It apparently included …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Dec.  11 th My dear Huxley Please read enclosed, as I did not like to …

To David Forbes   11 December [1860]

Summary

Encourages Forbes to publish his geological observations on Chile.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  David Forbes
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3019F

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To David Forbes   11 December [1860] …
  • … DAR 185: 150 Charles Robert Darwin 11 Dec [1860] David Forbes …
  • … Down Bromley Kent. Dec.  11. My dear Sir Your letter has pleased me exceedingly. When I …
  • … vol.  8), which should now be dated [after 11 December 1860], is a reply to this letter. …
  • … Forbes, [November? 1860] , now redated [after 11 December 1860]. CD cited Forbes on the …
  • … November? 1860] , now redated [after 11 December 1860]), CD restated his conviction that …

To J. D. Hooker   11 December [1860]

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On JDH’s suggestions for new edition of Origin.

Gray’s Atlantic Monthly articles to be published [in England] as a pamphlet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 80, 78E
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3019

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 December [1860] …
  • … DAR 115: 80, 78E Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1860] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [6–11 December 1860]. In his letter, Hooker stated that he …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Dec.  11 th My dear Hooker Sincere thanks for suggestions; some of which …
  • … of points raised in Hooker’s letter of [6–11 December 1860], it would appear to have been …

From P. L. Sclater   11 February 1860

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Informs CD that Sylvicola aureola may be a distinct species but is a close ally of S. aestiva of N. and S. America and perhaps only a "climatic variety".

Author:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1860
Classmark:  DAR 205.3 (Letters), DAR 205.7 (2): 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2692

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  • … From P.  L.  Sclater   11 February 1860 …
  • … 205.7 (2): 143 Philip Lutley Sclater Zoological Society 11 Feb 1860 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Zoological Society of London, | 11, Hanover Square, | London, W. …
  • … Feb.  11 th . 18 60 My dear Sir, I send you an extract from the minutes of one of our …
  • … Your’s | P.L Sclater Zool. Soc. May 11, 1858. (Extract from minutes) M r . Gould made some …

To Asa Gray   11 December [1860]

Summary

The pamphlet of AG’s Origin reviews [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. CD will bear half the costs of publishing.

Will write to Huxley about Chauncey Wright’s review of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3017

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  • … To Asa Gray   11 December [1860] …
  • … Herbarium of Harvard University (38) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1860] Asa Gray …
  • … Review . See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 11 December [1860] , and Correspondence vol.  9. …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Dec 11 th My dear Gray I have just got your letter of Nov.  26 th . — …

To Daniel Oliver   11 September [1860]

Summary

Requests observations on Drosera and Dionaea,

and asks DO to look up Buchanan and Wight on insectivorous plants ["Conspectus of Indian Utricularia", Hooker’s J. Bot. 1 (1849): 372–4].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  11 Sept [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 9 (EH 88205993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2913

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  • … To Daniel Oliver   11 September [1860] …
  • … DAR 261.10: 9 (EH 88205993) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept [1860] Daniel Oliver …
  • … ibid . , p.  290). See letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 11 May [1860] . See letter to Gardeners’ …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Sept 11 th My dear Sir D r . Hooker told me that you would be so kind as …

To John Innes   11 September [1860]

Summary

Going to sea-side for Etty’s health.

Asks JBI further questions about a striped donkey he had reported to CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  11 Sept [1860]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2912

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  • … To John Innes   11 September [1860] …
  • … Health Sciences Library Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept [1860] John Brodie Innes …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Sept.  11 th Dear Innes. I am very sorry to say that I fear we shall not …

To J. S. Henslow   11 October [1860]

Summary

Sends further details on the movement of the red fluid substance in Drosera. Will write a paper on it.

"Dr [C. R.] Bree ""pitches"" into me handsomely."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 93: 79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2945

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  S.  Henslow   11 October [1860] …
  • … DAR 93: 79–80 Charles Robert Darwin Eastbourne 11 Oct [1860] John Stevens Henslow …
  • … 15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne Oct 11. My dear Henslow Very many thanks for your pleasant …

To George Gordon   11 September [1860]

Summary

Asks whether GG can provide a few fresh specimens of Goodyera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gordon
Date:  11 Sept [1860]
Classmark:  Elgin Museum (Gordon Archive 60.13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2911

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  • … To George Gordon    11 September [1860] …
  • … Museum (Gordon Archive 60.13) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept [1860] George Gordon …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Sept 11 th Dear Sir I hope that you will excuse the great liberty which …

From J. D. Hooker   [6–11 December 1860]

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JDH’s page-by-page criticisms on Origin, first edition, as requested by CD for preparation of the third edition.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6–11 Dec 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3013

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   [6–11 December 1860] …
  • … DAR 104: 218 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated [6–11 Dec 1860] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … on 6 December (see preceding letter). CD replied to it on 11 December ( letter to J.   …
  • … D. Hooker, 11 December [1860] ). CD had asked Hooker to send him his criticisms of Origin …

To T. H. Huxley   11 January [1860]

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On the problem of want of sterility in crosses of domestic varieties. Refers to discussion in Origin, pp. 267–72 ["Fertility of varieties when crossed"]. We do not know precise cause of sterility in species.

Andrew Murray has attacked Origin [see 2647].

H. C. Watson objects to natural selection on grounds of limitless diversification of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 98)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2649

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  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   11 January [1860] …
  • … Archives (Huxley 5: 98) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Jan [1860] Thomas Henry Huxley …
  • … 1860], and letter to H.  C.  Watson, [5–11 January 1860]. The letters to Charles Lyell and …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Jan.  11 th My dear Huxley I fully agree that the difficulty is great, & …
  • … 205.7 (2): 149 discusses Huxley’s point: Jan 11. 1860. Huxley objects to domestic vars.   …

To J. D. Hooker   11 May [1860]

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Dissection of Leschenaultia convinces CD insect agency necessary for self-fertilisation in this case.

Primroses and cowslips seem universally to occur in two forms. Very curious to see which plants set seed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 May [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2795

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 May [1860] …
  • … DAR 115: 53 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 May [1860] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent May 11 th My dear Hooker I hope I shall not bore you with my …

To Henry Tibbats Stainton   11 June [1860]

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On what kind of moth have pollen-masses of orchids been found cohering? Will ask Mr Parfitt if he is certain he recognised pollen-masses of bee orchid. CD thinks green masses were those of true Orchis.

[In P.S., having received a letter on subject from HTS responding to same query published in Gard. Chron. 9 June 1860:] It is extremely curious that the same moth has been found with pollen-masses in two parts of England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  11 June [1860]
Classmark:  The Natural History Museum (General Library, MSS DAR)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2829

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  • … To Henry Tibbats Stainton   11 June [1860] …
  • … General Library, MSS DAR) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June [1860] Henry Tibbats Stainton …
  • … Down Bromley Kent June 11 th Dear Sir I take the liberty to send the enclosed. — I fear it …

To T. H. Huxley   11 April [1860]

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On THH’s lecture at Royal Institution ["On species and races, and their origin", Not. Proc. R. Inst. G. B. 3 (1858–62): 195–200]. Praises eloquence of his conclusion.

Has sent first part of German translation of Origin to THH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 113)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2756

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  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   11 April [1860] …
  • … Archives (Huxley 5: 113) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr [1860] Thomas Henry Huxley …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Ap.  11 th My dear Huxley Hooker sent me this morning your Lecture, at …

To Richard Kippist?   11 December [1860]

Summary

Orders several volumes: Mémoires du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle 8 (1822), Edinburgh Philosophical Journal 14 (1826), and BAAS Report containing Owen’s Presidential Address [1858, pp. xli–cx].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Kippist
Date:  11 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 82)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3016

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  • … To Richard Kippist?    11 December [1860] …
  • … Special Collections (3314 1: 82) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1860] Richard Kippist …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Dec.  11 th . Dear Sir I will return the two vols.  in Hand on Thursday …

From J. D. Hooker   [11 May – 3 December 1860]

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CD’s divergent series explains those anomalous plants that hover between what would otherwise be two species in a genus.

Inclined to see conifers as a sub-series of dicotyledons that developed in parallel to monocotyledons, but retained cryptogamic characters.

Mentions H. C. Watson’s view of variations.

Man has destroyed more species than he has created varieties.

Variations are centrifugal because the chances are a million to one that identity of form once lost will return.

In the human race, we find no reversion "that would lead us to confound a man with his ancestors".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 May – 3 Dec 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 205.5: 217 (Letters), DAR 47: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3036

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   [11 May – 3 December 1860] …
  • … DAR 47: 214 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated [11 May – 3 Dec 1860] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … DAR 220: 13). A quantity of notes marked ‘11’ are now collected in the Darwin Archive– …
  • … crayon 2.7 There is …  persisted 2.13] ‘11 . ’ brown crayon, circled brown crayon 2.7  …
  • … and Hooker ( ibid. , letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 11 January [1860] and n.  5). These were …

To Asa Gray   11 August [1860]

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Agassiz is strongly opposed to Origin, but CD thinks K. E. von Baer may come out in support.

Discusses the possibility of favourable monstrosities in the light of Theophilus Parsons’ essay ["On the origin of species", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 30 (1860): 1–13].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2896

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  • … To Asa Gray   11 August [1860] …
  • … Herbarium of Harvard University (35) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1860] Asa Gray …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Aug.  11 th . — My dear Gray On my return home from Sussex about a week …

To Charles Lyell   11 August [1860]

Summary

Comments on his fear that "so many heavy guns fired by great men" might influence the public and scientists.

Sends CL the Owen-inspired Wilberforce review [Q. Rev. 108 (1860): 225–64].

Mentions defence of Origin by Asa Gray at American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Agassiz and Theophilus Parsons have poor criticisms ["Prof. Agassiz on the origin of species", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 30 (1860): 142–54].

Lists other negative reviews by Rudolph Wagner ["An essay on classification by Louis Agassiz", Göttingische Gelehrte Anz. (1860) pt 2: 761–800], Charles Daubeny ["Remarks on the final causes of the sexuality of plants, with particular reference to Mr Darwin’s work On the origin of species by natural selection", Rep. BAAS 30 (1860) pt 2: 109–10], and two anonymous ones (one favourable).

Huxley says K. E. von Baer "goes a long way with us".

Comments on "pipes" in chalk as evidence of geological processes still at work.

Is writing on origin of dog breeds [Variation 1: 15–43].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.223)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2895

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Charles Lyell   11 August [1860] …
  • … Mss.B.D25.223) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1860] Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … Down Bromley Kent August 11 th My dear Lyell. I was very glad to get your letter. We have …
  • … Politics, Literature, Art and Society 1 (1860): 11–12, 32–3, 58–9. See also letter to J.   …

To John Higgins   19 November 1860

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Acknowledges receipt of £244 15s. 11d.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  19 Nov 1860
Classmark:  Dominic Winter Auctioneers (dealers) (10 April 2019, lot 138)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2988F

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  • … Acknowledges receipt of £244 15 s . 11 d . …

To H. C. Watson   [5–11 January 1860]

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Discusses the possibility of "convergence" occurring; believes it could be only very limited.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Date:  [5–11 Jan 1860]
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal V, pp. 77–87; DAR 47 (ser. 2): 136a (verso)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2639

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To H.  C.  Watson    [5–11 January 1860] …
  • … 2): 136a (verso) Charles Robert Darwin unstated [5–11 Jan 1860] Hewett Cottrell Watson …
  • … comments, see the letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 11 January [1860] . The letter seems to be a …
  • … According to the letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 11 January [1860] , CD had already sent his …
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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…

Matches: 8 hits

  • … backwards much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). I feel …
  • … review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … Correspondence  vol. 20, letter to St G. J. Mivart, 11 January [1872] ). To Darwin’s relief, …
  • … the moment of being hatched ( letter to  Nature , 7 and 11 May [1874] ; Spalding 1872a). …
  • … & that must be enough for me’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). Plants that eat . …
  • … cartilage, bone & meat &c. &c.’ ( letter to W. D. Fox,  11 May [1874] ). His research …
  • … Correspondence  vol. 21, letter from Francis Darwin,  [11 October 1873] ). Darwin wasted …
  • … the photograph he sent highly ( letter from D. F. Nevill, [11 September 1874] ). At the …

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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  • … gave him the commission ( see letter to John Scott, 11 December [1862] ). Darwin was altogether …
  • … on  Linum  ‘at once’ ( letter to John Scott, 11 December [1862] ), writing up his experiments in …
  • … of Natural History’ ( letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 11 July [1862] ). She had had assistance …
  • … for a second edition ( letter from H. G. Bronn, [before 11 March 1862] ), Darwin asked him to use …
  • … see letter from E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 11 July 1862 ). Yet Darwin was now …
  • … interest. He told Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 11 September [1862] ): ‘This is a nice, but …
  • … from one parent’ ( letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 11 July [1862] ). really good …

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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  • … Blair, R.H. 11 July 1871 Worcester College for the …
  • … Chaumont, F.S.B.F. de 11 March 1871 Woolston, …
  • … 9 Nov 1870 11 St Mary Abbot's Terrace, London, England …
  • … 1 Feb 1871 11 St Mary Abbot's Terrace, London, England   …
  • … 7 Sept 1872 11 St Mary Abbot's Terrace, London, England …
  • … 1 Feb. 1871 11 Saint Mary Abbot's Terrace, Kensington. W., London, …
  • … Sulivan, B.J. 11 Jan 1867 Bournemouth, England …
  • … Wallace, A. R. 11 March [1867] 9 St. Mark’s Crescent …

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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  • … regarding species change ( letter from Charles Lyell, 11 March 1863 ). The botanist Asa Gray, …
  • … by descent put him ‘into despair’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). In the same letter, he …
  • … bottom of seas, lakes, and rivers ( Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix VII). Quarrels at …
  • … Academy of Sciences, Berlin (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix III), and of the Société des …
  • … unsuccessful ( see letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 11 November [1863] ). The council of …
  • … [9 May 1863] , and memorandum from G. H. Darwin, [before 11 May 1863]) . As he struggled …
  • … to drive the quietest man mad’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). Hooker and Gray agreed …
  • … tropical plants than before (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix VI). He was fascinated with …
  • … pistils mature at different times ( see letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). The fertility of …
  • … ‘Crossing & Sterility’ (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II). When Darwin finished, by …
  • … animal suffering caused by them (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix IX). Francis Darwin 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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  • … as not signifying so much.  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) At the age of 65, …
  • … & that must be enough for me  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) During the …

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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  • … on the topic. Lyell also added the following note on page 11: *Mr. John Lubbock published …
  • … 2 have struck out Galton & Prestwich at p. 11 who will be surprisd [ sic ] to …
  • … had done ‘an injustice’ to Falconer and Prestwich. 11 In the same review Lubbock expressed …
  • … he took exception to the wording of the note on p. 11 of C. Lyell 1863c, which implied that Lubbock …
  • … The statement made by Sir Charles Lyell, in a note to page 11 of his work, that my article on the …
  • … of the note in the preface (letter to John Lubbock, 11 June [1865] ). No correspondence with …
  • … of the preface of C. Lyell 1863c and reworded the note on p. 11.  Unlike the earlier …
  • …  Lyell revised both the preface and the note on page 11 of the third edition of Antiquity of man …
  • … versions of the end of the preface and of the note on page 11 are included below.  Preface, C …
  • … as well as of the subsequent issues.” Note on page 11, C. Lyell 1863c (original version) …
  • … made by him in company with Mr. Busk. Note on page 11, C. Lyell 1863c (revised version) …
  • … in Letters, 1863 , (introduction to Correspondence vol. 11, pp. xv–xvii). For a comparison of …
  • … 1984, pp. 154–9. 7. See Correspondence vol. 11, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24[–5] …
  • … Bartholomew 1973. 8. See Correspondence vol. 11, letter to Charles Lyell, 6 March …
  • … 18 April [1863 ]. 10. Correspondence vol. 11, letter to J. D. Hooker, 17 March …
  • … (rough draft of letter from T. H. Huxley to Charles Lyell, 11 June 1865, Imperial College, Huxley …

Race, Civilization, and Progress

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Darwin's first reflections on human progress were prompted by his experiences in the slave-owning colony of Brazil, and by his encounters with the Yahgan peoples of Tierra del Fuego. Harsh conditions, privation, poor climate, bondage and servitude,…

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  • … man in his most "primitive wildness" ( letter to Henslow, 11 April 1833 ). They …
  • … Letter 204 : Darwin to Henslow, J. S., 11 April 1833 "The Fuegians are in a more …
  • … 98). Letter 2503 : Darwin, C. R. to Lyell, C., 11 October [1859] "the …
  • … Letter 2503 : Darwin, C. R. to Lyell, C., 11 October [1859] I suppose that you do not …

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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  • … St George Jackson Mivart ( letter to St G. J. Mivart,  11 January [1872] ). A worsening …
  • … Mivart not to acknowledge it ( letter to St G. J. Mivart, 11 January [1872] ). 'I hate …
  • … attacks on Darwin became notorious, had written on 11 May expressing concern that his recently, …
  • … well informed: `The die is cast’, he wrote excitedly on 11 May , when the matter was first raised …

Charles Harrison Blackley

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You may not have heard of Charles Harrison Blackley (1820–1900), but if you are one of the 15 million people in the UK who suffer from hay fever, you are indebted to him. For it was he who identified pollen as the cause of the allergy. Darwin was…

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  • … 5 July [1873] ) Blackley wrote back on 11 July 1873 that the distinction had ‘a …
  • … research remained elusive.   He wrote to Darwin on 11 July 1873 : The problem of cure …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … the popularity of his book, writing to Robert Cooke on 11 April , ‘though I believe it is of …
  • … for extended periods. In a letter to Thiselton-Dyer of 11 October , Darwin described how the …
  • … Charles Darwin and Ernst Haeckel). Writing to Darwin on 11 March 1877 , Krause declared the …
  • … visits from distinguished persons. Gladstone came to Down on 11 March. ‘I expected a stern, …
  • … not been a difficulty to me,’ he replied to Romanes on 11 June , ‘as I have never believed in a …
  • … that they become quite tipsy’ ( letter to W. M. Moorsom, 11 September [1877] ). Moorsom replied …

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…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … to think of the future’, Darwin confessed to William on 11 September just hours after Amy’s …
  • … naturalist Thomas Edward ( letter from F. M. Balfour, 11 December 1876 ; letter to Samuel Smiles …
  • … who died at the age of 10 in 1851, but William, who was 11 years old at the time of her death, would …
  • … you are one of the best of all’ ( letter to W. E. Darwin, 11 September [1876] ). …
  • … do I cannot conceive’, Darwin wrote anxiously to Hooker on 11 September. By the time Darwin …

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

Matches: 10 hits

  • … in that little sheet of note-paper! DARWIN:  11   My dear Hooker… What a remarkably …
  • … 1 OCTOBER 1846 7  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER 11 JANUARY 1844 8  C DARWIN TO A …
  • … 10  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 24 AUGUST 1855 11  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER, 5 JUNE 1855 …
  • … 22 NOVEMBER 1856 29  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 11 APRIL 1861 30  A GRAY TO C …
  • … A GRAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 1858 58 A GRAY TO JD HOOKER, 11 OCTOBER 1858 59 A GRAY TO …
  • … HOOKER, 18 OCTOBER 1859 63  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1859 64 JD …
  • … 13 NOVEMBER 1859 66  C DARWIN TO R OWEN, 11 NOVEMBER 1859 67  C DARWIN …
  • … 17 FEBRUARY 1861 111  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 11 DECEMBER 1861 112  C DARWIN …
  • … DARWIN TO A GRAY 28 MAY 1864 159  FROM A GRAY 11 JULY 1864 160  C DARWIN …
  • … TO A GRAY 28 JANUARY 1876 204  FROM A GRAY 11 DECEMBER 1874 205  TO A …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864 : ‘the venerable beard gives …
  • … continue his observations indoors ( Correspondence  vol. 11). In a letter of [27 January 1864] …
  • … two letters to the  Athenæum  ( Correspondence  vol. 11). Darwin’s anxiety about the matter was …
  • … and the question of human origins ( Correspondence vol. 11). Wallace, however, traced a possible …

Thomas Rivers

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Rivers and Darwin exchanged around 30 letters, most in 1863 when Darwin was hard at work on the manuscript of Variation of plants and animals under domestication, the lengthy and detailed sequel to Origin of species. Rivers, an experienced plant breeder…

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  • … crumbs of knowledge out of your wealth of information? ( 11 January [1863] ) Rivers and …
  • … Purpose”. When this letter was first published in volume 11 of the Correspondence, our transcription …

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … sensitiveness of apex’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, [11 May 1878] ). Having found plants …
  • … to expertise. ‘It is funny’, he wrote to Huxley on 11 August , ‘the Academy having elected a man …
  • … whatever he earnestly desires’ ( letter to James Grant, 11 March 1878 ). The question of …

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,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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Haeckel. The German zoologist had written to Darwin on 11 January 1866 , ‘Every time I succeed in …
  • … (Correspondence vol. 9, letter from Asa Gray, 11 October 1861 ). Darwin wished to establish …
  • … diœcious’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin, [7 May – 11 June 1866] ). On examining more specimens later …
  • … ‘I am glad to hear from Spencer’, Huxley wrote on 11 November , ‘that you are on the right (that …

Capturing Darwin’s voice: audio of selected letters

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On a sunny Wednesday in June 2011 in a makeshift recording studio somewhere in Cambridge, we were very pleased to welcome Terry Molloy back to the Darwin Correspondence Project for a special recording session. Terry, known for his portrayal of Davros in Dr…

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  • … admitted that he no longer believed in fixity of species [11 January 1844] ? …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children,[1] began the research that culminated in his book The Expression of the emotions in man and Animals, published in 1872, and his article ‘A biographical sketch of an infant’, published in…

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  • … at sudden sounds. & at Emma’s moving 3 [11]  When one month & one day old. …
  • … after each scream approaches it.— 8  Between 11 & 12 weeks old in smiling. I observe …
  • … with moisture, but not enough to run over April 11 th . It appeared to me that the Baby …
  • … lifts up & wrinkles  lower  eyelids.— 11 [22] April 19 th . Knew Anne,[23] most …
  • … April 4 14wks & 1 day. 11 – 12     May 16 …
  • … weight of clothes 1lb Wed Oct 11         …
  • … only difference between our door N o  12 and N o  11 is in the slit for the Letter box.— he …
  • … a flower said. “I’ve a fact to do” 52  June 11./55/ Lenny came with a piece of rag & …
  • … [1] The observations are in DAR 210.11.1, a vellum-covered notebook inscribed with the initials of …
  • … Erasmus was Emma and CD’s first child. [11] The first paragraph on this page was written in …

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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … the enthusiastic breeder, who apologised in a letter of 11–13 May 1868 for his ‘voluminuous zeal …
  • … Weir, 30 May [1868] ). Sexual selection On 11 February , Darwin wrote to the …
  • … views differed. Of deer-hounds, Cupples wrote between 11 and 13 May , ‘much depends on the …
  • … ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868], n. 11 ). ‘I am not sure’, Darwin reflected in a …
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