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From E. A. Darwin   [24 January 1825]

Summary

Asks CD to do an experiment for him.

Has found a curious stone in his fire.

Price’s iron in tea measured 13 per cent.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24 Jan 1825]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11

Matches: 1 hit

  • … DCP-LETT-11

From Henrietta Grace Powell   11 February 1863

Summary

Invites CD to visit on Sunday afternoon, for a quiet discussion with Huxley, the Bishop of Natal [J. W. Colenso], and herself. Will not trouble him with any eating.

Author:  Henrietta Grace Powell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3977

Matches: 4 hits

  • … to Down on Saturday 14 February (see ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  11, Appendix II)). …
  • … From Henrietta Grace Powell   11 February 1863 …
  • … Henrietta Grace Powell London, Hyde Park Gate South, 1 11 Feb 1863 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Truly your’s | Henrietta G Powell. February 11. 1863. Address | M rs . Baden Powell | 1. …

From D. F. Nevill   [11 September 1874]

Summary

Has sent the Utricularia with the bladders that CD described.

In Variation CD does not mention a rare breed of Siamese cat, which she owns.

Asks for another photograph.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9633

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From D.  F.  Nevill   [11 September 1874] …
  • … 172: 19 Dorothy Fanny Nevill Dangstein, Petersfield [11 Sept 1874] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … relationship between this letter and the letter to D.  F.  Nevill, 11 September [1874] . …
  • … In 1874, 11 September was a Friday. Nevill refers to Utricularia montana , an epiphytic …
  • … to D.  F.  Nevill, 7 September 1874  and 11 September [1874]  and n.  2. Utricularia …

From J. D. Hooker   11 March 1869

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Summary

Orchids translation should goad [French] Academy into electing CD.

JDH will be sent to St Petersburg congress by Government.

Huxley on protoplasm; his address to Geological Society.

Fertilised an Aucuba with pollen of various species. Reports on results.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 10–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6655

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 March 1869 …
  • … DAR 103: 10–11 Joseph Dalton …
  • … Hooker Kew 11 Mar 1869 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 1868] and n.  8). He left England on 11 November 1868 on the Matoaka , which arrived in …
  • … Royal Gardens Kew March 11 /69. Dear Darwin That is a capital letter of Fritz Mueller’s, …

From C. I. F. Major   17 November 1872

Summary

Agrees to translate Expression into Italian.

Author:  Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8633

Matches: 5 hits

  • … expressions de la plus haute estime. | C.  I.  Forsyth Major N o 11 Via Solferino | Pisa. …
  • … Sir, I remain yours faithfully. | C.  I.  Forsyth Major N o 11 Via Solferino | Pisa. …
  • … 1 November 1872]. CD’s letter to Major of 11 November has not been found. Major refers to …
  • … bien voulu me faire dans Votre dernière de 11 ct. En réponse je déclare que je suis résolu …
  • … You kindly made me in Your last letter of 11 inst. In reply I declare that I am resolved …

From J. D. Hooker   [after 11 December 1854]

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List of most anomalous Leguminosae [from George Bentham].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 11 Dec 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 391
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1546

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From J.  D. Hooker   [after 11 December 1854] …
  • … DAR 205.9: 391 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated [after 11 Dec 1854] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … to CD’s request ( letter to J.  D. Hooker, 11 [December 1854] ). The numbers in the column …
  • … few species. See letters to J.  D. Hooker, 15 November [1854] and 11 [December 1854] . …

From Ernst Haeckel   11 January 1866

Summary

Comments on CD’s health.

Discusses origin of life and differentiation of principal classes of plants and animals.

Discusses Generelle Morphologie and its chapter on embryological development.

His lectures on CD’s theory.

Asks CD for larger portrait of himself and for several copies of the small photograph. Will send photographs of German scientists in exchange.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1866
Classmark:  DAR 166: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4973

Matches: 13 hits

  • … From Ernst Haeckel    11 January 1866 …
  • … DAR 166: 41 Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel Jena 11 Jan 1866 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Jena (Saxe-Weimar) 11. Januar 1866 Hochverehrter theurer Herr! Indem ich Ihnen zunächst …
  • … Jena (Saxe-Weimar) 11 January 1866 Most esteemed Sir! First of all wishing you a very …
  • … to earlier letters (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to Ernst Haeckel, 30 December [ …
  • … 3 January [1864] ). In his letter of 11 November 1865 , Haeckel listed three publications …
  • … vol.  13, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 November 1865 ). Williams & Norgate, booksellers …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 November 1865  and nn.   …
  • 11 and 12); a protoplasmic aggregate, without differentiation, organisation, or nucleus, …
  • … vol.  13, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 November 1865  and n.  4). Inside the back cover …
  • … vol.  13, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 November 1865  and n.  13). There are …
  • … the early 1860s, see Lurie 1960 , pp.  309–11. According to Haeckel, over 150 people from …
  • … vol.  13, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 November 1865 ). Records of the university of Jena …

From James Torbitt   11 December 1880

Summary

Thinks his private notes failed to convey his ideas. JT wanted CD "to look at the product and express an opinion as to its value".

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12905

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From James Torbitt   11 December 1880 …
  • … DAR 178: 169 James Torbitt Belfast 11 Dec 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … serious for joking’: James Torbitt, the Belfast potato breeder. Ulster Folklife 42: 1–11. …

From Frederick Smith   11 February 1863

Summary

Has been unable to find a book [unspecified] wanted by CD.

Author:  Frederick Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 177: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3978

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From Frederick Smith   11 February 1863 …
  • … DAR 177: 196 Frederick Smith British Museum 11 Feb 1863 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Brit Museum 11 Feb y . 1863. — My Dear Sir Up to this time the work referred to has not …
  • … 1863], and ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  11, Appendix II)). Smith, an entomologist, was …

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839

Summary

Thanks CD effusively [for Journal of researches] – "the most delightful book in my collection".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-519

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Richard Owen   11 June 1839 …
  • … DAR 204: 183 Richard Owen College of Surgeons 11 June 1839 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … College of Surgeons June 11 th . | 1839. Dear Darwin, I have read far enough into your …

From Menyhért Lónyay   11 June 1872

Summary

CD has been elected a Foreign Member of the Magyar Tudományos Akademia [Hungarian Academy of Sciences].

Author:  Menyhért Lónyay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1872
Classmark:  DAR 96: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8382

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From Menyhért Lónyay   11 June 1872 …
  • … DAR 96: 154 Menyhért Lónyay Pest 11 June 1872 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Sir, of my perfect consideration, I am    Pest 1872 junius 11-én | Nagyságod | alázatos …
  • … szolgája    Pest, the 11 th . Juny 1872 | your most obedient servant Gr. Lónyay Menyhért | …

From C. G. Ehrenberg   11 July 1844

Summary

Thanks for shipments of earth samples. Sends copy of article describing Infusoria in samples ["Einige vorläufige Resultate … über das Verhalten des kleinsten Lebens in den Oceanen", Ber. k. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin (1844): 182–207]. Asks for more information and samples, especially from the soundings of Ross’s expedition.

Author:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 July 1844
Classmark:  DAR 163: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-762

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From C.  G.  Ehrenberg   11 July 1844 …
  • … DAR 163: 11 Christian Gottfried …
  • … Ehrenberg Berlin 11 July 1844 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Berlin d. 11 ten Juli | 1844. Hochgeehrtester Herr Vor nun 3 Wochen schrieb ich Ihnen …
  • … Berlin 11 July 1844 Most honoured Sir It has been three weeks since I wrote to you through …

From E. A. Darwin   11 March [1879]

Summary

Suggests CD send Kosmos to W. S. Dallas as Krause will surely give his permission for translation.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 105: 108–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11923

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From E.  A.  Darwin   11 March [1879] …
  • … DAR 105: 108–9 Erasmus Alvey Darwin unstated 11 Mar [1879] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 71; 6 (1869): 58–72; 10 (1871): 696–717; 11 (1872): 46–70. Bagehot, Walter. 1872. Physics …

From A. R. Wallace   [11 September 1868]

Summary

ARW’s wife will accompany him to Down.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Sept 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 426b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6362

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From A.  R.  Wallace   [11 September 1868] …
  • … DAR 148: 426b Alfred Russel Wallace unstated [11 Sept 1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … The Friday after 5 September 1868 was 11 September. Wallace’s wife was Annie Wallace. See …

From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842

Summary

Gives the height of Shrewsbury above sea-level.

Author:  Thomas Blunt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1842
Classmark:  DAR 5: B17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-639

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842 …
  • … DAR 5: B17–18 Thomas Blunt Shrewsbury 11 Aug 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Shrewsbury August 11 th 1842 Dear Sir, I have ascertained that the elevation of the town …

From E. A. Darwin   11 November [1869]

Summary

A parcel of engravings has come; shall EAD send them on?

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6982

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From E.  A.  Darwin   11 November [1869] …
  • … DAR 105: B64 Erasmus Alvey Darwin unstated 11 Nov [1869] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Nov 11 A parcel of engravings is come done up but with your paper of instructions outside. …

From L. A. J. Quetelet   11 January 1871

Summary

Sends diploma of election to the Royal Belgian Academy.

Author:  Lambert Adolphe Jacques (Adolphe) Quetelet; Secretary, Acad. R. Sci. Belgique
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 175: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7437

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From L.  A.  J.  Quetelet    11 January 1871 …
  • … Quetelet Secretary, Acad. R. Sci. Belgique Brussels 11 Jan 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … L.  A.  J.  Quetelet, [15 December 1870 – 11 January 1871]. Only a draft of CD’s letter to …
  • … Indicateur, N o 6804. 1 Annexe Bruxelles, le 11 Janvier 187 1 Monsieur et honoré Confrère, …
  • … Indicator, N o 6804. Annexe Brussels, 11 January 187 1 Dear Sir and honoured Colleague, In …

From J. V. Carus   11 September 1867

Summary

JVC is having difficulty in translating the names of dogs [in Variation]. Also asks CD for help with names of pigeons.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5625

Matches: 6 hits

  • … From J.  V.  Carus   11 September 1867 …
  • … DAR 161: 60 Julius Victor Carus Leipzig 11 Sept 1867 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 39, Elsterstrasse, | Leipzig, Septbr.  11 th . 1867 My dear Sir, You had kindly ordered Mr …
  • … to be published in November 1867 (see letter to J.  V.  Carus, 11 April [1867] ). …
  • … In the only extant letter to Carus between 11 April …
  • … and 11 September, CD mentioned he had not yet received any clean proof-sheets (see letter …

From G. M. Tracy   11 January 1877

Summary

Observations on and explanations of the scarcity of fruit and berries (especially holly berries) evident that year.

Author:  George Murton Tracy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10779

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From G.  M.  Tracy   11 January 1877 …
  • … DAR 178: 174 George Murton Tracy Edenbridge 11 Jan 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … The letter was reprinted in full in The Times , 11 January 1877, p. 7. In his letter to …
  • … Redlands | Edenbridge Kent Jan ry . 11 th . 1877 Sir Having observed in “The Times” of …

From Asa Gray   11 April 1863

Summary

The war is nearly finished, "rebeldom is ""gone up"" ".

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 165: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4081

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From Asa Gray   11 April 1863 …
  • … DAR 165: 132 Asa Gray Cambridge, Mass. 11 Apr 1863 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Cambridge, Mass. April 11, 1863. My Dear Darwin You see that—at length—the thing is nearly …
  • … reached the north (see the New York Times , 11 April 1863, pp.  1, 4, and McPherson 1988 , …
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Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

Matches: 7 hits

  • … German edition (see letter from H. G. Bronn, [before 11 March 1862] ). Since the publication of …
  • … & a few of importance’ (see letter to H. G. Bronn, 11 March [1862] ). Darwin had sent Bronn …
  • … letter from E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 11 July 1862 ). (No American edition …
  • … we shall immediately see)’.    Page xiv, n., line 11, delete ‘in the years 1794–5’.    …
  • … substitute for ‘but then  . . .  kinds of flowers.’: 11                    In just some of …
  • … sentence also appears in Origin 4th ed., p. 20. 11.  p. 56. This whole paragraph was …
  • … in Origin 4th ed., p. 449. 47.  p. 409–11. This passage also appears, with slight …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

Summary

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

Summary

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…

Matches: 7 hits

  • … 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

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: 8 hits

  • … 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

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…

Matches: 11 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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…

Matches: 16 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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,…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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?

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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  • … 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 …

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 …

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, 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

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  • … 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's bad days

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Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and experimenting, even Darwin had some bad days. These times when nothing appeared to be going right are well illustrated by the following quotations from his letters:

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  • … Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and …

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…

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  • … 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] ? …
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