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To J. D. Hooker   11 April [1859]

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Murray has read first three chapters of Origin and abides by his offer to publish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2452

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 April [1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 11 Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down 11 Apr [1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Ap. 11 My dear Hooker I write one line to say that I heard from Murray …
  • … early in March (see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 11 March [1859] ). CD requested their return …

To J. D. Hooker   11 October 1869

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Is glad that JDH is willing to try Candolle’s experiment [see 6915]. Encloses all the seeds except a few taken from the Moscow and Palermo packets.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (catalogue 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6932

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 October 1869 …
  • … dealer) (catalogue 123) Charles Robert Darwin unstated 11 Oct 1869 Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … October 11, 1869 I am very glad that you are willing to try DeCandolle’s experiment which …
  • … 4, and letter to Alphonse de Candolle, 11 October 1869 . The original letter is complete …

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 …

To J. D. Hooker   11 April [1861]

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CD infers [incorrectly] from Huxley’s report that Henslow is dead.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3116

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 April [1861] …
  • … DAR 115: 96 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr [1861] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Ap.  11. My dear Hooker In a note received this morning, Huxley mentions …

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1859]

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Sends MS [of Origin] on geographical distribution. Wants JDH to correct facts and say what he most vehemently objects to.

Has received JDH’s note on plant embryology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2429

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 March [1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 7 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent March 11. My dear Hooker I send by this Post my M.S: in being copyed, it …
  • … CD’s manuscript of part of chapter 11 of Natural selection in 1856 (see Correspondence …

To J. D. Hooker   13 June [1864]

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W. H. Harvey’s dandelion case worth publishing.

Suspects the uniform Primula elatior JDH referred to is a distinct species.

Scott’s paper on Passiflora shows variability of reproductive systems.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 June [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4531

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Kendrick Thwaites. See letter from J.  D. Hooker, [11 June 1864] . See letter from J.   …
  • … D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] and n.  3. …
  • … William Henry Harvey in his letter of [11 June 1864] . See letter from W.  H.  Harvey, 19  …
  • … by insects. See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] and n.  7. CD refers to James …
  • … enclosure to letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] . See letter to J.  D.  Hooker, …
  • … John Scott. See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] . Scott 1864d. See first letter …
  • … presented in Decaisne 1863 , pp.  10–11, that the flowers of Delphinium , or larkspur, …
  • … normally intercross (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [31 July  …
  • … August [1863] ( Correspondence vol.  11). In Variation 2: 21, he reported his experiments …

To J. D. Hooker   11 September [1876]

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CD grieves over death of Frank’s wife Amy; worries that it will weaken Frank’s determination to pursue his scientific work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Sept [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 417–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10592

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 September [1876] …
  • … DAR 95: 417–18 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept [1876] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. Sept 11 th My dear old Friend I am sure you will pity …

To J. D. Hooker   11 August [1855]

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Has left a book from Henslow for JDH at Athenaeum.

When Asa Gray wrote, did he send marked sheets [of his Manual of botany]?

Has just made out "new & wonderful" specific character between two of his pigeon breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Aug [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 150: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1738

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 August [1855] …
  • … DAR 150: 123 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1855] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Aug. 11. My dear Hooker I forgot to say that I left Book from Henslow at Athenaeum— …

To J. D. Hooker   11 October [1861]

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Orchid anatomy: movement in Mormodes column.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3281

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 October [1861] …
  • … DAR 115: 117 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct [1861] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down. Oct 11 th . My dear Hooker M r Veitch most generously has sent me 2 splendid buds of …

To J. D. Hooker   11 September [1857]

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Representative species may complicate tabulation of varieties.

Questions for Mr Anderson about horse colouring in Norway.

Has been writing an "audacious little discussion" to show that "organic beings are not perfect, only perfect enough to struggle with their competitors".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Sept [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 211; DAR 115: 73a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2140

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 September [1857] …
  • … DAR 114: 211; DAR 115: 73a Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept [1857] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … this colour would be very valuable to me. — C.  Darwin Down Bromley Kent | Sept. 11 th . — …
  • … Down. Sept. 11 th My dear Hooker The magnificent & awful Box of Books arrived quite safely …

To J. D. Hooker   11 May [1859]

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JDH finds style of CD’s MS obscure.

CD wary of JDH’s starting point on variability: it is not inherent, it does not lead necessarily to divergence, and it must be distinguished from inheritance.

Asa Gray has misread CD’s views on pre-glacial migrations and botched the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 May [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2461

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 May [1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 15 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 May [1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent May 11 My dear Hooker Thank you for telling me about obscurity of style. …
  • … comments (see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 11 March [1859] ). See letters to J.  D. Hooker, 3  …

To J. D. Hooker   11 May [1855]

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JDH to be appointed Assistant Director at Kew.

On where to publish seed-salting paper. Floating problem perhaps more important than germination.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 May [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1680

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 May [1855] …
  • … DAR 114: 131 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 May [1855] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Farnborough Kent May 11 th My dear Hooker I have just received your note. I am most …
  • … text. See letters to Gardeners’ Chronicle , 11 April [1855], and to J.  D. Hooker, 19  …

To J. D. Hooker   11 [September 1859]

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Corrected last proof of Origin yesterday. Still has revises and index to do.

Will read more JDH proofs of Flora Tasmaniae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 [Sept 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2490

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 [September 1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 21 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 [Sept 1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down. 11 th My dear Hooker I corrected last proof—yesterday; & I have now only Revises, …

To J. D. Hooker   11 December 1876

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Plants received from JDH.

Requests he verify an identification by Fritz Müller.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Dec 1876
Classmark:  DAR 95: 427–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10710

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 December 1876 …
  • … DAR 95: 427–8 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec 1876 Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. Dec 11. 1876 My dear Hooker, I thank you very much for …

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1861]

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Invitation to Down for weekend with Huxley and W. B. Carpenter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115.2: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3085

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 March [1861] …
  • … DAR 115.2: 89 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1861] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent March 11 th My dear Hooker M rs . Huxley has come here with her children …

To J. D. Hooker   11 August [1864]

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Clarifies queries on climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Aug [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 243
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4588

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 August [1864] …
  • … DAR 115: 243 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1864] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Aug 11. My dear Hooker I am not very well & must write …

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 J. D. Hooker   11 June [1862]

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Sorry to hear of Mrs Hooker’s health and domestic problems. Wishes natural selection had produced neuters who would not flirt or marry.

Will be eager to hear Cameroon results.

Wishes JDH would discuss the "mundane glacial period". Still believes it will be "the turning point of all recent geographical distribution".

Pollen placed for 65 hours on apparent (CD still thinks real) stigma of Leschenaultia has not protruded a vestige of a tube.

"Oliver the omniscient" has produced an article in Botanische Zeitung with accurate account of all CD saw in Viola.

Asa Gray’s "red-hot" praise of Orchids [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 34 (1862): 138–51].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 June [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3597

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 June [1862] …
  • … DAR 115: 155 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June [1862] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down June 11 th My dear Hooker I was glad to see your handwriting this morning. I am very …
  • … 1857. See letter to Daniel Oliver, [before 11 June 1862] . See letter from Asa Gray, 18  …

To J. D. Hooker   11 May [1856]

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CD is unsure about JDH’s recommendation that he publish a separate "Preliminary Essay". It is unphilosophical to publish without full details.

CD will work for Huxley’s admission to Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 May [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1874

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 May [1856] …
  • … DAR 114: 162 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 May [1856] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent May 11 th My dear Hooker I am really grateful to you for your two very …
  • … to Tenby (see letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 11 May [1856] ). CD had presented this paper, ‘ …

To J. D. Hooker   11 [December 1854]

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Debates aberrant species, e.g., Ornithorhynchus and Echidna, with JDH. CD argues they are result of extinction having removed intermediate links to allied forms.

Studying effects of disuse in wings of tame and wild ducks.

Tabulations showing that number of species in a genus is not correlated with number of genera in an order.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 [Dec 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1612

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  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 [December 1854] …
  • … DAR 114: 148 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 [Dec 1854] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Farnborough Kent Monday 11 My dear Hooker I sh d . have less scruple in troubling …
  • … s list, see letter from J.  D. Hooker, [after 11 December 1854] . Athenæum , no. 1415, 9  …
  • … CD made the same point in Origin , p.  11, and, in greater statistical detail, in …
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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.

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  • … 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

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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 …

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…

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  • … 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…

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  • … 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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