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From J. D. Hooker   11 March 1869

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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

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  • … 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 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 J. D. Hooker   11 April 1873

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George Henslow is worse. All plans to go abroad have been given up. James Paget’s diagnoses enclosed.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 151–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8857

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 April 1873 …
  • … DAR 103: 151–2 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 11 Apr 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … letter from William Bowman to J.  D.  Hooker, 11 April 1873 (DAR 160: 270)). The donation …

From J. D. Hooker   [11 June 1864]

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CD’s photograph looks like J. R. Herbert’s Moses in the fresco in the House of Lords.

JDH is delighted about oxlip, but hybridity does not explain some large patches that are uniform and do not vary towards either cowslip or primrose.

Encloses letter from W. H. Harvey discussing Myosotis sylvatica and the common dandelion.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 June 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 225–6; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (letters to J. D. Hooker, vol. 11, no. 178 JDH/2/1/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4529

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   [11 June 1864] …
  • … DAR 101: 225–6; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (letters to J. D. Hooker, vol. 11, no. …
  • … 178 JDH/2/1/11) Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew [11 June 1864] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 1864, the Saturday following 10 June was 11 June. CD enclosed a photograph recently taken …
  • … see, for example, Correspondence vol.  11, letter to M.  T. Masters, 6 April [1863]; CD …

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 …

From J. D. Hooker   11 May 1872

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The die is cast on Ayrton affair. Lord Derby has called for all of the correspondence, as a result of pressure by men of science on JDH’s behalf.

Has just had a Greenland collection, which supports his views altogether; "I am ready to do fight for these with you."

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 109–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8317

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 May 1872 …
  • … DAR 103: 109–10 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 11 May 1872 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Royal Gardens Kew May 11 / 72. Dear old Darwin The die is cast, Lord Derby calls for my …

From J. D. Hooker   11 April 1876

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Lists the 14 men elected to be F.R.S. Garrod defeated McLachlan.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 104: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10446

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 April 1876 …
  • … DAR 104: 55 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated 11 Apr 1876 Charles Robert Darwin …

From J. D. Hooker   11 August 1881

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Working on York BAAS address; finds CD’s comments helpful. JDH writes detailed response and expansion.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1881
Classmark:  DAR 104: 158–61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13286

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 August 1881 …
  • … DAR 104: 158–61 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 11 Aug 1881 Charles Robert Darwin …

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 …

From J. D. Hooker   20 August 1862

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Observations on Welwitschia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 52–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3690

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  • … was a review of J.  D.  Hooker 1861a (see letter to Asa Gray, 28 July [1862] and n.  11). …

From J. D. Hooker   [11–15 April 1846]

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Hugh Falconer gives no specific objections to Forbes’s views.

Botanical contrast between Cape of Good Hope and the rest of Africa is as strong as that between Australia and India.

Wishes CD would leave off snuff.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11–15 Apr 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-966

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  • … From J.  D. Hooker   [11–15 April 1846] …
  • … DAR 104: 205 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated [11–15 Apr 1846] Charles Robert Darwin …

From J. D. Hooker   [15 August 1864]

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Replies to queries on climbing plants.

JDH meets Scott and finds him an intelligent and superior-looking man. Scott wishes to come to Down before leaving England.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15 Aug 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 232–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4590

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  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 11 August [1864] . …
  • … In 1864, the first Monday after 11 August was 15 August. See letter to …
  • … J.  D.  Hooker, 11 August [1864] and n.  6. …
  • … See letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 11 August [1864] and n.  4. See memorandum to J.  D.   …
  • … see, for example, Correspondence vol.  11, letter from John Scott, [3 June 1863] , and …
  • … natural selection (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 10 June 1863 , …

From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   11 November 1863

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Asks whether he ought to write to CD while he is ill.

Wonders if he might use Haast’s notes on introduced animals for a notice he is preparing ["Note on the replacement of species in the colonies and elsewhere", Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 4 (1864): 123–7].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 171–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4339

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker to Emma Darwin   11 November 1863 …
  • … DAR 101: 171–2 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 11 Nov 1863 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …
  • … n.  9). See also letter to Osbert Salvin, 11 [May 1863] and n.  6. CD sent the letter from …

From J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1843 – 11 January 1844]

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Henslow has sent him CD’s Galapagos plants along with Macrae’s. JDH impressed by the island endemism, which "overturns all our preconceived notions" on centres of radiation. Describes the extent, and the sharp demarcation at longitude 60° W, of the American and European Northern Hemisphere floras. CD’s plants among those he is using to do Antarctic flora. Drimys winteri shows a graded series of states down the length of the South American continent.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Dec 1843 – 11 Jan 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 206–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-723

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  • … From J.  D. Hooker   [12 December 1843 – 11 January 1844] …
  • … 104: 206–7 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated [12 Dec 1843 – 11 Jan 1844] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … letter to Hooker (see Correspondence vol.  3, letter to J.  D. Hooker, [11 January 1844]). …

From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   11 December 1867

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Would like to come to Down on 20th or 21st.

Woolner is unwell.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5724

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker to Emma Darwin   11 December 1867 …
  • … DAR 102: 185 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 11 Dec 1867 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …

From J. D. Hooker   [8–11 April 1859]

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Lyell has been strongly urging John Murray to publish CD’s book [Origin]. JDH feels Lyell overestimates the public interest in such works.

Gives examples of plants showing most marked varieties on the edge of their range.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8–11 Apr 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2444

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  • … From J.  D. Hooker   [8–11 April 1859] …
  • … DAR 100: 127 Joseph Dalton Hooker unstated [8–11 Apr 1859] Charles Robert Darwin …

From J. D. Hooker   [11 April 1857]

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JDH cites W. H. Harvey’s observations on Fucus and David Don’s on Juncus as examples of variations that are independent of climate. There are many such cases. Gives his working scheme for categorising variation.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Apr 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 198–201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2074

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  • … From J.  D. Hooker   [11 April 1857] …
  • … DAR 104: 198–201 Joseph Dalton Hooker Hastings [11 Apr 1857] Charles Robert Darwin …

From J. D. Hooker   11 October 1874

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Oliver will attend to his letter.

Tells of discovery and rediscovery of Aldrovanda.

Asks what CD thinks of "old Pritchard’s discourse" [C. Pritchard, Natural science and natural religion (1874)]. Does not affect evolution at all. It does affect the rather unprofitable doctrine of materialism.

His plans for the Royal Society Presidential Address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 226–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9673

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 October 1874 …
  • … DAR 103: 226–7 Joseph Dalton Hooker Wotton-under-Edge 11 Oct 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …

From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   [13 May 1872]

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Work will prevent his visiting Down as he had planned.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [13 May 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8320

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  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 11 May 1872 . …
  • … The Monday following 11 May 1872 was 13 May. See letter from …
  • … J.  D.  Hooker, 11 May 1872 . Mount Vesuvius began erupting on 24 April 1872 ( The Times , …

From J. D. Hooker   14 November 1869

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Describes how the offer of C.B. was made. He declined a knighthood. Murchison and Lyell are trying to get him made Knight Commander of the Star of India, but he does not think there is a chance. The Duke [of Argyll?] might do it, but does not like JDH’s Darwinism.

Next Presidency of Royal Society discussed: all (Brodie, the X Club botanists, et al.) are agreed on Lyell.

Everyone is disappointed with Nature.

What did CD think of "Huxley’s rhapsody on Goethe’s ditto" [Nature 1 (1869): 9–11]?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 35—8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6988

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  • … What did CD think of "Huxley’ s rhapsody on Goethe’s ditto" [ Nature 1 (1869): 9–11]? …
  • … British Islands ( J.  D.  Hooker 1870 ); see letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 11 March 1869 . …
  • … vol.  16, letter from E.  A.  Darwin, [11 October 1868] . James Hector had taken some …
  • … Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1910–11. Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1868. Address of …
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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…

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  • … 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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