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To T. C. Eyton   11 October [1858]

Summary

Asks about dirt clinging to feet of birds as means of seed distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  11 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (159)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2338

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To T.  C. Eyton 11 October [1858] …
  • … Philosophical Society (159) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct [1858] Thomas Campbell Eyton …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Oct. 11 Dear Eyton Would you, when out shooting, observe one point for …

To William Erasmus Darwin   11 [February 1858]

Summary

Writes of domestic matters

and asks WED to observe cart-horses for traces of dark stripes on spine and cross-stripes on shoulder.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  11 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2215

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To William Erasmus Darwin 11 [February 1858] …
  • … DAR 210.6: 22 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 [Feb 1858] William Erasmus Darwin …
  • … Down. — 11 th My dear William You have been very good about writing, for we like so much …
  • … vol.  6, letters to W.  E. Darwin, [before 11 September 1857] and 29 [October 1857], and …

From William Balfour Baikie   11 February 1858

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Describes some species of fauna peculiar to Fernando Po. The ocean currents make it unlikely that animals have been floated to the little islands [off the west coast of Africa].

Author:  William Balfour Baikie
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1858
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2214

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From William Balfour Baikie 11 February 1858 …
  • … 260 William Balfour Baikie Kátsa Núpe, Central Africa 11 Feb 1858 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Encampment near Kétsa, Núpe | Central Africa, 11 Feb 1858. Dear Sir, Allow me to address a …

From Charles Moore   11 August 1858

Summary

Encloses a list of British perennials which seed in New South Wales and explains the source of his information. Lists plants which have become weeds in the country.

Author:  Charles Moore
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1858
Classmark:  DAR 171: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2322

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Charles Moore 11 August 1858 …
  • … DAR 171: 232 Charles Moore Botanic Garden, Sydney 11 Aug 1858 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Botanic Garden, | Sydney NSW 11 Augt 1858 Sir In consequence of being in the country at …

From W. D. Fox   11 June [1858]

Summary

Discusses instinct in ducks and turkeys.

Reports a case of the inheritance of an acquired characteristic in a pig.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7815

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From W.  D. Fox 11 June [1858] …
  • … DAR 164: 194 William Darwin Fox Delamere 11 June [1858] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Delamere—Northwich June 11 My dear Darwin I have never thanked you for the loan of D r …

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1858]

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JDH’s "objection" that small local genera do not vary and mundane ones do, is exactly CD’s point. Local floras useful to test idea that varieties are incipient species. Same genus in different countries cannot be lumped.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2239

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker 11 March [1858] …
  • … DAR 114: 228 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1858] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent March 11 th My dear Hooker I have been thinking over your note of this …

To W. D. Fox   24 June [1858]

Summary

Gives his opinion of the charges against E. W. Lane.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  24 June [1858]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 114)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2293

Matches: 6 hits

  • … and accused (see The Times , 5 July 1858, p.  11). See letter to J.  D. Hooker, 23 [June …
  • … to the long reports given in The Times , 15 June 1858, pp.  11–12; 16 June 1858,p.   …
  • 11; and 17 June 1858, p.   …
  • 11. The judge’ s summing up was reported, along with some sensational …
  • … the diary, in The Times , 22 June 1858, p.  11. Mr Thom had been called as a witness in …
  • … According to The Times , 17 June 1858, p.  11, Thom denied any liaison with Mrs Robinson. …

To Asa Gray   11 August [1858]

Summary

Species migration since the Pliocene. Effect of the glacial epoch. Present geographical distribution, especially similarities of mountain floras, explained by such migration; mountain summits as remnants of a once continuous flora and fauna.

Cross-fertilisation in Fumariaceae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Aug [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (42 and 9a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2321

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Asa Gray 11 August [1858] …
  • … Harvard University (42 and 9a) Charles Robert Darwin Shanklin 11 Aug [1858] Asa Gray …
  • … Down, Bromley Kent) Aug. 11 th My dear Gray Your note of July 27 th has just reached me in …
  • … in this letter, see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 11 May [1859] . See letter from Asa Gray, 21  …

To Hugh Falconer   15 October [1858]

Summary

Cannot come to London until Tuesday. Arriving about 11: 15.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Falconer
Date:  15 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4636

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Cannot come to London until Tuesday. Arriving about 11: 15. …
  • … may expect to see me on Tuesday morning, about 11 . 15 to . 30 A.M.    As my health is so …

From John Innes   9 January [1858–9]

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Sends record of pigeon flight from London to Antwerp. [Lord W. Lennox, Merrie England (1857), p. 185.]

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan [1858-9]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13818

Matches: 3 hits

  • … of last page , pencil : ‘London to Antwerp 195 British miles 1 2 hour 11 195 17.72 in …
  • … 1 2 hour 11 2 85 35.44 of mile in hour 77 80 17 30’ ‘Merrie England by Lord. W.  Lennox …
  • … to J.  W. Lubbock, 6 September [1853] and 11 October [1853]). The school was established …

To W. E. Darwin   27 [February 1858]

Summary

CD intends to enter WED at Christ’s College.

Thanks him for inquiries made about horses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  27 [Feb 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2227

Matches: 3 hits

  • … in October (see letter to W.  E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858], and Correspondence vol.  6, …
  • … identified. See letter to W.  E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858]. CD was selling William’s grey …
  • … mare (see letter to W.  E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858]). Joseph Parslow was the Darwins’ …

To W. E. Darwin   22 [September 1858]

Summary

Discusses domestic affairs.

Is working at the abstract of his book [Origin].

Asks WED to examine birds’ feet for dirt sticking to them, as this may represent a means of seed dispersal across seas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  22 [Sept 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2328

Matches: 3 hits

  • … are given in Origin , pp.  356–65. See also letter to T.  C. Eyton, 11 October [1858] . …
  • … Darwin, aged 10. Elizabeth Darwin, aged 11. On 19 September 1858, Emma Darwin recorded in …
  • … a short time (Emma Darwin’s diary). CD paid £11 10 s . on 10 October 1858 for ‘plate for …

To W. E. Darwin   [26 April 1858]

Summary

Has been at Moor Park since Tuesday. Is passing his time watching ants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [26 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2265

Matches: 2 hits

  • … dorsal stripes (letter to W.  E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858]). See letter to Emma Darwin [ …
  • … vol.  6, letter to W.  E. Darwin, [before 11 September 1857] ). William Greive Wilson was …

From H. C. Watson   [after 23 March 1858]

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Extracts from MS of vol. 4 of HCW’s Cybele Britannica [1847–59] showing the diversity of views on species among botanists.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 23 Mar 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 16–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1808

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Hieracium. 10 7 10 13 16 16 16 18 17 13 19 18 33 Potamogeton 11 12 10 13 12 14 13 15 12 17 …
  • … 19 18 21 Saxifraga. 11 9 14 13 20 25 25 21 24 16 20 16 20 Poa. 14 15 16 17 20 15 14 15 15 …
  • … 24 57 19 15 10 10 4 2 7 3 9 6 3 3 4 3 4 2 3 2 1847 36 58 21 15 11 10 5 2 7 3 9 8 3 3 4 …
  • … 3 3 3 3 3 1851 43 33 27 14 9 11 7 2 2 5 8 8 1 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 1856 41 31 33 17 9 12 12 5 2 5 …

From T. C. Eyton   16 October 1858

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Has examined feet of many partridges, but has not been able to obtain any quantity of mud from them.

Author:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1858
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2343

Matches: 1 hit

  • … See letter to T.  C. Eyton, 11 October [1858] . The number of CD’s portfolio of notes on …

From J. D. Hooker   [before 6 May 1858]

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Reports that N. J. Andersson finds every European willow bar one is also American.

Has heard from David Livingstone and reports on his progress.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 May 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2277

Matches: 2 hits

  • … to J.  D. Hooker, 22 August [1857] and 11 September [1857]). His paper on North American …
  • … to England (see letter from W.  B. Baikie, 11 February 1858, n.  1). Glover apparently …

To W. E. Darwin   [30 October 1858]

Summary

Glad WED has begun under George Henslow in the way that he has. CD wishes he had had such practice under J. S. Henslow.

Has had luck in his search for striped horses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [30 Oct 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A29–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2350

Matches: 2 hits

  • … in the year (see letters to W.  E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858], 27 [February 1858], and [ …
  • … Darwin, [28 April 1831], and to W.  D. Fox, [11 May 1831]). It was only later, however, …

To John Lubbock   [November 1858]

Summary

Praise for abstract of JL’s paper on insects ["On the ova and pseudova of insects", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 9 (1857–9): 574–83].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [Nov 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 25 (EH 88206474)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2331

Matches: 1 hit

  • … See letters to W.  E. Darwin, 22 [September 1858], and to T.  C. Eyton, 11 October [1858]. …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   2 October [1858]

Summary

Ask some questions on pigeons.

Remarks on the discussion of bees’ cells at the Leeds BAAS meeting. CD fancies he has the true theory with regard to their construction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  2 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2332

Matches: 2 hits

  • … a dated slip in DAR 48 (ser.  2): 37 (see n.  11, below). This may be a reference to the …
  • … vol.  6, letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 11 May [1856] ). The request in this letter may have …

To W. E. Darwin   [3 May 1858]

Summary

Discusses bees’ cells

and WED’s botanical interests.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  [3 May 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2268

Matches: 2 hits

  • … MS), dated 8 May 1858, records a payment of £4 11 s . 6 d . to ‘Sparks (William’s books)’. …
  • … Diagram’. See letters to W.  E. Darwin, 11 [February 1858] and 27 [February 1858], in …
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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

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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…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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

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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,…

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?

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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…

Matches: 4 hits

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

Charles Harrison Blackley

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

Matches: 2 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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

Matches: 6 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

Matches: 5 hits

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

Dramatisation script

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Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

Matches: 10 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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

Matches: 4 hits

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

Thomas Rivers

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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

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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] ? …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate…

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