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To F. T. Buckland   11 December [1864]

Summary

Asks for comparison of otter-hounds’ feet with those of other dogs.

Changes in oysters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Date:  11 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 7 (EH 88206059)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4713

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To F.  T.  Buckland   11 December [1864] …
  • … EH 88206059) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1864] Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Dec 11 My dear M r Buckland I am much obliged for your …
  • … See letter from F.  T.  Buckland, [before 11 December 1864]. After eight years of service, …
  • … See letter from F.  T.  Buckland, [before 11 December 1864] and n.  2. CD cited Buckland …

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839

Summary

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

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

Matches: 3 hits

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

To T. H. Huxley   11 December [1860]

Summary

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

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

Matches: 4 hits

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

To David Forbes   11 December [1860]

Summary

Encourages Forbes to publish his geological observations on Chile.

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

Matches: 6 hits

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

To Asa Gray   11 May [1863]

Summary

CD despairs when men like AG and Lyell consider themselves incapable of judging on change of species by descent.

Is confused over phyllotaxy.

Has been looking at Plantago lanceolata.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 May [1863]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4153

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   11 May [1863] …
  • … 59) Charles Robert Darwin Leith Hill Place Down letterhead 11 May [1863] Asa Gray …
  • … 6 and 13 May 1863. Letters from Asa Gray, 11 April 1863, 13 April 1863, and 20 April 1863. …
  • … Down Bromley Kent [Leith Hill Place] May 11 th My dear Gray I have to thank you for 2 or …
  • … 1863] . See also letter from Charles Lyell, 11 March 1863  and n.  2, and Bartholomew  …
  • … See letter from Asa Gray, 20 April 1863  and n.  11. See also letter to J.  D.  Hooker, [9 …
  • … also memorandum from G.  H.  Darwin, [before 11 May 1863]. These diagrams are in DAR 51: …
  • … and memorandum from G.  H.  Darwin, [before 11 May 1863]). See also letter from Asa Gray, …

To ?   [after 11 December 1875]

Summary

Strongly disapproves of the blackballing of Edwin Ray Lankester by the Linnean Society. States the reasons for his disapproval and hopes they will be considered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  [after 11 Dec 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10296

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To ?    [after 11 December 1875] …
  • … 97: C1–2 Charles Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 [after 11 Dec 1875] Unidentified …

To John Murray   11 June 1880

Summary

Asks John Murray to allow R. F. Charles to quote Journal of researches passages in a school text-book [Relfe Brothers model reading-books … in prose and verse (1880–3)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 June 1880
Classmark:  Maggs
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12628F

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 June 1880 …
  • … Maggs Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June 1880 John Murray …

To J. D. Hooker   11 December [1860]

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Summary

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 A. R. Wallace   [12–17] March [1867]

Summary

Asks to be kept informed on gaudy caterpillars.

Problems of his work on man; scope and role of sexual selection.

Indulgence of interest in expression is simply a "hobby-horse". Will see whether he can get queries inserted in an Indian newspaper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  [12–17] Mar [1867]
Classmark:  British Library (Add 46434 ff. 80–83v)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5440

Matches: 10 hits

  • … that Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood and Georgina Tollet were visiting from 11 to 21 March 1867. …
  • … letter and the letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] . The end of the date range is …
  • … below). See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] . The other letter from Wallace …
  • … and n.  15). See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] and n.  4. CD often dictated …
  • … See Browne and Messenger 2003. See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] and n.  7. …
  • … See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] ; Wallace had asked whether CD’s work on …
  • … Correspondence vol.  12). See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] and n.  2. …
  • … See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] . CD made notes on human expression as …
  • … 9, 144, and Hartley 2001. In his letter of 11 March [1867], Wallace suggested that CD send …
  • … newspapers. See letter from A.  R.  Wallace, 11 March [1867] and n.  6. CD refers to …

From C. G. Ehrenberg   11 July 1844

Summary

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

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

Matches: 5 hits

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

From J. V. Carus   11 September 1867

Summary

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

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

Matches: 6 hits

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

To Asa Gray   [after 11 October 1861]

Summary

Thanks AG for notes on hollies.

Replies to an argument for design. Feels it monstrous to consider orchids created as they are now seen, since every part reveals modification on modification.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  [after 11 Oct 1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (51a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3283

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   [after 11 October 1861] …
  • … of Harvard University (51a) Charles Robert Darwin Down [after 11 Oct 1861] Asa Gray …
  • … in the part of the letter from Asa Gray, 11 October 1861 , that is now missing. See letter …
  • … the relationship to the letter from Asa Gray, 11 October 1861 . See also letter from Asa …
  • … September [1861] . See letter from Asa Gray, 11 October 1861 , and letter to Asa Gray, 17  …

From C. I. F. Major   17 November 1872

Summary

Agrees to translate Expression into Italian.

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

Matches: 4 hits

  • … expressions de la plus haute estime. | C.  I.  Forsyth Major N o 11 Via Solferino | Pisa. …
  • … Sir, I remain yours faithfully. | C.  I.  Forsyth Major N o 11 Via Solferino | Pisa. …
  • … bien voulu me faire dans Votre dernière de 11 ct. En réponse je déclare que je suis résolu …
  • … You kindly made me in Your last letter of 11 inst. In reply I declare that I am resolved …

From Menyhért Lónyay   11 June 1872

Summary

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

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

Matches: 4 hits

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

From John Scott   7 January [1864]

Summary

Has finished correcting Primula paper [see 4332].

Has presented paper on monoecious spikes of maize [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 213–20].

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 177: 98, 99 f.3; Edinburgh Courant, 19 December 1863, p. 8.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4382

Matches: 14 hits

  • … 19 November [1862] , and Correspondence vol.  11, letter from John Scott, 21 September [ …
  • … 7 November [1863] ( Correspondence vol.  11), and by the reference to Scott 1863b (see …
  • … Society ( Botany ) (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Scott, 25 and 28 May [ …
  • … an ‘excellent memoir’ (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from John Scott, 21 September [ …
  • … his own results (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from John Scott, 23 July [1863] , and …
  • … cowslip in May 1863 (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from John Scott, 21 May [1863] ). …
  • … Primula had been (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Scott, 7 November [1863] , …
  • … all palatable! ’ (see Correspondence vol.  11, letters from John Scott, [3 June 1863] and …
  • … of Scott’s paper (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Scott, 7 November [1863] ); …
  • … December [1862] , and Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Scott, 25 [July 1863] ). In …
  • … and 28 May [1863] ( Correspondence vol.  11), he wrote that his experiments were leading …
  • … of Scott 1864a (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Scott, 7 November [1863] ). He …
  • … to John Scott, 19 November [1862] and 11 December [1862], and Correspondence vol.   …
  • 11, letter to John Scott, 25 [July 1863] and n.  4). CD evidently did not add to the …

From A. R. Wallace   [11 September 1868]

Summary

ARW’s wife will accompany him to Down.

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

Matches: 3 hits

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

From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842

Summary

Gives the height of Shrewsbury above sea-level.

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

Matches: 3 hits

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

From E. A. Darwin   11 November [1869]

Summary

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

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

Matches: 3 hits

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

To R. F. Cooke   [after 11 October 1872]

Summary

Discusses printing of Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  [after 11 Oct 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8537

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To R.  F.  Cooke   [after 11 October 1872] …
  • … 284 Charles Robert Darwin Sevenoaks [after 11 Oct 1872] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray …
  • … this letter and the letter from R.  F.  Cooke, 11 October 1872 . See letter from R.   …
  • … F.  Cooke, 11 October 1872 . CD refers to William Clowes & Sons, printers. German and …
  • … but see the letter from R.  F.  Cooke, 11 October 1872  and n.  1. Vladimir Onufrievich …

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   11 April [1855]

Summary

CD describes his experiments on the effects on germination of the immersion of seeds in sea-water. Hopes to throw light on the distribution of plants. Asks readers of Gardeners’ Chronicle to inform him whether such experiments have already been tried and what class or species of seeds they suppose would be particularly liable to be killed by sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  11 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 15, 14 April 1855, p. 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1666

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Gardeners’ Chronicle    11 April [1855] …
  • … and unimportant to be worth mentioning. Charles Darwin, Down, Farnborough, Kent, April 11. …
  • … 15, 14 April 1855, p. 242 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr [1855] Gardeners’ Chronicle …
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Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

Matches: 8 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … regarding species change ( letter from Charles Lyell, 11 March 1863 ). The botanist Asa Gray, …
  • … by descent put him ‘into despair’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). In the same letter, he …
  • … bottom of seas, lakes, and rivers ( Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix VII). Quarrels at …
  • … Academy of Sciences, Berlin (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix III), and of the Société des …
  • … unsuccessful ( see letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 11 November [1863] ). The council of …
  • … [9 May 1863] , and memorandum from G. H. Darwin, [before 11 May 1863]) . As he struggled …
  • … to drive the quietest man mad’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). Hooker and Gray agreed …
  • … tropical plants than before (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix VI). He was fascinated with …
  • … pistils mature at different times ( see letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). The fertility of …
  • … ‘Crossing & Sterility’ (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II). When Darwin finished, by …
  • … animal suffering caused by them (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix IX). Francis Darwin later …

Darwin's 1874 letters go online

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The full transcripts and footnotes of over 600 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1874 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1874 through his letters and see a full list of the letters. The 1874 letters…

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  • … as not signifying so much.  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) At the age of 65, …
  • … & that must be enough for me  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) During the …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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

Race, Civilization, and Progress

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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

Charles Harrison Blackley

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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

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…

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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

Matches: 10 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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

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

Thomas Rivers

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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

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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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