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To G. G. Stokes   11 March [1868]

Summary

Sends GGS examples of feathers from an albino peacock and repeats his query about the zones of colour [see 5950].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  CUL (Add MS 7656: D75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6003

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To G.  G.  Stokes   11 March [1868] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Chester Place, 4 11 Mar [1868] George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet …
  • … stayed at Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood’s house from 11 March until 1 April 1868 (Emma Darwin’s …
  • … 4 Chester Place | Regents Park | N.W. March 11 th My dear Sir After writing to you I …

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 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 Mr Dorrell   11 August [1870]

Summary

He will not be ready to begin correcting proofs until 28 or 29 August.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mr. Dorrell
Date:  11 Aug [1870]
Classmark:  Jonathan Haile (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7299F

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Mr Dorrell   11 August [1870] …
  • … Jonathan Haile (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1870] Mr. Dorrell …
  • … Down . | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. Aug.  11 Dear Sir I am much obliged for your note. — Since …

To J. S. Henslow   11 November 1859

Summary

Sends the Origin to his "dear old master in natural history"; fears he will not approve of his pupil in this case. Asks for criticisms. If JSH is even in slight degree staggered on the immutability of species, CD is convinced that he will be more staggered on further reflection – this has been the process of his own mind.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  11 Nov 1859
Classmark:  DAR 145: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2522

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  S. Henslow   11 November 1859 …
  • … DAR 145: 100 Charles Robert Darwin Ilkley Down letterhead 11 Nov 1859 John Stevens Henslow …
  • … Down Bromley Kent [Ilkley] Nov. 11. 1859 My dear Henslow I have told Murray to send a copy …

To H. T. Stainton   11 February [1876]

Summary

Has signed enclosure [Royal Society nomination for McLachlan] with pleasure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Tibbats Stainton
Date:  11 Feb [1876]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Manuscripts MSS DAR 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10385

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To H.  T.  Stainton   11 February [1876] …
  • … Manuscripts MSS DAR 26) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Feb [1876] Henry Tibbats Stainton …
  • … sorry to read what you say about your health. Yours sincerely | C.  Darwin Feb.  11 th — …

From Caroline Wedgwood   [11 November 1838]

Summary

Expresses her pleasure at CD’s engagement.

Author:  Caroline Sarah Darwin; Caroline Sarah Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Nov 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 173
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-431

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Caroline Wedgwood   [11 November 1838] …
  • … Caroline Sarah Darwin/Caroline Sarah Wedgwood unstated [11 Nov 1838] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … accepted CD’s proposal of marriage on 11 November 1838, ‘The day of days! ’ (‘Journal’; …

To John Lubbock   12 [August 1857]

Summary

Invites JL to dine and meet J. S. Henslow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  12 [Aug 1857]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 19 (EH 88206468)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2396

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Elizabeth (Eliza) Wedgwood, Emma’s cousin, died one month later, on 11 September 1857. …
  • … See the letter to Lubbock, 11 August [1857], n.  1, for the basis of the date. It is …
  • … n.  3, below). See the letter to Lubbock, 11 August [1857]. John Stevens Henslow was to …
  • … 1857. Emma Darwin recorded in her diary on 11 August 1857: ‘I came to London to Eliza’. …

From Asa Gray   11 April 1863

Summary

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

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

Matches: 4 hits

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

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: 5 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 …

To Ernst Haeckel   20 January [1866]

Summary

Sends copies of photographs of himself. Asks for photographs of German naturalists.

Comments on EH’s account of Protogenes primordialis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Date:  20 Jan [1866]
Classmark:  Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1-52/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4980

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Sir I thank you for your kind note of Jan.  11. You think much too highly of my work, but …
  • … See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 January 1866 . …
  • … See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 January 1866  and n.  15. CD refers to Heinrich Georg …
  • … vol.  9, frontispiece, and letter to Asa Gray, 11 April [1861] and n.  19). Haeckel …
  • … who admired him (see letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 January 1866 ). Haeckel sent his own …
  • … a photograph taken in October 1865 with his letter of 11 January 1866. Fritz Müller sent …
  • … of himself in 1865 (see letter to Fritz Müller, 11 January 1866  and n.  5). There is no …
  • … 1866 (see letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 January 1866  and nn.  7–9). Haeckel 1866 , a two- …
  • … into English. See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 January 1866  and nn.  6 and 7. Protogenes …
  • … Engelmann (see letter from Ernst Haeckel, 11 January 1866  and n.  4). For CD’s interest …

From E. A. Darwin   [11 October 1868]

Summary

J. J. Sylvester reports George’s fellowship "the most enviable position on earth".

Charles [Parker?] "appears to be ruined".

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B62–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6219

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From E.  A.  Darwin   [11 October 1868] …
  • … DAR 105: B62–3 Erasmus Alvey Darwin unstated [11 Oct 1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … The Sunday following 10 October 1868 was 11 October. George’s fellowship at Trinity …
  • … See letter from E.  A.  Darwin, [before 11 October 1868] and n.  2. The reference is …

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 …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   11 February [1868]

Summary

Wants information on sex ratios in domestic animals. Can WBT help?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  11 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox collection) (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser. 1: 47)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5859

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To W.  B.  Tegetmeier   11 February [1868] …
  • … W. B. ser. 1: 47) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Feb [1868] William Bernhard Tegetmeier …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Feb.  11: My dear Sir I am going to ask you, as so often on other …
  • … s letter to the Gardeners’ Chronicle , 11 February [1868]. Tegetmeier inserted a request …
  • … research’. See letter to Gardeners’ Chronicle , 11 February [1868], and letter to F.  T.   …

To Edward A. Smith   [11–31 March 1868]

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Summary

Instructions for woodcuts showing sexual differences in beetles, for Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edgar Albert Smith
Date:  [11–31 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 81: 94–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7052

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Edward A.  Smith   [11–31 March 1868] …
  • … DAR 81: 94–5 Charles Robert Darwin unstated [11–31 Mar 1868] Edgar Albert Smith …
  • … this letter, the letter to H.  W.  Bates, 11 February [1868], and the letter from H.  W.   …
  • … Elizabeth Wedgwood, Emma Darwin’s sister, from 11 to 31 March 1868. Sarah moved to Down …
  • … vol.  16, letter to H.  W.  Bates, 11 February [1868]). Illustrations by Smith of …

To W. M. Hacon   11 September 1881

Summary

Wishes to draw up a new will; outlines the changes to be made in the provisions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Mackmurdo Hacon
Date:  11 Sept 1881
Classmark:  DAR 202: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13330

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To W.  M.  Hacon   11 September 1881 …
  • … DAR 202: 61 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept 1881 William Mackmurdo Hacon …

From Julius Wiesner   11 October 1881

Summary

Thanks for copy of Earthworms.

Responds to CD’s comments on his book [Das Bewegungsvermögen der Pflanzen (1881)].

Author:  Julius Wiesner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 181: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13390

Matches: 2 hits

  • … From Julius Wiesner   11 October 1881 …
  • … DAR 181: 99 Julius Wiesner Vienna 11 Oct 1881 Charles Robert Darwin …

To T. L. Brunton   11 October 1881

Summary

Thanks TLB for the collection of his writings.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 143: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13391

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To T. L. Brunton   11 October 1881 …
  • … DAR 143: 170 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct 1881 Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet …

To Archibald Geikie   11 November 1881

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Summary

Interested in the fossil scorpions found by AG in the Lower Carboniferous strata of Scotland. Hopes further searches will yield more land animals and offers to subscribe funds to such a search if it falls outside the Geological Survey’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Geikie
Date:  11 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 185: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13451

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To Archibald Geikie   11 November 1881 …
  • … DAR 185: 134 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Nov 1881 Archibald Geikie …

From Raphael Meldola   11 January 1882

Summary

Wishes to borrow Weismann’s pamphlet on the Daphnidae [? "Über einige neue oder unvollkommen gekannte Daphniden", Verh. Freiburger Naturforsch. Ges. 7 (1877)]. Is preparing an essay on "alternation of generations".

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 171: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13609

Matches: 2 hits

  • … From Raphael Meldola   11 January 1882 …
  • … DAR 171: 141 Raphael Meldola London, John St, 21 11 Jan 1882 Charles Robert Darwin …
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Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

Summary

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

Matches: 7 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

Summary

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

Matches: 8 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

Summary

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

Matches: 7 hits

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

Darwin’s queries on expression

Summary

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

Matches: 8 hits

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

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

Summary

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

Matches: 11 hits

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

Darwin's 1874 letters go online

Summary

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

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

Summary

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

Matches: 4 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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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…

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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 …

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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