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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 …

From W. W. Reade   11 November 1870

Summary

Pleased CD is quoting him in Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7367

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From W.  W.  Reade   11 November 1870 …
  • … DAR 176: 41 William Winwood Reade unstated 11 Nov 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Conservative Club Nov.  11. ’70 My dear Sir I am very glad you think my statement worth …

From Alfred Newton   11 February 1870

Summary

Is glad to hear that CD is pleased with AN’s notice of his work on pigeons.

He will not soon forget the pleasure of his visit to Down.

Author:  Alfred Newton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1870
Classmark:  DAR 172: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7103

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From Alfred Newton   11 February 1870 …
  • … DAR 172: 48 Alfred Newton Magdalene College, Cambridge 11 Feb 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 1869a. Geological time. North British Review n.s. 11: 406–39. Variation : The variation of …
  • … Magd: Coll: 11 Feb r . 1870. My dear M r . Darwin, The gratification of which you are …

From Charles Warren Stoddard   11 April 1870

Summary

Writes of some observations on the Sandwich Islands.

Author:  Charles Warren Stoddard
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 177: 258
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7163

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Charles Warren Stoddard   11 April 1870 …
  • … DAR 177: 258 Charles Warren Stoddard San Francisco 11 Apr 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … St Francisco Col 1870 11— April Charles Darwin. M.A. My dear Sir Your profound and …

To H. H. Vivian   11 May [1870]

Summary

Thanks for HHV’s interest in the census [CD’s plan to add questions on consanguineous marriage to the census] on which CD hopes to persuade Sir J. Lubbock to speak.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Hussey Vivian
Date:  11 May [1870]
Classmark:  Invercargill City Libraries and Archives (Alex Robertson Collection, vol. 12: A0444 S12450012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7183

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To H.  H.  Vivian   11 May [1870] …
  • … vol. 12: A0444 S12450012) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 May [1870] Henry Hussey Vivian …
  • … Down Beckenham May 11— Dear M r Vivian I feel greatly obliged to you for the kind interest …

To P. L. Sclater   11 November [1870]

Summary

Accepts PLS’s offer to read proofs of [Descent].

W. H. Hudson’s paper is interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  11 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  Kotte Autographs (dealers) (April 2019)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7366

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To P.  L.  Sclater   11 November [1870] …
  • … dealers) (April 2019) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Nov [1870] Philip Lutley Sclater …
  • … Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. Nov.  11 My dear M r . Sclater I will most gladly accept …

From V. O. Kovalevsky   11 October [1870]

Summary

Leaving England.

Asks CD to send four sheets [of Descent proofs].

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7342

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From V.  O.  Kovalevsky   11 October [1870] …
  • … Онуфриевич Ковалевский) London Bloomsbury St, 31 11 Oct [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Octob.  11 Evening. Dear Sir I hope this note may reach You in time before You leave Down, …

To J. V. Carus   11 October [1870]

Summary

Sends first four sheets [of Descent]. Murray charges £14 for the 64 stereotypes.

Cannot supply copies of woodcuts from Brehm’s Illustrirtes Thierleben [1864–9]. Hopes JVC’s publisher will be able to arrange to include them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  11 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7340

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  V.  Carus   11 October [1870] …
  • … Darwin, Charles, Bl. 18) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct [1870] Julius Victor Carus …
  • … Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. Oct 11 th . My dear Sir I send by this post the four first …

From St G. J. Mivart   11 June 1870

Summary

Asks by what action CD believes bee, spider, and fly orchids came to resemble their namesakes

and how the beauty of bivalves could have been produced by natural or sexual selection.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 188
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7227

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From St G.  J.  Mivart   11 June 1870 …
  • … 171: 188 St George Jackson Mivart London, North Bank, 7 11 June 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 7 North Bank | N.W. June 11 th . 1870 My dear Sir. I should be very much obliged if you …

To L. H. Morgan   11 August [1870]

Summary

Thanks LHM for concluding chapter [to Systems of consanguinity and affinity of the human family (1871)]. Agrees that it is important to study the habits and institutions of savages.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Lewis Henry Morgan
Date:  11 Aug [1870]
Classmark:  Dept of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, University of Rochester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7300

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To L.  H.  Morgan   11 August [1870] …
  • … University of Rochester Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1870] Lewis Henry Morgan …
  • … Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. Aug.  11 th Dear Sir I am much obliged for your extremely …

To John Murray   11 October [1870]

Summary

Glad to hear Dallas will do index of Descent, but he needs keeping up to the mark. Agrees to a Dutch edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 41–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7341

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 October [1870] …
  • … Murray archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 41–2) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct [1870] John Murray …
  • … Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. Oct 11 th My dear Sir I am very much obliged for your …

From Adolf Reuter   11 January 1870

Summary

Sends monstrous oranges,

red grape leaves,

and a bean with blue fruits (a hybrid of Phaseolus vulgaris and a Dolichos species).

Author:  Adolf Reuter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7075

Matches: 2 hits

  • … From Adolf Reuter   11 January 1870 …
  • … DAR 176: 127 Adolf Reuter Pfauen Insel, near Potsdam 11 Jan 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …

To Adolf Reuter   15 January [1870]

Summary

Thanks AR for specimens of fruit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Reuter
Date:  15 Jan [1870]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 220–221)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7079

Matches: 2 hits

  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from Adolf Reuter, 11 January 1870 . …
  • … See letter from Adolf Reuter, 11 January 1870 . …

From David Forbes   30 July 1870

Summary

Would much like CD to contribute a note for insertion after his paper on Aymara Indians.

Author:  David Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 164: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7291

Matches: 2 hits

  • … DAR 164: 145 David Forbes London, York Place, 11 30 July 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • 11, York Place, | Portman Square, | London. W. 30 July 1870 Dear M r Darwin I leave this …

From David Forbes   13 June 1870

Summary

Has completed a memoir on the Aymara Indians of Bolivia [J. Ethnol. Soc. n.s. 2 (1870): 193–305] and is going to lecture on them.

Believes he has data relevant to CD’s work on man.

Author:  David Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1870
Classmark:  DAR 164: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7228

Matches: 2 hits

  • … DAR 164: 144 David Forbes London, York Place, 11 13 June 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • 11, York Place, | Portman Square, | London. W. 13 June.  1870 My dear M r Darwin I have …

To C. W. Stoddard   5 May [1870]

Summary

Discusses flora of Sandwich Isles. "There is nothing I shd enjoy so much as to visit California, but I am growing old & my health is weak".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Warren Stoddard
Date:  5 May [1870]
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 72755)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7180

Matches: 2 hits

  • … letter and the letter from C.  W.  Stoddard, 11 April 1870. The date is given in the sale …
  • … catalogue. See letter from C.  W.  Stoddard, 11 April 1870 and n.  2. …

From Francis Galton   31 March 1870

Summary

Better news about the rabbits.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Mar 1870
Classmark:  DAR 105: 11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7156

Matches: 1 hit

  • … DAR 105: 11–12 Francis Galton London, Rutland Gate, 42 31 Mar 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …

From W. W. Reade   9 November 1870

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Summary

Ideas of female beauty of W. African Negroes are on the whole the same as those of Europeans.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1870
Classmark:  DAR 85: 109–112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7363

Matches: 3 hits

  • … William Winwood Reade London, St Mary Abbot’s Terrace, 11 9 Nov 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1910–11. Park, Mungo. 1799. Travels in the interior …
  • 11 S t Mary Abbot’s Terrace | Kensington Nov.  9. ’70 My dear Sir I wrote to you at once …

To Thomas Henry Farrer   13 [May 1870]

Summary

Encloses part of letter from Fritz Müller on Passiflora, with seeds.

Is endeavouring to have included in next census a question as to whether the parents in each household are cousins.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 [May 1870]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7188

Matches: 2 hits

  • … and n.  1, and letter to H.  H.  Vivian, 11 May [1870] . See Variation 2: 123–4. Frances …
  • … letter and the letter to H.  H.  Vivian, 11 May [1870] . CD enclosed part of the letter …

From George Green Gascoyen   7 July 1870

Summary

Sends CD information on two points which St George Mivart has asked him to provide, respecting the platysma myoides muscle. It is always in a state of violent contraction when a person is struggling for breath. In persons to whom chloroform is about to be administered, there is contraction but not so marked. No doubt contraction was strong before use of chloroform in operations.

Author:  George Green Gascoyen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 165: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7270

Matches: 1 hit

  • … DAR 165: 11 George Green Gascoyen London, Queen Anne St, 48 7 July 1870 Charles Robert …
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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

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…

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 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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