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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

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

To Horace Darwin   11 January [1880]

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Summary

Sends enclosure [missing], which HD is to forward to W. E. Darwin, as everyone else has seen it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  11 Jan [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12415

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  • … To Horace Darwin   11 January [1880] …
  • … DAR 185: 7 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Jan [1880] Horace Darwin …

To James Torbitt   11 March [1880]

Summary

Queries how much land has been used to cultivate potato varieties, and how many seedlings have been raised in any one year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  11 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (9 November 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530F

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  • … To James Torbitt   11 March [1880] …
  • … Bonhams (dealers) (9 November 2016) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1880] James Torbitt …

To G. H. Darwin   11 June [1880?]

Summary

Some essays have arrived for GHD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  11 June [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12628

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  • … To G.  H.  Darwin   11 June [1880? ] …
  • … DAR 210.1: 94 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June [1880] George Howard Darwin …

To Edward Vivian   11 June 1880

Summary

"The enclosed, evidently intended for you, has by a mistake been addressed to me."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Vivian
Date:  11 June 1880
Classmark:  Torquay Museum Society (AR472)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12629

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  • … To Edward Vivian   11 June 1880 …
  • … Torquay Museum Society (AR472) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June 1880 Edward Vivian …

To R. P. Hardy   11 August [1880]

Summary

Discusses matters relating to the Down Friendly Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ralph Price Hardy
Date:  11 Aug [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12685

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  • … To R.  P.  Hardy   11 August [1880] …
  • … DAR 202: 63 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1880] Ralph Price Hardy …

To Francis Darwin   11 August [1880]

Summary

Dispatches a chapter [of Movement in plants] for FD to look over.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  11 Aug [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12686

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  • … To Francis Darwin   11 August [1880] …
  • … DAR 211: 67 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Aug [1880] Francis Darwin …

From A. R. Wallace   11 October 1880

Summary

Indicates portions of Island life that will interest CD. Explanation of the geological climate is the foundation stone of the book.

Hooker’s approval of the theory of Australian and New Zealand floras.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 106: B144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12752

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  • … From A.  R.  Wallace   11 October 1880 …
  • … DAR 106: B144 Alfred Russel Wallace Croydon 11 Oct 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

From James Caird   11 October 1880

Summary

Comments on the progress of Torbitt’s experiments.

Author:  James Caird
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 161: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12753

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  • … From James Caird   11 October 1880 …
  • … DAR 161: 5 James Caird Cassencarry 11 Oct 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

From Francis Darwin   [11 November 1880]

Summary

Sorry he forgot the gardener’s address. Having a very nice time in Cambridge, and is almost finished the bramble paper. Drawing room is upside down, so living in Horace’s working room and dining room. Greek question was lost in the Senate House. George dined there last night. Too muddy to bicycle. Has some stuff for spectacles.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 November 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12807F

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  • … From Francis Darwin   [11 November 1880] …
  • … DAR 274.1: 64 Francis Darwin Cambridge [11 November 1880] Charles Robert Darwin …

From Daniel Mackintosh   11 November 1880

Summary

Has found three zones of stones in the Welsh and Pennine mountains which he accounts for by elevation and subsidence. Does CD think that these movements in historical times have been caused by earthquakes or by slow and gradual movements?

Author:  Daniel Mackintosh
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12808

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  • … From Daniel Mackintosh   11 November 1880 …
  • … DAR 171: 10 Daniel Mackintosh Tranmere 11 Nov 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

From James Torbitt   11 December 1880

Summary

Thinks his private notes failed to convey his ideas. JT wanted CD "to look at the product and express an opinion as to its value".

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12905

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  • … From James Torbitt   11 December 1880 …
  • … DAR 178: 169 James Torbitt Belfast 11 Dec 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

From Asa Gray   11 March 1880

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Summary

Sends seeds of Megarrhiza and gives details of species.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 209.6: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12532

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  • … From Asa Gray   11 March 1880 …
  • … DAR 209.6: 202 Asa Gray Herbarium of Harvard 11 Mar 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass. March 11 1880. Dear Darwin I send you “ one more” of the …

From Anton Dohrn   11 February 1880

Summary

Sends birthday greetings

and the good news of a subvention for the Zoological Station received from the German government. There are now 20 naturalists working at the Station.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 162: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12471

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  • … From Anton Dohrn   11 February 1880 …
  • … Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn Stazione Zoologica di Napoli 11 Feb 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

From D. Appleton & Co   11 March 1880

Summary

Encloses statement of U. S. sales of CD’s works to 1 Feb 1880 and sends a cheque for balance due to CD.

Author:  Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 159: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12531

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  • … From D.  Appleton & Co   11 March 1880 …
  • … Layton D. Appleton & Co London, Little Britain, 16 11 Mar 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

To R. P. Hardy,   [after 11 August 1880]

Summary

Forwards some tables on behalf of the Down Friendly Society and discusses the changes in benefits requested by the members.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ralph Price Hardy
Date:  [after 11 Aug 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 62v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12681

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  • … To R.  P.  Hardy,   [after 11 August 1880] …
  • … DAR 202: 62v Charles Robert Darwin Down [after 11 Aug 1880] Ralph Price Hardy …

To Adolf Ernst   11 September 1880

Summary

Thanks for seeds of Cobaea;

was much interested in AE’s article ["On the fertilisation of Cobaea penduliflora", Nature 22 (1880): 148–9] opposing G. E. M. Bonnier’s view ["Les nectaires", Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 6th ser. 8 (1879): 6–212].

Case of Lisianthus is an excellent one of structure and movement of parts adapted to cross-fertilisation.

Asks whether worm-castings are found in the area.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adolf Ernst
Date:  11 Sept 1880
Classmark:  State Darwin Museum, Moscow (GDM KP OF 8974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12711

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  • … To Adolf Ernst   11 September 1880 …
  • … Darwin Museum, Moscow (GDM KP OF 8974) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept 1880 Adolf Ernst …

From T. H. Huxley   11 December 1880

Summary

Sends draft of the Wallace memorial.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 166: 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12906

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  • … From T.  H.  Huxley   11 December 1880 …
  • … Huxley Science and Art Department, South Kensington 11 Dec 1880 Charles Robert Darwin …

To T. H. Huxley   11 [April] 1880

Summary

Sorry he missed THH’s lecture ["The coming of age of The origin of species", Royal Institution, 9 Apr 1880]. Has read press notices and heard from his children of its great success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 [Apr] 1880
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 340)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12574

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  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   11 [April] 1880 …
  • … Huxley 5: 340) Charles Robert Darwin Abinger Hall 11 [Apr] 1880 Thomas Henry Huxley …

To T. H. Huxley   11 May 1880

Summary

Comments on natural selection. Sometimes he can persuade himself that it is of quite subordinate importance, but so many structures have been explained by it that he can also persuade himself that every structure developed through it. Cites H. G. Bronn’s list [of structures not explicable by natural selection].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  11 May 1880
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 342); Janet Huxley (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12604

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  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   11 May 1880 …
  • … Huxley (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 May 1880 Thomas Henry Huxley …
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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…

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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

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…

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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,…

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?

Summary

'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

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…

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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…

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

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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…

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....

Summary

... 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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … 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…

Matches: 10 hits

  • … 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         …
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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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