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From H. M. Butler   11 November 1872

Summary

Describes scratching his nose while asleep, which his father says he did "not infrequently".

Author:  Henry Montagu Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 105: A50–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8619

Matches: 2 hits

  • … From H.  M.  Butler   11 November 1872 …
  • … DAR 105: A50–1 Henry Montagu Butler 11 Nov 1872 Charles Robert Darwin …

To W. E. Darwin   11 February [1871]

Summary

Would like precise details about pouting of English children to add to his information about children of savages.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  11 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8208

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To W.  E.  Darwin   11 February [1871] …
  • … Collections MSS DAR 31) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Feb [1871] William Erasmus Darwin …
  • … F.  S.  B.  F.  de Chaumont to W.  E.  Darwin, 11 March 1871 . Question 14 in CD’s Queries …
  • … Down Feb 11. My dear William. I have got a good deal of information about the pouting of …

To Asa Gray   11 November [1859]

Summary

Sends copy of Origin for comments.

Does not feel AG’s views of migration after the last glaciation explain distribution in U. S. as well as CD’s view of migration prior to glaciation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2520

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   11 November [1859] …
  • … University (17) Charles Robert Darwin Ilkley Down letterhead 11 Nov [1859] Asa Gray …
  • … to CD by Joseph Dalton Hooker in May (see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 11 May [1859] ). …
  • … CD refers to his letter to Asa Gray, 11 August [1858] . Gray cited James Dwight Dana as …
  • … Down Bromley Kent [Ilkley] Nov. 11 th My dear Gray I have directed a copy of my Book (as …

From Francis Trevelyan Buckland   [before 11 December 1864]

Summary

Salmon and trout increase in size with river.

Wishes to show CD fish hatchery near Hampton Court.

Quoted CD’s book on self-destruction within species in a salmon arbitration case.

Author:  Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 11 Dec 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 358
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4363

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From Francis Trevelyan Buckland   [before 11 December 1864] …
  • … Frank) Buckland London, Albany St, 37 [before 11 Dec 1864] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … this letter, the letter to F.  T.  Buckland, 11 December [1864] , and the letter from F.   …
  • … Variation (see letter to F.  T.  Buckland, 11 December [1864] ). Buckland began studying …
  • … 2, and the letter to F.  T.  Buckland, 11 December [1864] and n.  7. Buckland was engaged …

To Asa Gray   11 April [1861]

Summary

Huxley and CD fear Chauncey Wright’s review is too general.

Reports the praise for AG’s pamphlet.

J. S. Henslow is dying.

Francis Bowen strikes CD as weak and unobservant; presumes he is a metaphysician, which accounts for his "entire want of common sense".

Does wild Apocynum catch flies in U. S.?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (53)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3115

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Asa Gray   11 April [1861] …
  • … P.S.  I enclose a little Photograph made this morning by my eldest Son April 11 th . — …
  • … Herbarium of Harvard University (53) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr [1861] Asa Gray …
  • … Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1910–11. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. …

To John Higgins   11 December [1847]

Summary

Discusses account. Glad that all is prosperous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  11 Dec [1847]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1138

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To John Higgins   11 December [1847] …
  • … Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1847] John Higgins …
  • … Down Farnborough Kent Dec r 11. My dear Sir I beg to thank you for your letter of the 8 …

To Herbert Spencer   11 March [1856]

Summary

Thanks for copy of HS’s Principles of psychology [1855].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  11 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 484a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1841

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Herbert Spencer   11 March [1856] …
  • … DAR 147: 484a Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1856] Herbert Spencer …
  • … Down Bromley Kent March 11 th . [1856] – M r . Darwin presents his compliments to M r . …

To J. D. Hooker   11 April [1861]

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CD infers [incorrectly] from Huxley’s report that Henslow is dead.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3116

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 April [1861] …
  • … DAR 115: 96 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr [1861] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Ap.  11. My dear Hooker In a note received this morning, Huxley mentions …

From William Whewell   11 April 1839

Summary

Sends a book [his translation of Goethe’s Hermann u. Dorothea] as a wedding gift.

Author:  William Whewell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 175
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-504

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From William Whewell   11 April 1839 …
  • … DAR 204: 175 William Whewell Trinity College, Cambridge 11 Apr 1839 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … love story. Believe me always | Very truly yours | W Whewell Trin. Col. Ap. 11. 1839 …

From E. A. Darwin   [before 11 October 1868]

Summary

C[harles?] P[arker?] says he has made a "fearful mistake", and the marriage cannot be; EAD hopes to come to CD next week.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 11 Oct 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5746

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From E.  A.  Darwin   [before 11 October 1868] …
  • … DAR 105: B59 Erasmus Alvey Darwin unstated [before 11 Oct 1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … letter and the letter from E.  A.  Darwin, [11 October 1868] . The reference is probably …

From J. D. Hooker   11 April 1873

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George Henslow is worse. All plans to go abroad have been given up. James Paget’s diagnoses enclosed.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 151–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8857

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 April 1873 …
  • … DAR 103: 151–2 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 11 Apr 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … letter from William Bowman to J.  D.  Hooker, 11 April 1873 (DAR 160: 270)). The donation …

To Edward Frankland   11 October 1874

Summary

Acknowledges the information about the phosphate and about putrefaction. Regrets that there is no knowledge of the conjectured substance. [See 9671.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Frankland
Date:  11 Oct 1874
Classmark:  The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9673A

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Edward Frankland   11 October 1874 …
  • … The University of Manchester Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct 1874 Edward Frankland …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Oct 11 th 74 My dear Prof: Frankland Many thanks for the …

From W. D. Fox   [11 February 1863]

Summary

Plans to meet CD in town.

Author:  William Darwin Fox
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 164: 177
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3979

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From W.  D.  Fox   [11 February 1863] …
  • … DAR 164: 177 William Darwin Fox Hampstead [11 Feb 1863] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … from 4 to 14 February 1863 (see ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  11, Appendix II)). …

From P. L. Sclater   11 February 1860

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Informs CD that Sylvicola aureola may be a distinct species but is a close ally of S. aestiva of N. and S. America and perhaps only a "climatic variety".

Author:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1860
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 290, DAR 205.7: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2692

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From P.  L.  Sclater   11 February 1860 …
  • … DAR 205.7: 143 Philip Lutley Sclater Zoological Society 11 Feb 1860 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Zoological Society of London, | 11, Hanover Square, | London, W. …
  • … Feb.  11 th . 18 60 My dear Sir, I send you an extract from the minutes of one of our …
  • … Your’s | P.L Sclater Zool. Soc. May 11, 1858. (Extract from minutes) M r . Gould made some …

To Alphonse de Candolle   11 October 1869

Summary

Thanks AdeC for his interesting letter [6915]. The experiment strikes CD as a very valuable one. CD has forwarded the letter to Hooker, who is glad to make the trial. CD will have many experiments in progress next spring but he will open the packet of seeds and if they are numerous, will try a few himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  11 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6933

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Alphonse de Candolle   11 October 1869 …
  • … Candolle (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct 1869 Alphonse de Candolle …
  • … Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. Oct 11 1869 My dear Sir I am very much obliged for y r …
  • … to J.  D.  Hooker, 2 October [1869] and 11 October 1869 . CD probably refers to his …

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 …

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1859]

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Sends MS [of Origin] on geographical distribution. Wants JDH to correct facts and say what he most vehemently objects to.

Has received JDH’s note on plant embryology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2429

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 March [1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 7 Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar [1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent March 11. My dear Hooker I send by this Post my M.S: in being copyed, it …
  • … CD’s manuscript of part of chapter 11 of Natural selection in 1856 (see Correspondence …

From W. E. Darwin   11 November 1871

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Forwards a letter from R. O. Jones on the effects of castration on horns of male lambs.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 121–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8061

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From W.  E.  Darwin   11 November 1871 …
  • … DAR 88: 121–2 William Erasmus Darwin unstated 11 Nov 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Nov 11. 1871 My dear Father, I send you a note from Cap t Jones with answer from his …
  • … Cope’s “origin of genera” in Nature Chester 8. 11 71 My dear Darwin. My governor writes to …

To J. D. Hooker   13 June [1864]

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W. H. Harvey’s dandelion case worth publishing.

Suspects the uniform Primula elatior JDH referred to is a distinct species.

Scott’s paper on Passiflora shows variability of reproductive systems.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 June [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4531

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Kendrick Thwaites. See letter from J.  D. Hooker, [11 June 1864] . See letter from J.   …
  • … D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] and n.  3. …
  • … from William Henry Harvey in his letter of [11 June 1864]. See letter from W.  H.  Harvey, …
  • … by insects. See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] and n.  7. CD refers to James …
  • … enclosure to letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] . See letter to J.  D.  Hooker, …
  • … John Scott. See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [11 June 1864] . Scott 1864d. See first letter …
  • … presented in Decaisne 1863 , pp.  10–11, that the flowers of Delphinium , or larkspur, …
  • … normally intercross (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [31 July  …
  • … August [1863] ( Correspondence vol.  11). In Variation 2: 21, he reported his experiments …

To Adam Sedgwick   11 October [1850]

Summary

Thanks AS for a copy of his book, Discourse [on the studies of the University, 5th ed.].

Thinking of not sending his eldest son [William] to a classical school.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  11 Oct [1850]
Classmark:  Gerald M. Friedman (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1369F

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Adam Sedgwick   11 October [1850] …
  • … M. Friedman (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct [1850] Adam Sedgwick …
  • … Down Farnborough Kent Oct.  11 th . My dear Professor Sedgwick Having sent yesterday to …
  • … March 1849] ). He visited Malvern again from 11 to 18 June 1850 ( ibid. , Appendix I) and …
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Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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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

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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…

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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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