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To Francis Darwin   [after 12 October 1866]

Summary

Instructions on paying a bill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 12 Oct 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13793

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Francis Darwin   [after 12 October 1866] …
  • … DAR 211: 2 Charles Robert Darwin unstated [after 12 Oct 1866] Francis Darwin …
  • … DAR 242) records that Francis left home on 12 October 1866. CD’s instructions probably …

To Charles Pritchard   12 October [1866]

Summary

Responds to CP’s sermon. Corrects CP’s confusion of what CD said about eyes of the Articulata with human eye,

and questions applicability of CP’s mathematical arguments about length of geological time needed for evolution.

Agrees he was foolish about the Wealden, now struck from later editions [Origin, pp. 285–7].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Pritchard
Date:  12 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  A. Pritchard comp. 1897, p. 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5240

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Charles Pritchard   12 October [1866] …
  • … A. Pritchard comp. 1897, p. 93 Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Oct [1866] Charles Pritchard …
  • … Down, Oct . 12 th . My Dear Mr Pritchard,— I have read with much interest your sermon, …
  • … pp.  483–4). See also Correspondence vol.  12, letter from A.  C.  Ramsay, 10 July 1864   …
  • … increasing (see letter to Charles Lyell, 12 October [1866] and n.  8). The physicist …

From George Henslow   12 March 1866

Summary

Thanks for references for his Naudin–hybridism paper [see 5029].

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1866
Classmark:  DAR 166: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5033

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From George Henslow   12 March 1866 …
  • … DAR 166: 154 George Henslow London, South Crescent, 10 12 Mar 1866 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 3 and 24 March 1866 (Greenaway ed.  1976, 12: 123, 126). Henslow was a dinner guest at …

To J. D. Hooker   12 August [1866]

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Summary

Will be glad to see JDH at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 298
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5190

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   12 August [1866] …
  • … DAR 115: 298 Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Aug [1866] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Aug 12 th My dear Hooker I write one line to say how …

To Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli   12 June [1866]

Summary

Comments on CWvN’s Die Entstehung und Begriff [der Naturhistorischen Art (1864)].

Discussion of beauty of flowers in new edition of Origin not based on CWvN’s article.

Comments on CWvN’s argument that flower structures are not due to natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli
Date:  12 June [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5119

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli   12 June [1866] …
  • … DAR 147: 181 Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 June [1866] Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli …
  • … Erasmus Darwin in 1864 (see Correspondence vol.  12, frontispiece and letter from W.  E.   …
  • … Down Bromley, | Kent S.E. June 12 Dear Sir I hope you will excuse the liberty which I take …
  • … vol.  11, letter to Daniel Oliver, [12 April 1863] , and letter from Daniel Oliver, 14  …

From Fritz Müller   [2 November 1866]

Summary

Sends his observations on sterility of Eschscholzia,

on Oxalis,

and on recently found dimorphic plants.

Sends specimen of Hedyotis [see Forms of flowers, p. 133].

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Nov 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 111: B59, DAR 142: 100, 101, 105, Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 93–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5264

Matches: 13 hits

  • … Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. …
  • … 3 "  1 "  1) 6 "  6 "  10 "  3 "  3 " 6 "  6 "  11 "  3 "  3 " 6 "  6 "  12 "  3 "  20 " …
  • … 6 "  6 "  12 "  3–4 "  1 "  …
  • … 2) 6 "  6 "  12 "  4 "  25 " …
  • … 6 "  7 "  12 "  3 "  1 " 6 "  7 "  13 "  4 "  1 " …
  • … 6 "  7 "  14 "  3 "  1 " 7 "  7 "  12 "  3 "  1 " …
  • … 7 "  7 "  12 "  4 "  1 " 7 "  7 "  14 "  3 "  1 " 7 "  7 "  14 "  3–4 "  1 "  2) 7 "  7 "  …
  • … 5 " 6 " 10 " 3 " 1 " 1) 6 " 6 " 10 " 3 " 3 " 6 " 6 " 11 " 3 " 3 " 6 " 6 " 12 " 3 " 20 " …
  • … 6 " 6 " 12 " 3–4 " 1 " …
  • … 2) 6 " 6 " 12 " 4 " 25 " …
  • … 6 " 7 " 12 " 3 " 1 " 6 " 7 " 13 " 4 " 1 " …
  • … 6 " 7 " 14 " 3 " 1 " 7 " 7 " 12 " 3 " 1 " …
  • … 7 " 7 " 12 " 4 " 1 " 7 " 7 " 14 " 3 " 1 " 7 " 7 " 14 " 3–4 " 1 " 2) 7 " 7 " 14 " 4 " 2 " …

From Friedrich Rolle   12 April 1866

Summary

Gustav von Leonhard and Hans Bruno Geinitz’s Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paläontologie [1862–79] unfriendly to CD’s theory.

Lists various German publications dealing with CD’s theory.

Author:  Friedrich Rolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1866
Classmark:  DAR 176: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5055

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From Friedrich Rolle   12 April 1866 …
  • … DAR 176: 203 Friedrich Rolle Bad Homburg 12 Apr 1866 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … vor der Hoehe | bei Frankfurt am Main den 12 April 1866. Geehrtester Herr! Da ich gestern …
  • … Homburg vor der Hoehe | bei Frankfurt am Main 12 April 1866 Most esteemed Sir! Yesterday I …
  • … Friedrich Rolle, 28 January 1866  and n.  12. In his letter of 28 January 1866 , Rolle had …

To George Henslow   12 June [1866]

Summary

Returns proofs of GH’s paper ["On hybridization among plants", Pop. Sci. Rev. 5 (1866): 304–13] with his criticisms. Prefers that GH not state that CD has read the proofs.

Does C. V. Naudin really say that ovules (not seed) of hybrid Luffa and Cucumis are imperfect?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Henslow
Date:  12 June [1866]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (GEN/D/DARWIN (C)/9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5118

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To George Henslow   12 June [1866] …
  • … Cambridge (GEN/D/DARWIN (C)/9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 June [1866] George Henslow …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. June 12 th My dear M r Henslow. I have read over your …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   12 September 1866

Summary

Has had the blocks cut as requested and forwards the proofs.

Encloses article on habits of jungle fowl.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1866
Classmark:  DAR 178: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5211

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From W.  B.  Tegetmeier   12 September 1866 …
  • … DAR 178: 75 William Bernhard Tegetmeier Muswell Hill 12 Sept 1866 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Muswell Hill | London | N Sept.  12. /66 My dear Sir I have had the blocks cut as you …

To E. F. Lubbock   [1 October 1866]

Summary

"… Mr Herbert Spencer. I will call tomorrow about half past 12".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ellen Frances Hordern; Ellen Frances Lubbock
Date:  [1 Oct 1866]
Classmark:  Henry Bristow (dealer) (Catalogue 265)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13863

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  • … Mr Herbert Spencer. I will call tomorrow about half past 12". …
  • … I will call tomorrow about half past 12. […] With my sincere thanks, yours truly obliged, …

From J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1866]

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Summary

Plants arrived.

Delightful dinner at Lyell’s.

Will be interested in seeds passed through a fowl.

Wedgwood medallions were bought by a Miss W. [Sophy Wedgwood] of Leith Hill.

Lubbock’s account of a new centipede at Linnean Society gave rise to lively discussion by Busk and Huxley.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Dec 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 118–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5302

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   [12 December 1866] …
  • … DAR 102: 118–19 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew [12 Dec 1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … the first Wednesday after 10 December was 12 December. CD had sent the plant specimens to …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   14 September [1866]

Summary

Blocks for Variation are much improved. WBT deserves membership in Zoological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  14 Sept [1866]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5212

Matches: 5 hits

  • … sonneratii (see letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 12 September 1866  and nn.  5 and 6). …
  • … sincerely | Ch. Darwin Your note is dated 12 th .  but I only got this morning & I am very …
  • … letter and the letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 12 September 1866 . Tegetmeier had asked CD …
  • … of London (see letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 12 September 1866 ). See letter from W.   …
  • … B.  Tegetmeier, 12 September 1866  and n.  1. CD’s letter to his publisher, John Murray , …

To Charles Lyell   12 October [1866]

Summary

More comments on proofs [of CL’s Principles of geology, 10th ed.]. Discusses permanence of continents and other points.

Refers to passage describing evaporation of snow in Journal [of researches, pp. 277–8].

Cites astronomers’ views on increasing length of day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  12 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.321)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5239

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Charles Lyell   12 October [1866] …
  • … Mss.B.D25.321) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Oct [1866] Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … Down Oct 12 My dear Lyell I have read all the sheets (returned by this post) with nothing …
  • … see, for example, Correspondence vol.  12, letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 23 October [1864] and …

From Clair James Grece   12 November 1866

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Summary

Sends clipping about a pig that has cast its outer skin.

Identifies himself as having a year or two ago pointed out a passage from Aristotle showing that natural selection was known to the ancients.

Author:  Clair James Grece
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1866
Classmark:  DAR 165: 220 and 220a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5276

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Clair James Grece   12 November 1866 …
  • … DAR 165: 220 and 220a Clair James Grece Redhill 12 Nov 1866 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … serv t , | Clair J.  Grece. Redhill Surrey 12 th . Nov r . 1866. P.S.  Should you like to …

From Charles Kingsley   12 July 1866

Summary

Asks for CD’s opinion of the manner of migration of the eye of flatfish.

Author:  Charles Kingsley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 169: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5154

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Charles Kingsley   12 July 1866 …
  • … DAR 169: 34 Charles Kingsley Eversley 12 July 1866 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 70. Darwin’s ‘Lamarckism’ and the "flat-fish controversy" (1863–71). Lychnos 12: 121–70. …

To J. D. Hooker   [12 May 1866]

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Summary

Caspary wants to visit Down. CD would like to see him but dreads the exertion.

Pleased that JDH will get D.C.L. at Oxford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12 May 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 288
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5088

Matches: 2 hits

  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   [12 May 1866] …
  • … DAR 115: 288 Charles Robert Darwin Down [12 May 1866] Joseph Dalton Hooker …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   12 December [1866]

Summary

Gives his opinion on the ancestry of domestic ducks, geese, and guinea-fowl.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  12 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5301

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To W.  B.  Tegetmeier   12 December [1866] …
  • … Cox Collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Dec [1866] William Bernhard Tegetmeier …
  • … Down Bromley | Kent Dec 12 My dear Sir Many thanks about M r Zurhorst; I will not write. …

From George Henslow   17 March [1866]

Summary

Forgot to thank CD for his praise of tendril paper [see 4944].

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5036

Matches: 4 hits

  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from George Henslow, 12 March 1866 . …
  • … Henslow refers to his letter of 12 March 1866  and his summary of ‘Climbing plants’ ( …
  • … letter that has not been found. See letter from George Henslow, 12 March 1866  and n.  2. …
  • … See letter from George Henslow, 12 March 1866  and n.  3. …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   15 December [1866]

Summary

Thanks for information. Sclater was source of statement about Numida ptiloryncha [as origin of guinea-fowl] in The poultry book [pt 12 (Dec 1866): 288].

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5309

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Numida ptiloryncha [as origin of guinea-fowl] in The poultry book [pt 12 (Dec 1866): 288]. …
  • … monthly instalments, the most recent (part 12, pp.  266–88) dated December 1866. CD’s …
  • … and goose (see letter to W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 12 December [1866] and nn.  3 and 4). The …

From George Henslow   [13 or 14 June 1866]

Summary

Thanks for criticism of proofs of his paper [see 5117].

Not sure whether CD believes in reversion and would like a positive statement as this is the one point C. V. Naudin especially observed. Naudin offers his remarks on ovules as a matter to be proved ["Nouvelles recherches sur l’hybridité", Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 1 (1865): 25–176].

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 or 14] June 1866
Classmark:  DAR 166: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5120

Matches: 5 hits

  • … this letter and the letters to George Henslow , 12 June [1866] and 15 [June 1866] . CD had …
  • … Henslow 1866b ; see letter to George Henslow, 12 June [1866] . In a brief discussion of …
  • … pp.  1–9 (see Henslow 1866b , pp.  310–11). See letter to George Henslow, 12 June [1866] . …
  • … See letter to George Henslow, 12 June [1866] , and n.  4. …
  • … 1862] and n.  11, and Correspondence vol.  12, letter to J.  D. Hooker, 22 [May 1864] ), …
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Lost in translation: From Auguste Forel, 12 November 1874

Summary

You receive a gift from your scientific hero Charles Darwin. It is a book that contains sections on your favourite topic—ants. If only you had paid attention when your mother tried to teach you English you might be able to read it. But you didn’t, and you…

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  • … barely understand a word. Writing in French on 12 November 1874 to thank Darwin for the …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

Summary

Darwin became increasingly involved in botanical experiments in the years after the publication of Origin. The building of a small hothouse - a heated greenhouse - early in 1863  greatly increased the range of plants that he could keep for scientific…

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Correspondence  vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] and n. 13). Initially, …
  • … Stove [that is, cool hothouse]’ ( Correspondence  vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, 26[–7] March …
  • … of different temperatures’ (letter to W. C. Tait, 12 and 16 March [1869] ,  Calendar  no. 6661) …
  • … 100 yards’ to the greenhouses ( Correspondence  vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, [25 January …
  • … in mid-February (see letter from L. C. Treviranus, 12 February 1863 ). The second list is …
  • …       Anoectochilus argenteus  12 5 s . …
  • … punctatum. 11.  Mormodes aurantiaca 12.  ‘Anoectochilus argenteus 5 s .’ deleted in …
  • …     Bolbophyllum barbigerum 12  major     …
  • …  Ampelidae. 11.  Alloplectus chrysanthus. 12.  Bulbophyllum barbigerum. 13. …

Darwin in letters, 1879: Tracing roots

Summary

Darwin spent a considerable part of 1879 in the eighteenth century. His journey back in time started when he decided to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an essay on Erasmus’s evolutionary ideas…

Matches: 12 hits

  • … Seventy years old Darwin’s seventieth birthday on 12 February was a cause for international …
  • … and good as could be’ ( letter from Karl Beger, [ c. 12 February 1879] ). The masters of …
  • … ). The botanist and schoolteacher Hermann Müller wrote on 12 February to wish Darwin a ‘long and …
  • … well, and with little fatigue’ ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 12 July 1879 , and letter from Leonard …
  • … ever about life of D r . D’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, 12 July [1879] ). It was little …
  • … Thiselton-Dyer, 5 June 1879 , and letter to G. H. Darwin, 12 July 1879 ). Darwin’s final task …
  • … inn ‘ very comfortable’, but told Leonard Darwin on 12 August that there were ‘too many human …
  • … not to have come up when the Darwins lunched with him on 12 August (Darwin’s ‘Journal’). Nor did …
  • … the world. At the end of the year he was awarded a prize of 12,000 francs by the Turin Academy of …
  • … which greatly pleased Darwin ( letter from Grant Allen, 12 February 1879 ). One of Allen’s targets …
  • … engagement being made public ( letter from T. H. Farrer, 12 October 1879 ). Darwin’s response not …
  • … accurate in its treatment’ ( letter from Francis Galton, 12 November 1879 ). The comment that …

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: 11 hits

  • … (letters from George Cupples, 21 February 1874 and 12 March 1874 ); the material was …
  • … the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii; letters from T. N. Staley, 12 February 1874 and 20 February 1874 …
  • …  was published in November 1874 ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Though containing …
  • … print runs would be very good ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Darwin's …
  • … Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George’s letter …
  • … he finally wrote a polite, very formal letter to Mivart on 12 January 1875 , refusing to hold any …
  • … & snugness’ ( letter from Emma Darwin to J. B. Innes, 12 October [1874] ).   More …
  • … vicar of Deptford ( letter from Emma Darwin to J. B. Innes, 12 October [1874] ), but to her …
  • … mechanism that Darwin agreed with ( letter to F. J. Cohn, 12 October 1874 ). Darwin’s American …
  • … bank with enormous tips to his ears ( letter from Asa Gray, 12 May 1874 ). The Manchester …
  • … excellent, & as clear as light’ ( letter to John Tyndall, 12 August [1874] ). Hooker …

1.2 George Richmond, marriage portrait

Summary

< Back to Introduction Few likenesses of Darwin in his youth survive, although more may once have existed. In a letter of 1873 an old Shrewsbury friend, Arthur Mostyn Owen, offered to send Darwin a watercolour sketch of him, painted many years…

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  • … < Back to Introduction Few likenesses of Darwin in his youth survive, although more …

Darwin in letters, 1881: Old friends and new admirers

Summary

In May 1881, Darwin, one of the best-known celebrities in England if not the world, began writing about all the eminent men he had met. He embarked on this task, which formed an addition to his autobiography, because he had nothing else to do. He had…

Matches: 6 hits

  • … made a small omission ’. Stephen’s reply on 12 January was flattering, reassuring, and …
  • … books being ‘a game of chance’ ( letter to R. F. Cooke, 12 April 1881 ). On 18 May he described …
  • … Darwin had difficulty in obtaining mature plants. On 12 April, he reported to Müller , ‘I have …
  • … to make me happy & contented,’ he told Wallace on 12 July , ‘but life has become very …
  • … fight’ (letters to J. D. Hooker, 6 August 1881 and 12 August 1881 ). Darwin may have …
  • … else’s judgment on the subject ( letter to A. R. Wallace, 12 July 1881 ). However, some requests …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

Summary

Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … which I ought to have observed” ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 January [1873] ).  Drosera  was the …
  • … on it—root leaf & branch!” ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 12 January 1873 ). Darwin found …
  • … of November 1872 and sold quickly. He wrote to Hooker on 12 January [1873] , “Did I ever boast to …

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…

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Hooker: ‘he is no common man’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] ). Two sexual …
  • … of the year, he wrote to Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] ): ‘my notions on …
  • … least 3 classes of dimorphism’ ( letter to Daniel Oliver, 12 [April 1862] ), and experimenting to …
  • … passed so miserable a nine months’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 12 September [1862] ). A family …
  • … ‘Botany is a new subject to me’ ( letter to John Scott, 12 November [1862] ), but, impressed by …
  • … into Tyndall’s ears’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 10–12 November [1862] ). Another of Darwin’s …

German and Dutch photograph albums

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Darwin Day 2018: To celebrate Darwin's 209th birthday, we present two lavishly produced albums of portrait photographs which Darwin received from continental admirers 141 years ago. These unusual gifts from Germany and the Netherlands are made…

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  • … their generous sympathy. ( Letter to A. A. van Bemmelen, 12 February 1877 )  View the …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … than insectivorous plants. As he confessed to Hooker on 12 December , ‘I have not felt so angry …
  • … from his family, he sent a curt note to Mivart on 12 January , breaking off all future …
  • … of a bill that was presented to the House of Commons on 12 May, one week after a rival bill based on …
  • … The author, Fritz Schultze, contacted Darwin himself on 12 June , describing the aims of his book …
  • … scientific Socy. has done in my time,’ he told Hooker on 12 December . ‘I wish that I knew what …

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…

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  • … on his sixty-ninth birthday ( letter to Ernst Haeckel, 12 February [1878] ), Darwin reflected that …
  • … ( letter to Francis Darwin, 17 July [1878] ). On 12 September , Darwin wrote: ‘Bernard is as …
  • … The Swiss botanist Arnold Dodel-Port announced on 12 June 1878 the first issue of an atlas with …

Diagrams and drawings in letters

Summary

Over 850 illustrations from the printed volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin have been added to the online transcripts of the letters. The contents include maps, diagrams, drawings, sketches and photographs, covering geological, botanical,…

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  • … Rubiaceae  with enclosures containing bud samples,  12 May 1878 G. H. Darwin's …

Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … ( Correspondence  vol. 16, letter to W. D. Fox, 12 December [1868] ). He may have resented the …
  • … he had studied in the early 1860s ( letter to W. C. Tait, 12 and 16 March 1869 ). This research …

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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  • … speak of their own original researches’. He then added: 12 Very many other parts …
  • … was ‘unintentional’ ([Lubbock] 1863b, p. 214). 12. Letter from Hugh Falconer to John …
  • … Gesellschaft in Zürich  9 (1853–6): 65–100; 12 (1857–8): 111–56; 13 (1858–63): i–x; 14 (1858–63): 1 …

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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  • … Haast, J.F.J. von 12 May - 2 June 1867 Christchurch, …
  • … Hagenauer, F.A. [12 Sept 1867] Lake Wellington, …
  • … Wedgwood, Sarah E to ED [30 March-12 April 1868] …
  • … Wilson, Samuel 12 Nov 1867 Longerenong, Wimmera, …

Darwin in letters, 1847-1850: Microscopes and barnacles

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Darwin's study of barnacles, begun in 1844, took him eight years to complete. The correspondence reveals how his interest in a species found during the Beagle voyage developed into an investigation of the comparative anatomy of other cirripedes and…

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  • … ( Correspondence  vol. 3, letter to J. D. Hooker, [5 or 12 November 1845] ). In the event, the …
  • … a young Balanus in this illformed little monster? Fig 12.— . . . It is manifest this curious little …

Cross and self fertilisation

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The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom, published on 10 November 1876, was the result of a decade-long project to provide evidence for Darwin’s belief that ‘‘Nature thus tells us, in the most emphatic manner, that she abhors…

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  • … offspring of English fertile plants’ ( To Fritz Müller, 12 May 1870 ). From a fairly early …
  • … if the book had not yet been released ( From Asa Gray, 12 October 1876 ). Darwin sent the sheets, …
  • … as being as faultless as your temper’ ( From Asa Gray, 12 November 1876 ). The book was …

Henrietta Darwin's diary

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Darwin's daughter Henrietta kept a diary for a few momentous weeks in 1871. This was the year in which Descent of Man, the most controversial of her father's books after Origin itself, appeared, a book which she had helped him write. The small…

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  • … my telegram & I feared so to find from G. Lushingtons. 12 I think he  must  care—it can …
  • … parable of the talents see Matt. 25: 14–30. 12 Godfrey Lushington and Beatrice Ann …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

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In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

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  • … selection might work in nature ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 10 ). He was …
  • … first made in a letter written by Lyell from London on 1–2 May 1856. Darwin took the suggestion …
  • … whole Lamarckian doctrine.’ ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 7 ). The excitement and …

Darwin & Glen Roy

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Although Darwin was best known for his geological work in South America and other remote Beagle destinations, he made one noteworthy attempt to explain a puzzling feature of British geology.  In 1838, two years after returning from the voyage, he travelled…

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  • … Lyell, [9 March 1841] To Charles Lyell, [12? March 1841] To William Fitton, …
  • … Chambers, 11 September 1847 To J.D. Hooker, [12? September 1847] To David …
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