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From G. H. Lewes   12 November 1868

Summary

Disappointed that he missed CD. Hopes still to see him in the flesh.

Has CD seen August Weismann’s inaugural address [see 6297]?

Author:  George Henry Lewes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: D11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6458

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From G.  H.  Lewes   12 November 1868 …
  • … DAR 106: D11–12 George Henry Lewes …
  • … London, Regents Park 12 Nov 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … The Priory, | 21. North Bank, | Regents Park. 12 Nov r 1868 My dear M r Darwin It was a …
  • … the last German war’, that appeared in the 12 October 1791 issue of the Bee, or Literary …

To Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse   [after 12 March 1868]

Summary

Discusses tuition arrangements for Horace Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse
Date:  [after 12 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 39-40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5962

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse   [after 12 March 1868] …
  • … 96: 39-40 Charles Robert Darwin unstated [after 12 Mar 1868] Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse …
  • … Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. …
  • … this letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868 . According to Emma Darwin’s …
  • … left home on 29 April 1868. In his letter of 12 March 1868, Wrigley had indicated that he …
  • … had been ill for much of the period from 1862 to 1864 (see Correspondence vols.  10–12). …

To Alfred Wrigley   [after 12 March 1868]

Summary

Assures AW he has not hurt Horace’s feelings. CD has always been doubtful about a private tutor for Horace. Fears a letter [giving notice of removal] was lost in the post.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Wrigley
Date:  [after 12 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 182v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6008

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To Alfred Wrigley   [after 12 March 1868] …
  • … 182v Charles Robert Darwin London, Chester Place, 4 [after 12 Mar 1868] Alfred Wrigley …
  • … letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868 . See letter to Alfred Wrigley, …
  • … 1868] . See letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868 . CD refers to Horace Darwin. CD …

From Alfred Wrigley   12 March 1868

Summary

Had hoped that the intention of removing Horace from school had been abandoned and regrets that it has not.

Author:  Alfred Wrigley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 181: 182
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6006

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Alfred Wrigley   12 March 1868 …
  • … DAR 181: 182 Alfred Wrigley Clapham Grammar School 12 Mar 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Grammar School, | Clapham, S. March 12 | 1868 My dear Sir The letter sent to you in my …

To W. D. Fox   12 December [1868]

Summary

Thanks WDF for information about sheep and cattle.

Mentions corrections for new edition of Origin [5th ed. (1869)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  12 Dec [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.357)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6500

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To W.  D.  Fox   12 December [1868] …
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.357) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Dec [1868] William Darwin Fox …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Dec.  12 th My dear Fox I write a line to say that I …

From John Murray   12 February [1868]

Summary

CD’s letter encourages Murray to proceed with a new edition of Variation; corrections will cost £176.

First notice has appeared in Pall Mall Gazette [7 (1868): 555].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171 : 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5869

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From John Murray   12 February [1868] …
  • … DAR 171 : 355 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Feb [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 50 A , Albemarle S t . | W. Feb y 12 My Dear Sir Your letter of Feb y 9 encourages me to …

To Richard Kippist   12 May [1868?]

Summary

Returns volumes of the Ibis.

Requests T. C. Jerdon’s Birds of India

and Thomas Bell’s British reptiles

as well as vols. 5 & 6 of Ibis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Kippist
Date:  12 May [1868?]
Classmark:  The Linnean Society of London (Fellows Files No. 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6169A

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Richard Kippist   12 May [1868? ] …
  • … London (Fellows Files No. 18) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 May [1868? ] Richard Kippist …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. May 12 My dear Sir I will return on Thursday morning the 4  …

From C. M. Hawkshaw to Emma Darwin   12 April 1868

Summary

Observations on expression in her baby daughter.

Author:  Cicely Mary Hawkshaw
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6112

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From C.  M.  Hawkshaw to Emma Darwin   12 April 1868 …
  • … DAR 166: 122 Cicely Mary Hawkshaw Beverley? 12 Apr 1868 Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …
  • … Beverley 12 April 1868 Dear Aunt Emma I observed tears running down Baby’s cheeks for the …

From Charles Owen Waterhouse   12 February 1868

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Summary

On blind beetles [see Descent 1: 367].

Development of mandibles in Brentus.

Author:  Charles Owen Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5870

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From Charles Owen Waterhouse   12 February 1868 …
  • … DAR 82: A74–5 Charles Owen Waterhouse British Museum 12 Feb 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … British Museum, Feb.  12 th . 1868. Dear Sir, I received your letter of yesterday in the …
  • … and other insects ( Correspondence vols.  6–10, 12), and is cited in Descent. CD concluded …

To Francis Trevelyan Buckland   12 February [1868]

Summary

CD is much interested in FB’s remarks in Land and Water on the apparent excess of male trout over females and asks for further information on other fish, birds, and domestic quadrupeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Date:  12 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5866

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Francis Trevelyan Buckland   12 February [1868] …
  • … Mss.B.D25. ) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Feb [1868] Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Feb 12 My dear Sir I was greatly interested by your remarks …

From W. S. Dallas   12 October 1868

Summary

Will finish translation of Für Darwin in a week.

Asks CD to use his influence to get him appointed Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society [London].

Author:  William Sweetland Dallas
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1868
Classmark:  DAR 162: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6417

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From W.  S.  Dallas   12 October 1868 …
  • … 23 William Sweetland Dallas Yorks. Philos. Soc. , York 12 Oct 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Yorkshire Philosophical Society | York 12 th . Oct.  1868. My dear Sir I have at last got …

To Roland Trimen   12 February [1868]

Summary

Is interested in the relative numbers of males and females of all animals; wants any instances of males, or females, being in excess.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Roland Trimen
Date:  12 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5867

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Roland Trimen   12 February [1868] …
  • … Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 64) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Feb [1868] Roland Trimen …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Feb 12 My dear M r Trimen I shall be very happy to put my …

From T. H. Huxley   12 September 1868

Summary

BAAS Norwich meeting. Hooker [President] came out in great force. "Darwinismus" spread over the sections and crept into everything. CD will have rare happiness of seeing his ideas triumph during his life.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1868
Classmark:  DAR 166: 314
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6363

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From T.  H.  Huxley   12 September 1868 …
  • … DAR 166: 314 Thomas Henry Huxley London, Jermyn St 12 Sept 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Jermyn St Sep r 12 th . | 1868 My dear Darwin I find among a heap of accumulated letters …

From J. B. Innes   12 December 1868

Summary

Will try to get more information about the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer].

The rumours about John Robinson [curate of Down] cause JBI concern. He will seek to get the facts – will try to protect Robinson against malicious rumours, but if he is immoral he must go forthwith.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1868
Classmark:  DAR 167: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6501

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From J.  B.  Innes   12 December 1868 …
  • … DAR 167: 22 John Brodie Innes Milton Brodie 12 Dec 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Milton Brodie | Forres | N.B. 12 th . Dec r . 1868 Dear Darwin, Many thanks for your …

From J. D. Hooker   12 July [1868]

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Sketches out subjects he intends to speak on at Norwich [BAAS meeting]: museums, CD’s work in botany, Pangenesis, early history of mankind.

Asks about CD’s "book on man" [Descent].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 220–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6272

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   12 July [1868] …
  • … DAR 102: 220–1 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 12 July [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Kew July 12 th . Dear old Darwin If I cannot get to Down before you go to the Isle of …
  • … Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. …

From Henry Doubleday   28 March 1868

Summary

On the proportion of sexes in moths; Lepidoptera females command higher prices; quotes Staudinger’s catalogue [see Descent 1: 311–12].

Ticking of Anobium tessellatum [see Descent 1: 385].

Author:  Henry Doubleday
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A11–12, DAR 86: A94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6064

Matches: 4 hits

  • … DAR 82: A11–12, DAR 86: A94 Henry Doubleday Epping 28 Mar 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … quotes Staudinger’s catalogue [see Descent 1: 311–12]. Ticking of Anobium tessellatum [see …
  • … D r Staudingers last Catalogue Thais Cerisyi 12: 25 " Rumina 10: 15 Anthocaris Damone …
  • … 30: 50 " Gruneri 20: 50 Colias pelidne 12: 20 Thestor Ballus 5: 10 and so on with all the …

From John Lubbock   12 February [1868]

Summary

Discusses [Fritz?] Müller’s confusion about ova and pseudova; JL’s Daphnia paper [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 147 (1857): 79–100; see 1979] first demonstrated their structural identity.

Points out a misleading statement in Variation.

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 170: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5868

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From John Lubbock   12 February [1868] …
  • … Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury High Elms 12 Feb [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … High Elms, | Farnborough, | Kent. 12 Feb. My dear M r . Darwin Many thanks for Muller, …

From Albert Günther   13 May 1868

Summary

Sends proofs of his fish paper.

Will observe modification of colour in fish.

Is studying the development of the axolotl.

Encloses notes in reply to CD’s queries on fishes.

Author:  Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 165: 242a, DAR 82: B23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6170

Matches: 8 hits

  • … questions, see the letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] . See letter to Albert Günther, …
  • … Salarias are both current genera. See letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  8. …
  • … See letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  9. …
  • … See letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  10. In Descent 2: 20, CD said that …
  • … refers to George Henry Ford. See letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  4. …
  • … See letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  5. Günther was the founding editor of …
  • … 1859–70 . See letter to Albert Günther, 12 May [1868] and n.  6. CD cited the third volume …
  • … and an ‘allied genus’ in Descent 2: 12–13. Blennius pholis is a synonym of Lipophrys …

From H. W. Bates   12 March 1868

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Results of his examination of divergence in sexual coloration of tropical American butterflies. [See Descent 1: 389 on Junonia and Papilio.]

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A40–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6007

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From H.  W.  Bates   12 March 1868 …
  • … DAR 82: A40–1 Henry Walter Bates R. Geogr. Soc. 12 Mar 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Society | 15, Whitehall Place, S.W. March 12 1868 My dear M r Darwin I have again examined …

From C. O. Waterhouse    19 February 1868

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Coloration of blind beetles.

Sizes of sexes in Taphroderes.

Author:  Charles Owen Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 82: A76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5897

Matches: 7 hits

  • … has not been found. In his letter of 12 February 1868, Waterhouse had listed the blind …
  • … Look at specimen’ added pencil 3.1 4 12 ] ‘3 1 2 ’ added ink 3.2 The . 3.3] scored …
  • … to the letter from C.  O.  Waterhouse, 12 February 1868. Waterhouse refers to the genus …
  • … to the letter from C.  O.  Waterhouse, 12 February 1868. On Leptomastax and Langelandia , …
  • … genus. ) The Brentus (or rather Taphroderes, Schönh . ,) varies in length from 4 12 to …
  • … 7 12 of an inch in the — …
  • … and from 9 24 to 12 24 of an inch in the — The being small is quite exceptional—nearly …
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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 …

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…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 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

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: 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 …

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…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … 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’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

Summary

Towards the end of 1862, Darwin resolved to build a small hothouse at Down House, for ‘experimental purposes’ (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and volume 10, letter to Thomas Rivers, 15 January 1863). The decision…

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, 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

  • … 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 …

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…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … ( 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 …

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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … ( 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 …

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…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 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…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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 …

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, 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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  • … price at 7 s.  6 d.  ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 February 1872 ). Always closely …
  • … turn into an old honest Tory’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 July [1872] ). Darwin and …

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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  • … he had ‘gained nothing’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 12–13 March [1863] ). poor miserable …
  • … Natural History Review  ( see letter to H. W. Bates, 12 January [1863] ). Darwin added Bates’s …
  • … Society ( see letter from Edward Sabine to John Phillips, 12 November 1863 ). Characteristically, …
  • … also encouraged him to write ( see letter to John Scott, 12 April [1863] ). In this paper, Scott …
  • … to capture his attention ( see letter to John Scott, 12 April [1863] ). Additionally, Darwin …
  • … Huxley, 25 February 1863 , and letter to Charles Lyell, 12–13 March [1863] ). Emma was a …

Photograph album of German and Austrian scientists

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The album was sent to Darwin to mark his birthday on 12 February 1877 by the civil servant Emil Rade, and contained 165 portraits of German and Austrian scientists. The work was lavishly produced and bound in blue velvet with metal embossing. Its ornate…

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  • … The album was sent to Darwin to mark his birthday on 12 February 1877 by the civil servant Emil …
  • … the scientific world.— ( Letter from Leonard Blomefield, 12 March 1877 ) Familiar …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … he may wish to give up the task’ ( letter to Carl Vogt, 12 April [1867] ). Darwin need not …
  • … remarks on expression”’ ( letter to A. R. Wallace, [12–17] March [1867] ). Darwin’s doggedness in …
  • … had drawn a better sphynx’ ( letter to A. R. Wallace, 12 and 13 October [1867] ). Darwin referred …
  • … rich from the nonsense talked’ ( letter to A. R. Wallace, 12 and 13 October [1867] ). …
  • … truth of his own conclusions’ ( letter to Ernst Haeckel, 12 April [1867] ). All quiet on …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … read There appears to be good art. on Entozore 12  by Owen in Encyclop. of Anat. & …
  • … all Vols. Marshall’s Rural Economy of Yorkshire, 12 s  [Marshall 1788]—— often quoted by …
  • … Palaces. Fourth Edition with Woodcuts. 2 vols. fcap. 8vo., 12 s . 30  [Jesse 1838] …
  • … Animals (Deer, Antelopes, &c.) [Jardine 1835–6] 12. Ruminating Animals (Goats, Sheep, …
  • … et Culture. 4to. Avec 10 planches. Amsterdam, 1768. 12 s . 41  Bailliére [Saint-Simon] 1768] …
  • … of  Vertebrate  animals 54 folio Plates. Maclise 2”12.6. [Maclise 1847] good for woodcuts. (Roy. …
  • … Malthus on Population [Malthus 1826] Oct 12 th  W. Earle’s 60  Eastern Seas [Earl 1837]. …
  • …  vol. 19 Mungo Parks travels [Park 1799] Feb 12 Sir H. Davy consolations in travel [H. …
  • … [G. Dixon ed. 1789]. Voyages skimmed. Coral Theory 12 th  Dampier [Dampier 1697]. 1 st …
  • … references at end of Hallam [Hallam 1837–9]) Feb. 12 th  Charlsworths Journal [ Magazine …
  • … Hour & Man. H. Martineau [H. Martineau 1841] —— 12 Sir S. Romilly’s Memoirs [Romilly 1840 …
  • … Natur-gesichte [Bechstein 1789–95]. d[itt]o March 12 th  Gardener’s Magaz. [ Gardener' …
  • … and Register of Rural &   Domestic Improvement ] 12 Backhouse Narr: of Visit to …
  • … Dict. des Sci. Nat. [A. P. de Candolle 1820] marked 12. Watertons Essays in Nat. Hist. 2 nd …
  • … Oct. Cosmos [A. von Humboldt 1845–8]. Vol. 1 Nov. 12 Martin on the Horse [W. C. L. Martin …
  • … [DAR 119: 17a] 1846 Feb 12 th . Metzger Getreidarten [Metzger 1841] …
  • … 16 Bot. Reports. Ray. Soc. [Ray Society 1846] Nov. 12. Mem. of Geolog. Survey [ Memoirs of …
  • … . 1 Meyens Geography of Plants [Meyen 1846]. —— 12 th  Metzger Kultiverten Kohlarten …
  • … VI.— [DAR 119: 17b] 1846 Feb. 12. 1 & 2 vol. of Wilkinson’s Manner …
  • … Scotts Life [Lockart 1837–8]— read aloud April 12 th . Carlyles Oliver Cromwell [Carlyle …
  • … Despatches Vol I. II. III [Wellesley 1834–9] Dec 12 th  The Emigrant by Sir F. B. Head [F. …
  • … on population [Malthus 1826] (2 d  time) —— 12 Brickell’s Nat. Hist of N. Carolina …
  • … Diseases—2 d . Edit. 1815 [Adams 1815]. May 12 th  Necker. Mem. les Oiseaux de Geneve [L. …
  • … & Forbes, travels in Lycia [Spratt and Forbes 1847] 12 th  Putsche & Vertuch …
  • … latter vols: but so little not worth getting others. 12 Journal of Philosoph. Soc. of …
  • … by H. D. Richardson [H. D. Richardson 1847]. April 12. Arthur Adams. Notes from Journal of …
  • … Statesmen of G III [Brougham 1839–43]. (1 series, 2 vols. 12 mo.) poorish May 31. Evelyn’s …
  • … life of Constable [Leslie 1843] (interesting) —— 12 Autobiography of a Working Man. A …
  • … [ Palaeontographical Society. Monograph Series. ] 12. Sedgwicks Discourse on Study of …
  • … Siege of Vienna [Schimmer 1847].— good Sept 12 th . B. Franklins life by Sparks [Sparks ed. …
  • … 1847] Du loup et de ses ràces ou varietes 8 o . 12. p. 1 Pl. Poitiers 1851. Chez H. Oudin …

All Darwin's letters from 1873 go online for the anniversary of Origin

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To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the full transcripts and footnotes of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. Read about Darwin's life in 1873 through his…

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  • … off, & most of them sold!  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 January [1873] ) …

Vivisection: first sketch of the bill

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Strictly Confidential Mem: This print is only a first sketch. It is being now recast with a new & more simple form – but the substance of the proposed measure may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …

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  • … “ 11. —Renewal of license. “ 12. —Licensed persons experimenting to be not liable under …
  • … as he would have incurred under the powers of the Act 12 & 13 Victoria, chapter 92, had he …
  • … so offending shall be the same as is provided by the Act 12 & 13 Vic., cap. 92, for the …
  • … to be not liable under Cruelty to Animals Act. 12.—No person holding a licence under …
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