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To John Andrews   [before 12 March 1877]

Summary

Asks when his waggonette will be finished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Andrews
Date:  [before 12 Mar 1877]
Classmark:  Haslemere Educational Museum (HAEEM.LD.5.729)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10890A

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Andrews   [before 12 March 1877] …
  • … Museum (HAEEM.LD.5.729) Charles Robert Darwin Down [before 12 Mar 1877] John Andrews …
  • … Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. …
  • … In his Account books–cash account (Down House MS), CD recorded paying Andrews £128 12 s. 6 …
  • … d. on 12 March 1877 for ‘New Carriage less old one £14’. …

From George Bentham   [after 12 July 1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query on "bloom".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11051

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From George Bentham   [after 12 July 1877] …
  • … DAR 160: 169 George Bentham unstated [after 12 July 1877] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. …
  • … letter and the letter to George Bentham, 12 July 1877 . CD had asked Bentham about bloom, …
  • … plants; see letter to George Bentham, 12 July 1877 . In apricis et maritimis : exposed to …

From Karl Beger   [12 February 1877]

Summary

Intends to name his son after CD.

Author:  Friedrich Theodor Karl (Karl) Beger
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Feb 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10824

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Karl Beger   [12 February 1877] …
  • … DAR 201: 3 Friedrich Theodor Karl (Karl) Beger Hamburg [12 Feb 1877] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Darwin Richard Beger, was born on 11 February 1877. CD was in fact 68 on 12 February 1877. …

From Leonard Blomefield   12 March 1877

Summary

Congratulates CD on testimonials from the savants of Germany and the Netherlands [Nature 15 (1877): 356, 410–12] and generally on his contributions to biology.

Asks if and when CD’s "Variability of organic beings in a state of nature", as projected in 1868 [see Variation 1: 4] is to appear.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 168: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10889

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From Leonard Blomefield   12 March 1877 …
  • … DAR 168: 59 Leonard Jenyns/Leonard Blomefield Bath 12 Mar 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … and the Netherlands [ Nature 15 (1877): 356, 410–12] and generally on his contributions to …
  • … lovers of science from Holland. CD was 68 on 12 February 1877. The German album was sent …
  • … Belmont | Bath. March 12 th | 1877. — My dear Darwin, I cannot refrain from writing you a …

To T. M. Reade   12 October [1877]

Summary

CD is occupied with vegetable physiology.

Prefers to read MS when published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  12 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11180

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To T.  M.  Reade   12 October [1877] …
  • … Library (TMR1.D.7.3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Oct [1877] Thomas Mellard Reade …
  • … Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. Oct.  12 My dear Sir I am very glad to hear of your …

From T. M. Reade   12 January 1877

Summary

TMR’s address ["Geological time" (Presidential Address, 1876), Proc. Liverpool Geol. Soc. 3 (1878): 211–35] not yet published. Will send copy.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR2.D.1.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10782

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From T.  M.  Reade   12 January 1877 …
  • … Library (TMR2.D.1.1) Thomas Mellard Reade unstated 12 Jan 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Jany 12 th 77 My dear Sir I have a letter from Prof Ramsay stating that you wish to read …

To J. W. Clark   12 November 1877

Summary

Thanks his correspondent for his letter; hopes he will convey to the president how obliged he is for the invitation, which he cannot accept as it would tire him too much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Willis Clark
Date:  12 Nov 1877
Classmark:  H. Bruce Rinker PhD (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11232F

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To J. W. Clark   12 November 1877 …
  • … Rinker PhD (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Nov 1877 John Willis Clark …
  • … Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. Nov 12 th 1877 My dear M r Clark, I thank you …

From Daniel Oliver   12 July 1877

Summary

Thanks for Forms of flowers.

Alexander Dickson would like to know whether anyone has described the epidermal cells lining the pitcher of Cephalotus.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 173: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11048

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Daniel Oliver   12 July 1877 …
  • … DAR 173: 34 Daniel Oliver Kew 12 July 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Kew 12 July, | 1877 My dear M r Darwin You are really the most generous man in the world! …

From W. E. Darwin   [12 or 19 July 1877]

Summary

Discusses an experiment.

His dogs appear to have rabies.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 or 19] July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 210.5: 14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10743

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From W.  E.  Darwin   [12 or 19 July 1877] …
  • … DAR 210.5: 14 William Erasmus Darwin unstated [12 July 1877] [19 July 1877] Charles Robert …
  • … letter from Emma Darwin to Leonard Darwin, 12 November [1876] (DAR 239.23: 1.52)). He has …
  • … written on the first Thursday, which leaves 12 and 19 July. William was probably helping …

From R. F. Cooke   12 October 1877

Summary

Another issue of Origin will be needed for Murray’s annual sale. Has CD any corrections?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 492
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11181

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From R. F. Cooke   12 October 1877 …
  • … Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Oct 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 50A, Albemarle Street, London. W. Oct.  12 187 7 My dear Sir We shall require to work off …

To A. A. van Bemmelen   12 February 1877

Summary

Expresses his gratitude for the gift [a birthday album from a number of Dutch scientists]; he cannot imagine a more honourable testimonial.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adriaan Anthoni van Bemmelen
Date:  12 Feb 1877
Classmark:  DAR 202: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10841

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To A. A. van Bemmelen   12 February 1877 …
  • … DAR 202: 31 Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Feb 1877 Adriaan Anthoni van Bemmelen …
  • … grateful | Servant | Charles R. Darwin Feb. 12 th 1877 | to the Donors of the Netherlands …

From Francis Galton   12 January 1877

Summary

Would like to see essay [on effects of conscription in France, see 10774]. Knows of Swiss memoir to the same effect. Author says Swiss yeomen apt to leave homestead to sickly son. Landed populations deteriorate.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Pearson 1914–30, 2: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10783

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Francis Galton   12 January 1877 …
  • … 1914–30, 2: 192 Francis Galton London, Rutland Gate, 42 12 Jan 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … See letter to Francis Galton, [6–12 January 1877] and n. 2. The essay was Tschouriloff …

From R. F. Cooke   12 April 1877

Summary

JM will be pleased to publish the new work [Forms of flowers] on the usual terms. MS has been sent to the printer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 487
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10927

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From R. F. Cooke   12 April 1877 …
  • … Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Apr 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 50A, Albemarle Street, London, W. April 12 187 7 My dear Sir Your parcel has safely come …

From Robert Damon   12 October 1877

Summary

Asks whether CD considers it possible that a mollusc could poison anyone on contact, as RD has heard from missionaries about a certain South Sea variety.

Author:  Robert Damon
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 162: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11182

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Robert Damon   12 October 1877 …
  • … DAR 162: 36 Robert Damon Weymouth 12 Oct 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 4, Pulteney Buildings, | Weymouth. 12 Oct 1877 Dear Sir You may recollect my name as a …

From John Murray   29 November [1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query about payment made to him [for Descent and Forms of flowers] and explains the basis on which it was made. Because of CD’s wish to be paid before editions are sold off, profits must be estimated. If he were willing to accept annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all were sold, there would be no uncertainty. This is JM’s usual practice.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11259

Matches: 7 hits

  • … DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 29 Nov [1877] Charles …
  • … 1877 June To Printing 1250 N o . and 148 12 — June By 1000 copies Stereo plates for Sep …
  • … Advertising 25 — — 600 Trade 25 as 24 7/ 201 12 — " Com n all d agents &c 7 — — 583 do " " …
  • … Profit 154 14 2 1183 By Appleton & C o 31 12 — for Stereo plates for America 443 4 — 443 …
  • … 25 — — 316 do " " 6/5 97 10 8 " Com n all d agents" 6 — — 1000 " Balance Profit 163 12 4 …
  • … 294 12 8 …
  • … 294 12 8 Nov By Author’s 2 3 109 1 6 Mem n 548 on Hand Nov. 29 th 1877 Estimated …

From Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte   12 February 1877

Summary

CD made a corresponding member of the Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte.

Author:  Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1877
Classmark:  DAR 230: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10841A

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte   12 February 1877 …
  • … für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte Berlin 12 Feb 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Berlin, den 12 ten . Februar  187 7 Hierdurch benachrichtigen wir Sie, hochgeehrter Herr, …
  • … Berlin , the 12 th February 187 7 We hereby inform you, greatly respected Sir, that the …

To Francis Galton   [6–12 January 1877]

Summary

Has received French essay on effects of conscription on [decreasing] height of men, due to unfit left at home to propagate race. Would FG care to see it?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  [6–12 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10774

Matches: 3 hits

  • … To Francis Galton   [6–12 January 1877] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 [6–12 Jan 1877] Francis Galton …
  • … letter and the letter from Francis Galton, 12 January 1877 , and by the address. CD was in …

From Francis Darwin to T. F. Cheeseman   12 December 1877

Summary

Writes for CD, thanking TFC for his pamphlet on Selliera. CD was so interested that he ventured to forward it to Nature for publication.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Frederick Cheeseman
Date:  12 Dec 1877
Classmark:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Library Tāmaki Paenga Hira (T. F. Cheeseman Papers MS 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11277

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Francis Darwin to T.  F.  Cheeseman   12 December 1877 …
  • … T. F. Cheeseman Papers MS 58) Francis Darwin Down 12 Dec 1877 Thomas Frederick Cheeseman …
  • … Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. Dec 12 th . 1877 Dear Sir, My father begs me to …

From Daniel Oliver   12 March 1877

Summary

Discusses the cleistogamous flowers of Oxalis. Thinks they may not be truly cleistogamous but merely arrested or imperfectly developed normal flowers.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 173: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10890

Matches: 3 hits

  • … From Daniel Oliver   12 March 1877 …
  • … DAR 173: 35 Daniel Oliver Kew 12 Mar 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Herb m . | Royal Gardens Kew 12 Mar.  1877. Dear M r Darwin With regard to cleistogamic …

From John Scott   12 April 1877

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Summary

Comments on various species of Lagerstroemia.

In the series of opium poppy intercrosses made at CD’s suggestion, JS has learned that the reason they failed to intercross was the absence of insects at the period of their flowering.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1877
Classmark:  DAR 47: 207–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10928

Matches: 4 hits

  • … From John Scott   12 April 1877 …
  • … DAR 47: 207–9 John Scott Bankipore 12 Apr 1877 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … red crayon 6.1 I made … February.  6.4] ‘April 12 77’ added red crayon 6.6 but they … the …
  • … Bankipore 12 th . April/ 77 Dear Sir, I had hoped to get down to Calcutta ere this and get …
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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

Summary

‘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

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, 1878: Movement and sleep

Summary

In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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

Summary

When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

Matches: 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

Summary

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'

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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…

Matches: 1 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

Summary

'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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

Summary

At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

Matches: 6 hits

  • … 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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