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To J. D. Hooker   [7 January 1845]

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Sends specimens of a Tertiary sandstone from Tierra del Fuego in which there are leaves; CD thought they were beech. What is JDH’s opinion?

Asks whether JDH can make sense of a note on silicified wood.

Has read Vestiges [of creation (1844)]; "his geology strikes me as bad, & his zoology far worse".

Would like to see lists [of plants] from Society and Sandwich Islands.

Doubts JDH’s information regarding imagination of mother affecting offspring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [7 Jan 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-814

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  • … 1832. 2 vols. in 1. Leipzig. Porter, David. 1823. A voyage in the south seas, in the years …
  • … D.  Porter 1823 . CD presumably copied this information from notes taken following …

To Charles Lyell   25 August [1845]

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Discusses the power of land covered with snow to radiate heat.

Criticises CL’s discussion of slavery [in Travels in North America (1845)]. A review of CL’s book is in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Mentions John Lindley’s views on carbonic acid gas and extinction;

refers to the discussion of multiple and single creations in Humboldt’s Kosmos.

The origin of volcanic craters of elevation.

There is a popular demand for a new edition of Principles.

Praises palaeobotanical work of C. J. F. Bunbury.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  25 Aug [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-905

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  • … for the last subject,’. John Leslie. Ure 1823 , pp.  262–3, in which Andrew Ure described …
  • … 7th ed. London. [Vols. 4,9] Ure, Andrew. 1823. A dictionary of chemistry 2d ed. , with …

From J. D. Hooker   [mid-July 1845]

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The translation of Humboldt’s Kosmos [Cosmos (1846–58)] is delayed.

Gives instances of peculiar genera with several good species in very small islands. Scarcity of insects on islands.

JDH cannot prove that there is much hybridising, but does not see why there should not be. "Bother variation, development & all such subjects, it is reasoning in a circle I believe after all."

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [mid-July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-884

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  • … Polar Sea, in the years 1820, 1821, 1822, & 1823. Commanded by lieutenant, now admiral, …

From G. R. Waterhouse   21[–22] May 1845

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Discusses insects collected by CD on St Paul’s Island and the Galapagos.

Author:  George Robert Waterhouse
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 May 1845
Classmark:  DAR 181: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-869

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  • … Kriegsschlupp Predpriaetië in den Jahren 1823–1826. 5 pts in 1 vol. Berlin. Journal of …
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Darwin’s student booklist

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In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … Provenance: DAR 271.1: 5 Notes 1 Franklin 1823. 8 Vo: octavo. 2 …
  • … bound with Abernethy 1819a, Abernethy 1819b and Abernethy 1823. The volume has ‘Erasmus Darwin’ on …
  • … 1819a; CD perhaps refers to Abernethy 1819b and Abernethy 1823 (see n. 3). 10 White 1826. …
  • … used in Lister 1826 for younger sons. 17 Henry 1823. Volume 2 is in the Darwin Library–CUL …
  • … Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. Abernethy, John. 1823.  Introductory lectures, exhibiting some …
  • … of a residence and travels in Colombia, during the years 1823 and 1824 . 2 vols. London: H. Colburn …
  • … of Natural History  33: 202–13. Franklin, John. 1823.  Narrative of a journey to the shores …
  • … 21, and 22 . London: John Murray. Henry, William. 1823.  The elements of experimental …

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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  • … has various coloured maps by Copenhagen Botanists [?Schouw 1823] of range of plants. 13 …
  • … Flanders & Holland in 1817 [Neill, Hay, and Macdonald 1823] These three last books quoted in …
  • … Geneva— Mem. de la Soc. Genev. Tom II p. 29 [L. A. Necker 1823] read Lindleys Horticulture …
  • … 15 th ) 13 th . Minor poems of Milton [Milton 1823] & first 2 d 71  vol of …
  • … Tour by Deput. Caledon. Soc [Neill, Hay, and Macdonald] 1823] Ref at end Godwins answer to …
  • … 20 Franklins Narrative 1 st  Expedition [Franklin 1823] Oct 4 Drinkwater Siege of Gibraltar …
  • … 12 th  Necker. Mem. les Oiseaux de Geneve [L. A. Necker 1823] —— Owen on pearly Nautilus [R …
  • … [Sévigné 1801] Quentin Durward [W. Scott] 1823]. Veronica [Zschokke 1845b]. G. Gurney [Hook] …
  • … Physique, de Chimie, et de l’Histoire Naturelle  (1794–1823). 71  CD wrote “1 st ” …
  • … Majesté, La   Coquille, pendant les années   1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825 . 7 vols. Paris. …
  • … London. [Other eds.]  *119: 13v. Franklin, John. 1823.  Narrative of a journey to the …
  • … ——. 1830.  Neue Reise um die Welt, in den Jahren 1823 .   . . 1826 . 2 vols. Weimar.  119: 3a …
  • … . Paris. [Darwin Library.]  128: 4 Milton, John. 1823.  The minor poems of John Milton . …
  • … *119: 5v.; 119: 13b Necker, Louis Albert. 1823. Mémoire sur les oiseaux des  environs de …
  • … [Neill, Patrick, Hay, John, and Macdonald, James]. 1823.  Journal of a horticultural tour through …
  • … *128: 179; 128: 8 Schouw, Joakim Frederik. 1823.  Pflanzengeographische Atlas   zur …
  • …  London. [Other eds.]  119: 12b [——]. 1823.  Quentin Durward . 3 vols. London. [Other …
  • … Lamétherie and H. M. Ducrotay de Blainville. Paris. 1794–1823.  *119: 13v.; 119: 10a …
  • … la Société d’Histoire Naturelle de   Paris . Paris. 1823–34.  119: 19a Mémoires de l …
  • … Memoirs of the Board of Agriculture of New York . New York. 1823–6.  119: 19a; *128: 167 …

Alfred Russel Wallace

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Wallace was a leading Victorian naturalist, with wide-ranging interests from biogeography and evolutionary theory to spiritualism and politics. He was born in 1823 in Usk, a small town in south-east Wales, and attended a grammar school in Hertford. At the…

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  • … theory to spiritualism and politics. He was born in 1823 in Usk, a small town in south-east Wales, …

George Peacock

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George Peacock was born 9 April 1791 in Denton near Darlington in Yorkshire. He was the son of a clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Peacock, curate of Denton for 50 years and school master. George was educated at Sedbergh School, Cumbria and Richmond School in…

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  • … went on to become a fellow and then tutor of the college in 1823. During his time at Cambridge he …

Was Darwin an ecologist?

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the extent to which the experiments he performed at his home in Down, in the English county of Kent, seem to prefigure modern scientific work in ecology.

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  • … parasitism, mutualism, aposematism or exaptation?’, pp. 182–3.  See the paper One of the …

Books on the Beagle

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‘Considering the limited disposable space in so very small a ship, we contrived to carry more instruments and books than one would readily suppose could be stowed away in dry and secure places’. So wrote Captain FitzRoy in the Narrative (2: 18). CD, in his…

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  • … from the latest   authorities.  London and Edinburgh, 1823. (Contemporary annotations by CD and …
  • … Meteorological essays and observations.  London, 1823. (DAR 30.1: 41). ‡ Daubeny, Charles …
  • …  20 vols., 1 vol.  Supplement.  6th ed. Edinburgh, 1823. (DAR 30.2: 198v.; 33: 254). § …