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From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842

Summary

Gives the height of Shrewsbury above sea-level.

Author:  Thomas Blunt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1842
Classmark:  DAR 5: B17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-639

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  • … From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842
  • … DAR 5: B17–18 Thomas Blunt Shrewsbury 11 Aug 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Shrewsbury August 11 th 1842 Dear Sir, I have ascertained that the elevation of the town …
  • … Collected papers 1: 163–71. See letters from John Provis, 14 July 1842  and …
  • … 20 July 1842 . …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …

From John Provis   14 July 1842

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Discusses elevations along Holyhead Road [Anglesey].

Author:  John Provis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1842
Classmark:  DAR 27.1: B23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-635

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  • … From John Provis   14 July 1842
  • … DAR 27.1: B23 John Provis Holyhead 14 July 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … glaciers of Caernarvonshire’ , Collected papers 1: 163–71) published in September 1842. …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …
  • … Holyhead. 14 th . July 1842. Sir, In compliance with your request I now send you the …

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   25 September [1842]

Summary

Gives an account of his father’s illness.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1842]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 258)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-644

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  • … From Hensleigh Wedgwood   25 September [1842] …
  • … Collection (MS W/M 258) Hensleigh Wedgwood Maer 25 Sept [1842] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … A letter (21 September 1842) from Charlotte Langton to Emma Darwin, describing a crisis in …
  • … on until 12 July 1843. Mary Eleanor Darwin was born on 23 September 1842 at Down House. …

From John Provis   20 July 1842

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Location of village of Bethesda [NW Wales].

Author:  John Provis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1842
Classmark:  DAR 27.1: B24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-636

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  • … From John Provis   20 July 1842
  • … DAR 27.1: B24 John Provis Holyhead 20 July 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Holyhead. July 20 th . 1842. Sir, I have again examined my Section and also the Field Book …

From Hugh Falconer    [1842–3]

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Has seen lately a true ruminant with the two central metacarpals distinct. It was the foot of an Anoplotherium in a recent ruminant.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1842–3]
Classmark:  DAR 205.5: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13805

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  • … From Hugh Falconer    [1842–3] …
  • … DAR 205.5: 215 Hugh Falconer unstated [1842–3] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Falconer came to England on sick leave in 1842 and returned to India in 1847. Falconer …

From Alexander Bridport Becher   1 September 1842

Summary

Francis Beaufort has instructed ABB to order three copies of Coral Reefs.

Author:  Alexander Bridport Becher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Sept 1842
Classmark:  United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Archive (Letter Book no .10 (1841–2), p. 510)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-605F

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  • … From Alexander Bridport Becher   1 September 1842
  • … Book no .10 (1841–2), p. 510) Alexander Bridport Becher 1 Sept 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Sept 1 st 1842 C Darwin Esq r Sir— When Capt Beaufort went away he told me to order three …

From F. T. Köppen   13 November 1874

Summary

Calls CD’s attention to a book that deals with subjects related to both Descent and Expression: Ferdinand Jahn, Die abnormen Zustände des menschlichen Lebens als Nachbildungen und Wiederholungen normaler Zustände des Thierlebens [1842].

Author:  Friedrich Theodor Köppen (Fedor Petrovich Keppen)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 91: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9719

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Bibliography Jahn, Ferdinand. 1842. Die abnormen Zustände des menschlichen Lebens als …
  • … Lebens als Nachbildungen und Wiederholungen normaler Zustände des Thierlebens [1842]. …
  • … Von Ferdinand Jahn . Eisenach u. Wien.  1842. 8 o ; pg. XXXIV u.  752. Das Buch enthält …
  • … Gregorian (13 November) calendar dates. Jahn 1842 (The abnormal states of human life as …
  • … By Ferdinand Jahn . Eisenach & Vienna.  1842. 8 o ; pp. XXXIV & 752. The book contains a …

From J. D. Dana   21 July 1874

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Thanks CD for Coral reefs [2d ed. (1874)].

JDD will correct his misunderstanding of CD on one point in the next edition of his book [Corals and coral islands].

Suggests CD consult Charles Wilkes’s Narrative [1844] for more accurate observations on Pacific islands.

Author:  James Dwight Dana
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 69: A71–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9556

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  • … Elder & Co. 1874. Couthouy, Joseph Pitty. 1842. Remarks upon coral formations in the …
  • … from Boston Journal of Natural History 4 (1842–4): 66–105, 137–62. ] ]Dana, James Dwight. …
  • … during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. 5 vols. and atlas. Philadelphia: C. …
  • … during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. 2 atlases. Philadelphia: C. Sherman. …
  • … 1942. The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838–1842 and its publications, 1844–1874: a …
  • … upon coral formations in the Pacific ( Couthouy 1842 ). Charles Wilkes commanded the …
  • … Expedition, which took place from 1838 to 1842; its mission was to survey the Pacific …

From Elizabeth Wedgwood   [25 September 1842]

Summary

Reports on Josiah Wedgwood [II], who is seriously ill.

Author:  Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Sept 1842]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 260)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-643

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  • … From Elizabeth Wedgwood    [25 September 1842] …
  • … MS W/M 260) Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) Wedgwood Maer [25 Sept 1842] Charles Robert Darwin …

From H. W. Bates   [1 December] 1861

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Furnishes CD with more information on Volucella and gives him references relating to this and butterfly colourings. States that colours are not necessarily related to resting-places but rather an endowment to enable them to withstand adverse conditions.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Dec] 1861
Classmark:  DAR 205.10: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3336

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  • … Murray. 1871. Erichson, Wilhelm Ferdinand. 1842. Ueber Volucella bombylans und plumata. …
  • … Louis Michel Lepeletier de St Fargeau was a noted French entomologist. Zeller 1842 . …
  • … 1870): 337–9. Zeller, Philipp Christoph. 1842. Beitrag zur Kenntniss der Volucella plumata …
  • … A kind of Dimorphism? Zeller (Entom. Zeitung, 1842 p 65) confirms the above statement from …
  • … V.  plumata. Erichson (Entom. Zeitung 1842 p 113) described all the known varieties of the …
  • … Erichson  1842 . Rössler 1861 . The publication details of the essay by the German …

From John Goodsir   21 August [1863]

Summary

Agrees to examine a slide preparation of fluid [from CD’s vomit] to determine presence of Sarcina as a possible cause of his stomach ailment. Sends some authoritative references on it. Warns CD that Sarcina has been found in healthy stomachs.

Author:  John Goodsir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 73
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4272

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  • … biography. London: Hutchinson. Busk, George. 1842. On the occurrence of Sarcina ventriculi …
  • … Microscopic Journal 2: 321–3. Goodsir, John. 1842. History of a case in which a fluid …
  • … of Sarcina in the human stomach ( Busk 1842 ). The London physician William Jenner was …
  • … account books (Down House MS)). Goodsir 1842 . Apparently a reference to the University …
  • … Edin. Medical and Surgical Journal—April 1842—page 430— I am sorry I have no separate copy …

From C. H. Schaible   17 February 1873

Summary

Sends copy of Vinzenz Czerny [Beziehungen der Chirurgie (1872)], which applies Darwinian principles to pathology.

Recommends illustrations dealing with expression in the Atlas of K. H. Baumgärtner’s Kranken-Physiognomik [1839].

Author:  Carl Heinrich Schaible
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8771

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  • … Herder. Baumgärtner, Karl Heinrich. 1842. Kranken-Physiognomik. 2d edition. Stuttgart: L. …
  • … now has the British Library shelfmark 748.g.13. A second edition was published in 1842 ( …
  • … Baumgärtner 1842 ). …

From the Commission générale des Ordres Royaux   24 January 1868

Summary

CD made a knight of the Royal Orders.

Author:  Commision générale des Ordres Royaux
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 230: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5797A

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  • … exemplaire de l’acte de fondation du 31. Mai 1842 et un état nominatif des membres actuels …
  • … DAR 229: 19. The order was established in 1842 by Frederick William IV, king of Prussia. …
  • … a copy of the act of foundation of 31 May 1842 and a list of current members of the Order. …

From Gerard Krefft   [c. 1 November 1873?]

Summary

Describes the behaviour of a pet donkey and pig.

Author:  Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 1 Nov 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8834

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  • … 1836 ( Correspondence vol.  1, Appendix I). Sydney was incorporated in 1842 ( Sydney City …
  • … Incorporation Act 1842 6 Vic …
  • … No 3, 1842 (NSW)). In Journal of researches (1860) , p.  167, CD had described as ‘quite …

From George Gulliver   20 January [1856]

Summary

Discusses the similarity in size, shape, and structure of the blood corpuscles of the Aves. Notes differences between the corpuscles of the domestic dog and some wild species.

Author:  George Gulliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  DAR (CD library – Gulliver, George 1846)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1632

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  • … University Press. 1985–. Gerber, Friedrich. 1842. Elements of the general and minute …
  • … Appendix to Gerber’s Anatomy, 8 o . Lond. 1842, where the details are fuller than in the …
  • … to Friedrich Gerber’s anatomy ( Gerber 1842 ) included tables of measurements of the blood …

From John Gould   10 May 1866

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Gives CD genus and species names of the singular humming-bird; distressed by specific name made necessary by revised laws of nomenclature.

Author:  John Gould
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1866
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 20–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5086

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  • … Association for the Advancement of Science in 1842 to report on zoological nomenclature ( …
  • … to H.  E.  Strickland, 17 February [1842]). The committee drew up rules for the naming of …
  • … be permanently retained’ (Strickland et al. 1842, p.  109). See also Correspondence vol.   …
  • … 2, letter to H.  E.  Strickland, 31 May [1842] , and Correspondence vol.  4, letters to …

From Trenham Reeks   8 February 1845

Summary

Sends results of chemical tests on specimens [of salt, see South America, pp. 73–5].

Encloses abstract from Justus Liebig on composition of bones and their ability to withstand decay.

Author:  Trenham Reeks
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1845
Classmark:  DAR 39: 43–4, 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-825

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  • … John Murray. 1845. Liebig, Justus von. 1842. Chemistry in its application to agriculture …
  • … America , pp.  52, 69, 72, 74. Liebig 1842 , p.  194. CD possessed an earlier edition of …
  • … has been supplied by the editors from Liebig 1842 . Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural …

From Leonard Jenyns   [before 18 April 1858]

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[Copy of some rough notes.] References about species. Variations within species.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 18 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 20–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2250

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  • … of insects, Arachnida, Crustacea, and Entomostraca, during the year 1842. In Reports …
  • … the progress of zoology and botany 1841, 1842. (Ray Society. ) Edinburgh. Geoffroy Saint- …
  • … 14. Selys Longchamps, Michel Edmond de. 1842. Faune Belge. Pt 1. Liège. Sundevall, Carl J. …
  • … is in the Darwin Library–CUL. Agassiz 1842. CD’s copy of the journal in which this paper …
  • … Coenraad Jacob Temminck. Selys Longchamps 1842 . Michel-Edmond de Selys Longchamps was …

From J. S. Henslow   21 November 1840

Summary

Reports on abortive anthers in flowers of thyme sent by CD.

Author:  John Stevens Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1840
Classmark:  DAR 109: A86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-582

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  • … only when conditions change (see the sketch of 1842 in Foundations ). Thus flowering under …
  • … of the Origin of Species. Two essays written in 1842 and 1844 by Charles Darwin. Edited by …

From Asa Gray   [10–16] June [1863]

Summary

Possible dimorphism in Phlox.

Knows of no U. S. law prohibiting marriage of cousins.

Gives references to papers on phyllotaxy.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10–16] June [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 136
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4198

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  • … been Fisher Professor of natural history at Harvard University since 1842 ( Dupree 1959 ). …
  • … 1849 , pp. 438–44. Naumann, Karl Friedrich. 1842. Uber den Quincunx, als Grundgesetz der …
  • … papers on phyllotaxy, beginning with Naumann 1842 ( Royal Society catalogue of scientific …
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Darwin and Down

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Charles and Emma Darwin, with their first two children, settled at Down House in the village of Down (later ‘Downe’) in Kent, as a young family in 1842.   The house came with eighteen acres of land, and a fifteen acre meadow.  The village combined the…

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  • … 16 miles off.— To E. C. Darwin,  [24 July 1842] Charles and Emma Darwin, with …
  • … of Down (later ‘Downe’) in Kent, as a young family in 1842.   The house came with eighteen acres of …
  • … To his sister, Catherine Darwin,  [24 July 1842] To P. G. King,  21 February 1854 : ‘I …

Darwin and Fatherhood

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Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten children. It is often assumed that Darwin was an exceptional Victorian father. But how extraordinary was he? The Correspondence Project allows an unusually…

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  • … and writing from home. Although when he moved to Downe in 1842 he described this part of Kent as …
  • … death of a baby daughter only a few weeks after her birth in 1842 had a far more limited impact on …

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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  • … ever geological field trip, a return visit to North Wales in 1842, Darwin wrote that the signs of …
  • … [12? March 1841] To William Fitton, [c. 28 June 1842] To Charles Lyell, [5 and …

Natural Selection: the trouble with terminology Part I

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Darwin encountered problems with the term ‘natural selection’ even before Origin appeared.  Everyone from the Harvard botanist Asa Gray to his own publisher came up with objections. Broadly these divided into concerns either that its meaning simply wasn’t…

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  • … heading in the earliest outline of his theory written in 1842 , and, as he told Asa Gray in …

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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  • … Illustrations of the Domestic animals of Gt. Britain [D. Low 1842].— 23  must be read carefully. …
  • … Erasmus—— Lavater. Life & Correspondence [?Heisch 1842] Coleridge. Literary …
  • … Cicero [Middleton 1741] W. Meister’s Life [Goethe 1842].— Malcolm’s History of Persia …
  • … [DAR *119: 15] Zanoni by Bulwer [Bulwer-Lytton 1842]. Life of D. of Marlborough [A. …
  • … organs read A. Alison on Population. 2 vols. Feb. 1842 [A. Alison 1840].— Youatt in …
  • … 1836]: worth looking at. Low has probably told all [D. Low 1842] Madras Journal [ Madras …
  • … Soc. appears to be good Papers on Sewalik Fossils in 1842 [Cautley 1840 and Cautley and Falconer …
  • … Read “Bronn’s Geschicte der Natur.” [Bronn 1842–3] Kingdons translat …
  • … Jussieus introduct to Bot. price 6 s  [Jussieu 1842] [DAR *119: 20v.] …
  • … Cerealia [Loiseleur Deslongchamps 1842–3] Phytologist [ …
  • … (List from Muller & Bronn [Müller 1837–42 and Bronn 1842–3] in this Book) 52 Royle …
  • … . Smollets William & Mary. & Anne [Smollett 1805].— 1842 Jan 10 M rs …
  • … —— 17 th  Laing notes of a Traveller 1 vol [Laing 1842] —— Finished Wordsworth 6 vols. …
  • … such  instincts .— [DAR 119: 12b] 1842 March. 26 th  Holcroft’s Memoirs …
  • … [Hyde 1704] Feb. Vol. of Madame D’Arblay [Burney 1842–6] Mar 1. Lieut. Eyres Narrative …
  • … nothing —— Doubleday on Population [Doubleday 1842] —— Ramond’s voyage in Pyrenees …
  • … 1774] —— F. Bremer’s little novels [Bremer 1842, 1843b, 1844a, 1844c] March 7 th  M …
  • … 1839] 14 th  Arnolds lectures on History [Arnold 1842] —— History of Civilization by …
  • … very poor Oct 1 Owen on Mylodon Robustus [R. Owen 1842]. References at end. 7 th . …
  • … June 8 th  Wilson Voyage Round Scotland [J. Wilson 1842] (poor) M. Gerard sur l’Espece …
  • … [Chambers 1845] —— Bronn’s Gesickte [Bronn 1842–3] 2 d . Vol [DAR 119: 16b] …
  • … [M. G. Lewis 1834] Nov 7. Life of Lavater [?Heisch 1842] —— 25. M rs . Meredith. N.S …
  • … April VI & VII. vol. of Madame d’Arblay [Burney 1842–6]. —— 15 th . Phillip’s life of W …
  • … —— Jussieu. Cours Elementaire Botanique [Jussieu 1842] —— Transactions of Amer. Philosoph Soc …
  • … des Naturalistes de Moscou ]. Vols for 1833, 1837, 1838, 1842, 43, 44—not all these latter vols: …
  • … 17 th  Thompson’s Birds of Ireland [W. Thompson 1842] Part I. Sept. 17. Sir J. Ross. Voyage …
  • … Nov. 15 th  Wilson Voyage. Scotland [J. Wilson 1842] —— Southey. Book of the Church [R. W. …
  • … Keppell. 1853 [Keppel 1853] Dickens America [Dickens 1842] Thackerays Lectures on …
  • … et exp. pages 248. 8 vo [Loiseleur Deslongchamps 1842–3] Linn. Soc.? must be read.— not in Royal. …
  • … of Indies [Acosta 1604].— Report, Brit. Assoc.  1842 . Richardson N.Z. Fish [J. Richardson …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … their first child, William Erasmus, was born. In September 1842, the family, now increased by a …
  • … and explore new avenues of thought, and by the summer of 1842 he felt that his research had …
  • … of species  was published, but the general outline of 1842 is, to a surprising degree, present in …
  • … far from their original locations. The following year, 1842, having heard of evidence of glaciation …
  • … research required. The trip to North Wales in June 1842 was his last field trip: thereafter his …
  • … stays at Shrewsbury and Maer during the summers of 1841 and 1842 show that he was making botanical …
  • … obvious relevance to the theory of descent (Pencil sketch of 1842, in  Foundations , p. 74). …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … looking to sell Darwin’s image to the masses. Between 1842 and his death in 1882, Darwin was …
  • … Image: Charles Darwin and William Darwin, c. 1842, attributed to Antoine François Jean Claudet (1797 …

Darwin & coral reefs

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The central idea of Darwin's theory of coral reef formation, as it was later formulated, was that the islands were formed by the upward growth of coral as the Pacific Ocean floor gradually subsided. It overturned previous ideas and would in itself…

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  • … theory,  The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs  (1842) was based on intensive reading and …
  • … his book on coral reefs: letter to Leonard Jenyns [9 May 1842] .   Suggestions …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children, began the research that culminated in his book The Expression of the emotions in man and animals, published in 1872, and his article ‘A biographical sketch of an infant’, published in Mind…

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  • … his mouth to do so.—[35] 25v.  Feb. 20 th . 1842. Anny (, same age) has learned to shake …
  • … 28v. [39] Anny was to day March 1 st  1842 rather amused, at a wafer sticking first to one hand …
  • … case of my watch.— 29v.  March 1 st  1842— Anny says Papa pretty clearly—[40] A few days …
  • … pretty & Papa for a week past perfectly clear Feb 1842 I have long observed that the …
  • … for their feelings— 31 [42] In Jan ry . 1842 it was first perceived that Willy began to …
  • … “bub my crumps” & 31v.  March 29 th . 1842.— I have some months remarked how much …
  • … gabble nonsense words,— 33  March 20: th .— 1842 Doddy is a great adept at throwing …
  • … the eyes & is a full face.— 36  March 26 th  1842 2 years & 3 mth— Doddy was …
  • … not the “beast in house”.— 37v. [50] May 1. 1842. 14 months old It is curious to see how …
  • … down the corners of his mouth[51] June 1 st . 1842 Observed the first day I put on a new …
  • … stuck to it, “no Doddy did not”. Aug 26 th .. 1842 About a fortnight ago, I met Willy …
  • … at Upper Gower Street between 12 February and 16 March 1842. [43] Stammering ran in the …
  • … [51] Emma Darwin and the children went to Maer on 3 May 1842; CD joined them on 18 May (Emma Darwin …
  • … of bees in pollination, made in the summers between 1840 and 1842, are in DAR 46.2 and DAR 205.5: 53 …

Species theory outlined

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Darwin writes a 32-page outline of his ideas on species change, known as 'the pencil sketch' 

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  • … Darwin writes a 32-page outline of his ideas on species change, known as 'the pencil sketch'  …

Bibliography of Darwin’s geological publications

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This list includes papers read by Darwin to the Geological Society of London, his books on the geology of the Beagle voyage, and other publications on geological topics.  Author-date citations refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s…

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  • … of the Geological Society of London  2nd ser. 6 (1842): 415-31.  [ Shorter publications , pp. 147 …
  • … to 1836 . By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842.  [F271.] —Notes on the …
  • … by floating ice.  Philosophical Magazine  21 (1842): 180-8.   [ Shorter publications , pp.  140 …

Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them. No. …

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  • … obst. doct. 35 Den Haag 20 december 1842 Rotterdam 23 …
  • … Assistant lecturer   Almelo 1842 Hoorn 5 january 1915 …
  • … School.   Dordrecht 11 oktober 1842 Tiel 9 august 1920 …
  • … Civil Engineer.   Arnhem 8 january 1842 Deventer 11 December …
  • … School.   Haarlem 2 september 1842 Amsterdam 10 may 1915 …

Living and fossil cirripedia

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Darwin published four volumes on barnacles, the crustacean sub-class Cirripedia, between 1851 and 1854, two on living species and two on fossil species. Written for a specialist audience, they are among the most challenging and least read of Darwin’s works…

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  • … had also completed two outlines of his ‘species theory’ (1842 Pencil sketch and 1844 Essay). …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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List of people appearing in the photograph album Darwin received from scientific admirers in the Netherlands for his birthday on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Hester Loeff for providing this list and for permission to make her research available.…

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  • … obst. doct. 35 Den Haag 20 December 1842 Rotterdam 23 …

Darwin in letters, 1844–1846: Building a scientific network

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The scientific results of the Beagle voyage still dominated Darwin's working life, but he broadened his continuing investigations into the nature and origin of species. Far from being a recluse, Darwin was at the heart of British scientific society,…

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  • … should be denied him. After prolonged illnesses in 1841 and 1842, years poorly represented in the  …

Before Origin: the ‘big book’

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Darwin began ‘sorting notes for Species Theory’ on 9 September 1854, the very day he concluded his eight-year study of barnacles (Darwin's Journal). He had long considered the question of species. In 1842, he outlined a theory of transmutation in a…

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  • … ). He had long considered the question of species. In 1842, he outlined a theory of transmutation in …
  • … coincidence. if Wallace had my M.S. sketch written out in 1842 he could not have made a better short …

Alexander Burns Usborne

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Alexander Burns Usborne was born in Kendal, Westmorland, in 1808, the son of Alexander and Margaret Usborne; his father died in 1818 and in his will was described as the purser on HMS Hannibal. His son joined the navy in 1825 aged 16 as a second-class…

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  • … with his mother and his older sister Ann Amelia. In 1842 he returned to surveying around the British …

Mary Darwin

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The Darwins' second daughter and third child, Mary Darwin, is born; she dies on 16 October

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  • … The Darwins' second daughter and third child, Mary Darwin, is born; she dies on 16 October …

Natural selection

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How do new species arise?  This was the ancient question that Charles Darwin tackled soon after returning to England from the Beagle voyage in October 1836. Darwin realised a crucial (and cruel) fact: far more individuals of each species were born than…

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  • … How do new species arise?  This was the ancient question that Charles Darwin tackled soon after …
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