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To W. B. Tegetmeier   15 March [1856]

Summary

Asks WBT to try to purchase some specific pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  15 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1842

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  • … DCP-LETT-1842

To the Geological Society of London   4 October 1842

Summary

Papers by T. J. Newbold [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1842): 702–5], T. C. Hunt [3 (1842): 565–6] and J. Phillips [3 (1842): 705–6] need not be printed in Transactions of the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  4 Oct 1842
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-647

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  • … To the Geological Society of London   4 October 1842
  • … GSL/COM/P/4/2/130) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Oct 1842 Geological Society of London …
  • … Papers by T. J. Newbold [ Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1842): 702–5], T. …
  • … C. Hunt [3 (1842): 565–6] and J. …
  • … Phillips [3 (1842): 705–6] need not be printed in Transactions of the Geological Society . …
  • … Newbold 1842 . …
  • … Phillips 1842 . This is not John Phillips, the Yorkshire geologist, but possibly an …
  • … 1838–42): 565–6. Newbold, Thomas John. 1842. On rock-basins in the bed of the Toombuddra, …
  • … lat. 15 o to 16 o N. ). [Read 9 March 1842. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of …
  • … communications need not be printed in the Transactions Charles Darwin October 4 th . 1842
  • … London 3 (1838–42): 702–5. Phillips, J. 1842. Three notices. [ …
  • … Read 9 March 1842. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838-42): 705–6. …

To Charles Babbage   19 [February 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Asks to be allowed to bring his sister to CB’s party "that she may see the World".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  19 [Feb 1839 - Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-479

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  • … To Charles Babbage   19 [February 1839 – August 1842] …
  • … Feb 1842 19 …
  • … Mar 1842 19 …
  • … Apr 1842 19 …
  • … May 1842 19 …
  • … June 1842 19 …
  • … July 1842 19 …
  • … Aug 1842 Charles Babbage …
  • … 19 July 1841 19 Aug 1841 19 Sept 1841 19 Oct 1841 19 Nov 1841 19 Dec 1841 19 Jan 1842 19 …

To Francis Boott   [3 February 1842]

Summary

"My Dear Sir, I have called on you, to solicit your vote & interest at the Athenaeum Club […] in favour of my brother, Erasmus Darwin".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  [3 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (13 December 2006, lot 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-617F

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  • … To Francis Boott   [3 February 1842] …
  • … See n.  1, above. Erasmus became a member of the Athenaeum Club in 1842 (Waugh [1888]). …
  • … s (dealers) (13 December 2006, lot 34) Charles Robert Darwin [3 Feb 1842] Francis Boott …
  • … of the Athenaeum Club, Monday 7 February 1842 (see Correspondence vol.  2, letter to J.   …
  • … F.  Royle, [2 February 1842] and n.  1, and n.  4, below). The preceding Thursday was 3  …

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Cancelled: same as DCP-LETT-649. Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  CUL DAR 146: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-645

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842] …
  • … CUL DAR 146: 149 Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Oct 1842 7 …
  • … Oct 1842 Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …

To Julian Jackson   13 October [1842]

Summary

Discusses JJ’s proposed review of his volume [Coral reefs].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julian Jackson
Date:  13 Oct [1842]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-650

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  • … To Julian Jackson   13 October [1842] …
  • … Royal Geographical Society Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Oct [1842] Julian Jackson …
  • … Jackson 1842 . A list of presentation copies of Coral reefs is in DAR 69: 108. …
  • … Bibliography Jackson, Julian. 1842. The structure and distribution of coral reefs. [ …

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-649

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842] …
  • … American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Oct 1842 7 …
  • … Oct 1842 Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … by Louis Agassiz and James David Forbes. L.  Agassiz 1842, pp.  236–7 and plate 4. …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …
  • … 1837 , n.  9). See letter to Anne Susan Horner, [4 October 1842] , n.  4. See letter to …
  • … W.  H. Fitton, 23 June 1842 . For R.  I. Murchison’s disbelief in Welsh glaciers see …

To Charles Lyell   [September–December 1842]

Summary

Discusses relationship of subsidence to the formation of coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Sept–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-605

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [September–December 1842] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [Sept–Dec 1842] Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … for CD’s coral theory. See CD’s letter to Charles Maclaren, [15 November–December 1842]. …
  • … Charles Maclaren, [15 November – December 1842] , and Journal of researches, 2d ed. , p.   …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842. Correspondence : The correspondence of …
  • … Lyell had returned from America (August 1842) and had discussed CD’s Coral reefs with him. …
  • … Charles Maclaren, [15 November–December 1842], and makes it probable that CD revised his …

To ?   [1842–82]

Summary

Will be glad to see recipient and Mr Morris at Down the following day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Wickham Flower
Date:  [1842–82]
Classmark:  eBay (April 2001)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13867G

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  • … To ?    [1842–82] …
  • … eBay (April 2001) Charles Robert Darwin [1842–82] John Wickham Flower …

To Anne Susan Horner   [4 October 1842]

Summary

Emma recovering well from birth of third child, Mary Eleanor.

Sorry to hear Leonard Horner has been ill.

Has received high praise of Coral reefs from Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anne Susanna Horner
Date:  [4 Oct 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 1 (EH 88206053)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-648

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  • … To Anne Susan Horner   [4 October 1842] …
  • … DAR 261.11: 1 (EH 88206053) Charles Robert Darwin Down [4 Oct 1842] Anne Susanna Horner …
  • … Lonsdale on Friday, 30 September (see letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] ). …
  • … December. See letters to Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842], and William Hallowes Miller, [ …
  • … 16 October – 27 November 1842]. Lonsdale had retired from his position because of ill …

To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1842]

Summary

Believes "absurd letter" hastily read at last Geological Society Council meeting was from Charlesworth’s solicitor. Suggests that it may have been sent to entrap the Council and that it should be read over carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 7381(i))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-653

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1842] …
  • … RP 7381(i)) Charles Robert Darwin unstated [Nov–Dec 1842] Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] for CD’s account of Charlesworth’s efforts …
  • … the letter to Austen mentioned in the letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] . …

To A. Y. Spearman   29 April 1842

Summary

The fourth number of part four is now published; the Smith, Elder & Co. account is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  29 Apr 1842
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4723 paper 15949)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-625A

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  • … To A.  Y. Spearman   29 April 1842
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 29 Apr 1842 Alexander Young Spearman …
  • … from Smith, Elder & Co. , dated April 1842, detailing the various costs of Fish, No. 4. …
  • … 12 Upper Gower St April 29 th . —1842 Sir I have the honour to transmit, as on former …

To A. Y. Spearman   5 August 1842

Summary

The Smith, Elder & Co. account for the first number of part five of the Zoology, now published, is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  5 Aug 1842
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4723 paper 15949)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-637A

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  • … To A.  Y. Spearman   5 August 1842
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 5 Aug 1842 Alexander Young Spearman …
  • … from Smith, Elder & Co. , dated August 1842, detailing the various costs of Reptiles, No. …
  • … 12 Upper Gower St August 5. 1842 Sir I have the honour to transmit, as on former …

To the Geological Society of London   31 January [1842]

Summary

Hopes to meet with museum committee after 11 o’clock next day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  31 Jan [1842]
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/7/25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-616

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  • … To the Geological Society of London   31 January [1842] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 31 Jan [1842] Geological Society of London …
  • … Society for a year beginning in February 1842. CD signed the report of the Museum …
  • … of the Geological Society, 18 February 1842 ( Proceedings of the Geological Society 3 ( …

To W. D. Fox   [31 March 1842]

Summary

Second letter of condolence, following burial of Mrs Fox.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [31 Mar 1842]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 56)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-625

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  • … To W.  D. Fox   [31 March 1842] …
  • … Harriet Fox was buried on 28 March 1842. There were five children. …
  • … Fox 56) Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [31 Mar 1842] William Darwin Fox …

To Mary-Anne Herbert   [5 May 1842]

Summary

Acknowledges Mrs H’s disappointing answer to his quest for a house in the country. Five miles from a railway station is "the length of my tether".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Anne Herbert
Date:  [5 May 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-628

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  • … To Mary-Anne Herbert   [5 May 1842] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [5 May 1842] Mary Anne Herbert …
  • … On Tuesday, 3 May 1842, Emma travelled to Maer (see Emma Darwin (1904) 2: 36). Charles …

To W. H. Fitton   23 June 1842

Summary

[Excerpt copied from a letter CD wrote to WHF.]

CD’s gratefulness to William Buckland for his guidance on the glaciated terrain of N. Wales. "I am also convinced that the valleys of Glen Roy … have been occupied by arms of the Sea, & very likely, (for on that point I cannot of course doubt Agassiz & Buckland) by glaciers also."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Fitton
Date:  23 June 1842
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Louis Agassiz correspondence and other papers, MS Am 1419: 239)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-632

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  • … To W.  H. Fitton    23 June 1842
  • … papers, MS Am 1419: 239) Charles Robert Darwin unstated 23 June 1842 William Henry Fitton …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …
  • … Capel Curig, N. Wales] 23 June 1842 “Yesterday (and the previous days) I had some most …
  • … from William Buckland, dated 22 July 1842. According to Buckland, it ‘was communicated to …
  • … glacial sites in North Wales 18–28 June 1842 (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol.  2, Appendix …

To W. D. Fox   [9 December 1842]

Summary

CD likes Down House, describes countryside.

Tells of Edward Charlesworth fracas at Geological Society.

Is at work on Volcanic islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [9 Dec 1842]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 64)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-654

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  • … To W.  D. Fox   [9 December 1842] …
  • … Their third child, Mary Eleanor Darwin had died on 16 October 1842. …
  • … Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 64) Charles Robert Darwin Down [9 Dec 1842] William Darwin Fox …

To J. F. Royle   [2 February 1842]

Summary

Asks JFR to support E. A. Darwin’s election to the Athenaeum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  [2 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  University of Rochester Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-617

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  • … To J.  F. Royle   [2 February 1842] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [2 Feb 1842] John Forbes Royle …
  • … black ball’ (Emma Darwin to Jessie Sismondi, 8 February [1842], Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 67). …

To Leonard Jenyns   [13? January 1842]

Summary

CD is pleased with LJ’s introduction [to Fish]. He rejoices that he persuaded LJ to undertake this work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [13? Jan 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-614

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  • … To Leonard Jenyns   [13? January 1842] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [13? Jan 1842] Leonard Jenyns/Leonard Blomefield …
  • … introduction to Fish is dated 8 January 1842. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who executed …
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Darwin and Down

Summary

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

Summary

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

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…

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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

Summary

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

Summary

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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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 …

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 …

Hensleigh Wedgwood

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Hensleigh Wedgwood, Emma Darwin’s brother and Charles’s cousin, was a philologist, barrister and original member of the Philological Society, which had been created in 1842. In 1857, while Wedgwood was preparing a dictionary of English etymology, he wrote…

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  • … of the Philological Society, which had been created in 1842. In 1857, while Wedgwood was preparing a …

Darwin and working from home

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Ever wondered how Darwin worked? As part of our For the Curious series of simple interactives, ‘Darwin working from home’ lets you explore objects from Darwin’s study and garden at Down House to learn how he worked and what he had to say about it. And not…

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  • … Darwin moved into Down House in Kent on 17 th September 1842 and remained there for the rest of …
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