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To William Baxter or W. W. Baxter   [1842–82]

Summary

Orders pot of soft spermaceti ointment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter; William Baxter
Date:  [1842–82]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.536)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11313

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  • … To William Baxter or W.  W.  Baxter   [1842–82] …
  • … Mss.B.D25.536) Charles Robert Darwin unstated [1842–82] William Walmisley Baxter William …

To Henry Thomas De la Beche   7 February 1842

Summary

Asks De la Beche about variation among domesticated animals in Jamaica.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Thomas De la Beche
Date:  7 Feb 1842
Classmark:  National Museum of Wales, Department of Natural Sciences (De la Beche)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-618

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  • … To Henry Thomas De la Beche   7 February 1842
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 7 Feb 1842 Henry Thomas De la Beche …
  • … noted ‘sent by M r Delabeche to Jamaica. | Feb. 7 th . 1842’. No replies have been found. …
  • … bred for a few generations in Jamaica. — C.  Darwin Feb. 7 th . 1842. 12 Up. Gower St. …

To W. H. Miller   [16 October – 27 November 1842]

Summary

Mentions preparing geological notes for press. Asks whether WHM still has some geological specimens he had examined for CD.

Urges WHM to attend important meeting of Geological Society on 3 December.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Hallowes Miller
Date:  [16 Oct – 27 Nov 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-651

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  • … To W.  H. Miller   [16 October – 27 November 1842] …
  • … Mss.B.D25.29) Charles Robert Darwin Down [16 Oct – 27 Nov 1842] William Hallowes Miller …
  • … the Geological Society, held 2 December 1842, the membership voted to approve the action …
  • … letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] , n.  3; a letter from L.  L. Belinfante …

To Susan Darwin   [22 February 1842]

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Summary

Comments on birth [of Catherine Elizabeth Sophia Wedgwood].

Plans to visit Shrewsbury.

Describes behaviour of William Darwin.

Discusses speculation losses of acquaintances, including T. Carlyle’s. Mentions his own loss on Journal of researches.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [22 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-621

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  • … To Susan Darwin   [22 February 1842] …
  • … 10 Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [22 Feb 1842] Susan Elizabeth Darwin …
  • … of Coral reefs, which was published in May 1842. Anne Marsh. William Erskine, husband of …

To Emma Darwin   [13 March 1842]

Summary

News of family and of his stay at Shrewsbury.

Calculates the newly instituted income tax will mean £30 per annum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [13 Mar 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-623

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  • … To Emma Darwin   [13 March 1842] …
  • … DAR 210.8: 19 Charles Robert Darwin Shrewsbury [13 Mar 1842] Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …
  • … speech’ was his budget speech of 11 March 1842. The income tax was originally proposed by …

To J. S. Henslow   [26 January 1842]

Summary

CD relates that Robert Brown is anxious to have [C. M.] Leman[n] elected librarian of the Linnean Society and urges JSH to come to vote for him. CD joins in the request.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Stevens Henslow
Date:  [26 Jan 1842]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-615

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  • … To J.  S. Henslow   [26 January 1842] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [26 Jan 1842] John Stevens Henslow …
  • … Lemann. At the meeting of 15 February 1842, especially called ‘to elect a Clerk, Librarian …

To Charles Babbage   [1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Is so unwell today that he is unable to come [to CB’s party].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  [1839 – Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add 37191: 297)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-476

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  • … To Charles Babbage   [1839 – August 1842] …
  • … 297) Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [1839 – Aug 1842] Charles Babbage …

To Emma Darwin   [9 May 1842]

Summary

Is "stomachy and be-blue-devilled" because of costs of publishing [Zoology and Coral reefs]. Wonders how the remainder [of the Zoology and Geology of "Beagle"] can be published without taking £200 or £300 out of their personal funds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [9 May 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-626

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  • … To Emma Darwin   [9 May 1842] …
  • … DAR 210.8: 20 Charles Robert Darwin unstated [9 May 1842] Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842. Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a …

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

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  • … 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 …

To Leonard Jenyns   [May–September 1842]

Summary

Glad to hear that LJ will repeat his notes to Gilbert White’s [Natural history of] Selborne [1843] in a separate work.

Critical of G. R. Gray’s attaching his own name to Furnarius cunicularius [in Birds, pp. 65–6]. Strickland’s nomenclature laws are needed to check egoism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [May–Sept 1842]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-627

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  • … To Leonard Jenyns   [May–September 1842] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [May–Sept 1842] Leonard Jenyns/Leonard Blomefield …
  • … See letter to H.  E. Strickland, 31 May [1842] , for CD’s comment on Gray’s nomenclatural …

To Smith, Elder & Co.   [17 May 1842]

Summary

Gives instructions for sending out copies of Coral reefs to various journals. Discusses the complimentary copies which have already been sent out.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  [17 May 1842]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (7 December 1988); Gerard A. J. Stodolski (dealer) (April 2014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-629A

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  • … To Smith, Elder & Co.    [17 May 1842] …
  • … dealer) (April 2014) Charles Robert Darwin London [17 May 1842] Smith, Elder & Co …
  • … below). Coral reefs was published in May 1842. CD left London (see n. 6, below) on 18 May. …
  • … of Paris (DAR 69: A108). CD left London on 18 May 1842, and did not return until 18 July ( …

To J. Shillinglaw, Secretary, Royal Geographical Society   [1839 – May 1842]

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Asks for volumes of F. W. Beechey’s work [Narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Bering Strait (1831)] and Nautical magazine and an order on [John] Arrowsmith for atlas of Dumont d’Urville’s Voyage in the "Astrolabe".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  J. Shillinglaw; Royal Geographical Society
Date:  [1839 – May 1842]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-477

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  • … To J.  Shillinglaw, Secretary, Royal Geographical Society   [1839 – May 1842] …
  • … London, Upper Gower St, 12 [1839 – May 1842] J. Shillinglaw Royal Geographical Society …
  • … Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842. Dumont d’Urville, Jules Sébastien César, …

To W. J. Broderip   [31 August 1842]

Summary

Discusses toad [mentioned in Journal of researches, p. 115].

Describes house at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William John Broderip
Date:  [31 Aug 1842]
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-640

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  • … To W.  J. Broderip   [31 August 1842] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [31 Aug 1842] William John Broderip …
  • … moved into the house in Down on 14 September 1842 and CD followed on the 17th (‘Journal’; …

Flourens, Marie Jean Pierre. 1842. Éloge historique de Pyramus de Candolle. Paris: Didot Frères.

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  • … Flourens, Marie Jean Pierre. 1842. Éloge historique de Pyramus de Candolle . Paris: Didot …

Doubleday, Henry. 1842. On the Bardfield oxlip. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9: 515.

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  • … Doubleday, Henry. 1842. On the Bardfield oxlip. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9: …

Eudes-Deslongchamps, Jacques Armand. 1842. Note. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de Normandie 7: xxix.

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  • … Eudes-Deslongchamps, Jacques Armand. 1842. Note. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de …

Göppert, Heinrich Robert. 1842. Beobachtungen über das sogenannte Ueberwallen der Tannenstöcke, für Botaniker und Forstmänner. Bonn.

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  • … Göppert, Heinrich Robert. 1842. Beobachtungen über das sogenannte Ueberwallen der …

Milne, David. 1841–4. Notices of earthquake-shocks felt in Great Britain, and especially in Scotland, with inferences suggested by these notices as to the causes of such shocks. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal 31 (1841): 92–122, 259–309; 32 (1842): 106–27, 362–78; 33 (1842): 372–88; 34 (1843): 85–106; 35 (1843): 137–59; 36 (1843–4): 72–86, 362–76.

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  • … shocks. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal 31 (1841): 92–122, 259–309; 32 (1842): 106–27, …
  • … 362–78; 33 (1842): 372–88; 34 (1843): 85–106; 35 (1843): 137–59; 36 (1843–4): 72–86, 362– …

Moffat, Robert. 1842. Missionary labours and scenes in Southern Africa. London: J. Snow.

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  • … Moffat, Robert. 1842. Missionary labours and scenes in Southern Africa. London: J. Snow. …

Möller, Hans Peter Christian. 1842. Index Molluscorum Grœnlandiæ. Hafniæ.

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  • … Möller, Hans Peter Christian. 1842. Index Molluscorum Grœnlandiæ. Hafniæ. Catalogue of the …
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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 …

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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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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