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To J. D. Hooker   22 [January 1844 – March 1882]

Summary

Discusses books returned

and invites him to Down for a few days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 [Jan 1844 - Mar 1882]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 & 28 May 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13816A

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To G. R. Waterhouse   10 [June 1844 – March 1845]

Summary

Invites GRW and his family to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  10 [June 1844 - Mar 1845]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13852

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  • … To G.  R. Waterhouse   10 [June 1844 – March 1845] …
  • … 10 July 1844 10 Aug 1844 10 Sept 1844 10 Oct 1844 10 Nov 1844 10 Dec 1844 10 Jan 1845 10 …
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  • … Mar 1845 George Robert Waterhouse …
  • … passenger service to Croydon ended in March 1845 ( Course 1962 , p.  71). CD arrived back …

To Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette   [before 14 September 1844]

Summary

Asks whether salt and carbonate of lime (in the form of seashells) would act upon each other if slightly moistened and left in great quantities together. The question occurs from CD’s having found in Peru a great bed of recent shells that were mixed with salt, decayed and corroded "in a singular manner". Mentions, as relevant to the value of seashells as manure, that they are dissolved more rapidly by water than any other form of carbonate of lime.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 14 Sept 1844]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 37, 14 September 1844, pp. 628–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-778

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  • … the west coast of South America. See also letters from Trenham Reeks, 8 February 1845  and …
  • … 25 February 1845 . Described in Volcanic islands , p.  144 n. , and South America , pp.   …
  • … interest in the agricultural use of salt. In 1845 a short comment attributed to Christian …
  • … Agricultural Gazette , no. 10, 8 March 1845, p.  157). See Journal of researches , p.   …

To Solicitor?   1 October 1844

Summary

CD and Emma request transfer of some shares to E. A. Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Solicitor
Date:  1 Oct 1844
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 977)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-779

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  • … Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s hand. ‘Jan 9 t h. 1845’ has been added by CD and is presumably the …
  • … under the will of the late Josiah Wedgwood— Charles R.  Darwin Emma Darwin Jan 9 th . 1845

To William Benjamin Carpenter   6 December [1844]

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Asks WBC if he will examine a specimen of calcareous rock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  6 Dec [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-797F

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  • … 1844], and letters from W.  B.  Carpenter, 21 December 1844 , 2 January [ 1845] , and …
  • … 5 May 1845 , and Correspondence vol.  7, Supplement, letter to W.  B.  Carpenter, 25  …

From W. B. Carpenter   21 December 1844

Summary

Discusses microscopic examination of rock specimens taken from Pampas deposit and from Chilean tuff. Says he finds organic remains only in the tuff.

Author:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Dec 1844
Classmark:  DAR 39: 33–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-802

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  • … for more detailed information (see letters from W.  B. Carpenter, 2 January [1845] and …
  • … 5 May 1845 ). For other microscopic examinations of CD’s specimens, see the correspondence …

To Leonard Jenyns   12 October [1844]

Summary

Asks whether LJ can throw light on this subject: "What are the checks and what the periods of life by which the increase of any given species is limited?" CD has been driven to conclude that species are mutable; allied species are co-descendants from common stocks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  12 Oct [1844]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-782

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  • … 1844 make this a more likely date than 1845, as Francis Darwin dated the letter in LL 2: …
  • … and was writing South America . In October 1845 he was not at Down and he suspended …
  • … on South America from April until 29 October 1845. See ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  3, …

To Susan Darwin   [27 November 1844?]

Summary

Sends thanks for money.

Comments on treatment prescribed by his father.

Encloses notes by John Higgins with investment advice. Discusses advisability of investing in farmland in Lincolnshire. Cites advice of Sir John Lubbock concerning purchase of land.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  [27 Nov 1844?]
Classmark:  DAR 92: A9–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-833

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  • … purchased (see letter from John Higgins, 15 March 1845 ) despite the similar locations. …
  • … vol.  3, Appendix II) and 26 March 1845, the date of an agreement (DAR 210.25) drawn up …
  • … to CD (see letter to John Higgins, 15 March 1845). The precise date is conjectured from an …

To J. D. Forbes   [November? 1844]

Summary

Believes JDF’s discoveries in the structure of glacier ice will explain the structure of many volcanic masses. Will JDF’s views throw any light on the primary laminated rocks?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James David Forbes
Date:  [Nov? 1844]
Classmark:  Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2 1845: 18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-786

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  • … Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2 1845: 18) Charles Robert Darwin unstated [ …

To W. A. Leighton   25 November [1844?–6]

Summary

Thanks for procuring cuttings of weeping yew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Allport Leighton
Date:  25 Nov [1844-6]
Classmark:  Fraser’s Autographs (dealer) (May 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-653F

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  • … 2013) Charles Robert Darwin 25 Nov 1844 25 Nov 1845 25 Nov 1846 William Allport Leighton …

From J. D. Hooker   12 December 1844

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Thanks for pleasant stay at Down.

Remarks on boulders found on southern islands.

Describes the alpine character of the Andes flora and relays information on other mountain floras.

Quotes instances of seeds that retained their vitality after being carried by ocean currents.

Sends notes on the comparative floras of New Zealand, Australia, and west coast of South America.

Encloses a copy of part of a letter from George Gardner in Ceylon concerning the European character of the mountain flora.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 29–31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-799

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  • … described in Henslow 1845a and R.  Owen 1845 . Henslow later retracted: the whale bones …
  • … Journal of Natural Science 1: 27–34. Martineau, Harriet. 1845. Letters on mesmerism. …
  • … London. Owen, Richard. 1845. Appendix to Professor Henslow’s paper, consisting of a …
  • … voyage, J.  C. Ross 1847 . Martineau 1845 , p.  9. When her regular mesmerist could not …

To C. G. Ehrenberg   4 July [1844]

Summary

Astonished that dust sample contains Infusoria. Thinks dust is volcanic. Will write account of falling dust [see 775]. Offers further samples.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Date:  4 July [1844]
Classmark:  Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN/HBSB, N005 NL Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg Nr. 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-760

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  • … ocean’. The paper was not read until 4 June 1845. See Collected papers 1: 199–203. …

To Charles Lyell   [1 September 1844]

Summary

Asks about CL’s new book [Travels in North America (1845)].

Discusses views of A. D. d’Orbigny on elevation.

Mentions reading W. H. Prescott [History of the conquest of Mexico (1843)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [1 Sept 1844]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-773

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  • … CL’s new book [ Travels in North America (1845)]. Discusses views of A. D. d’Orbigny on …

From J. D. Hooker   5 April 1844

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Answer to CD’s query on genera and species ranges.

Comments on typical forms.

Preparing first part of Galapagos plants for printing.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Apr 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 12–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-745

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  • … depth from which living animals had been dredged was 300 fathoms (see R.  Taylor 1845 ). …
  • … 2d ser. 3 vols. London. Taylor, Richard. 1845. The Arctic expedition under the command of …

To William Benjamin Carpenter   25 December [1844]

Summary

Is obliged for the account of the structure of the Pampas specimen and its difference from specimens of the modern calcareous bed of Coquimbo in Chile. If he thinks that J. S. Bowerbank can make out the nature of the specimens, they should be shown to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Benjamin Carpenter
Date:  25 Dec [1844]
Classmark:  Frederick Goldschlager
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-803A

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  • … on sponges (see Correspondence vol.  3, letter from W.  B.  Carpenter, 5 May 1845 ). …

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1844]

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Advice to JDH on problems of printing and publishing.

Remarks on differences of species between islets of Galapagos group.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1844]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-740

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  • … novæ, vel minus cognitæ. [Read 3 and 17 June 1845, 17 February 1846. ] Transactions of the …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Volcanic islands : Geological observations …

To James David Forbes   11 October [1844]

Summary

Discusses a specimen of Mexican obsidian with an unusual laminated structure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James David Forbes
Date:  11 Oct [1844]
Classmark:  University of St Andrews Special Collections (Papers of J. D. Forbes: msdep7 – Incoming letters 1844, no.57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-781

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  • … November? 1844] ) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2 (1845): 17–18. …

To Emma Darwin   [3 June 1844]

Summary

Arrangements for Emma’s return to Down.

CD has been "wonderfully strong".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1844]
Classmark:  DAR 210.8: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-726

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  • … my return to Down after absence in Staff—1845? ’ The date given above is the most likely. …

To William Darwin Fox   20 December [1844]

Summary

Tells of his father’s ill health.

Discusses mesmerism and Harriet Martineau’s recovery. If animals could be put into a stupor, he would be convinced. Suggests WDF have some mesmeriser attempt it with cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  20 Dec [1844]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 70)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-801

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  • … published it in Letters on mesmerism (1845). See Arbuckle ed. 1983, p.  78. Jane …

From J. D. Hooker   8 November 1844

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Sends notes on Infusoria for Ehrenberg.

Comments on distribution of species in natural orders that have local distributions. Intermediate forms between species of Lycopodium.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1844
Classmark:  DAR 100: 24–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-788

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  • … his death on the Franklin expedition in 1845. Hard-headed German. The Athenæum criticised …
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Darwin in letters, 1847-1850: Microscopes and barnacles

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Darwin's study of barnacles, begun in 1844, took him eight years to complete. The correspondence reveals how his interest in a species found during the Beagle voyage developed into an investigation of the comparative anatomy of other cirripedes and…

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  • … Species theory In November 1845, Charles Darwin wrote to his friend and confidant Joseph …
  • …  vol. 3, letter to J. D. Hooker, [5 or 12 November 1845] ). In the event, the ‘little zoology’ …

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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  • … his  Journal of researches  for a second edition in 1845, having already provided corrections in …
  • … vice-presidents in 1844 and remaining on the council from 1845 onwards; he was a conscientious …
  • … attacked the work vehemently in the  Edinburgh Review  (1845), while other colleagues like Edward …
  • … his cousin William Darwin Fox in a letter of [24 April 1845] , he felt he ought to be both …
  • … of his  Journal of researches  for a second edition in 1845. At Lyell’s recommendation, …
  • … the original publisher, to John Murray, and throughout 1845 Darwin worked hard to provide manuscript …
  • … on board the Beagle  back to Tierra del Fuego. By 1845, Darwin was in full command of a …
  • … Distribution’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [10 February 1845] ) and quick to make use of the young …

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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  • … he was working (Darwin to his wife Emma,  [7-8 February 1845] ). Although Darwin did not usually …

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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  • … on Instinct [F. G. Cuvier 1822] read Flourens Edit [Flourens 1845] read L. Jenyns paper on …
  • … 1834–9] Carlyles Oliver Cromwell [Carlyle 1845] (read) Keppells(?) voyage to Borneo …
  • … Exploring Expedition towards the Rocky Mountains [Frémont 1845]. (amusing extracts). perhaps for …
  • … America  by A. Downing Wiley & Putnam. 14 s . [Downing 1845] (Brit. Museum) (read) good …
  • … [DAR *119: 22] Eyeres Travels [E. J. Eyre 1845] very amusing Tschudi’s Travels in …
  • … Campbells Lives of Chancellors [J. Campbell 1845–7] last vol. Ludlows Memoirs …
  • … Murchisons Russia [Murchison, Verneuil, and Keyserling 1845] (read) Agassiz’s Works …
  • … Wilkes Expedition.  £ 3. 3 s  [Wilkes 1845] order at L. Library. read Botanical Soc. of …
  • … Soc. of Neuchatel on Jura. 1846, or 7, or 8 [?Marcou 1845]. 46   Morris  good for me.— …
  • … 1853] Vol. V of Campbells Chancellors [J. Campbell 1845–7] Lives of the Lindsays …
  • … [I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1832–7] Wilkes [Wilkes 1845]. Voyage Vol I. to V Apr …
  • … May. Blanco White. Auto-biography [Blanco y Crespo 1845].— 24 Improvisatore [Andersen 1845] …
  • … Aug. 5 th  Lyells Travels in N. America [Lyell 1845] Oct. Cosmos [A. von Humboldt 1845–8]. …
  • … Dec. 10 Ray. Society. Vol I. Reports [Ray Society 1845].— 20 D r  Badham insect Life …
  • … Feb 6 Explanations by Author of Vestiges [Chambers 1845] —— Bronn’s Gesickte [Bronn 1842–3] 2 …
  • … [Twamley 1844] —— Whewell on Education [Whewell 1845–52]. Dec: 26. Watson History of …
  • … [Heber 1828] —— 31 Kitto on Deafness [Kitto 1845] —— the French in Algiers [Lamping …
  • … 1841] April 10 Wagners Anatomy by Tulk [Wagner 1845] (half through) —— 24 Steenstrup …
  • … th  Elie de Beaumont Lecons Geologie [Élie de Beaumont 1845] skimmed. June 17 th . Downing …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

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Towards the end of 1862, Darwin resolved to build a small hothouse at Down House, for ‘experimental purposes’ (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and volume 10, letter to Thomas Rivers, 15 January 1863). The decision…

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  • …  vol. 3, letter to Charles Lyell, 8 October [1845] ). Having indulged his senses, Darwin …

John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … hundred letters from Darwin, from his first negotiations in 1845 until his final years. Although …
  • … came to discuss a second edition, probably at the end of 1845, Darwin was not happy with Colburn’s …
  • … Colonial Library in three monthly parts (July to September 1845) before being reissued in a single …
  • … you have transacted the business with me’ (27 August [1845] Letter 908 ). Thus began the business …

Richard Matthews

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Richard Matthews was 21 years old when he stepped aboard the Beagle, destined for a lonely career as a missionary in Tierra del Fuego. The Church Missionary Society had arranged for him to accompany the three Fuegians (Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, and York…

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  • … character), determined to stay with the Fuegians’ (Darwin 1845, p. 223). When all seemed well the …
  • … just in time to save his life’, Darwin recorded (Darwin 1845, p. 226). Matthews was back on …
  • … death in 1893. References: Darwin, C. R. 1845. Journal of researches into the …

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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

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  • … interest in the problem, and had experienced the 1845 potato blight that destroyed much of the …
  • … vol. 3, letter to J. S. Henslow, 28 October [1845] ). He was aware of Torbitt’s ambitions, having …

Jemmy Button (Orundellico)

Summary

Jemmy Button was known as Orundellico among the Yahgan, or canoe people of the southern part of Tierra del Fuego.  He was the fourth hostage taken by FitzRoy in 1830 following the theft of the small surveying boat. This fourteen-year old boy was called…

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  • … often visit Darwin and say ‘Poor, poor fellow!’ (Darwin 1845, p. 207). When Orundellico …
  • … lamented ‘so complete and grievous a change ’ (Darwin 1845, p. 228). The clean, stout lad was now ‘ …
  • …  London: Hodder and Stoughton. Darwin, C. R. 1845. Journal of researches into the natural …

Journal of researches

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The Journal of researches, Darwin’s account of his travels round the world in H.M.S. Beagle, was his first published book. The circumstances of its publication were not shaped by Darwin, however, but by the Beagle’s captain, Robert FitzRoy, who, according…

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  • … a penny from Colburn, Darwin had few scruples when, in 1845, at Lyell’s suggestion, he asked whether …
  • … were issued separately between late June and late August 1845, with the slightly amended title …

George Darwin born

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The Darwins' son George Howard Darwin born

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  • … The Darwins' son George Howard Darwin born …

Second species sketch

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Darwin finishes an expanded sketch of his species theory, first drafted in 1842

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  • … Darwin finishes an expanded sketch of his species theory, first drafted in 1842 …

Fuegia Basket (Yokcushlu)

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Fuegia Basket was known as Yokcushlu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. She was one of the hostages seized by Robert FitzRoy, after the small boat used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del…

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  • … bears a double interpretation) some days on board’ (Darwin 1845, p. 228 n.).  Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • …  London: Hodder and Stoughton. Darwin, C. R. 1845. Journal of researches into the natural …

Living and fossil cirripedia

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Darwin published four volumes on the crustacean sub-class Cirripedia between 1851 and 1854, two on living species and two on fossil species. These were systematic monographs, written for a specialist audience, and as such are probably among the most…

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  • … In the course of discussions about species in the autumn of 1845, his close friend Joseph Dalton …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children,[1] 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…

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  • … family had increased by five: George Howard, born 9 July 1845; Elizabeth, born 8 July 1847; Francis, …
  • … her familiar name. [64] George Howard Darwin, born 1845. [65] Joseph Parslow, butler …

Boat Memory

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Boat Memory was one of the indigenous people from Tierra del Fuego brought back to England by Robert FitzRoy in 1830, but he remains as ghostly a figure as his name. What he was called by his own people is unknown, but the name Boat Memory, chosen by…

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  • …  London: Hodder and Stoughton. Darwin, C. R. 1845. Journal of researches into the natural …

Bartholomew James Sulivan

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On Christmas Day 1866, Bartholomew Sulivan sat down to write a typically long and chatty letter to his old friend, Charles Darwin, commiserating on shared ill-health, glorying in the achievements of their children, offering to collect plant specimens, and…

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  • … distinguished. He saw action at the siege of Montevideo in 1845 when British and French naval forces …

York Minster (Elleparu)

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York Minster was known as Elleparu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. He was captured by FitzRoy in 1830 after one the small boats used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del Fuego had been…

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  • …  London: Hodder and Stoughton. Darwin, C. R. 1845. Journal of researches into the natural …

Robert FitzRoy

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Robert FitzRoy was captain of HMS Beagle when Darwin was aboard. From 1831 to 1836 the two men lived in the closest proximity, their relationship revealed by the letters they exchanged while Darwin left the ship to explore the countries visited during the…

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  • … of New Zealand in 1843, but was relieved of this post in 1845 after he worsened (through his support …

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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  • … and G. A. W. Arnott 1836, 1841; J. D. Hooker 1844–7, 1845, 1846, 1853–5, and 1860). In 1980, two …