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To W. B. Tegetmeier   30 August [1856]

Summary

Will forward the Scandaroons.

Is crossing all his pigeons to see which are fertile.

Hopes WBT’s work on fowls’ skulls is not forestalled by T. C. Eyton who also has a grand collection of skeletons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  30 Aug [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1947

Matches: 4 hits

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 24 June [1856] . …
  • … one as referred to in the letter to Eyton, 31 August [1856] , and by the relationship to …
  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 23 August [1856] . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 23 August [ …
  • 1856 . Possibly the breeder who had exhibited blue pigeons with bars on their wings, about whom CD had inquired in his letter

To W. B. Tegetmeier   23 August [1856]

Summary

Instructions for delivering pigeons to Down.

Has Scandaroons for WBT.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  23 Aug [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1943

Matches: 3 hits

  • … W.  B. Tegetmeier, [15–22 August 1856] . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 24 June [1856] . …
  • … 22 August 1856] . Tegetmeier’s letter has not been found. He had apparently told CD that …
  • … Dated by the relationship to the letters to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] and [15– …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [15–22 August 1856]

Summary

Is collecting only pigeons that differ in proportions, so declines some birds offered by WBT.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [15–22 Aug 1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1935

Matches: 2 hits

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] and to the letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 23 August [ …
  • … are discussed in Variation 1: 142–4. See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] . …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   19 October [1856]

Summary

African fowls from Sierra Leone are pugnacious and amorous.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  19 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1976

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 5, below). See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 15 October [1856] . See letters from W.  F. …
  • … 7 November 1856  and 14 November 1856 . See letters to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 23 August [1856] …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   24 June [1856]

Summary

Now has 89 pigeons. The laughing pigeons are safe at Down. Can WBT spare a pair of Mr Gulliver’s runts?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  24 June [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1909

Matches: 4 hits

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856] . See letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 January [1856] , …
  • … June 1856 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). The pigeons were probably the ones mentioned in letter
  • … the relationship to the letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 25 April [1856] , in which laughing …
  • 1856] . For CD’s description and history of this breed, see Variation 1: 155, 207. See Variation 1: 142–3. See letter

To W. B. Tegetmeier   29 November [1856]

Summary

Has received some poultry from various parts of the world.

CD is glad that WBT is describing the birds that he acquires.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  29 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2004

Matches: 5 hits

  • … to Celebes. From there, in a letter dated 21 August 1856 ( Cambridge University Library ( …
  • … for CD referred to a letter from Wallace, dated 10 October 1856, when he wrote to Wallace …
  • … relationship to the letter from W.  F. Daniell, 14 November 1856 . CD had asked Charles …
  • … were mentioned in letters to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 3 November [1856] and 19 November [1856] . …
  • … Edmund Gabriel . See letter from W.  F. Daniell, 14 November 1856 . Alfred Russel Wallace …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   18 May [1857]

Summary

Lists pigeons and poultry he is forwarding to WBT.

Wants details of WBT’s Poultry book [1856–7]

and is anxious to purchase his long-winged runt.

Thanks him for help and information on fowl crosses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  18 May [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2093

Matches: 2 hits

  • … his booksellers in the spring of 1856 (see letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 25 April [1856] ). …
  • … Mr Gulliver (see letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856] ). Tegetmeier ed. 1856– …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 December [1856]

Summary

Is glad WBT is willing to describe the poultry CD can acquire. Sir James Brooke promises Borneo fowls.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  4 Dec [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2011

Matches: 2 hits

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 29 November [1856] . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 3 November [ …
  • … never completed (Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7). The letter from James Brooke , raja of Saráwak, …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   4 May [1861]

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Summary

Sends some replies to CD’s queries and data on pigeon flights between Bordeaux and Verviers.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2: 256
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3139

Matches: 3 hits

  • … B.  Tegetmeier, 24 June [1856], and letter from Charles Lyell, …
  • … manifest. See Correspondence vol.  6, letters to W.  D. Fox, 15 March [1856] , and to W.   …
  • 1856 , n.  10. See also Origin , pp.  445–6, and Variation 1: 178, 248–50. Bernard Peirce Brent was a frequent contributor to both the Cottage Gardener and the Field on various subjects pertaining to domesticated birds and animals. Tegetmeier’s paper on Antwerp carrier pigeons did not appear in the Natural History Review , of which Thomas Henry Huxley was chief editor. See letters

To W. B. Tegetmeier   19 November [1856]

Summary

Emma’s illness prevents his attending Philoperisteron [pigeon fanciers’ club].

Expects larger collection of skins from West Africa.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  19 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1992

Matches: 4 hits

  • … their arrival. See letter from W.  F. Daniell, 14 November 1856 . Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7. …
  • … in letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 3 November [1856] . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, …
  • … confinement and to the letter from W.  F. Daniell, 14 November 1856 . The paper has not …
  • 1856–7): 284). Harrison Weir was a pigeon fancier and painter of animals. He did the illustrations for Tegetmeier’s edition of the Poultry book (see n.  6, below). CD asked Tegetmeier for this information again in letter

To William Bernhard Tegetmeier   17 January [1858]

Summary

Has received Burmese fowls’ skins from Walter Elliot.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  17 Jan [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2205

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Correspondence vol.  6, letter to Walter Elliot, 23 January 1856 ). CD received one …
  • … 1857 ( ibid. vol.  6, letters to W.  B.Tegetmeier, 3 November [1856] and to J.  D. Hooker, …
  • letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 14 April [1858] , that this was a mistake. CD had asked Walter Elliot , a member of the council of the governor of Madras, to send him skins of domestic pigeons and poultry in 1856 ( …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   28 [September 1856]

Summary

Specifies pigeons in which he is interested. Has become almost more interested in rabbits than anything else.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  28 [Sept 1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2068

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Post Office London directory 1856). See letters to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 20 March [1856] , …
  • … relationship to the letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856] . John Bailey Jr of …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   12 [May 1857]

Summary

Accepts a dozen eggs of rumpless Polands. Having so many enables him to see whether the breed "comes true".

Asks what colour turbits have dark tails – "it is just the class of facts which interest me".

Do fowls when crossed throw odd and unexpected colours like pigeons?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  12 [May 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2090

Matches: 3 hits

  • … true. CD had sent Tegetmeier a pair of Scanderoons in August 1856 (see letter to W.  B. …
  • … Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7, issued in parts. Dixon 1848 . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 18  …
  • 1856] ). According to Eaton 1852 , it was not easy to tell Scanderoon cocks from hens: ‘in this point the best and oldest Fanciers have been sometimes deceived’. See letter

To W. B. Tegetmeier   15 October [1856]

Summary

Has received fowls from interior of Sierra Leone.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  15 Oct [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1975

Matches: 1 hit

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856] . See letter from W.  F. Daniell, 8 October – 7  …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   3 November [1856]

Summary

Has received nine skins from Walter Elliot of Madras; WBT may describe them if he wishes.

Expects some Persian fowls.

Can WBT inquire about the fertility of certain duck hybrids?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  3 Nov [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1981

Matches: 3 hits

  • … to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 19 November [1856] . See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [ …
  • … the relationship to the letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 19 October [1856] . Eaton 1852 . CD’s …
  • … turner pigeon. See letter to J.  A. H. de Bosquet, [before 3 November 1856] . Samuel Bult …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   25 February [1861]

Summary

Would like to borrow WBT’s collection of fowls’ skulls.

Asks for WBT’s opinion of G. Ferguson, the author of a poultry book [Ferguson’s illustrated book of domestic poultry].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  25 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3070

Matches: 1 hit

  • … to W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 31 May [1856] , and letters from Edward Hewitt , 18 December 1857   …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [19 July 1857]

Summary

Has acquired some runts. Thanks WBT for information. Lists pigeons he is sending.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  [19 July 1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2115

Matches: 2 hits

  • … of fancy pigeons. Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7. See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 25 [June 1857] . …
  • … 21 September [1856] , 6 February [1857] , and [18 June 1857] ). See letter to W.  B. …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   11 May [1856]

Summary

Thanks WBT for help with pigeons and poultry.

Will probably be away at the time of Anerley show.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  11 May [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1873

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 8 June [1856] ), so CD was able to attend the Anerley exhibition (see letter to W.  B. …
  • … 3 and 4, below). See letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 25 April [1856] . The poultry and pigeon …
  • … Correspondence vol.  5, letter to W.  D. Fox, 31 July [1855] ). The 1856 show was the last …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   14 January [1856]

Summary

Is attempting to get skins of poultry from all quarters of the world. Wants to inspect poultry collections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  14 Jan [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1820

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 1 February 1856] , in which a meeting with Bult was arranged and letter to W.  E. …
  • … and John Baily (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 3 January [1856] and n.  5). See Correspondence …
  • … of 8 January (see letter to W.  B. Tegetmeier, 1 January [1856] , n.  2). In Natural …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   15 February [1868]

Summary

Is much obliged that WBT will undertake tabulation of sex ratios in racehorses, greyhounds, and cattle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  15 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5879

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Tegetmeier, 4 June [1856] , and Correspondence vol.  14, letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier, [ …
  • … one (Wingfield and Johnson 1856–7). See Correspondence vol.  14, letter from W.  B.   …
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Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

Summary

In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … On 14 May 1856, Charles Darwin recorded in his journal that he ‘Began by Lyell’s advice  writing …

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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  • … Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten …

Dramatisation script

Summary

Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

Matches: 1 hits

  • … Re: Design – performance version – 25 March 2007 – 1 Re: Design – Adaptation of the …

Origin

Summary

Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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  • … Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to …

Six things Darwin never said – and one he did

Summary

Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly attributed to Darwin that never flowed from his pen.

Matches: 1 hits

  • … Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly …

Dates of composition of Darwin's manuscript on species

Summary

Many of the dates of letters in 1856 and 1857 were based on or confirmed by reference to Darwin’s manuscript on species (DAR 8--15.1, inclusive; transcribed and published as Natural selection). This manuscript, begun in May 1856, was nearly completed by…

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  • … Many of the dates of letters in 1856 and 1857 were based on or confirmed by reference to Darwin’s …

Women’s scientific participation

Summary

Observers | Fieldwork | Experimentation | Editors and critics | Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a community of women who participated, often actively and routinely, in the nineteenth-century scientific community. Here is a…

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  • … Observers |  Fieldwork |  Experimentation |  Editors and critics  |  Assistants …

Descent

Summary

There are more than five hundred letters associated with the research and writing of Darwin’s book, Descent of man and selection in relation to sex (Descent). They trace not only the tortuous route to eventual publication, but the development of Darwin’s…

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  • … ‘ Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim-bladder, a great swimming …

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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  • … In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to …

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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  • … Darwin began ‘sorting notes for Species Theory’ on 9 September 1854, the very day he concluded his …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … Friendship | Mentors | Class | Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific …

Thomas Henry Huxley

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Dubbed “Darwin’s bulldog” for his combative role in controversies over evolution, Huxley was a leading Victorian zoologist, science popularizer, and education reformer. He was born in Ealing, a small village west of London, in 1825. With only two years of…

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  • … Dubbed “Darwin’s bulldog” for his combative role in controversies over evolution, Huxley was a …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of  The variation of …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … ‘My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, ‘is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I …

Language: key letters

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How and why language evolved bears on larger questions about the evolution of the human species, and the relationship between man and animals. Darwin presented his views on the development of human speech from animal sounds in The Descent of Man (1871),…

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  • … The origin of language was investigated in a wide range of disciplines in the nineteenth century. …

Hermann Müller

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Hermann (Heinrich Ludwig Hermann) Müller, was born in Mühlberg near Erfurt in 1829. He was the younger brother of Fritz Müller (1822–97). Following the completion of his secondary education at Erfurt in 1848, he studied natural sciences at Halle and Berlin…

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  • … Hermann (Heinrich Ludwig Hermann) Müller, was born in Mühlberg near Erfurt in 1829. He was the …

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

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

Summary

The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet …

Correlation of growth: deaf blue-eyed cats, pigs, and poison

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As he was first developing his ideas, among the potential problems Darwin recognised with natural selection was how to account for developmental change that conferred no apparent advantage.  He proposed a ‘mysterious law’ of ‘correlation of growth’ where…

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  • …   Darwin made many changes to the text of Origin across different editions as he …

Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … In 1865, the chief work on Charles Darwin’s mind was the writing of  The variation of animals and …
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