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To William Bernhard Tegetmeier   6 January [1867]

Summary

Returns some of WBT’s skulls.

His MS is with printer, but book [Variation] will probably not be out until November.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  6 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5347

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  • … 1866] and n.  10). Wingfield and Johnson 1856–7 was superseded by Tegetmeier 1867 ; both …
  • … 1867 , rather than Wingfield and Johnson 1856–7 (see Correspondence vol.  14). Tegetmeier  …
  • … the chapter on fowls in Variation (1: 225–75); Wingfield and Johnson 1856–7 is not cited. …
  • … poultry book (Wingfield and Johnson 1853) in 1856 and 1857; however, the publishers went …

From Daniel Oliver   8 April 1867

Summary

Arrangements for obtaining Carl Nägeli a set of British Hieracium specimens.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1867
Classmark:  DAR 173: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5494

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  • … Bibliography Backhouse, James. 1856. A monograph of the British Hieracia. York: William …
  • … 5 April [1867] . Backhouse published his Monograph of the British Hieracia in 1856 ( …
  • … Backhouse 1856 ). Nägeli wanted to exchange a set of German and Alpine species of …

To J. D. Hooker   [21 May 1867]

Summary

Glad to hear Wallace is contender for Gold Medal. Has highest esteem for his extraordinary talents.

Thanks for H. Barkly’s letter from Mauritius.

Glad to see HB takes same view as CD about bones of deer [see 5395].

Objections to continental extension theory.

Progress [on Variation] very slow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [21 May 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5543

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Correspondence vol.  6, letter to Charles Lyell, 25 June [1856] , and letters to J.   …
  • … D.  Hooker, 19 July [1856] and …
  • … 30 July [1856] and n.  3, and Origin , pp.  357–8. Hooker and CD had disagreed on the …

From William Houghton   18 October 1867

Summary

Studying freshwater Planariae. Did CD find they had nervous systems?

News of T. C. Eyton and [William?] Owen.

Author:  William Houghton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 271
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5652

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  • … Publishers. Schultze, Max Johann Sigismund. 1856. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Landplanarien …
  • … der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Halle 4 (1856–7): 19–38. Variation : The variation of …
  • … In an article on land planarians ( Schultze 1856 , p.  33), Max Johann Sigismund Schultze …

From John Maurice Herbert   3 May 1867

Summary

Asks whether CD will subscribe to a memorial for Richard Dawes [1793–1867].

Author:  John Maurice Herbert
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 166: 184
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5526

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  • … September? 1846], and Correspondence vol.  6, letter to J.  M.  Herbert, 2 January [1856]. …
  • … Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire, with the City of Bristol. London: Kelly & Co. 1856–79. …

From William Turner   8 February 1867

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Summary

On muscles in man for moving skin, hair, ears, etc.

Author:  William Turner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1867
Classmark:  DAR 80: B152–3c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5396

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  • … of Microscopical Science 1: 262–8. Lister, Joseph. 1856. On the minute structure of …
  • … muscular fibre. [ Read 1 December 1856 before the Royal Society of Edinburgh. ] Quarterly …
  • … Journal of Microscopical Science ( Lister 1856 ); he described the arrectores pili at …

From J. V. Carus   11 November 1867

Summary

Is not writing prospectus [of Variation] – merely sketch of contents and tenor of first volume for advertisement to booksellers.

Questions on details for the translation.

Publisher anxious to get volume out.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 161: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5676

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  • … refer respectively to Gardeners’ Chronicle 1856, p.  729, and Gardeners’ Chronicle 1855, …
  • … ask you if the years are correct, one gives 1856, the other 1855. I have no access to that …

To J. D. Hooker   5 April [1867]

Summary

C. Nägeli’s long letter on his four years of work on Hieracium appears to be valuable. Nägeli wants a set of British forms in exchange for German ones.

Sends note on a new genus of Umbelliferae (Drusa) in Canaries; speculates on origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 14–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5488

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  • … of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: …
  • … 6, letter from R.  T.  Lowe, 12 April 1856. The reference is to Watson’s ‘Supplementary …

From Carl Vogt   23 April 1867

Summary

Asks whether his former pupil, J. J. Moulinié, might translate Variation into French for Reinwald. CV would provide a preface. Encloses letter from Moulinié to Reinwald.

Author:  Carl Vogt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1867
Classmark:  DAR 180: 12; DAR 176: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5512

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  • … Press. 1985–. Moulinié, Jean Jacques. 1856. De la reproduction chez les trématodes endo- …
  • … Jean Jacques Moulinié. Vogt refers to Moulinié 1856  and Moulinié trans.  1865. Moulinié …

To Charles Lyell   31 October [1867]

Summary

Describes seeds transported in locust dung. Discusses other cases of transport and migration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  31 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.336)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5659

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  • … letter to W.  D.  Fox, 3 October [1856] ). According to CD’s ‘Journal’ (see Correspondence …
  • … 6, letter to P.  H.  Gosse, 28 September 1856  and n.  4). In Origin 4th ed. , pp.  471–2, …

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   9 January [1867]

Summary

Criticisms and comments on JDH’s "Insular floras" in Gardeners’ Chronicle [(1867): 6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5353

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  • … 24 July 1866] , and Wollaston 1854  and 1856. In his article, Hooker pointed out that the …
  • … of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: …

From William Henry Kinnaird Gibbons   7 February 1867

Summary

Asks CD whether he has given any thought to the phenomena of spiritualism.

Author:  W. H. S Gibbons
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1867
Classmark:  DAR 165: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5394

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  • … Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire 1856). CD and his family were also social …
  • … Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire, with the City of Bristol. London: Kelly & Co. 1856–79. …

To James Samuelson   12 October [1867]

Summary

Thanks for Quarterly Journal of Science 4 (1867). Has just read Wallace’s admirable article in last number ["Creation by law", Q. J. Sci. 4 (1867): 471–88]. He is a master of clear argument.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Samuelson
Date:  12 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5647

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  • … notables. 2d edition, 1853. 3d edition, 1856. 4th edition, 1857. New edition, 1865. 7th …

To J. M. Herbert   7 May [1867]

Summary

Contributes to a memorial for Richard Dawes.

Describes his health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Maurice Herbert
Date:  7 May [1867]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.327)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5529

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  • … is a letter to Herbert of 18 November [1856] ( Correspondence vol.  13, Supplement), …

From James Scott Bowerbank   [4 November 1867]

Summary

Reports two observations on crossing in dogs: the preservation of both pure types in the offspring of a pointer and a setter, and the influence of a first mating with a mongrel on the progeny of a Barbary bitch and a subsequent Barbary male.

Author:  James Scott Bowerbank
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4 Nov 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13780

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  • … of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: …

From G. H. Darwin   [3 June 1867]

Summary

Has asked a classics scholar about a word for Pangenesis. He suggests "atomogenesis".

Is getting in rather a fright about the coming exams.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 June 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5561

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  • … appearing in print (as ‘galoptious’) in 1856 ( OED s.v. ‘goluptious’). Francis Darwin, …

From J. D. Hooker   [12 January 1867]

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Summary

Responds to CD’s criticisms. JDH is sometimes confused as to what he has borrowed from CD.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Jan 1867]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 131–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5358

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  • … of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: …

From Bartholomew James Sulivan   11 January 1867

Summary

Has given CD’s queries about expression to W. H. Stirling. Thomas Bridges, the catechist, had previously answered some questions incompletely [see 2643]; BJS forwards them [see Expression].

BJS answers CD’s query about when some calves show their adult colour.

Author:  Bartholomew James Sulivan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1867
Classmark:  DAR 177: 288
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5357

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  • … on Keppel Island in the Falklands since 1856 (see E.  L.  Bridges 1948 ). In the list of …

To W. D. Fox   6 February [1867]

Summary

Has just sent MS of Variation off to printer. Is in darkness about its merits.

News of family and their health. Riding seems to help him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  6 Feb [1867]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 147)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5392

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  • … sister, Marianne, married Henry Parker (1788–1856); after the Parker parents died, their …

To Fritz Müller   26 May [1867]

Summary

Thanks for information on sexual differences.

Orchids; self-sterility and difficulty of getting seeds to germinate.

Dimorphism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  26 May [1867]
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5551

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  • … between Calanthe furcata and C.  masuca , in 1856. Orchid hybrids were produced only at …
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Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

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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…

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  • … On 14 May 1856, Charles Darwin recorded in his journal that he ‘Began by Lyell’s …
  • … Charles Lyell and Joseph Dalton Hooker, who were joined in 1856 by Hooker’s friend the American …
  • … only source of information about his preoccupations during 1856 and 1857. They reveal little noticed …
  • … might work in nature ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 10 ). He was surprised that no …
  • … remarked to Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 September [1856] ). I mean to make my …
  • … on plants. Expanding projects set up during 1855 and 1856 (see  Correspondence  vol. 5), he tried …
  • … first two chapters of his species book, completed by October 1856 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). …
  • … Gray, vary in the United States ( letter to Asa Gray, 2 May 1856 )? What about weeds? Did they …
  • … hermaphrodite’ ( letter to to T. H. Huxley, 1 July [1856] ), which became a source of amusement in …
  • … that Asa Gray and Hooker confirmed during the course of 1856. Science at home: the botanical …
  • … many different experiments on plants through the summers of 1856 and 1857, particularly with garden …
  • … have grown well.’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 December [1856] ). His faith in his ideas …
  • … trees (see letters to William Erasmus Darwin, [26 February 1856] and to Charles Lyell, 3 May …
  • … Waring Darwin, the sixth and last, was born on 6 December 1856) was a constant worry, particularly …
  • … in New South Wales ( letter to Syms Covington, 9 March 1856 ). Many other topics, …
  • … the geological phenomenon of cleavage, still unresolved in 1856, with John Phillips and entered into …
  • … visited the Darwins at Down House for several days in April 1856, and Darwin took this opportunity …
  • … made in a letter written by Lyell from London on 1–2 May 1856. Darwin took the suggestion seriously …
  • … him to write up his views ( letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 May [1856] ). Darwin had also …
  • … At a second weekend party held at Down on 26 and 27 April 1856, he had discussed the question of …
  • … doctrine.’ ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 7 ). The excitement and intellectual …

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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  • … were built to the area (Darwin to J. D. Hooker,  8 April [1856] ). This meant that most of the …
  • … family duties (Darwin to W. B. Tegetmeier,  19 November [1856] ) made him unable to travel to many …
  • … his son William,  [30 October 1858] ). In one letter in 1856, he explained his paternal feelings …
  • … in this world.’ (Darwin to Syms Covington,  9 March 1856 ) In the late nineteenth century, …

Dramatisation script

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

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  • … 21 JULY 1855 14  C DARWIN TO A GRAY, 14 JULY 1856 15  A GRAY TO C DARWIN …
  • … 1855 23  JD HOOKER TO C DARWIN, 9 NOVEMBER 1856 24  C DARWIN TO JD …

Origin

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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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  • … to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856 that he publish a short version of his …
  • … in persuading Darwin not to publish an abstract in 1856 , Darwin explained to whole affair to him …

Six things Darwin never said – and one he did

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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.

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  • … 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

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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 …
  • … as Natural selection ). This manuscript, begun in May 1856, was nearly completed by June 1858. At …
  • … 2 13 October 1856 [Variation under domestication] [2] …
  • … 11 13 October 1856 Geographical distribution (DAR 14; …
  • … 3 16 December 1856 On the possibility of all organic …

Descent

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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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  • … research notes, including letters going back to at least 1856 . Among them were accounts of …

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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  • … [DAR *128: 160] Mansfield’s Paraguay [Mansfield 1856] } read Chesterton Prison Life …
  • … Hutchison Dog Breaking 3 d . Edit [Hutchinson 1856] new information on Pointer & Retriever …
  • … Annal des Sc. Nat. 4 th  Series. Bot. Vol 6 [Naudin 1856]. Read Notes to Jardine & …
  • … 1855 Sept. Tegetmeier on Poultry [Tegetmeier 1856–7] —— 27 th . Mem. de l’Acad. …
  • … Das Ganze der Landwirttschaft [Kirchhof 1835].— 1856. Jan 10 th  G. Colin Traite de …
  • … [Rudolphi 1812] [DAR 128: 16] 1856 Jan 21. Huc’s Chinese Empire [Huc …
  • … Mar 1 Veith Naturgeschichte Haussaugethiere [Veith 1856].— 3 d  Knox Races of Man.— 1850 [R …
  • … 1741–55] d[itt]o [DAR 128: 17] 1856 . Jan 28. Watt’s Life by Muirhead …
  • … [Pepys 1848–9]— April 21 Sandwitt Kars [Sandwith 1856]. [DAR 128: 18] March …
  • … 1851–6] —— Wollaston on Variation [Wollaston 1856] F. Smith on Apidæ [F. Smith 1855] …
  • … 1835 [H. C. Watson 1835] [DAR 128: 20] 1856 June 26. Davis J. Barnard. …
  • … 1855] —— 19 Von Tschudi Alpine life [Tschudi 1856] 30. Brehm Handbuch Vogel …
  • … 1857 Nov. 15. Andersson Lake Gnami [Andersson 1856] —— 26 Slightly skimmed Forbes …
  • … 1765] Oct. 23. Tracings of Iceland Chambers [Chambers 1856]. —— Mansfield Travels in …
  • … 2 vols July D r . Kane’s Arctic Voyage [Kane 1856] Sept. 12. Ch. Napiers Life …
  • … rubbish yet amusing Nov. 15. Tender & True [Spence] 1856]: H. Coverdale [Smedley [1854–6] …
  • … Travels I ever read) Sept. Froude Henry VIII [Froude 1856]. 4 vols very interesting. …
  • … —— 16 Zoologist [ Zoologist ]. up Vol. 14. 1856 May 9 th  Voyage au Pol. Sud. Consid. Gen …
  • … 1859 Feb. 28 Olmstead S. States [Olmsted 1856] (excellent) March 21. Mill on Liberty …
  • … The revised edition of Johnston’s  Physical atlas  (1856) included ‘Map of the distribution of …
  • … 113  The  Cottage Gardener  ceased publication in 1856. 114  CD marked this entry …
  • … vols. London.  119: 14a Andersson, Carl Johan. 1856.  Lake Ngami; or, explorations and   …
  • … [Darwin Library.]  119: 20a; *128: 173 ——. 1856.  Tracings of Iceland and the Faröe …
  • … [Other eds.]  119: 9a Chesterton, George Laval. 1856.  Revelations of prison life;   …
  • … 128: 5 Davis, Joseph Barnard and Thurnam, John. 1856–65.  Crania   Britannica. …
  • … Three visits to Madagascar during   the years 1853, 1854, 1856 . London.  128: 24 …
  • … . Lundæ.  *119: 5v. Froude, James Anthony. 1856.  History of England from the   fall of …

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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  • … naturalist Edward Forbes. Darwin declared to Hooker in July 1856 ‘y ou continental extensionists …
  • … of his old friend, the geologist Charles Lyell, who, in May 1856, twenty months after Darwin had …
  • … urgency to publish and, following Lyell’s advice in May 1856, began to write a sketch his theory. ‘I …
  • … without full details. ’ Writing to his cousin Fox in June 1856, Darwin openly confessed his fears …
  • … work ’ he had ‘desisted’. By November 1856, he had both good and bad news to report to Lyell: ‘ …
  • … press. Although Darwin had decided in the autumn of 1856 to write only from the materials he …
  • … wrote ten and a half chapters of his Big Book between May 1856 and June 1858. With a total of …
  • … length ’, he had complained to Hooker in December 1856. By mid-1858, only the first chapter on …
  • … being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858 (Cambridge University …

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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  • … Owen, and Louis Agassiz (see letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 May 1856 and 21 May 1856). But he considered …

Women’s scientific participation

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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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  • … Letter 1836  - Berkeley, M. J. to Darwin, [7 March 1856] Clergyman and botanist …
  • … Letter 1836  - Berkeley, M. J. to Darwin, [7 March 1856] Clergyman and botanist Miles …

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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  • … it was the subject of his first scientific paper (Müller 1856). In the autumn of 1855, Müller …

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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  • … Letter 1979 — Darwin, C. R. to Lubbock, John, 27 Oct [1856] Darwin provides detailed …

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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  • … to write up a ‘preliminary essay’ on his views in 1856, he went back to Fox to check his facts, …
  • … the African explorer and army surgeon William Daniell in 1856 was probably in reply to such a …

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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  • … `big book’,  Natural selection , begun in 1856.  Coming hard on the heels of  The descent of man …

Begins 'Natural Selection'

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Darwin begins writing his 'big book', Natural Selection. The book was never finished, but later formed the basis for On the Origin of Species

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  • … Darwin begins writing his 'big book', Natural Selection. The book was never finished, but …

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. …

Tenth child born

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The Darwins' tenth and last child, Charles Waring Darwin, is born

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  • … The Darwins' tenth and last child, Charles Waring Darwin, is born …

The writing of "Origin"

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From a quiet rural existence at Down in Kent, filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on the transmutation of species, Darwin was jolted into action in 1858 by the arrival of an unexpected letter (no longer extant) from Alfred Russel Wallace outlining a…

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  • … work preparing his ‘big book’ on species. Begun in May 1856 at the urging of Lyell, the manuscript …

The expression of emotions

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Darwin’s work on emotional expression, from notes in his Beagle diary and observations of his own children, to questionnaires, and experiments with photographs, was an integral part of his broad research on human evolution. It provided one of the main…

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  • … his other children followed, and the record was kept through 1856. Darwin’s wife, Emma also recorded …
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