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To G. B. A. Duchenne   about 10 March [1871]

Summary

Asks permission to copy plates from GBAD’s work [Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine (1862)] to illustrate Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne
Date:  about 10 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 103–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7566

Matches: 3 hits

  • … from GBAD’s work [ Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine (1862)] to illustrate Expression . …
  • … Duchenne, Guillaume Benjamin Amand. 1862. Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, ou analyse …
  • … de la physionomie humaine ( Duchenne 1862 ), which consisted of an octavo text and a …

From J. E. Gray   7 April 1871

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Sexual differences in coloration in Lemur macaco.

Author:  John Edward Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7663

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  • … Bibliography Bartlett, Abraham Dee. 1862. Description of a new species …
  • … of lemur. [Read 9 December 1862. ] Proceedings …
  • … of the Zoological Society of London (1862): 347. Descent : The descent of man, and …
  • … of the Zoological Society ( A.  D.  Bartlett 1862 ), is now considered to be the female of …

From John Wood   11 April 1871

Summary

Emotional states leading to contraction of the platysma. Contraction of skin muscles.

Author:  John Wood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7674

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  • … Duchenne, Guillaume Benjamin Amand. 1862. Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, ou analyse …
  • … Benjamin Amand Duchenne and Duchenne 1862 , p.  43 and plate 21. Duchenne intended the …
  • … memory’ or ‘calling to mind’; see Duchenne 1862 , p.  36). CD cites both Duchenne and Wood …

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 9 September 1871]

Summary

In response to a query [from "F. W. B."], CD describes his experience with seeding Leschenaultia, which demonstrates that insect agency is required.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 9 Sept 1871]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle, 9 September 1871, p. 1166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7927

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  • … give my small experience. During 1860 and 1862, I was led to make some observations on the …
  • … 10, letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 1 May [1862] and n.  2. CD probably read Auguste Saint- …
  • … 10, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [16 May 1862] . It is described as ‘Red Leschenaultia not …
  • … ibid. , letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [17 May 1862] ; this cannot be L.  biloba , which is …

To G. B. A. Duchenne   29 March [1871]

Summary

Thanks GBAD for permission to use his photographs [see 7623] and for the information on the expression of astonishment in monkeys.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne
Date:  29 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 109–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7640

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  • … to the numbers of plates in Duchenne 1862 . See letter to G.  B.  A.  Duchenne, about 10  …
  • … 1985–. Duchenne, Guillaume Benjamin Amand. 1862. Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, ou …

From G. B. A. Duchenne   25 March 1871

Summary

Gives CD permission to use photographs of expressions.

Author:  Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 243
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7623

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  • … refers to CD’s research for Expression and to Duchenne 1862 . See letter to G.  B.  A.   …
  • … to refer to an illustration in Duchenne 1862 , but the figure has not been identified. The …
  • … 1933–. Duchenne, Guillaume Benjamin Amand. 1862. Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, ou …

From Thomas Meehan   10 February 1871

Summary

Sends CD some remarks he made before the Academy of Natural Sciences [Philadelphia].

TM is indebted to the Origin for first suggesting to him which observations might be useful to those working out the greater laws of nature.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7479

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  • … CUL.  See also Correspondence vol.  10, letter to Asa Gray, 10–20 June [1862] and n.  13, …
  • … and letter from Asa Gray, 2–3 July 1862 . The last item in the pamphlet collection dating …

To John Lubbock   17 November 1871

Summary

Praises and comments on JL’s essay on insects ["Origin of insects", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. 11 (1873): 422–5].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  17 Nov 1871
Classmark:  DAR 261.7: 7 (EH 88205932)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8072

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  • … 1871b, p.  425). Lubbock had first described the insect in 1862 (see Correspondence vol.   …
  • … 10, letter from John Lubbock, 23 August 1862 , and Lubbock 1863). Lubbock described the …

To James Crichton-Browne   12 April 1871

Summary

Discusses blushing. CD believes confusion of mind alone can account for it. Sends MS for JC-B’s comments and corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  12 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7678

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  • … as Leonard Darwin had suffered a severe attack in 1862 (see Correspondence vol.   …
  • … 10, letter to Asa Gray, 23[–4] July [1862] ), and CD’s father, Robert Waring Darwin, had …

To A. W. Bennett   [before 16 November 1871]

Summary

Discussed observations made in 1863 of Impatiens pollen and humble-bees.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred William Bennett
Date:  [before 16 Nov 1871]
Classmark:  Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 13 (1873): 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8303F

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  • … In a letter to Gray of 26[–7] November [1862] ( Correspondence vol.  10), CD had argued, ‘ …
  • … 10, letter from Asa Gray, 29 December 1862 ). CD’s observations on the anthers and pollen …

From H. G. Cavendish Browne   26 July 1871

Summary

Reports that a humble-bee fertilised a tropical orchid in his hothouse.

Author:  H. G. Cavendish Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 July 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7882

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  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … since the publication of your work in 1862 may have brought sufficient records of the same …

From J. B. Innes   21 January 1871

Summary

JBI regrets his part in appointments of his successors.

His friendship with CD and its effect on his fellow clerics.

Author:  John Brodie Innes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 167: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7449

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  • … Innes, the vicar of Down, had left Down in 1862, but since he retained the advowson (the …
  • … At the time of his departure in early 1862, the archbishop of Canterbury was John Bird …

To J. D. Hooker   28 November [1871]

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CD is considering repeating experiments on melastomads in which different pollen sizes produced differing seedling sizes.

Responds to JDH’s query on differences in pollen within the same species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 445–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8087

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  • … on the species are dated between January 1862 and May 1863 (DAR 205.8: 22–41); he did …
  • … on Clarkia elegans , dated between October 1862 and June  1863, are in DAR 205.8: 6–7, 51– …

To J. T. Moggridge   22 June [1871]

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Thanks JTM for information on ants.

Mentions letter "from a Texas gentleman" Gideon Lincecum describing ants that plant seeds [see 3082].

Notes that fly orchid is unattractive to insects. Asks JTM to attempt fertilisation experiment with this plant.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Traherne Moggridge
Date:  22 June [1871]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.399)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7830

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  • … of the Linnean Society ( Zoology ) 6 (1862): 29–31. CD also refers to Richard Kippist, the …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Zoology : The zoology of the voyage of HMS …

From J. J. Aubertin   1 March 1871

Summary

Was reminded of CD by his new book [Descent] in a shop;

reports having come on train as far as Bromley in previous summer, but found no means of travelling the seven miles to Down. Might try again.

Author:  John James Aubertin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 159: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7526

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  • … 7). See also Correspondence vol.  10, letter from Mary Butler, [before 25 December 1862] . …

From A. C. Ramsay   20 October 1871

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Glad CD agrees with his views as much as he does. Not surprised that his red rocks [Red Sandstones] ideas are disputed. The red marls of Auvergne support his inland water theory.

Author:  Andrew Crombie Ramsay
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8026

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  • … action had been slow to prevail (Ramsay 1862; see ODNB and Correspondence vol.  10). In …

From V. O. Kovalevsky   19 August [1871]

Summary

A. J. Gaudry is one of few supporters of Darwinism in Paris.

The climate is so hostile that Kovalevsky must mitigate his views so as not to irritate the French.

Working on Anchitherium, which he believes is intermediate between Palaeotherium and the horse.

His brother-in-law has been arrested.

Author:  Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 169: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7911

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  • … and Montreal: Bordas. Gaudry, Albert. 1862–7. Animaux fossiles et géologie de l’Attique, …
  • … descent beginning with Hipparion ( Gaudry 1862–7 , 1: 350–3). Kovalevsky recognised that …

From John Coghlan   13 July 1871

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JC offers to collect information under CD’s guidance.

Gives some notes on the colours of different horse breeds.

Mentions a wild duck that appears to be polygamous

and his observations on male ostriches with broods of young.

Author:  John Coghlan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 July 1871
Classmark:  DAR 88: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7864

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  • … By Charles Darwin. [Read 3 December 1862. ] Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of …

From Andrew Smith   26 February 1871

Summary

Admires CD’s ability to work so hard under adverse circumstances; finds his health makes all work an effort.

Author:  Andrew Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 185
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7516

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  • … 10, letter from Andrew Smith, [November? 1862] , and Correspondence vol.  15, letter from …

To E. A. Darwin   7 September [1871]

Summary

Wants to sell some shares held in trust by EAD and Josiah Wedgwood [III].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Date:  7 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 210.10: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13789

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  • … with the North Eastern Railway on 17 July 1862 ( Bradshaw’s railway guide 16 (1864): 221). …
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Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … As the sheer volume of his correspondence indicates, 1862 was a particularly productive year for …
  • … be so’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 and] 20 November [1862] ). I have not the least …
  • … him from this view ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 14 [January 1862] ): 'no doubt you are right …
  • … Huxley replied ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 20 January 1862 ): 'I entertain no doubt that …
  • … but continued ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 18 December [1862] ): 'you say the answer to …
  • … but complained ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 28 December [1862] ): 'To get the degree of …
  • … him the commission ( see letter to John Scott, 11 December [1862] ). Darwin was altogether taken …
  • … is no common man’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] ). Two sexual forms: …
  • … with his study of  Primula  and escalated throughout 1862 as he searched for other cases of …
  • … 1861, and was published in the society’s journal in March 1862. The paper described the two …
  • … in almost daily’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 22 January [1862] ). In a postscript, he mentioned his work …
  • … telling Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 March [1862] ): ‘I am nearly sure that daylight is …
  • … great’, he told Gray ( letter to Asa Gray, 10–20 June [1862] ), ‘I have lately counted one by one …
  • …  labour over them’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 [October 1862] ; see ML 2: 292–3). Other …
  • … of dimorphism’ ( letter to Daniel Oliver, 12 [April 1862] ), and experimenting to test his …
  • … sets of experiments’ ( letter to M. T. Masters, 24 July [1862] ). The materials that Darwin …
  • …  case he determined to experiment on  Linum  in 1862. Soon he was enthralled, especially by the …
  • … be generically distinct’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 14 July [1862] ). The case was so good that he …
  • … Linum  ‘at once’ ( letter to John Scott, 11 December [1862] ), writing up his experiments in …
  • … complex case—’ ( letter to Daniel Oliver, 29 [July 1862] ). The three forms had different lengths …
  • … who exclaimed to Gray ( letter to Asa Gray, 9 August [1862] ), ‘I am almost stark staring mad over …
  • … the Linnean Society ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 October [1862] ). However, it was not until 1864 …
  • … pleasure to ride’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 22 January [1862] ). But he worried about the resulting …
  • … the Book will sell’ ( letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). To his son, William, his …
  • … every  flower’ ( letter to Daniel Oliver, 8 June [1862] ). I never before felt half so …
  • … he told Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862] ). But he did not have long to wait. ‘It is …
  • … it ‘most valuable’ (letter from George Bentham, 15 May 1862).  Orchids  was published on 15 May, …
  • … all, ‘a success’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 [June 1862] ). a flank-movement on the …

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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  • … in the mud. BEGINNING OF WAR IN AMERICA: 1861-1862 In which the start of the American …
  • … cause. Tension.   THE DARWIN BOYS: 1862 In which Darwin reports one …
  • … 1856 33  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER, 14 MARCH 1862 34  JD HOOKER TO C DARWIN, …
  • … 1861 115 A GRAY TO CHARLES WRIGHT, 17 APRIL 1862 116 A GRAY TO RW CHURCH 7 MAY …
  • … 10 JUNE 1861 121  A GRAY TO C DARWIN, 31 MARCH 1862 122  JD HOOKER TO C …
  • … 16 DEC 1861 124 A GRAY TO ENGELMANN, 20 FEB 1862 125  A GRAY TO C DARWIN, 31 …
  • … 7 JULY 1863 152 C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER, DECEMBER 1862 153  JD HOOKER TO C …
  • … 1861 163  C Darwin TO A Gray, 16 OCTOBER 1862 164  C Darwin TO ASA GRAY, …

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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  • … Towards the end of 1862, Darwin resolved to build a small hothouse at Down House, for …
  • …  vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862] , and volume 10, letter to Thomas Rivers, …
  • … a construction suitable for tropical plants. In 1861 and 1862, while preparing  Orchids , he was …
  • …  vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 [December 1862] and n. 13). Initially, Darwin purchased for …
  • … over the previous two years. In a letter of 24 December [1862] ( Correspondence  vol. 10) …
  • … Kent ( Post Office directory of the six home counties  1862). 3.  Asclepias curassavica. …

Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1860-1870

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This selection of Charles Darwin’s letters includes correspondence with his friends and scientific colleagues around the world; letters by the critics who tried to stamp out his ideas, and by admirers who helped them to spread. It takes up the story of…

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  • … towards your doctrines … Huxley to Darwin, 1862. I cannot bear the thought …
  • … … Darwin to Asa Gray, in Boston, Mass., 1862. I have been greatly …

Clémence Auguste Royer

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Getting Origin translated into French was harder than Darwin had expected. The first translator he approached, Madame Belloc, turned him down on the grounds that the content was ‘too scientific‘, and then in 1860 the French political exile  Pierre…

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  • … her translation of Origin. First published in 1862, Royer’s translation of …
  • … “I received 2 or 3 days ago”, he told Asa Gray in 1862 , “a French Translation of the Origin by a …
  • … criticisms of her work always made reference to her sex. In 1862, Edouard Claparede wrote to …

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 3787 - Darwin, H. E. to Darwin, [29 October 1862] Henrietta Darwin provides …
  • … Letter 3634 - Darwin to Gray, A., [1 July 1862] Darwin tells American naturalist Asa …
  • … 3681  - Wedgwood, M. S. to Darwin, [before 4 August 1862] Darwin’s niece, Margaret, …
  • … lady”. Darwin, E. to Darwin, W. E. , (March, 1862 - DAR 219.1:49) Emma Darwin …
  • …  - Darwin to Wedgwood, K. E. S, M. S. & L. C., [4 August 1862] Darwin thanks his “angel …

Floral Dimorphism

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Floral studies In 1877 Darwin published a book that included a series of smaller studies on botanical subjects. Titled The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species, it consisted primarily of…

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  • … Letter 3468 - Darwin to JD Hooker, 7 March 1862 Darwin wishes he could sympathize with Asa …
  • … Letter 3515 - Daniel Oliver to Darwin, 23 April 1862 Daniel Oliver, an assistant under …
  • … Letter 3757 - Joseph Dalton Hooker to Darwin, 12 October 1862 J. D. Hooker writes to …

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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  • … 1 October [1861] To Charles Lyell, 1 April [1862] To Charles Lyell, 14 October …

Have you read the one about....

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... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some serious - but all letters you can read here.

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  • … ... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some …

Orchids

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A project to follow On the Origin of Species Darwin began to observe English orchids and collect specimens from abroad in the years immediately following the publication of On the Origin of Species. Examining…

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  • … SOURCES Books Darwin, Charles 1862. On the various contrivances by which …
  • … 3421 —Charles Darwin to Joseph Dalton Hooker 30 January 1862 Darwin tells Hooker about a …
  • … Letter 3662 —Charles Darwin to Asa Gray 23-4 July 1862 Darwin tells Asa Gray, a professor …
  • … Darwin’s work with orchids and Chapter 1 of Darwin’s 1862 book On the various …

Dining at Down House

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Dining, Digestion, and Darwin's Domestic Life While Darwin is best remembered for his scientific accomplishments, he greatly valued and was strongly influenced by his domestic life. Darwin's…

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  • … Letter 3626 —Emma Darwin to T. G. Appleton, 28 June [1862] Here Emma writes on her husband’s …
  • … Letter 3597 —Darwin to Joseph Dalton Hooker, 11 June [1862] Among bits of family news and …

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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  • … on  Verbascum.  Darwin had suggested to Scott in 1862, when Scott was working at the Royal Botanic …
  • … vol. 10, letter to John Scott, 19 November [1862] ). Darwin had already written to Hooker of …
  • … disturbing the serenity of the Christian world’ (Brewster 1862, p. 3). John Hutton Balfour, though …
  • …  vol. 10, letter from J. H. Balfour, 14 January 1862 ). According to Hooker, Balfour’s prejudice …

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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  • … all of their education in the home, although he noted in 1862 that his fifteen-year-old daughter …
  • … her own wish’ (Darwin to his son William,  30 [October 1862] ). Darwin frequently discussed the …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … lady”. Darwin, E. to Darwin, W. E. , (March 1862 - DAR 219.1:49) Emma Darwin …

Sexual selection

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Although natural selection could explain the differences between species, Darwin realised that (other than in the reproductive organs themselves) it could not explain the often marked differences between the males and females of the same species.  So what…

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  • … the Lords' ( to J. D. Hooker, 25 [and 26] January [1862] ) In 1869, Darwin …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … thus completing the work he had started on the genus in 1862. His varied botanical observations and …
  • … act. In his ongoing quest to confirm the statement in his 1862 book on orchids that nature ‘abhors …
  • … Scott, a gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, in 1862 with a letter regarding the …
  • … and Book of Joshua critically examined  (Colenso 1862–79). After reading extracts from Colenso’s …
  • … Correspondence vol. 10, letter to Asa Gray, 6 November [1862] ). A declaration that Erasmus …

Science: A Man’s World?

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Discussion Questions|Letters Darwin's correspondence show that many nineteenth-century women participated in the world of science, be it as experimenters, observers, editors, critics, producers, or consumers. Despite this, much of the…

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  • … 3715 - Claparède, J. L. R. A. E. to Darwin, [6 September 1862] Claparède acknowledges …

Insectivorous Plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Plants that consume insects Darwin began his work with insectivorous plants in the mid 1860s, though his findings would not be published until 1875. In his autobiography Darwin reflected on the delay that…

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  • … Letter 3853 - Charles Darwin to John Scott, 11 December 1862 This is a lengthy letter …

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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  • … with Owen when it became clear that Owen’s November 1862 description of the recently discovered  …
  • … work on mimicry in butterflies, which had been published in 1862 (see  Correspondence  vol. 10). …
  • … to the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury in September 1862 ( see letter to Julius von Haast, 22 …
  • … men, given at the Museum of Practical Geology at the end of 1862, and published as a book in early …
  • … that had already occupied much of his time in 1861 and 1862. With the publication in 1862 of his …
  • … a question he had been struggling with in 1861 and 1862; he wanted to determine experimentally …
  • … Edinburgh, had initiated the correspondence in November 1862 with a letter correcting Darwin’s …
  • … ( see letter to Asa Gray, 23 February [1863] , and Loring 1862). However, his tolerance of Gray’s …

Scientific Networks

Summary

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 3800 — Scott, John to Darwin, C. R., [11 Nov 1862] Scottish gardener John Scott notes …
  • … Letter 3805 — Darwin, C. R. to Scott, John, 12 Nov [1862] Darwin thanks Scott for bringing …
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