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To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   4 April 1874

Summary

Wants some plants for observation and for experimentation on their powers of movement.

Asks WTT-D to make observations on plants with sensitive stamens or pistil.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  4 Apr 1874
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 5–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9387

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  • … Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 5–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Apr …
  • … J.  D.  Hooker, 30 October [1873] ). CD had …
  • … Acacia farnesiana from Kew in October 1873 (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Outwards book , …
  • … on leaves in his letter to CD of 14 August 1873 ( Correspondence vol.  21; see also letter …
  • … to J.  D.  Hooker, 20 December [1873] ). …
  • … the letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 31 October 1873 ( Correspondence vol.  21). The list has not …
  • … to the book ( Correspondence vol.  21, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 30 August 1873 ). CD …
  • … ordered plants from George Rollisson in 1873 (see Correspondence vol.  21, letters to J.   …
  • … D.  Hooker, 18 October [1873] and …
  • … 3 November [1873] ). Stapelia is a genus of stem succulent plants; most are native to …
  • … lusitanicum (Portuguese sundew or dewy pine) in 1873 ( Correspondence vol.  21, letter to …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   22 December 1873

Summary

Concerning secretion of "bloom";

movements of Robinia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  22 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 3–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9189

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  • … To W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer   22 December 1873
  • … Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 3–4) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 22 Dec 1873 William Turner Thiselton-Dyer …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Dec 22. 1873 My dear Mr Dyer I thank you heartily. Your letter & …
  • … now Codariocalyx motorius ) in October 1873; his notes are in DAR 209.12: 107–8, 111. …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   4 December 1873

Summary

Wishes to identify a species of Cassia whose movements interest him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  4 Dec 1873
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9171

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  • … To W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer   4 December 1873
  • … Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 1–2) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 4 Dec 1873 William Turner Thiselton-Dyer …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Dec 4 1873 My dear Mr Dyer As Hooker is so busy I sh d be very …
  • … letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 3 December 1873  and n.  2). Cassia is a genus in the family …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [after 20 October 1873?]

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Summary

Composition of the residue left on evaporation of the fluid in Nepenthes.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 20 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 60.2: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9792

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  • … From W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer   [after 20 October 1873? ] …
  • … DAR 60.2: 58 William Turner Thiselton-Dyer Kew [after 20 Oct 1873? ] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 20  October 1873 . CD was interested in the chemical …
  • … letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 20 October 1873 . Thiselton-Dyer’s quotation is from Augustus …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   6 December 1873

Summary

Movement in plants.

Information on species of Cassia.

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 178: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9174

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  • … From W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer   6 December 1873
  • … Turner Thiselton-Dyer London, Gloucester Rd, Kew, 10 6 Dec 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … to W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer, 4 December 1873 . Cassia floribunda is now Senna floribunda . …
  • … to W.  T.  Thiselton-Dyer, 4 December 1873 . The scarlet pimpernel, Angalis arvensis , is …
  • … 10 Gloucester Road, Kew Dec 6. 1873 Dear M r Darwin Your Cassia is one well known in …

To W. Thistleton-Dyer   [December? 1873?]

Summary

Asks for Cassia plants.

What books could CD give R. I. Lynch to show his gratitude?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [Dec? 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9165

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  • … To W.  Thistleton-Dyer   [December? 1873? ] …
  • … DAR 144: 402 Charles Robert Darwin Down [Dec? 1873? ] William Turner Thiselton-Dyer …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   28 [June 1874]

Summary

Must stop work on "bloom" and leaf movements if he is ever to get anything published on Drosera, etc.

Sends thanks for seeds. Encloses memorandum in case WTT-D wishes to communicate information to Royal Horticultural Society. Has not time to prepare article.

Discusses condition of plants borrowed from Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  28 [June 1874]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 19–22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9571

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  • … Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 19–22) Charles Robert Darwin Abinger …
  • … J.  D.  Hooker, [1  November 1873] and nn.  3 and 4). Epiphytic species of Utricularia ( …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  21, letters to J.  D.  Hooker, 12  September [1873] and …
  • … 24 November 1873 ; see also letter to Fritz Müller, 14 May 1877 ( Calendar no.  10960; ML …
  • … albida and Acacia farnesiana in November 1873 (see Correspondence vol.  21, letter from …
  • … water sprayed onto various specimens since 1873 as part of his research into movement in …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   26 October [1875]

Summary

Wants Imantophyllum for crossing experiments.

Is glad WTT-D thinks George King’s notes worth sending to the Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  26 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 37–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10227

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  • … Dyer, W.T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 37–8) Charles Robert Darwin Down 26 …
  • … Bibliography Pfeiffer, Ludwig . 1873–4. Nomenclator botanicus. 2 vols. Cassel: Theodor …
  • … s Nomenclator botanicus ( Pfeiffer 1873–4 ) to the library of the Linnean Society. …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   20 [May 1878]

Summary

Will dispatch plants for Kew tomorrow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  20 [May 1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 124–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11518

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  • … Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 124–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 20 [ …
  • … to letter from J. D. Hooker, [1 November 1873] . CD’s notes for his experiments removing …
  • … studied movement in this species in November 1873 (see Correspondence vol. 21). Drosera is …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   21 November [1878]

Summary

CD hopes his book [Movement in plants] will be worth the effort WTT-D has put into getting plants for him; fears he has achieved little.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  21 Nov [1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 207–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11753

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  • … Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 207–8) Charles Robert Darwin London, …
  • … see Nature , 5 December 1878, p. 109). He served as president from 1873 to 1878 ( ODNB ). …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   9 May [1878]

Summary

CD wants some plants; asks Lynch to raise some Cactaceae for him. Observations on sensitivity and movements of radicle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  9 May [1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 119–21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11499

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  • … Dyer, W. T. , Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 119–21) Charles Robert Darwin Bassett 9 …
  • … London: John Murray. 1880. Sachs, Julius. 1873–4. Ueber das Wachsthum der Haupt- und …
  • … of primary and adventitious roots; Sachs 1873–4 ). Many of his experiments were performed …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   4 July [1879?]

Summary

Thanks WTT-D for Drosophyllum seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  4 July [1879?]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 65–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11033

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 65–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   25 January [1879]

Summary

Movements in Oxalis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  25 Jan [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–1881: ff. 153–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11845

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–1881: ff. 153–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   3 February 1879

Summary

Heliotropic movements. Is giving up experiments until the spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  3 Feb 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 158–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11857

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 158–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   21 February [1879]

Summary

Wants to borrow Duchartre’s Éléments de botanique [1867].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  21 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 160–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11895

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 160–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 21 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   25 [February 1879]

Summary

Thanks for book [Duchartre, Éléments de botanique].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  25 [Feb 1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 162)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11903

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 162) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 [ …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   13 March 1879

Summary

Thanks for seeds and for kindness to Frank Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  13 Mar 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 165)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11929

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 165) Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Mar …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   1 April [1879]

Summary

Thanks for the plants for heliotropic experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  1 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 169)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11964

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 169) Charles Robert Darwin Down 1 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   3 April [1879]

Summary

Thanks for WTT-D’s trouble.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  3 Apr [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 172)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11973

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 172) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   5 June 1879

Summary

Has been writing life of Erasmus Darwin.

Wants plants with heliotropic aerial roots. Has proved root apex governs nature of flexure in upper part of root.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  5 June 1879
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 173–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12086

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 173–4) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 …
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Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

Summary

Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved …
  • … A large portion of the letters Darwin received in 1873 were in response to  The expression of the …
  • … to have observed” ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 January [1873] ).  Drosera  was the main focus of …
  • … leaf & branch!” ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 12 January 1873 ). Darwin found that the …
  • … copy of the  Handbook for the physiological laboratory  (1873), a detailed guide to animal …
  • … Darwin’s other main focus of botanical investigation in 1873 was cross- and self-fertilisation, work …
  • … & correlated” ( letter to T. H. Farrer, 14 August 1873 ). Darwin worried, however, that …
  • … when it will be ready” ( letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). Keeping it in the family …
  • … their burrows” ( letter from Francis Darwin, 14 August [1873] ). In September, Darwin …
  • … will be created” ( letter to E. A. Darwin, 20 September 1873 ). Erasmus, who had studied medicine …
  • … work” ( letter from E. A. Darwin, 25 September [1873] ).  Shortly afterwards, it was arranged for …
  • … 1872 and sold quickly. He wrote to Hooker on 12 January [1873] , “Did I ever boast to you on the …
  • … anonymously in the  Edinburgh Review  in April ([Baynes] 1873). Darwin asked one of his Scottish …
  • … before hand” ( letter to George Cupples, 28 April [1873] ). Readers' lives …
  • … letter from L. M. Forster to H. E. Litchfield, 20 February 1873 ). The surgeon Francis Stephen …
  • … ( letter to F. S. B. F. de Chaumont, 3 February [1873] ). Some readers proposed alternative …
  • … that accompanied sexual intercourse? (letter from ?, [1873?]). The Scottish physician William Main …
  • … with the reverse—” ( letter from William Main, 2 April 1873 ). The zoologist Henry Reeks suspected …
  • … and good breeding ( letter from Henry Reeks, 3 March 1873 ). Robert Swinhoe wrote from Ning …
  • … a second dose” ( letter from Robert Swinhoe, 26 March 1873 ). One of the leading …
  • … the jaws” ( letter from James Crichton-Browne, 16 April 1873 ). Crichton-Browne was trying …
  • … the disease ( letter to James Crichton-Browne, 30 December 1873 ). Instinct  In …
  • … to its offspring ( letter from J. T. Moggridge, 1 February 1873 ). Darwin soon became …
  • … shops ( letter to  Nature , [before 13 February 1873] ). Huggins’s letter prompted replies from …
  • … to  Nature  ( letter to  Nature , [before 13 March 1873] ) about a horse who had pulled a mail …
  • … with his finger ( letter to  Nature , [before 3 April 1873] ). Moggridge suggested the …
  • … fellow species” ( letter to  Nature , [before 24 July 1873] ). Character and genius …
  • … as “utopian” ( letter to Francis Galton, 4 January [1873] ). Continuing the line of research he …
  • … money very well” ( letter to Francis Galton, 28 May 1873 ). Among character traits, he listed …
  • … honest & industrious” ( letter to Francis Galton, 28 May 1873 ). Supporting science, …
  • … father ( enclosure to letter from T. H. Huxley, 3 December 1873 ).  In April, Darwin also …

All Darwin's letters from 1873 go online for the anniversary of Origin

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To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the full transcripts and footnotes of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. Read about Darwin's life in 1873 through his…

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  • … of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. We have also …
  • … Here are some highlights from Darwin's correspondence in 1873: I do not think any …
  • … in Drosera.  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 October [1873] ) In 1873, Darwin continued …
  • … work to do  ( Letter to E. A. Darwin, 20 September 1873 ) As well as working on …
  • … of them sold!  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 January [1873] ) Expression of the …
  • … brother.  ( Letter to T. H. Huxley, 23 April 1873 ) Darwin wrote this to Thomas …
  • … and marvellous  ( Letter to Francis Galton, 28 May 1873 ) Darwin was invited to …

Charles Harrison Blackley

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You may not have heard of Charles Harrison Blackley (1820–1900), but if you are one of the 15 million people in the UK who suffer from hay fever, you are indebted to him. For it was he who identified pollen as the cause of the allergy. Darwin was…

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  • … Darwin was very interested in hay fever. On 14 June [1873] he wrote to Blackley to thank him for …
  • … Aestivus (hay-fever or hay-asthma). And on   5 July 1873 Darwin wrote again, saying:  ‘The …
  • … in every direction. (Letter to C. H. Blackley, 5 July [1873] ) Blackley wrote back …
  • … regions of the atmosphere.  Blackley wrote on 7 July 1873 that his high altitude experiments had …
  • … remained elusive.   He wrote to Darwin on 11 July 1873 : The problem of cure has still …

Frank Chance

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The Darwin archive not only contains letters, manuscript material, photographs, books and articles but also all sorts of small, dry specimens, mostly enclosed with letters. Many of these enclosures have become separated from the letters or lost altogether,…

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  • … However, while footnoting a second letter from Chance in 1873, a discovery was made.  This letter …
  • … (Letter from Frank Chance, 31 July–7 August 1873 ) The pony hair turned up in the …
  • … son William’s house near Southampton on 10 August [1873] . William had followed up on a similar …

Darwin and religion: a definitive web resource

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I am aware that if we admit a first cause, the mind still craves to know whence it came and how it arose.  Charles Darwin to N. D. Doedes, 2 April 1873 Darwin is more famous, and more notorious than ever. Nowhere is this more evident than in the…

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  • …   Charles Darwin to N. D. Doedes, 2 April 1873 Darwin is more famous, and more …

Francis Galton

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Galton was a naturalist, statistician, and evolutionary theorist. He was a second cousin of Darwin’s, having descended from his grandfather, Erasmus. Born in Birmingham in 1822, Galton studied medicine at King’s College, London, and also read mathematics…

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  • … including photography, anthropometry, and fingerprinting. In 1873, he proposed founding a society to …
  • … difficult to judge on these latter heads” ( 4 January [1873] ). Like most of his contemporaries, …
  • … particular inherited talents, except for business ( 28 May 1873 ). Galton grew increasingly …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … Andrew Clark, whom he had been consulting since August 1873. Darwin had originally thought that …
  • … had suggested a new edition of the coral book in December 1873, when he realised the difficulty a …
  • …  vol. 21, letter to Smith, Elder & Co., 17 December [1873] ). Darwin himself had some trouble …
  • … of human evolution and inheritance himself.  In August 1873, he had published in the  Contemporary …
  • … the use of the Down schoolroom as a winter reading room in 1873 (see  Correspondence , vol. 21, …
  • … ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 July [1874] ). In 1873, Hooker had begun a series of …
  • …  vol. 21, letter from Francis Darwin,  [11 October 1873] ). Darwin wasted several weeks in …
  • … Moulinié, who had died after a period of ill health in 1873.  Edmond Barbier corrected defects in …
  • … was a copy of Joseph Simms’s book on physiognomy (Simms 1873), which contained Darwin’s portrait 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 8701 - Lubbock, E. F . to Darwin, [1873] Ellen Lubbock, wife of naturalist …
  • … Letter 8989 - Treat, M. to Darwin, [28 July 1873] Mary Treat reports in detail on her …
  • … Letter 8989 - Treat, M. to Darwin, [28 July 1873] Mary Treat provides a detailed …
  • … 9156  - Wallace, A. R . to Darwin, [19 November 1873] Wallace reassures Darwin that …
  • … 9157  - Darwin to Da rwin, G. H., [20 November 1873] Darwin offers the work of …
  • … Letter 8719  - Darwin to Treat, M., [1 January 1873] Darwin gives Mary Treat close …
  • … 9157  - Darwin to Da rwin, G. H., [20 November 1873] Darwin offers the work of …

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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  • … 8962: Darwin, C. R. to Max Müller, Friedrich, 3 July 1873 In the 1870s, Darwin corresponded …

Francis Darwin

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Known to his family as ‘Frank’, Charles Darwin’s seventh child himself became a distinguished scientist. He was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, initially studying mathematics, but then transferring to natural sciences.  Francis completed…

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  • … work” (letter from E. A. Darwin, 25 September [1873] ).  Shortly afterwards, it was arranged for …

Photograph album of Dutch admirers

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Darwin received the photograph album for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from his scientific admirers in the Netherlands. He wrote to the Dutch zoologist Pieter Harting, An account of your countrymen’s generous sympathy in having sent me on my…

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  • … Constantijn Costerus and his friend had written to Darwin in 1873, praising his works and describing …
  • … Letter to J. C. Costerus and N. D. Doedes, [22?] March 1873 ) The Dutch friends so …

Exercise: Caricatures of Science

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Caricatures provide intriguing insights into both ideals and transgressions of gender. The following six images show caricatured representations of nineteenth-century men and women of science. They provide insight into the boundaries of what was deemed …

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  • … width="191"] Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1873)[/caption]   …
  • … and biographical sketches of men of the day , (1873).   …

Darwin's bad days

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Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and experimenting, even Darwin had some bad days. These times when nothing appeared to be going right are well illustrated by the following quotations from his letters:

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  • … Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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  • … Weale, J.P.M. [Jan 1873] Bedford, Cape of Good Hope, …

Darwin as mentor

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Darwin provided advice, encouragement and praise to his fellow scientific 'labourers' of both sexes. Selected letters Letter 2234 - Darwin to Unidentified, [5 March 1858] Darwin advises that Professor C. P. Smyth’s observations are not…

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  • … Letter 9005b - Darwin to Treat, M., [12 August 1873] Darwin thanks Treat for sending over …

Joseph Simms

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The American doctor and author of works on physiognomy Joseph Simms wrote to Darwin on 14 September 1874, while he was staying in London. He enclosed a copy of his book Nature’s revelations of character (Simms 1873). He hoped it might 'prove…

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  • … of his book Nature’s revelations of character (Simms 1873). He hoped it might 'prove …
  • … flat feet were indicative of small secretiveness (Simms 1873, p. 154). A ‘broad foot’ indicated …
  • … destroy: the propensity to mar, deface, or destroy' (Simms 1873, p. 166). Unfortunately, …
  • … and animals. London: John Murray. Simms, Joseph. 1873. Nature’s revelations of character, …

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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George Eliot was the pen name of celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She was born on the outskirts of Nuneaton in Warwickshire and was educated at boarding schools from the age of five until she was 16. Her education ended when she…

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  • … Sunday afternoons, when they received visitors (23 March 1873; Emma described his visit in a letter …
  • … younger daughter, Bessy, did call on a Saturday in October 1873 but the Leweses were away. As a …
  • … this happened (Emma Darwin to Horace Darwin, [14 October 1873], DAR 258: 547b). Early the following …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 8837 — Darwin, C. R. to Doedes, N. D., 2 Apr 1873 Darwin explains the impossibility of …
  • … 9122 — Darwin, C. R. to Down School Board, [Nov–Dec 1873] Darwin, Sir John Lubbock, Ellen …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … (letter to Down School Board, [after 29 November 1873] ). Ffinden fiercely resented Darwin for …

Referencing women’s work

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Darwin's correspondence shows that women made significant contributions to Darwin's work, but whether and how they were acknowledged in print involved complex considerations of social standing, professional standing, and personal preference.…

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  • … Letter 8719 - Darwin to Treat, M., [1 January 1873] Darwin asks naturalist Mary Treat …
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