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To J. D. Hooker   25 January [1877]

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CD notes growth of Royal Society may force it to hire officers.

Speculates on cold resistance of bacterial germs.

Will communicate to Royal Society Frank’s paper on the ingestion of solid particles by the protoplasmic protrusions of Dipsacus glands.

CD working on plant dimorphism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 430–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10814

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  • … to Richard Owen’s address on 3 December 1873 to the fellows of the Royal Society on the …
  • … elections, presidents, and payment of secretaries ( R. Owen 1873 ). Owen had hinted …
  • … 10 (1869): 393–437. Owen, Richard. 1873. [Address to the fellows of the Royal Society on …
  • … that Hooker, who was elected president on 1 December 1873 ( The Times , …
  • … 2 December 1873, p. 7), would accept payment as president of the Royal Society (see …
  • … 21, letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 December [1873] ). See letter from J. D. Hooker, 18 January …

From Hermann Müller   25 January 1877

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Thanks CD for calling attention to a "considerable error" in his observations on Hottonia fertility [in Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)]. [See Forms of flowers, p. 52.]

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 110: A26–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10815

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  • … fertility [in Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)]. [See Forms of flowers , p. 52. ] …
  • … flowers through insect agency; H. Müller 1873 ) has not been found; CD evidently pointed …
  • … John Murray. 1877. Müller, Hermann. 1873. Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten und …
  • … fertility as legitimate crosses; H. Müller 1873 , p. 352). CD double-scored the passage in …
  • … discussed Müller’s suggestion ( H. Müller 1873 , p. 352) that homostyled plants might have …

From William Saunders   22 November 1877

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Sends plant specimens of a hybrid he has raised by crossing two species of Rubus. Describes procedure by which he obtained them. Cites his paper on hybridisation.

Author:  William Saunders
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11248

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  • … 1872 report is in the Darwin Library–Down; his copy of the 1873 report has not been found. …
  • … In the report of 1873, there was an account of a visit to Saunders’s fruit farm, including …
  • … Doolittle–Philadelphia hybrids (Beadle et al. 1873, pp. 258–9). The paper on hybridity is …
  • … of agriculture for Ontario for 1872 and 1873 in which you will find further details in …

From Hyde Clarke   27 December 1877

Summary

Informs CD of his work on the "unity of language in its development".

Author:  Henry Hyde (Hyde) Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 161: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11292

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  • … was unique to humans and thus a separate creation (see Max Müller 1873 , pp. 666–9). …
  • … John Murray. 1874. Müller, Hermann. 1873. Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten und …
  • … s philosophy of language’ (Max Müller 1873 ) had challenged CD’s theory of language; CD …

To J. D. Hooker   25 May [1877]

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CD has again become interested in "bloom" on plants; requests JDH’s help with seeds and plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 May [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 440–1; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 69)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10972

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 69) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 …
  • … a plant of Mimosa albida in November 1873 (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter from J. …
  • … D. Hooker, [1 November 1873] and n. 4). Desmodium gyrans is a synonym of Codariocalyx …

From Charles Layton   20 March 1877

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Encloses statement of sales for Origin, Expression, Descent and Insectivorous plants and sends a cheque for the balance due to CD.

Author:  Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 159: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10907

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  • … ed. was published from stereotypes of the sixth London edition in 1873. Expression US ed. …
  • … stereotypes of the English edition but has an 1873 imprint on the title page. Descent 2d …
  • … By Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton. 1873. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. From the 6th London edition. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1873. …

From C. W. Thomson   30 June 1877

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Wants CD’s advice on who would undertake describing the Crustacea from the Challenger expedition [1872–6].

Author:  Charles Wyville Thomson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11026

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  • … by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–1876. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. …
  • … by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–1876. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. …
  • … by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–76. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. …
  • … by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–76. 3 vols. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. …

To C. H. Blackley   9 March 1877

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Thanks for CHB’s essay [New observations on hay-fever (1877?)]. The calculation of the weight of pollen-grains is wonderful. Suggests he consult Cross and self-fertilisation, pp. 376, 405 for information on this subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Harrison Blackley
Date:  9 Mar 1877
Classmark:  Yale University Medical Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library (MMS)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10886

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  • … Bibliography Blackley, Charles Harrison. 1873. Experimental researches on the causes and …
  • … he cited some of CD’s comments on Blackley 1873 (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to C. …
  • … H. Blackley, 5 July [1873] ). In Cross and self fertilisation , pp. 376–7, CD …
  • … in dry conditions than wet ( Blackley 1873 ), and cited other authors who had estimated …

To J. D. Hooker   28 November [1877]

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Suggests revisions in JDH’s 1877 Presidential Address to the Royal Society [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. (1877): 427–46].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 465
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11257

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  • … the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. See also Dana 1873, Judd 1881 , pp. 295–301, and Knopf …
  • … Dana used the term ‘syclinoria’ (see Dana 1873 , p. 439), defining a synclinorium as a …
  • … Bibliography Dana, James Dwight. 1873. On some results of the earth’s contraction from …

From Hermann Müller   2 April 1877

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Is pleased that CD agrees with HM’s suggestions and criticisms of CD’s work. Will undertake experiments with Viola tricolor seeds to see if they produce both large- and small-flowered plants.

Author:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr 1877
Classmark:  DAR 111: A88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10921

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  • … of flowers through insect agency; H. Müller 1873 , p. 145), Müller had described insect …
  • … John Murray. 1877. Müller, Hermann. 1873. Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten und …
  • … V. tricolor and the self-fertilising form of the species in letters of 19 May 1873 and …
  • … 10 June 1873 ( Correspondence vol. 21). Rhinanthus or rattle is a genus of hemiparasitic …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   27 September [1877]

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Thanks for Australian leaves for "bloom" experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  27 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 99)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11156

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 99) Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   16 February 1877

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Pleased and honoured by WTT-D’s review ["Darwin on fertilisation", Nature 15 (1876–77): 329–32]. Comments on review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  16 Feb 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 60–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10848

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 60–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [20–4 August 1877]

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Discusses plants sent for experiments and "bloom" on leaves of Trifolium.

Sends enclosure for R. I. Lynch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [20–4 Aug 1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 87–8) (Image reproduced with the kind permission of the Board of Trustees)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11086

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 87–8) (Image reproduced with the kind …
  • … sensitivum ) were sent to CD on 16 August 1873 (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Outwards …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   26 [July 1877]

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Thanks for the plants.

Is doubtful whether he will make out anything about "bloom".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  26 [July 1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11072

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 78) Charles Robert Darwin Down 26 [ …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   28 July [1877]

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Thanks R. I. Lynch for his MS on Averrhoa.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  28 July [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 79)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11076

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 79) Charles Robert Darwin Down 28 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   [before 24 August 1877]

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Would like specimen of Cassia mimosoides.

Offers books to R. I. Lynch in return for services rendered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  [before 24 Aug 1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 83–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11085

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 83–4) Charles Robert Darwin Down [ …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   7 August 1877

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Requests plants that show movement, and any with "bloom" living near the sea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  7 Aug 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 80–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11094

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 80–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 7 …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   17 January 1877

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Thanks WTT-D for praise of Cross and self-fertilisation

and for information about Mussaenda.

Has some algae from Queensland if WTT-D is interested.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  17 Jan 1877
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 58–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10798

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 58–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 17 …

From C. W. Thomson   1 May 1877

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Is sorting material collected by the Challenger and wonders whether CD would care to examine the cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Wyville Thomson
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10947

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  • … by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–1876. London: HMSO. Hoek, Paulus Peronius Cato. …
  • … by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–1876. Anatomical part. London: Her Majesty’s …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   9 July [1877]

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Asks for advice on how to care for previously sent species.

Occurrence of "bloom".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  9 July [1877]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 67–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11043

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  • … Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 67–8) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 …
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Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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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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