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From G. H. Darwin to John Tyndall   [7 April 1873]

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CD particularly wishes to see JT "On business not connected with himself" [the fund for Huxley’s holiday]. Asks whether CD may call that afternoon. GHD adds postscript saying CD very fatigued. He hopes JT can come to see CD instead, but he should not mention that GHD suggested it.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  John Tyndall
Date:  [7 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 261.8: 12 (EH 88205950)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8846

Matches: 6 hits

  • … From G.  H.  Darwin to John Tyndall   [7 April 1873] …
  • … 12 (EH 88205950) George Howard Darwin London, Montague St, 16 [7 Apr 1873] John Tyndall …
  • … subscription was handled by Lubbock’s bank (see letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 23 April 1873 ). …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J.  D.  Hooker, [6 April 1873] . …
  • … The Monday after 6 April 1873 was 7 April. The business referred to was the plan to raise …
  • … see letter to J.  D.  Hooker, [6 April 1873] and n.  2). CD had probably visited John …

From G. H. Darwin   8 July 1873

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Corrects chemical concentrations CD has been using [in insectivorous plant experimentation].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July 1873
Classmark:  DAR 55: 160–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8969

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   8 July 1873
  • … DAR 55: 160–1 George Howard Darwin unstated 8 July 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … as 2 ounces an amount of water too small by 9 gr. End of letter : ‘July 8 th — 1873. ’ ink …

From G. H. Darwin to Richard Strachey   [29 August 1873]

Summary

Writes for CD to thank RS for his very valuable information.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Strachey
Date:  [29 Aug 1873]
Classmark:  British Library (IOL MSS Eur.F.127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9031

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin to Richard Strachey   [29 August 1873] …
  • … Library (IOL MSS Eur.F.127) George Howard Darwin Down [29 Aug 1873] Richard Strachey …
  • … relationship between this letter and the letter from Richard Strachey, 25 August 1873 . …
  • … The Friday following 25 August 1873 was 29 August. According to Emma Darwin’ …
  • … CD was very unwell on 26 and 28 August 1873, but much better in the next couple of days. …
  • … bed on 31 August. See letter from Richard Strachey, 25 August 1873  and n.  3. The meeting …
  • … of Science was held in Bradford in September 1873. Strachey’s home was in Clapham. …

From G. H. Darwin   [25 September – 3 October 1873]

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Criticises CD’s letter to Nature ["Complemental males in certain cirripedes", Collected papers 2: 177–82].

On the elimination of useless parts.

GHD fails to see the point of CD’s use of the law of distribution about a mean.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Sept – 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 205.1: 74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9070

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   [25 September – 3 October 1873] …
  • … DAR 205.1: 74 George Howard Darwin unstated [25 Sept – 3 Oct 1873] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … by the publication of CD’s letter to Nature on 25 September 1873 (see letter to …
  • … Nature , 20 September [1873] and n.  1), and the letter to Nature from …
  • … G.  H.  Darwin, 4 October [1873]. CD had drawn on Adolphe Quetelet’s statistical work to …
  • … rudimentary male cirripedes (see letter to Nature , 20 September [1873] and n.  10). …

From G. H. Darwin   [1 October 1873]

Summary

Discusses his health following a visit to Dr C[lark?]. Has made an appointment for CD.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8702

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   [1 October 1873] …
  • … 210.2: 29 George Howard Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 6 [1 Oct 1873] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … at Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1873 ( ODNB ). George refers to Erasmus (Ras). …
  • … The visit took place on Wednesday 8 October 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)); the …
  • … in a letter to Horace Darwin, [10 June 1873] (DAR 258: 579), Emma Darwin wrote: ‘D r …

From G. H. Darwin   [before 3 October 1873]

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Sends CD a draft of a letter to Nature [see 9087], which he thinks expresses CD’s meaning.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9084

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   [before 3 October 1873] …
  • … 28 George Howard Darwin New University Club [before 3 Oct 1873] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … between this letter and the letter to G.  H.  Darwin, 3 October [1873] . CD had …
  • … published a letter in Nature , 25 September 1873, pp.  431–2, headed ‘On the males and …
  • … see letter to Nature , 20 September [1873]). George’s draft has not been found, but was a …
  • … of organs (see letter from G.  H.  Darwin to Nature , 4 October [1873]). George took …
  • … at Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1873 ( ODNB ). Leonard Darwin was working at the …
  • … at Down House. Andrew Clark began treating both CD and George in 1873 (see letter from …
  • … Andrew Clark, 3 September 1873 , and letter from G.   …
  • … H.  Darwin, [1 October 1873] ). Edmund Langton was George’s cousin. …

From G. H. Darwin to Nature   4 October [1873]

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Sends, with CD’s approval, a clarification of CD’s explanation of how useless organs might diminish [see 9061]. Using Quetelet’s law of normal distribution GHD shows how horns of cattle, having become useless, would gradually diminish and finally disappear.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  4 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 16 October 1873, p. 505
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9087

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin to Nature    4 October [1873] …
  • … Nature , 16 October 1873, p.   …
  • … 505 George Howard Darwin Down 4 Oct [1873] Nature …
  • … is established by the fact that this letter was published in Nature , 16 October 1873. …
  • … See letter to Nature , 20 September [1873]. See letter from G.   …
  • … H.  Darwin, [before 3 October 1873] , and letter to G.   …
  • … H.  Darwin, 3 October [1873] . George refers to Adolphe Quetelet and Quetelet 1869, 1: …

From G. H. Darwin   5 October 1873

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Has decided to send the letter ["Variation of organs", Nature 8 (1873): 505].

Writes of his poor health and problems of settling in at Trinity.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9088

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   5 October 1873
  • … 210.2: 30 George Howard Darwin Trinity College, Cambridge 5 Oct 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … the letter ["Variation of organs", Nature 8 (1873): 505]. Writes of his poor health and …
  • … organs (see letter from G.  H.  Darwin to Nature , 4 October [1873] and nn.  2 and 3). …
  • … Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1873 ( ODNB ). Horace Darwin was an undergraduate …
  • … to the south of France for their health in January 1873 (letter from G.  H.  Darwin …
  • … house in Down for Francis Darwin (see letter to Frederick Allen’s agent, [October 1873] ). …
  • … to H.  E.  Litchfield, 25 January 1873 (DAR 210.2: 24)). George was following the dietary …
  • … see letter from G.  H.  Darwin, [1 October 1873] and n.  2). Gyp-room: a room where the …
  • … was printed in the Proceedings (Goodman 1873); the abstract mentioned that corpuscles were …
  • … in a letter in Chemical News , 23 May 1873, p.  255. Henry Fisher Cox of the Examiner , a …

From G. H. Darwin   [c. 16 October 1873?]

Summary

Sends table showing relative force of impact of weight dropped on a plane inclined at different angles.

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 16 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9078

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   [ c. 16 October 1873? ] …
  • … DAR 162: 62 George Howard Darwin unstated [ c. 16 Oct 1873? ] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … the letter from G.  H.  Darwin, 16 October 1873 . George’s letter may have to do with CD’s …
  • … as possible ( letter to G.  H.  Darwin, 12 October [1873] , and letter from G.   …
  • … H.  Darwin, 16 October 1873 ). …

From G. H. Darwin   16 October 1873

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On bodies of varying elasticity bouncing off inclined planes [see 9096].

Author:  George Howard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9097

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin   16 October 1873
  • … 162: 65 George Howard Darwin Trinity College, Cambridge 16 Oct 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … letter to G.  H.  Darwin, 12 October [1873] ). CD completed the sentence in his annotation …

From G. H. Darwin to Emma Darwin   [before 24 November 1873]

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Describes a seance attended by George Darwin and Myers.

Author:  James William Colvile
Addressee:  Emma Darwin
Date:  [before 24 November 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 210.2: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9157F

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  • … From G.  H.  Darwin to Emma Darwin   [before 24 November 1873] …
  • … DAR 210.2: 31 James William Colvile [before 24 November 1873] Emma Darwin …
  • … was an anonymous review of Samuel Butler’s novel The fair haven ([Butler] 1873) in the …
  • … Spectator , 15 November 1873, p.  1442. John Pickard Owen was the fictional author of the …
  • … letter to G.  H.  Darwin, 24 November 1873 . It is part of a collection of letters from …
  • … d. , in the Spiritualist , 21 November 1873, p.  451. Arthur Thomas Myers. George probably …
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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 …

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 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, …

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 …

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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  • … Emma Darwin to Henrietta Darwin, [4 December 1873] Here Emma describes Darwin’s difficulties …

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 9005 - Charles Darwin to Mary Treat, 12 August 1873 Darwin writes to Treat to …

Science, Work and Manliness

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Discussion Questions|Letters In 1859, popular didactic writer William Landels published the first edition of what proved to be one of his best-selling works, How Men Are Made. "It is by work, work, work" he told his middle class audience, …

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  • … Letter 9157 - Darwin to Darwin, G. H., [20 November 1873] Darwin offers the work of …
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