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To W. M. Canby   19 February 1873

Summary

CD would like to know what were the sizes of insects caught by the older leaves of Dionaea.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Marriott Canby
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  The Society of Natural History of Delaware
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8773

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  • … To W.  M.  Canby   19 February 1873
  • … Natural History of Delaware Charles Robert Darwin Down 19 Feb 1873 William Marriott Canby …
  • … See letter from W.  M.  Canby, 1 February 1873  and nn.  2 and 3. CD refers to Canby 1868. …
  • … See letter from W.  M.  Canby, 1 February 1873  and n.  4. CD had confused Canby’s home, …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Feb 19— 1873 Dear Sir I am very much obliged for your kind …

From T. R. Clephan   19 February 1873

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Reports that he has the power of moving his left ear towards the top of his head [see Descent 1: 21].

Author:  Thomas Richmond Clephan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 87: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8775

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  • … From T.  R.  Clephan   19 February 1873
  • … DAR 87: 53 Thomas Richmond Clephan Tübingen 19 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Tübingen. | Würtemburg. 19 Feb.  1873 Honoured Sir, Whilst reading your work, “The descent …

To Albert Gaudry   19 February 1873

Summary

Thanks for gift of first part of AG’s magnificent work [Animaux fossiles du mont Léberon (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milan (Library: Fondo Gaudry b.7, fasc. 28, doc. 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To Albert Gaudry   19 February 1873
  • … b.7, fasc. 28, doc. 5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 19 Feb 1873 Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry …
  • … gift of first part of AG’s magnificent work [ Animaux fossiles du mont Léberon (1873)]. …
  • … du Mont Léberon (Vaucluse) (Gaudry et al. 1873). CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down. …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Feb 19 1873 Dear Sir I am greatly obliged by the gift of the …

From F. X. Neumann von Spallart   19 February 1873

Summary

The editor of a supplement to the New Free Press to be published during the next Vienna Exhibition, asks CD to contribute a few columns on any topic.

Author:  Franz Xaver Neumann von Spallart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 172: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8774

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  • … From F.  X.  Neumann von Spallart   19 February 1873
  • … DAR 172: 15 Franz Xaver Neumann von Spallart Vienna 19 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … was held from 1 May until 1 November 1873 in Vienna at the Prater, a large public park and …
  • … 1990). Issue 27595 of The Times (24 January 1873, p.  9) contained a report on the Neue …

To ?   19 February 1873

Summary

Thanks recipient for a photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  19 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Sotheby Parke-Bernet (13 December 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8776A

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  • … To ?    19 February 1873
  • … Sotheby Parke-Bernet (13 December 1983) Charles Robert Darwin 19 Feb 1873 Unidentified …

From L. M. Forster to H. E. Litchfield   20 February 1873

Summary

Recommends a language teacher.

Remarks on expression.

Author:  Laura May Forster
Addressee:  Henrietta Emma Litchfield Henrietta Emma Darwin (Henrietta Emma Darwin)
Date:  20 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 164: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8778

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  • … From L.  M.  Forster to H.  E.  Litchfield   20 February 1873
  • … 164: 159 Laura May Forster Magdalan 20 Feb 1873 Henrietta Emma Litchfield Henrietta Emma …
  • … Magdala Feb.  20 th . 1873 My dear Harrot I can quite recommend Plathe and think he would …
  • … Henry Farrer was announced in February 1873 (R.  B.  Litchfield, Record, personal and …

From J. D. Hooker   20 February 1873

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Delighted with John Traherne Moggridge’s book [Harvesting ants (1873)].

Has suggested he plant seeds in various receptacles. Only two explanations for failure of seeds to germinate [in ants’ nests]: lack of circulating air or formic acid.

Has undertaken a botany primer for Macmillan.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 149–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8777

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   20 February 1873
  • … DAR 103: 149–50 Joseph Dalton Hooker Kew 20 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Moggridge’s book [ Harvesting ants (1873)]. Has suggested he plant seeds in various …
  • … Traherne Moggridge’s Harvesting ants and trap-door spiders (Moggridge 1873) was published …
  • … in January 1873 ( Publishers’ Circular , …
  • … 1 February 1873, p.  76). …
  • … In Moggridge 1873, pp.  24–5, Moggridge had noted that ants were able to check the …

To J. D. Hooker   21 February [1873]

Summary

Will see whether formic acid delays germination of fresh seeds.

Thinks primer not at all a folly. Refers JDH to Asa Gray’s "child’s book" [see 8363].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 259–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8779

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  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   21 February [1873] …
  • … DAR 94: 259–60 Charles Robert Darwin Down 21 Feb [1873] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … J.  D.  Hooker, 20 February 1873  and n.  4. CD refers to Botany for young people part II: …
  • … Buchanan White’s article focused on moths as agents of fertilisation (F.  B.  White 1873). …
  • … letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 20 February 1873 . CD and Hooker were both intrigued by John …
  • … nests did not germinate (see letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 20 February 1873  and n.  3). CD …
  • … London, from 15 March until 10 April 1873 (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). See letter from …

From Arthur Nicols   21 February 1873

Summary

Comments on CD’s and William Huggins’ letter in Nature on "Inherited instinct" [Collected papers 2: 170–1]

and on A. R. Wallace’s letter on the homing faculty of animals. Believes many instances of homing are less remarkable than they appear.

Author:  Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 172: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8780

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  • … From Arthur Nicols   21 February 1873
  • … DAR 172: 60 Robert Arthur (Arthur) Nicols Hampstead 21 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Church Row. | Hampstead N.  W Feby.  21 st 1873. Dear Sir. I have read with interest D r …
  • … See letter to Nature , [before 13 February 1873]. The reference is to William Huggins. …
  • … feeling appeared in Nature , 20 February 1873, p.  303. Wallace suggested that the …

From W. F. Collier   22 February 1873

Summary

Sends pamphlet on punishment in education [Punishments in education, read at Social Science Congress, 1872] in response to Expression. Proposes that character can be diagnosed from expression.

Author:  Collier, W. F.
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8782

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  • … From W.  F.  Collier   22 February 1873
  • … DAR 161: 210 Collier, W. F. Horrabridge 22 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Horrabridge, | S.  Devon. 22 Feb. | 1873 Dear Sir I have read with great interest your …

From J. R. Martin   22 February 1873

Summary

CD is asked to increase his shares in the Artizans, Labourers, & General Dwellings Co. Ltd., which has trebled its capital in the last year and is paying a 6% dividend.

Author:  John Royle Martin; (Artizans, Labourers, & General Dwellings Co. Ltd.)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8781

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  • … From J.  R.  Martin   22 February 1873
  • … Labourers, & General Dwellings Co. Ltd. ) Liverpool 22 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 51, South John Street, | Liverpool, Feby 22. 1873. Dear Sir, We held our annual Meeting in …
  • … Artizans, Labourers, & General Dwellings Co.  was held on 15 February 1873 ( The Times , …
  • … 8 February 1873, p.  13). The report has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL. Mr …
  • … General Dwellings Co.  on 27 February 1873 (CD’s Account books–banking account (Down House …

From Ernst Haeckel   23 February 1873

Summary

Thanks CD for comments on Die Kalkschwämme.

Plans trip to Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt.

Discusses work of a Polish translator, Ludwik Masłowski.

Author:  Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8783

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  • … From Ernst Haeckel    23 February 1873
  • … DAR 166: 60 Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel Jena 23 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … German, see p. QQQQ. Haeckel 1872a. See letter to Ernst Haeckel, 20 January 1873 . In …
  • … his letter to Haeckel of 20 January 1873, CD had suggested that Haeckel should take some …
  • … his phylogenetic classificatory system, written by Léon A.  Dumont (Dumont 1873). …
  • … It appeared in the 22 March 1873 issue of Revue scientifique de la France et de l’ …

From J. C. Houzeau   24 February 1873

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Thanks CD for Expression.

Suggests saving some anthropoid Quadrumana from extinction by taming and studying them in their own environments to learn about their development.

Author:  Jean-Charles Houzeau de Lehaie (Houzeau)
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 87: 94–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8785

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  • … From J.  C.  Houzeau   24 February 1873
  • … Charles Houzeau de Lehaie (Houzeau) Gordon Town, Jamaica 24 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …

From Robert Smith   24 February 1873

Summary

Asks for references to works on CD’s views for a paper he is preparing.

Author:  Robert Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 177: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8784

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  • … From Robert Smith   24 February 1873
  • … DAR 177: 199 Robert Smith Belfast 24 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Darwinism’, was read at the meeting of 12 March 1873, and an abstract was published in the …
  • … are notes for his reply of 27 February [1873]. He refers to Alphonse de Candolle, Gaston …

From Asa Gray   25 February 1873

Summary

Sends "squib" he has written exposing the folly of some of Louis Agassiz’s ideas. AG cannot "fire off [his] cracker" in U. S. so sends it to amuse CD. If it is sent to Nature, CD must not give AG’s name. [See "Survival of the fittest", Nature 7 (1873): 404].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 165: 183; Nature, 27 March 1873, p. 404
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8786

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  • … From Asa Gray   25 February 1873
  • … DAR 165: 183; Nature , 27 March 1873, p.   …
  • … 404 Asa Gray unstated 25 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … CD must not give AG’s name. [See "Survival of the fittest", Nature 7 (1873): 404]. …
  • … Feb.  25, 1873 Dear Darwin Some of Agassiz’s sayings and doings are of such a sort that …
  • … of the fittest’, with no signature, in Nature , 27 March 1873, p.  404. Numbers 23: 11. …

From J. D. Hague   26 February 1873

Summary

Sends a paper on behaviour he has observed in ants.

Author:  James Duncan Hague
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8788

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  • … From J.  D.  Hague   26 February 1873
  • … DAR 166: 81 James Duncan Hague San Francisco 26 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Hague’s account in his second letter to Nature , [before 3 April 1873], published in …
  • … the 10 April 1873 issue. Expression . Hague refers to George Howard Darwin and Francis …
  • … 609 Bush Street. | San Francisco, Feb 26 th 1873 My dear sir, I can hardly expect to add …

From R. B. Litchfield   26 February 1873

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Additional errata in Descent.

Author:  Richard Buckley Litchfield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 88: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8787

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  • … From R.  B.  Litchfield   26 February 1873
  • … DAR 88: 126 Richard Buckley Litchfield London 26 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …

From H. A. Head   27 February 1873

Summary

Winter in Duluth.

HAH is leaning toward spiritualism.

Limit of natural and sexual selection.

Has been around the world three times.

Author:  Henry A. Head
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 166: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8789

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  • … From H.  A.  Head   27 February 1873
  • … DAR 166: 127 Henry A. Head Duluth, Minn. 27 Feb 1873 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Duluth February 27 th 1873 Dear Sir, Your kind note I received long ago before I went to …

To T. W. Higginson   27 February [1873]

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Praises TWH’s Army life in a black regiment [1870]. CD always thought well of Negroes, and is delighted to have his impressions confirmed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Date:  27 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  LL 3: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8790

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  • … To T.  W.  Higginson   27 February [1873] …
  • … LL 3: 176 Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 Feb [1873] Thomas Wentworth Higginson …
  • … of free thought’ (Higginson 1872), appeared in the Index , 8 February 1873, pp.  61–2. …
  • … letter from T.  W.  Higginson, 30 March 1873 . During the American Civil War, Higginson …

To Robert Smith   27 February [1873]

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CD answers a question about the attitude of foreign naturalists towards Darwinism by distinguishing between the belief in evolution and belief in natural selection. Gives the views of [Louis] Agassiz, [R. A.] Kölliker, [C. W.] Nägeli, [Ernst] Häckel, [C. F. W.] Claus, [F. J.] Cohn, Alphonse de Candolle, [J. L.] Claparède, Asa Gray, Gaston de Saporta, [E. D.] Cope, and [Carl] Gegenbaur.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Smith
Date:  27 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8790F

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  • … To Robert Smith   27 February [1873] …
  • … DAR 185: 138 Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 Feb [1873] Robert Smith …
  • … the letter from Robert Smith, 24 February 1873 . Smith was preparing to read a paper in …
  • … letter from Robert Smith, 24 February 1873 ). Louis Agassiz. Rudolf Albert von Kölliker. …
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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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  • … 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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