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To Miss Fenwick   8 February [1871–82]

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Sends two waste sheets of MS of Descent; Miss F can cut out any portion she likes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miss Fenwick
Date:  8 Feb 1871 or 8 Feb 1872 or 8 Feb 1873 or 8 Feb 1874 or 8 Feb 1875 or 8 Feb 1876 or 8 Feb 1877 or 8 Feb 1878 or 8 Feb 1879 or 8 Feb 1880 or 8 Feb 1881 or 8 Feb 1882
Classmark:  John Hay Library, Brown University
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13806

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  • … Darwin unstated 8 Feb 1871 8 Feb 1872 8 Feb 1873 8 Feb 1874 8 Feb 1875 8 Feb 1876 8 Feb …

From W. W. Reade   21 February 1871

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Various comments on Descent;

on suicide on Gold Coast;

on mulattoes’ not being prolific.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 89: 172–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7501

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  • … refers to his African sketch-book (Reade 1873). Reade’s work was published in 1872 under …
  • … of suicide in either Reade 1872 or Reade 1873. Descent 1: 100: ‘Neither can we say why …

From J. J. Moulinié   3 March 1871

Summary

French translation of Descent all but complete.

Hopes translation of Origin will soon be finished.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7538

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  • … Moulinié was translating the fifth edition of Origin into French (Moulinié trans.  1873). …

From W. W. Reade   4 March 1871

Summary

Praise for gentle but resolute tone of Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7546

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  • … February 1871 . Reade returned to Africa in 1873. Thomas Henry Huxley. Reade’s book, The …

From Alphonse de Candolle   8 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for Descent.

Reveals that it is his own family that has the movable scalp.

The Franco-Prussian war has held up the publication of the 17th and last volume of the Prodromus.

Author:  Alphonse de Candolle
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7557

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  • … savants depuis deux siècles (A.  de Candolle 1873), in which he approached the history of …
  • … de Candolle and Candolle 1824–73) appeared in 1873. Candolle refers to the Franco-Prussian …

From James Crichton-Browne   16 April 1871

Summary

Is sending notes on blushing. Offers information on physiology and pathology of blushing.

Has sent photograph of seven imbeciles in one family.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 316, 195.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7689

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  • … p.  325 n.  22), and Crichton-Browne 1873. Chloral hydrate: tricholorethylidene glycol, a …

From St G. J. Mivart   23 April 1871

Summary

Feels their conflict lies in the field of philosophy rather than in that of physical science. Regrets that they differ so widely.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7710

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  • … questions of affinity and origin (Mivart 1873), Mivart compares simian and human anatomy, …

From Alexander Agassiz   [before 1 June 1871]

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Instances of sexual differences in viviparous fishes, suggested by reading chapters on sexual selection [in Descent] and by Mivart’s Genesis of species.

Notes on echinoderms.

Author:  Alexander Agassiz
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 1 June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 69: A43–6 DAR 89: 29–31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7415

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  • … urchin genus Podocidaris . In A.  Agassiz 1873, p.  402, Agassiz described and illustrated …

From László Dapsy   12 June 1871

Summary

As a professor of natural history, LD has spread CD’s doctrines in Hungary. Now wishes permission to translate Descent.

Author:  Laszlo Dapsy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7817

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  • … Origin into Hungarian ( letter from László Dapsy, 1 June 1873 ( Calendar no.  8931)). …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 July [1871]

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Thanks for gift of WBT’s book [Pheasants for coverts and aviaries (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  4 July [1871]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden Library (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8963

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  • … Thanks for gift of WBT’s book [ Pheasants for coverts and aviaries (1873)]. …

From J. J. Moulinié   7 July 1871

Summary

JJM’s Origin translation is being held up so that it can conform to the 6th English edition.

Author:  Jean Jacques Moulinié
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 July 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 276
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7853

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  • … s translation of the sixth edition of Origin was published in 1873 (Moulinié trans.   …
  • 1873). Printing of Moulinié’s translation of Origin had been held up by the Franco- …

To George Grove   17 July [1871]

Summary

The cat exhibition might provide information on unusual breeds of cats and their inheritance.

Expresses interest in deafness of white, blue-eyed cats.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Grove, G.
Date:  17 July [1871]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7870

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  • … Tait’ s remarks in Nature , 27 February 1873, p.  323, for this information, adding that …

To John Lubbock   12 August [1871]

Summary

CD’s comments on proofs of JL’s book [Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura (1873)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock (4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury)
Date:  12 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 263: 67 (EH 88206511)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7904

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  • … CD’s comments on proofs of JL’s book [ Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura (1873)]. …
  • … of the Collembola and Thysanura (Lubbock 1873). Campodea (the bristle-tail) is a genus of …
  • … larval stages of some insects (Lubbock 1873, pp.  40–54 and plate 50). This, he suggested, …
  • … greatest difficulties in the theory of natural selection’ (Lubbock 1873, p.  52; see n.   …
  • … 6, below). In Lubbock 1873, p.  44, Lubbock restated the distinction between ‘ …
  • … stages would necessarily be injurious’ (Lubbock 1873, p.  52). He argued that Collembola ( …
  • … stage and suctorial in the adult (Lubbock 1873, pp.  50–2). See Living Cirripedia (1854), …
  • … to the mouth parts than by those in any other part of the body (Lubbock 1873, pp.  51–2). …
  • … pheasant in the published version of Lubbock 1873; page 40 is the first page of a chapter …

From Anton Dohrn   7 September 1871

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Reports on the international support he has obtained for the zoological station [see 7038]. Asks CD whether he will serve on a board of naturalists who would receive an annual report on the station.

Huxley is now convinced by AD’s views on homologies of the nervous system of arthropods, annelids, and vertebrates. Kovalevsky takes the same line but does not go far enough.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7925

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  • … 1871, p.  2. After the station opened in 1873 (Heuss 1991 p.  153), John Murray published …

To Alexander Agassiz   10 September [1871 or 1873]

Summary

Discusses exchange of books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Agassiz
Date:  10 Sept 1871 or 10 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 143: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7932

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  • … To Alexander Agassiz   10 September [1871 or 1873] …
  • … DAR 143: 9 Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Sept 1871 10 Sept 1873 Alexander Agassiz …
  • … to Louis Agassiz, who died in December 1873. Louis Agassiz was on an expedition to South …

From W. W. Reade   12 September 1871

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Prefers W. C. Wells’s explanation of the formation of the Nehro type to CD’s sexual selection.

Outlines his view of the origin of man by natural selection.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7936

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  • … a reference to Reade 1872, p.  441, and Reade 1873, 2: 313, describing the use of music …
  • … Wells 1814 and 1818). Reade’s African sketch-book was published in June 1873 ( Athenæum , …
  • … 14 June 1873, p.  759). In this work, Reade stated his conviction …
  • … and diet over long periods of time (Reade 1873, 2: 523–4). Martyrdom of man (Reade 1872) …

From W. W. Reade   20 September 1871

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Surprised at Mivart’s harsh review [Q. Rev. 131 (1871): 47–90], considering courteous tone of his book. Assures CD he has not been converted by Mivart.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7955

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  • … May 1872 ( Athenæum , 11 May 1872, p.  589); his African sketch-book (Reade 1873) was not …
  • … published until 1873. CD replied to several of Mivart’s objections in Origin 6th ed. ; see …

To [?]   27 September [1871–81]

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Thanks for a book. "I am so much overworked at present that I cannot read it now, & I am a very poor German scholar".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  27 Sept 1871 or 27 Sept 1872 or 27 Sept 1873 or 27 Sept 1874 or 27 Sept 1875 or 27 Sept 1876 or 27 Sept 1877 or 27 Sept 1878 or 27 Sept 1879 or 27 Sept 1880 or 27 Sept 1881
Classmark:  David Schulson Autographs (August 2005)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13886

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  • … Down 27 Sept 1871 27 Sept 1872 27 Sept 1873 27 Sept 1874 27 Sept 1875 27 Sept 1876 27 Sept …

To T. H. Huxley   5 October [1871]

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Hooker admires THH’s review of Mivart [see 7977]. Most impressed by THH’s handling of metaphysics.

Hooker’s problems: family health and A. S. Ayrton [Commissioner of Works].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 287)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7987

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  • … in the Contemporary Review was republished in Critiques and addresses in 1873 (T.   …
  • … H.  Huxley 1873). CD refers to Maria Hooker, Elizabeth Evans-Lombe, and Acton Smee Ayrton. …

From J. V. Carus   7 October 1871

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Publisher would like to produce a translation of Expression. JVC offers to translate it.

Sends passage from Albertus Magnus on colour of horses.

Offers explanation of white colour of sea-birds.

Schweizerbart is now reprinting Descent, nearly all the first 3000 copies having been sold;

new editions of Origin

and of Variation are also planned.

Possibility of a new German translation of Journal of researches.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 80, DAR 161: 81/2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7991

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  • … and Carus trans.  1872), and a second German edition of Variation in 1873 (Carus trans.   …
  • 1873). Journal of researches was first published in 1839 and reprinted in 1840, with a …
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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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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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