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To G. J. Romanes   16 July 1874

Summary

Thanks GJR for his letter, regrets pressure of other work prevents his giving GJR’s remarks the attention they deserve. GJR makes clearer how an organ that has started to decrease will go on decreasing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  16 July 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.444)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9549

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   16 July 1874
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.444) Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 July 1874 George John Romanes …
  • … See letter from G.  J.  Romanes, 10 July 1874 . CD refers …
  • … to Romanes’s letters to Nature , 9 April 1874, pp.   …
  • … 440–1, and 2 July 1874, p.  164 (Romanes 1874b and 1874c). See …
  • … letter from G.  J.  Romanes, 10 July 1874  and n.  13. …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. July 16 1874 Dear Sir I am much obliged for the copy of your long …

To G. J. Romanes   28 July [1874]

Summary

Comments on Spencer’s terms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  28 July [1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.446)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9569

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   28 July [1874] …
  • … Mss.B.D25.446) Charles Robert Darwin Abinger Hall 28 July [1874] George John Romanes …
  • … this letter and the letter from G.  J.  Romanes, 24 July 1874 . See letter from G.   …
  • … J.  Romanes, 24 July 1874 . See letter from G.   …
  • … J.  Romanes, 10 July 1874  and n.  5. Spencer had substituted the terms direct and …

To G. J. Romanes   [7 December 1874]

Summary

Speaks of visiting GJR at the Brown Institution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [7 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.453)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9747

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   [7 December 1874] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 [7 Dec 1874] George John Romanes …
  • … letter to G.  J.  Romanes, [9 December 1874] ). Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records ‘ …
  • … not met. In his letter of 16 December 1874 , CD addresses Romanes as ‘Dear M r Romanes’ …
  • … Street, London, from 3 to 12 December 1874 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)); the only Monday …
  • … was 7 December. CD’s correspondence with Romanes began in July 1874 ( letter from G.   …
  • … J.  Romanes, 10 July 1874 ). Romanes studied under John Scott Burdon Sanderson, who was …

To G. J. Romanes   [9 December 1874]

Summary

Invites GJR to visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [9 Dec 1874]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.454)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9751

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   [9 December 1874] …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 [9 Dec 1874] George John Romanes …
  • … relationship between this letter and the letter to G.  J.  Romanes, [7 December 1874] . CD …
  • … had invited Romanes for Wednesday 9 December 1874 (see letter to G.   …
  • … J.  Romanes, [7 December 1874] ), but Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records that he was in …

To G. J. Romanes   16 December 1874

Summary

Thanks GJR for copy of his book [Christian prayer and general laws (1874)].

Discusses breeding and sterility.

Discusses experiments to test Pangenesis. Cites useful references.

Suggests GJR visit Kew gardens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  16 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.455)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9762

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   16 December 1874
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.455) Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 Dec 1874 George John Romanes …
  • … Christian prayer and general laws (1874)]. Discusses breeding and sterility. Discusses …
  • … letter to G.  J.  Romanes, [7 December 1874] ). CD’s letter to Thomas Henry Farrer has not …
  • … Down. Dec 16 th 1874 Dear M r Romanes I am much obliged for the present of your book. Mess …
  • … graft hybrids ( letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 20 December 1874 ). Frances Harriet Hooker, …
  • … Dalton Hooker’s wife, died on 13 November 1874 ( Allan 1967 , p.  225). It had long been …

To G. J. Romanes   23 December 1874

Summary

Urges GJR to visit Hooker at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  23 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.456)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9772

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   23 December 1874
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.456) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Dec 1874 George John Romanes …
  • … work on graft hybrids; presumably he enclosed Hooker’s letter to him of 22 December 1874. …

To G. J. Romanes   27 December 1874

Summary

Discourages grafting ears of rabbits. Suggests comb of fowl.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  27 Dec 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.457)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9783

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  • … To G.  J.  Romanes   27 December 1874
  • … Society (Mss.B.D25.457) Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 Dec 1874 George John Romanes …
  • … Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. Dec 27 th 1874 Dear M r Romanes I am glad that you are …
  • … letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 22 December 1874 . Hooker had offered Romanes facilities at …

To G. J. Romanes   23 May 1877

Summary

Thanks him for book by Grant Allen [Physiological aesthetics (1877)].

Comments on dispute over spontaneous generation.

The Council [of the Royal Society] will not print Frank Darwin’s paper on Dipsacus [in Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond.].

Mentions GJR’s grafting experiments

and his investigation of spiritualism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  23 May 1877
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.513)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10971

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  • … s trickery (see ibid. , letter from T. H. Huxley, 27 January 1874 , and letter to T. …
  • … H. Huxley, 29 January [1874] ). …
  • … a séance at Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house in 1874 (see Correspondence vol. 22, letter to J. …
  • … D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). Thomas Henry Huxley had attended a later séance hosted by …

To G. J. Romanes   13 January [1875]

Summary

Describes accounts of potato grafting in a German journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  13 Jan [1875]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.461)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9814

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  • … naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin , 17 November 1874, pp.  104–8. CD mentioned Magnus’s …
  • … by the reference to the 17 November 1874 issue of the Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft …
  • … an annotated copy of the 17 November 1874 issue of the Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft …

From Charles and Francis Darwin to G. J. Romanes   2 January [1877]

Summary

Agrees to propose GJR for membership in Royal Society.

Remarks on GJR’s paper on Medusae [Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 167 (1877): 659–752].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Francis Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  2 Jan [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.503)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10765

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  • … University Press. 1985–. Eimer, Theodor. 1874. Ueber künstliche Theilbarkeit von Aurelia …
  • … he delivered his lecture ( Eimer 1874 ). CD’s copies of the Philosophical Transactions are …

To G. J. Romanes   4 June [1876]

Summary

Joseph Fayrer can supply cobra poison.

Discusses vivisection.

Mentions visit to the John Hawkshaws.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  4 June [1876]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.494)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10529

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  • … cobra poison from Joseph Fayrer via Thomas Lauder Brunton in 1874 (see Correspondence vol. …
  • … 22, letter from Joseph Fayrer, 17 June 1874 ). Romanes had asked for poison for his work …

To G. J. Romanes   11 June [1877]

Summary

Discusses effects of natural selection. Discusses absence of blending between geographical races as a problem. Discusses effect of natural selection on productivity of an organism.

Comments on GJR’s review of Grant Allen’s book [Physiological aesthetics (1877)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  11 June [1877]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.516)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10996

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  • … 22, letter from G. J. Romanes, 24 July 1874 , and letter from CD and Francis Darwin to G. …
  • … J. Romanes, 28 July [1874]. G. J. Romanes 1875. See letter from Charles and Francis Darwin …

To G. J. Romanes   18 July 1875

Summary

Comments on GJR’s experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  18 July 1875
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.472)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10076

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  • … letter to G.  J.  Romanes, 27 December 1874 ). Romanes’s name was not on CD’s presentation …

To G. J. Romanes   29 May [1876]

Summary

Encloses essay by Haeckel criticising Pangenesis [Die Perigenesis der Plastidule (1876)]. Discusses Haeckel’s theory of inheritance.

Asks about the Physiological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  29 May [1876]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.493)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10516

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  • … Bibliography Elsberg, Louis. 1874. Regeneration, or the preservation of organic molecules: …
  • … organic molecules by Louis Elsberg ( Elsberg 1874 ) in Haeckel 1876a, p. 73; at the end of …

To G. J. Romanes   7 April [1875]

Summary

Is sending plants from cut-leaved vine.

Invites GJR to visit.

"When in presence of my ladies do not talk about experiments on animals."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  7 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.465)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9916

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  • … of pangenesis (see Correspondence vol. 22, letter to G. J. Romanes, 27 December 1874 ). …

To G. J. Romanes   [20 January 1878?]

Summary

CD will call on Tuesday morning.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  [20 Jan 1878?]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.484)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11328

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  • … CD started corresponding with Romanes in 1874 has been found. It is not known whether CD …

To G. J. Romanes   2 September [1878]

Summary

Discusses animal intelligence.

Advises GJR on acquiring monkey.

Sends book by Delboeuf [La psychologie (1876)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  2 Sept [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.547)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11684

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  • … of psychology (Espinas and Ribot trans. 1874–5); see also Correspondence vol. 25, letter …

To G. J. Romanes   12 July [1875]

Summary

Discusses revisions for Variation, 2d ed.

Discusses experiments involving graft-hybrids.

Alludes to Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  12 July [1875]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.471)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10059

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  • … 22, letter to G.  J.  Romanes, 16 December 1874  and n. 9. Romanes had been bisecting buds …
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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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  • … The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the …
  • … intervals’ ( letter to D. T. Gardner, [ c . 27 August 1874] ). The death of a Cambridge friend, …
  • … and collecting beetles ( letter from W. D. Fox, 8 May [1874] ).  Such reminiscences led Darwin to …
  • … much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). I feel very old & …
  • … old & helpless’  ( letter to B. J. Sulivan, 6 January [1874] ). Darwin mentioned his poor …
  • … on the matter ( letter from Ernst Haeckel, 26 October 1874 ). Séances, psychics, and …
  • … Joseph Dalton Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). Later in the month, …
  • … and an imposter’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 27 January 1874 ). Darwin agreed that it was ‘all …
  • … perform his antics’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 29 January [1874] ). This did not stop word getting …
  • … at his home ( letter from T. G. Appleton, 2 April 1874 ). Back over old ground New …
  • … Charles Lyell ( letter to Smith, Elder & Co., 8 January 1874 , letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 …
  • … of correction’ ( letter to H. E. Litchfield, 21 [March 1874] ). The book came out in June with the …
  • … Darwin on this point ( letter from J. D. Dana, 21 July 1874 ); however, he did not retract his …
  • … dog breeders (letters from George Cupples, 21 February 1874 and 12 March 1874 ); the material …
  • … Islands (Hawaii; letters from T. N. Staley, 12 February 1874 and 20 February 1874 ; letters …
  • … islanders ( letter from William Dealtry, 16 January 1874 ). One of the most significant …
  • … enemy into a jelly’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 14 April 1874 ). The technical nature of Huxley’s …
  • … mind where it goes’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 16 April 1874 ). The second edition of  …
  • … would be very good ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Darwin's son George …
  • … of your thought’ ( letter from G. H. Darwin, 20 April 1874 ). The Mivart affair …
  • … mental and physical disorders (G. H. Darwin 1873b). In July 1874, an anonymous essay appeared in the …
  • … libel’ on his son ( letter to G. H. Darwin, [27 July 1874] ).  George, however, consulted with his …
  • … [a] lying scoundrel’ ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 1 August [1874] ). He drafted a brief statement of …

Darwin's 1874 letters go online

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The full transcripts and footnotes of over 600 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1874 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1874 through his letters and see a full list of the letters. The 1874 letters…

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  • … of over 600 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1874 are published online for the first time. …
  • … ( Letter to G. H. Darwin, 1 August [1874] ) The Mivart affair highlights …
  • … are some other highlights from Darwin's correspondence in 1874: I feel as old as …
  • … signifying so much.  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) At the age of 65, Darwin …
  • … more quietly was severely tested by some of the events of 1874. He had a clear idea of the shape of …
  • … must be enough for me  ( Letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ) During the year he …
  • … the positive  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 August [1874] ) – he mourned after several …
  • … day’s work  ( Letter to D. F. Nevill, 18 September [1874] ) Darwin’s family continued …
  • … have to do—  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 November [1874] ) Darwin’s continuing …

St George Jackson Mivart

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In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … In 1874, the Catholic zoologist St George Jackson Mivart caused Darwin and his son …
  • … appeared to have created very little stir, until, in July 1874, Mivart published an anonymous review …
  • … of the Quarterly ( letter from G. H. Darwin, 29 July 1874 ). Darwin hastily advised against …
  • … to wish to circulate ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 1 August [1874] ). Darwin provided a draft of the …
  • … to endorse them ( letter from G. H. Darwin, 5 August 1874 ). He sent a second draft, which Darwin …
  • … a fair copy of his letter with his letter of 6 [August] 1874 . George and Darwin were also …
  • … George’s letter to Murray with his letter of 11 August 1874 , and was no doubt relieved to …
  • … to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). In October, George’s letter …
  • … a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other words, Mivart had used …
  • … reaction was savage ( letter to G. H. Darwin, [6 December 1874] ). Hooker and Huxley between them …
  • … the attack on George ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December 1874 ). Huxley met Mivart at an evening …
  • … ( Enclosure to letter from J. D. Hooker, 21 December 1874 .) A reply soon came from Mivart . …
  • … of a gentleman’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 23 December 1874 ). However, Huxley still wrote to …
  • … this.   124 Gower St W.C. Dec. 24th 1874. Private & Confidential …
  • … to John Tyndall ( letter from John Tyndall, 28 December 1874 , and letter from J. D. Hooker, 29 …
  • … 16 January 1875, p. 66, signed, ‘The Quarterly Reviewer of 1874’. In it he reiterated his claim that …

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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  • … physiognomy Joseph Simms wrote to Darwin on 14 September 1874 , while he was staying in London. …
  • … stockings. (Letter from Joseph Simms, 14 September 1874 ) The foot could tell …

Essay: Evolution & theology

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—by Asa Gray EVOLUTION AND THEOLOGY The Nation, January 15, 1874 The attitude of theologians toward doctrines of evolution, from the nebular hypothesis down to ‘Darwinism,’ is no less worthy of consideration, and hardly less diverse, than that of…

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  • … EVOLUTION AND THEOLOGY The Nation, January 15, 1874 The attitude of theologians toward …

Essay: What is Darwinism?

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—by Asa Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge asks he promptly and decisively answers: ‘What is Darwinism? it is atheism.’ Leaving aside all subsidiary and incidental matters, let us consider–1. What the…

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  • … Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … attack upon Darwin’s son George, in an anonymous review in 1874 (see Correspondence vol. 22, …
  • … had also considered taking up the issue with Murray in 1874, even threatening to break off future …
  • … laid to rest, another controversy was brewing. In December 1874, Darwin had been asked to sign a …
  • … botanical research and had visited Down House in April 1874 (see Correspondence vol. 22, letters …
  • … A scientific friendship had developed between the men in 1874, and this was enhanced by Romanes’s …
  • … white’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, [before 4 November 1874] ).   Testing Pangenesis …
  • … had learned of Lyell’s failing health from Hooker in 1874 and January 1875. On 22 February, he was …

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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  • … 9426 - Story-Maskelyne , T. M. to Darwin, [23 April 1874] Thereza Story-Maskelyne …
  • … Letter 9616 - Marshall, T. to Darwin, [September 1874] Theodosia Marshall sends …
  • … 9606 - Harrison, L. C. to Darwin, [22 August 1874] Darwin’s niece, Lucy, sends a …
  • … Letter 9616  - Marshall, T.  to Darwin, [September 1874] Theodosia Marshall details …
  • … Letter 9485 - Treat, M. to Darwin, [8 June 1874] Mary Treat details her experiments …

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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  • … started ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 January [1874] ). Darwin took Emma to a Sunday afternoon at …

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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  • … to Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 18 February 1874 ) Zouteveen’s editions of …

Dramatisation script

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Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

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  • … A GRAY 3 AUGUST 1871 201  TO A GRAY 3 JUNE [1874] 202  FROM A GRAY 16 …

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 9580 - Darwin to Darwin, G. H. D., [1 August 1874] Darwin gives feedback on work …
  • … Letter 9613 - Darwin to Hooker, J. D., [30 August 1874] Darwin comments on a “clever” …

Darwin’s first love

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Darwin’s long marriage to Emma Wedgwood is well documented, but was there an earlier romance in his life? How was his departure on the Beagle entangled with his first love? The answers are revealed in a series of flirtatious letters that Darwin was…

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  • … months earlier. Although  Sarah visited Darwin in Down in 1874 , their connection lapsed until …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … later, would take his camera across the globe to observe the 1874 transit of Venus. Tommy, …
  • … Perfilieff , a member of the Tolstoy family in March of 1874, Darwin included the line “I have the …
  • … newly-produced  carte . Image: Charles Darwin, 1874, Elliot and Fry, Dar 257:11,   …
  • … ©Cambridge University Library Between 1874 and 1878 Darwin was very busy – too busy, …
  • … Darwin’s Pictures: Views of Evolutionary Theory, 1837-1874 . New Haven, USA: Yale University Press, …

Darwin and vivisection

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Darwin played an important role in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought an unsuccessful prosecution against a French physiologist who…

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  • … in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the …
  • … experiments on live animals in Britain. In December 1874, Darwin was asked to sign a memorial …

Moral Nature

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In Descent of Man, Darwin argued that human morality had evolved from the social instincts of animals, especially the bonds of sympathy and love. Darwin gathered observations over many decades on animal behavior: the heroic sacrifices of social insects,…

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  • … Letter 9377 : Darwin, C. R. to Abbott, F. E. A., 30 March 1874 Writing to the American …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … 9633 - Nevill, D. F. to Darwin, [11 September 1874] Dorothy Nevill tells Darwin …

Clémence Auguste Royer

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Getting Origin translated into French was harder than Darwin had expected. The first translator he approached, Madame Belloc, turned him down on the grounds that the content was ‘too scientific‘, and then in 1860 the French political exile  Pierre…

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  • … This point was not lost on Royer. In 1874 in front of the  Société d’Anthropologie de Paris , she …
  • … before the Societe d’Anthropologie de Paris in 1874. …

Lydia Becker

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Becker was a leading member of the suffrage movement, perhaps best known for publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal. She was also a successful biologist, astronomer and botanist and, between 1863 and 1877, an occasional correspondent of Charles Darwin. …

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Titus Coan

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In 1874, when Darwin was preparing the second edition of Descent of Man, he received letters from all over the world in reply to his queries about human behaviour; one in particular would have stirred up unexpected memories of his own time among the native…

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