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From Asa Gray   2 February 1872

Summary

Notes the occurrence in U. S. of "vermiform piles" produced by earthworms.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 165: 178
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8194

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  • … Press. 1985–. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … The results of this research appeared in 1875 in Insectivorous plants . Jane Loring Gray. …

From Anton Dohrn   28 August 1872

Summary

Will call on CD next year, when he will have worked out the embryology of Amphioxus; he believes it is not primitive but a degenerate form of fish. He believes the true ancestors of vertebrates are annelids.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8489

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  • … The origin of vertebrates and the principle of functional change; Dohrn 1875 ). …
  • … University Press. 1985–. Dohrn, Anton. 1875. Der Ursprung der Wirbelthiere und das Princip …

From Asa Gray   31 May 1872

Summary

Sends, via C. L. Brace, his book [Botany for young people, pt 2 How plants behave (1872)], "your own science adapted to juvenile minds".

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 165: 180
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8363

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s marginalia. …
  • … observations on Drosera and Dionaea in 1875 in Insectivorous plants. He had been working …

To W. W. Baxter   17 September [1872?]

Summary

Orders sulphuric ether, nitric ether, chloroform, and prussic acid [for Drosera experiments? See Insectivorous plants, pp. 209, 219].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  17 Sept [1872?]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8523

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  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To J. D. Hooker   29 August [1872]

Summary

Is now at work on Drosera and asks to borrow D. capensis and other species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 227–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8491

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  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To Alphonse de Candolle   2 November [1872]

Summary

Thanks for AdeC’s Histoire des sciences [1873].

Sends a copy of Expression.

His health keeps him weak; he dreads grappling with the fearful subject of variation [in nature]

so he is working up some observations in botanical physiology to publish with his old papers on climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alphonse de Candolle
Date:  2 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8593

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  • … in Forms of flowers. A second edition of Climbing plants was published in 1875. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s marginalia. …

To ?   9 December 1872

Summary

Thanks an unidentifiable natural history society for electing him an honorary member.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  9 Dec 1872
Classmark:  Galerie Frédéric Castaing (dealer) (November 2013)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8665F

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  • … listed among their honorary members ( Société Jersiaise, Premier bulletin annuel 1875). …

From W. W. Baxter   [after 23 August 1872?]

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Summary

Informs CD that he has forwarded some oils and opium.

Author:  William Walmisley Baxter
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 23 Aug 1872?]
Classmark:  DAR 60.2: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9793

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  • … John Murray. 1872. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … CD’s research on Drosera was published in 1875 in Insectivorous plants. The two essential …

To G. G. Leveson-Gower, Earl Granville   [before 19 April 1872]

Summary

Writes on behalf of British authors requesting improved copyright rights with respect to United States.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2d Duke of Sutherland
Date:  [before 19 Apr 1872]
Classmark:  Correspondence between the Foreign Office and Her Majesty’s representatives abroad, and foreign representatives in England, on the subject of copyright: 1872–75. House of Commons Parliamentary Papers session 1875 (1285) LXXVIII.233–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8294F

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  • … of Commons Parliamentary Papers session 1875 (1285) LXXVIII.233–4 Charles Robert Darwin [ …

From M. T. Masters   4 November 1872

Summary

Asks CD’s opinion of John Denny’s idea that males have prepotent transmission power in plants. A. J. F. Wegmann says the females are prepotent.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 83
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8597

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Masters, Maxwell Tylden. 1869. Vegetable …

To F. P. Cobbe   28 November 1872

Summary

FPC’s article on consciousness of dogs is best analysis of an animal’s mind CD has read.

Regrets she quotes [Edward?] Jesse.

Since writing Descent, CD has come to believe dogs have a conscience.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Power Cobbe
Date:  28 Nov 1872
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (CB 386)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8652

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  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To G. C. Wallich   [20 March 1872]

Summary

Has received GCW’s negative from the Heliotype Co. Thanks him for the beautiful work of art which, however, will make others on the same plate look ugly. [See Expression, pl. III, fig. 2.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Charles Wallich
Date:  [20 Mar 1872]
Classmark:  Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn (SANT/BEQ/4/4/55A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8248

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  • … technique, is listed as works manager in 1875 and probably held this position in 1872 ( …

From Francis Galton   29 July 1872

Summary

May FG have lunch with CD Thursday [1 Aug] and arrange about rabbits?

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1872
Classmark:  DAR 105: A66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8432

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  • … index of wills and administrations ), 1875 (Ancestry.com, accessed 9 January 2012). CD’s …

From Asa Gray   6 October 1872

Summary

Discusses the coiling of tendrils of climbing plants.

AG’s recent tour of the U. S.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 165: 181
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8545

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  • … Macmillan and Co. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … book Insectivorous plants was published in 1875. See letter to Asa Gray, 8 July [1872] and …

To August Weismann   29 February 1872

Summary

Glad AW’s eyesight is better.

Has received AW’s essay [Einfluss der Isolierung (1872)].

Glad he is turning attention to sexual selection. Hardly any naturalists agree with CD on subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leopold Friedrich August (August) Weismann
Date:  29 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 148: 342
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8228

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  • … of his investigation appeared in Weismann 1875. See Correspondence vol.  19, letter from …

To W. W. Baxter   2 [December 1872]

Summary

Asks about possible animal substances in samples of Belladonna and Digitalis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  2 [Dec 1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8592

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  • … Press. 1985–. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To Francis Galton   27 May [1872]

Summary

Agrees to care for FG’s rabbits and will breed from them.

Plans to go to Southampton for ten days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Galton
Date:  27 May [1872]
Classmark:  UCL Library Services, Special Collections (GALTON/1/1/9/5/7/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8354

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  • … a former groom who became his butler in 1875 ( J.  Browne 2002 , p.  459), or Mark Ansell, …

To W. W. Baxter   4 September [1872?]

Summary

Orders some salts for plant experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Walmisley Baxter
Date:  4 Sept [1872?]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Department of Rare Books
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8510

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Milne, Alexander. 1869. Manual of materia …

From A. H. Garrod to Francis Darwin   30 June [1872]

Summary

Sends an account of an attempt to take a sphygmograph tracing of a woman during fright

and some references that might apply to CD’s work on pulse rates during rage and fright.

Author:  Alfred Henry Garrod
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  30 June [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8399

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  • … Brown Institution ( ODNB , F.  Darwin 1874  and 1875). The nuchal ligament, or ligamentum …

From Athénaïs Michelet   17 May 1872

Summary

AM [wife of Jules Michelet] offers information on crosses in cats.

Author:  Adèle-Athénaïs Mialaret (Athénaïs) Michelet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 170
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8356

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  • … 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of animals and …
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Origin is 160; Darwin's 1875 letters now online

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To mark the 160th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species, the full transcripts and footnotes of nearly 650 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1875 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1875…

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  • … of nearly 650 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1875 are published online for the first …
  • … it behaved in similar ways to the Drosera secretion. In 1875, Klein was a very controversial …
  • … I liked the man .’   Other highlights from the 1875 letters include: I am very …
  • … of my books.  ( Letter to R. F. Cooke, 29 June [1875] ) Darwin wrote this to his …
  • … new Editions .  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, 18 August [1875] ) Darwin also completed …
  • … this possible  ( Letter to H. E. Litchfield, 4 January [1875] ) Agitation for a law …
  • … made false statements  ( Letter to John Lubbock, 8 April 1875 ) Relations between the …
  • … always succeeds  ( Letter to G. H. Darwin, 13 October [1875] ) Darwin wrote …
  • … help his father and brothers with scientific instruments: in 1875, he designed a hygrometer. …
  • … his great works ( Letter to A. B. Buckley, 23 February 1875 ) The year was saddened …
  • … in my time  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, [12 December 1875] ) In December, Darwin was …

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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  • … during his periods of severe illness. Yet on 15 January 1875 , Darwin confessed to his close …
  • … mouthpiece of ‘Jesuitical Rome’ ( Academy , 2 January 1875, pp. 16–17). ‘How grandly you have …
  • … again & again’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 16 January 1875 ). Darwin had also considered …
  • … learned of Klein’s testimony from Huxley on 30 October 1875 : ‘I declare to you I did not believe …
  • … carried out on live animals in laboratories. In January 1875, he received details of experiments by …
  • … printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In the event, the book …
  • … in a review of the book in the Academy , 24 July 1875, by Ellen Frances Lubbock: ‘in Utricularia …
  • … born (letter from E. F. Lubbock, [after 2 July] 1875).   Back over old ground …
  • … which I had long wished to see,’ he wrote on 21 April 1875 , ‘and now that I have seen it, I am …
  • … do a good deal of “hammering”,’ he wrote on 14 July 1875 . ‘I shall not let Pangenesis alone …
  • … his own theory of heredity in a series of articles in 1875 and 1876, based partly on his studies of …
  • … & more’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, [ c . February 1875?] ). By May, having finished …
  • … proofmaniac’ ( letter from Francis Darwin, 1 and 2 May [1875] ). But Francis also found …
  • … on astronomy, or the Duke of Wellington on art (Max Müller 1875, pp. 305–7). The debate between Max …
  • … researches (Carus trans. 1875b; the series is Carus trans. 1875–87). More controversial was the …
  • … Darwin wrote: ‘An anonymous compliment | received Feb 16th 1875’.   The great and the good …
  • … Insectivorous plants ( letter to D. F. Nevill, 15 July [1875] ). Such visitors from the upper …
  • … I can talk to anyone’ ( letter to John Lubbock, 3 May [1875] ). Finally it was arranged for the …
  • … of twining plants (letters from Lawson Tait, 16 March [1875] and 27 March [1875] ). ‘As I am …
  • … Nepenthes & will soon publish’, Darwin warned on 17 July 1875 . But Tait was undaunted. He …
  • … Thiselton-Dyer ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 7 July 1875 ). It was Thiselton-Dyer who …
  • … was appropriate for so distinguished a nominee. Already in 1875, Lankester had been elected a fellow …
  • … of Lyell’s failing health from Hooker in 1874 and January 1875. On 22 February, he was notified of …
  • … ‘high type’ ( letter from Woodward Emery, 17 September 1875 ).  …

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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  • … the Trichinae’ (letter to H. E. Litchfield, 4 January [1875] ). Darwin also worried that any bill …
  • … their own petition (letter to T. H. Huxley, 14 January 1875 ). In the event, Darwin became …
  • … within Darwin’s family. In his letter of 14 January 1875 to Huxley, Darwin mentioned the effect …
  • … (letter from Emma Darwin to F. P. Cobbe, 14 January [1875] ). In the course of the public …
  • … to Huxley (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 12 February 1875 ). Darwin was in London from 31 …
  • … sketch for a petition (letter from T. H. Huxley, [4 April 1875] ). This was evidently passed back …
  • … on 7 April (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 7 April [1875] ), and circulating it to others in …
  • … were made (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 10 April 1875 ), and another version was prepared …
  • … of Lords (see letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, [11 April 1875] ). He was still unsure whether …
  • … Royal Society of London (letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 April [1875] ). The next day he wrote to …
  • … else you think best’ (letter to E. H. Stanley, 15 April 1875 ). After further consultations, a …
  • … are evident in Darwin’s correspondence in April and May 1875. The initial petition (DAR …
  • … order of the clauses. In the revised sketch, dated 24 April 1875, the penalty for unlawful …
  • … at this alteration (letter from T. H. Huxley, 19 May 1875 , letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, …
  • … corrections had been made (letter to Lyon Playfair, 26 May 1875 , and letter from Lyon Playfair, …
  • … ( Hansard Parliamentary Debates , 3d ser., vol. 224 (1875), col. 794). A Royal Commission was a …
  • … the RSPCA. The commission met between 5 June and 15 December 1875, examining fifty-three witnesses, …

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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  • … 10194: Max Müller, Friedrich to Darwin, C. R., 13 Oct [1875] For Müller, human and animal …
  • … Letter 9887: Dawkins, W. B. to Darwin, C. R., 14 Mar 1875 The relationship between language …

Thomas Burgess

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As well as its complement of sailors, the Beagle also carried a Royal Marine sergeant and seven marines, one of whom was Thomas Burgess. When the Beagle set sail he was twenty one, having been born in October 1810 to Israel and Hannah Burgess of Lancashire…

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  • … about him again until he opened a letter from him in March 1875 . It was written from Rainow, a …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … vol. 23, letter from Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, 20 September 1875 ). He began to compile an account …
  • … end of the previous year. He had been incensed in December 1875 when the zoologist Edwin Ray …
  • … The controversial issue had occupied Darwin for much of 1875. In January 1876, a Royal Commission …
  • … to Insectivorous plants , which was published in July 1875, with a US edition published later …
  • … in February 1876 (despite bearing a publication date of 1875), Darwin must have been gratified by …
  • … Darwin, who had communicated the paper to the society in 1875 at Tait’s request, with the ‘awful job …

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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  • … not retract his criticism in his own second edition (Dana 1875, p. 274). Descent …
  • … (Correspondence vol. 23, from J. D. Hooker, 3 January [1875] ), preferring to attack Mivart in …
  • … Anthropogenie  in the  Academy   (2 January 1875; see Appendix V, pp. 644–5) . The affair …
  • … wrote a polite, very formal letter to Mivart on 12 January 1875 , refusing to hold any future …
  • … and a second French edition was published in January 1875 ( letter from C.-F. Reinwald , 4 February …

Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …

Climbing Plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A monograph by which to work After the publication of On the Origin of Species, Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals in…

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  • … expressed. The paper was little noticed, but when in 1875 it was corrected and published as a …
  • … Letter 10214 - Darwin to T. H. Huxley, 23 October 1875 Darwin writes to his good …

Vivisection: Darwin's testimony to the Royal Commission

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Wednesday, 3rd November 1875. Mr. Charles Darwin called in and examined. 4661. (Chairman.) We are very sensible of your kindness in coming at some sacrifice to yourself to express your opinions to the Commission. We attribute it to the great…

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  • … Wednesday, 3rd November 1875. Mr. Charles Darwin called in and examined. …

Vivisection: first sketch of the bill

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Strictly Confidential Mem: This print is only a first sketch. It is being now recast with a new & more simple form – but the substance of the proposed measure may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …

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  • … cited for all purposes as “The Experiments on Animals Act, 1875.” SCHEDULE. …
  • … under the provisions of “The Experiments on Animals Act, 1875,” empowering me to make experiments on …
  • … under the provisions of the Experiments on Animals Act, 1875, that the above-named M.N. is enaged in …
  • … under the provisions of the Experiments on Animals Act, 1875, accompanied by Certificate, such as is …

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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  • … to an end. The dispute was not resolved until early 1875, and, even then, not to Darwin’s complete …
  • … from J. D. Hooker, 29 December 1874 ). By January 1875, Mivart had still not made any …
  • … book Anthropogenie , in the Academy , 2 January 1875. ‘Possessed by a blind animosity against …
  • … (Mivart was a Catholic convert.) On 12 January 1875 , Darwin finally wrote to Mivart, …
  • … article in a letter published in the Academy , 16 January 1875, p. 66, signed, ‘The Quarterly …

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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  • … mid 1860s, though his findings would not be published until 1875. In his autobiography Darwin …
  • … 1 The resulting volume, Insectivorous Plants (1875), was one in a series of works in which …
  • … SOURCES Books Darwin, Charles. 1875. Insectivorous Plants. London: John …

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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  • … to reconcile them (letter from John Lubbock, 5 April [1875] ). The tensions between the …

Dipsacus and Drosera: Frank’s favourite carnivores

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In Autumn of 1875, Francis Darwin was busy researching aggregation in the tentacles of Drosera rotundifolia (F. Darwin 1876). This phenomenon occurs when coloured particles within either protoplasm or the fluid in the cell vacuole (the cell sap) cluster…

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  • … with these enigmatic killer vegetables culminated in 1875 with the publication of  Insectivorous …
  • … after the first edition was published. In Autumn of 1875, Francis Darwin was busy researching …
  • … in the most extraordinary way.’ As early as August 1875, Cohn had argued that aggregation in  …

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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  • … Letter 10072 - Pape, C. to Darwin, [16 July 1875] Charlotte Pape responds to …

Thomas Henry Huxley

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Dubbed “Darwin’s bulldog” for his combative role in controversies over evolution, Huxley was a leading Victorian zoologist, science popularizer, and education reformer. He was born in Ealing, a small village west of London, in 1825. With only two years of…

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  • … to relish the opportunity to come to Darwin’s defense. In 1875, he intervened in a bitter and …
  • … grandly you have defended me”, Darwin wrote on 6 January 1875, “you have indeed been a true friend.” …

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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  • … would culminate in two books,  Insectivorous plants  (1875) and  Cross and self fertilisation  …

Plant or animal? (Or: Don’t try this at home!)

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Darwin is famous for showing that humans are just another animal, but, in his later years in particular, his real passion was something even more ambitious: to show that there are no hard-and-fast boundaries between animals and plants.   In 1875 Darwin…

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  • … boundaries between animals and plants.   In 1875 Darwin brought out an unassuming little book …

Inheritance

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It was crucial to Darwin’s theories of species change that naturally occurring variations could be inherited.  But at the time when he wrote Origin, he had no explanation for how inheritance worked – it was just obvious that it did.  Darwin’s attempt to…

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  • … under domestication, and revised for the second edition in 1875 (2d ed. 2: 349–99). ‘The whole …
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