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To J. D. Hooker   2 April [1859]

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Thanks for letter of caution about Murray. He has offered to publish without seeing MS. CD thinks book will be popular to a certain extent. Lyell’s inducing Murray to publish Origin grates CD’s pride.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2446

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  • … see Correspondence vol.  3, letter to John Murray, 17 [April 1845] . According to Emma …
  • … The year is given by the reference to publishing Origin with John Murray. …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 1 April 1859 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 2 April [1859] . The context of this and surrounding letters to …
  • … by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To J. D. Hooker   10 February [1868]

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Has heard that Variation sold the whole edition of 1500 copies in a week [see 5844]. Has done him a world of good. Pall Mall Gazette has review which pleased him exceedingly [see 5874].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 50–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5856

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  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868] . …
  • … CD refers to John Murray, Variation , and the printers William Clowes & Sons. …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868] . The review, which appeared in the Pall …

To J. D. Hooker   5 July [1871]

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Lady Lyell’s anxiety over Lyell’s health.

Preparing new edition of Origin.

Asks whether anything was observed [in Morocco] on expressions.

Did JDH notice whether pollen-masses in Ophrys apifera in N. Africa fall on the stigma, as in England?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 July [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 197–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7850

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  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Orchids 2d ed. : The various …
  • … Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids : On the various …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 6th ed. : The origin …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To J. D. Hooker   10 December [1866]

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A confounded cock ground the crimson seeds up so CD could not find them in its excrement. CD is puzzled by how seeds can be disseminated if merely ground up by birds. Perhaps like acorns from seeds accidentally dropped by birds?

A woodcock’s leg with dry clay clinging to it, from which CD has grown a microscopical rush.

Spencer would have been wonderful if he had trained himself to observe more.

On New Zealand flora and connection with Australia.

Difficulty of speculating about the amount of organic chemical change at different periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 308, 308b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5300

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  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Spencer, Herbert. 1864–7. The …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … of geology. 10th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Origin 3d ed. : On the origin of …
  • … corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin 4th ed. : On the origin …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … manuscript of all but the last chapter of Variation to his publisher, John Murray ( see …
  • … letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] ). Hooker had offered to send two papers …

To J. D. Hooker   [26 March 1845]

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Has received pamphlet from JDH [John Murray, Strictures on morphology (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [26 Mar 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-846

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  • … Has received pamphlet from JDH [John Murray, Strictures on morphology (1845)]. …
  • … Bibliography Murray, John. 1845. Strictures on morphology: its unwarrantable assumptions, …

To J. D. Hooker   14 [October 1862]

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Thanks for Aldrovanda reference and Cassia.

Has wasted labour on Melastomataceae without getting a glimpse of the meaning of the parts.

Wants seeds, from their native land, of Heterocentron or Monochaetum.

Is beginning to change his view about rarity of natural hybrids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 [Oct 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3762

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Vaucher, Jean Pierre Etienne. 1841. …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula ’: …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s …
  • … and Albert Charles Seward. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1903. Natural selection : Charles …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. ‘Specific difference in Primula ’: …

To J. D. Hooker   25 March [1874]

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Thanks for information about Hedychium. Hopes wings of Sphinx will be found covered with pollen for that will be a fine bit of prophecy from the structure of a flower to special and new means of fertilisation.

Has been at Descent so hard he has done nothing, not even H. Spencer’s answer.

Has not yet read Croll ["Ocean currents", London Edinburgh & Dublin Philos. Mag. 47 (1874): 94–122, 168–90].

Has heard nothing about Carter and Eozoon. Eozoon, he infers, is done for.

Has read Belt [The naturalist in Nicaragua (1874)]: best of all natural history travel books.

Has written to Fritz Müller about leaf-carrying ants.

Hopes to resume work on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 317–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9372

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Descent 2d ed. : The descent of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. [Moulton, John Fletcher. ] 1873. Herbert …
  • … corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Zomlefer, Wendy B. 1994. Guide …

To J. D. Hooker   28 September [1861]

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Bates agrees with CD on neuter ants.

Orchids.

Repeating experiment of C. F. v. Gärtner to study Huxley’s idea of physiological species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3268

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  • … D.  Hooker, 24 September [1861] ; see also letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . Hooker and George Bentham were preparing …
  • … species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Gärtner, Karl Friedrich von. 1844. …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Smith, Frederick. 1855. Catalogue …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To J. D. Hooker   15 October [1875]

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Has decided to send R. L. Tait’s paper to the Royal Society.

Will try glycerine on Mimosa but doubts it will have an effect.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 394–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10200

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  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. King, George. 1875. Note on a sport …
  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Variation 2d ed. : The variation of …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To J. D. Hooker   24 July [1869]

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An article in North British Review by mathematician against Hooker and Huxley and for William Thomson [P. G. Tait, "Geological time", North Br. Rev. 50 (1869): 406–39]. Feels a conviction that world will be found older than reviewer makes it.

Article on "Design" [by J. B. Mozley] in Quarterly Review [127 (1869): 134–76].

Has JDH studied Drosophyllum?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 July [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 140–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6841

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  • … for Darwin. By Fritz Müller. London: John Murray. Descent : The descent of man, and …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. ‘Fertilization of orchids’: Notes on …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. [Tait, Peter Guthrie. ] 1869a. …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. Origin : On the origin of …

To J. D. Hooker   8 February [1867]

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On the Duke of Argyll and a review of his Reign of law.

Asa Gray’s theological view of variation. God’s role in formation of organisms; JDH’s view of Providence.

Insular and continental genera.

Owen on continuity and ideal types

and on bones of Mauritius deer.

On man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Feb [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 10–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5395

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  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Desmond, Adrian. 1994–7. Huxley. 2 …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Owen, Richard. 1866. On the …
  • … 4 February 1867  and n.  8. See letters to John Murray, 3 January [1867] , and 8 January [ …
  • … read the manuscript (see letter from John Murray, 9 January [1867] ). CD had sent the …

To J. D. Hooker   20 November [1866]

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Requests roots of two species of Mirabilis for "a curious experiment in crossing".

Has subscribed £10 to Jamaica committee to prosecute Governor Eyre.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Nov [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 305
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5281

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of animals …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To J. D. Hooker   24 September [1861]

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CD’s orchid paper is to become orchid book [Orchids].

Primula paper is done [Collected papers 2: 45–63].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3263

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  • … the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids : On the various …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … of which were copied from Bauer 1830–8 . See letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . Walter Hood Fitch was the botanical …

To J. D. Hooker   21 March [1871]

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Asks name of an Abutilon from Fritz Müller.

Questions about Drosophyllum for experiments;

the meaning of "Sirdar".

Wonderful success of Descent. Astonished by liberality of public. No abuse yet.

Marvels at JDH’s plans for a trip to Morocco. Asks him to look for alpine insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 190–192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7607

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  • … Hooker, 19 March 1871  and n.  7. See letter from John Murray, 20 March [1871] and n.  2. …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … was published in 1872. See letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871] . See letter from J.   …

To J. D. Hooker   23 July [1871]

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Honoured by Abutilon name; describes observations on its fertilisation.

Henrietta’s marriage a great loss to him.

Latest Quarterly Review has article, "evidently by Mivart", that cuts CD into mincemeat.

Asks for name of species of mouse J. S. Henslow used to keep [see 598].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 July [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 199–200
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7878

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Descent : The descent of man, and …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a …
  • … by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To J. D. Hooker   29 July [1860]

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Casual observations on Drosera.

Wants to know author of good review of Origin in London Review [& Wkly J. Polit. 1 (1860): 11–12, 32–3, 58–9].

Athenæum will reprint Gray’s discussion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 July [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2880

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  • … Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Orchids : On the various contrivances by …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1866]

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Has finished Variation. May insert a chapter on man.

Still puzzled by seeds of Adenanthera.

New Zealand and Borneo flora problems continued.

Fritz Müller found six genera of dimorphic plants in one day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 309, 309b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5321

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  • … manuscript for Variation , which he had recently sent to his publisher, John Murray (see …
  • … letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] ). On the proposed chapter on humans, see …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To J. D. Hooker   27 [October 1862]

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Masdevallia turns out to be nothing wonderful, "I was merely stupid about it."

Asks for plants for experiments.

Hedysarum and Oxalis sensitiva seeds.

Asks whether Oliver knows of experiments on absorption of poisons by roots.

CD finds he cannot publish this year on Lythrum salicaria; he must make 126 additional crosses!

Asks for odd variations of common potato; he wants to grow a few plants of every variety.

Variation is crawling.

Has had some bad attacks lately.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 [Oct 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3784

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  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. LL : The life and letters of Charles …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. ‘Three forms of Lythrum …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s …

To J. D. Hooker   28 March [1871]

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Sends Hibiscus

and enclosure [Queries about expression?] on chance of "any point being observed" in Morocco.

Murray informs him edition of Descent will probably be 6500 copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 193–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7630

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  • … 1871] and n.  4. See letter from John Murray, 22 March 1871 . CD refers to Descent . …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …

To J. D. Hooker   9 February [1862]

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Thanks JDH for box of melastomes

and a very valuable reference from Daniel Oliver.

Is crossing Monochaetum which he thinks is dimorphic.

Is "sometimes half tempted to give up species & stick to experiments".

Pollen of Bletia hyacinthina is quite unlike other Bletia species but exactly the same as Epipactis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3440

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  • … eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … letter to H.  W.  Bates, 31 January [1862] , letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 30 January [1862] . Bentham and Hooker 1862–83. CD regretted …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Stearn, William T. 1956. …
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John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, …
  • … his name and in 1768 acquired a publishing house. The third John Murray, who followed his father as …
  • … house; the seventh sold the business in 2002. The  John Murray Archive  was acquired by the  …
  • … University Library  a similar number of letters from John Murray and Robert Cooke, his cousin and …
  • … had proved to be a scientific best-seller for the second John Murray, to open negotiations with his …
  • … began the business relationship between Charles Darwin and John Murray. Darwin’s next …
  • … . Again he asked Lyell to act as his intermediary with John Murray ( Letter 2437 ), who, without …
  • … had paid Darwin profits of nearly £3000. The third John Murray made a successful business …
  • … ). Darwin’s next publishing project with John Murray in 1869 was a translation into English …
  • … in the  Quarterly Review , a magazine published by John Murray.The pamphlets were not primarily …
  • … his orders ( Letter 8616 ). However, when Robert Cooke, John Murray’s cousin, went round to …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … Variation . In March Darwin wrote to his publisher, John Murray, ‘Of present book I have 7 …
  • … forward, except the last & concluding one’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). In …
  • … will be ready for the press in the autumn’ ( letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] ). In early …
  • … ‘I am never idle when I can do anything’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). It was not …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … of the size of the two-volume work from his publisher, John Murray, he wrote to Murray on 3 …
  • … is as good as praise for selling a Book’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 January [1867] ). A …
  • … to translate  Variation . Indeed, he told his publisher, John Murray, in a letter of 4 April …
  • … time it took William Sweetland Dallas to prepare the index. John Murray had engaged Dallas and …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after …
  • … photographic plates with his overseas publishers, and with John Murray’s assistant, the excitable …
  • … of the booksellers, encouraged an originally cautious John Murray to gamble on the book’s success: & …
  • … attractive dishes in his `Literary Banquet’ (letters from John Murray, 6 November [1872] and 9 …

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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  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … from E. A. Darwin, 17 [March 1874] ). He tried to persuade John Murray to publish a second edition …
  • … authority on marriage customs in  Descent  ( see letter John Murray, 9 May [1874] ). He …

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

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For such an iconic work, the text of Origin was far from static. It was a living thing that Darwin continued to shape for the rest of his life, refining his ‘one long argument’ through a further five English editions.  Many of his changes were made in…

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  • … a larger target audience were also made.  Darwin persuaded John Murray to include a glossary of …

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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  • … chapters of Origin of Species to his publisher, John Murray. He hopes that his views are …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … ‘a windbag full of metaphysics & classics’ ( letter to John Murray, 13 April [1871] ). …
  • … he suspected that very few would actually sell (letters to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and …

Origin

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Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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  • … In late March, Lyell had a word with his own publisher, John Murray, who had already published …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … Lyell, 28 March [1859] ). Lyell suggested the firm of John Murray, publishers of the second edition …
  • … letter from Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859] ). The …
  • … (letters to Charles Lyell, 28 March [1859] , and to John Murray, 10 September [1859] ), but …
  • … would change their minds without good cause.’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … buy it. When he submitted the manuscript to his publisher, John Murray, he boasted: ‘I can say with …
  • … in the least , whether the Book will sell’ ( letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). To his …

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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  • … also wondering whether he should break off relations with John Murray, his own publisher and also …
  • … courteous response, agreeing to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). …
  • … having been used in a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … domestication . Having been advertised by the publisher John Murray as early as 1865, the two …
  • … in the British Museum, agreed about the authorship. John Murray thought it was by Gray himself, but …
  • … me in the face, but not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace …

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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  • … .’ Hooker also directed some of his anger toward John Murray, the publisher of the …
  • … to pay the costs for printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of  The variation of …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of On …
  • … On 21 February Darwin received notification from John Murray that stocks of the third edition of  …
  • … out, ‘business would be totally paralysed’. Similarly, John Murray gave as a reason for his decision …
  • … ‘gaieties travelling & War Bulletins’ ( letter from John Murray, 18 July 1866 ). I …

John Maurice Herbert

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John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. …

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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  • … “for Heaven knows when it will be ready” ( letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). Keeping …
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