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From J. D. Hooker   13 May 1866

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Refers to enclosure from Asa Gray

with whom he can talk calmly now that war is over. North had no right to resort to bloodshed.

Startled by CD’s attendance at Royal Society soirée.

Has asked E. B. Tylor to make up questions for consuls and missionaries, through whose wives a lot of most curious information [for Descent?] could be obtained.

Tying umbilical cord has always been a mystery to JDH.

John Crawfurd’s paper on cultivated plants is shocking twaddle ["On the migration of cultivated plants in reference to ethnology", J. Bot. Br. & Foreign 4 (1866): 317–32].

R. T. Lowe back from Madeira.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 71–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5089

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. EB : The Encyclopædia Britannica. A …
  • … by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. …
  • … Columbia and Vancouver Island. London: John Murray. Modern English biography : Modern …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Raby, Peter. 2001. Alfred Russel …
  • … the early history of mankind and the development of civilization. London: John Murray. …
  • Murray Horner, was married to Henry Lyell, Charles Lyell’s younger brother ( Freeman 1978 ). Hooker refers to Ann Susan Horner. Hooker refers to Henrietta Emma Darwin and John

From J. D. Hooker   5 August 1869

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Huxley has shown him the jaws of an Anoplotherium brought from the Gallegos by R. O. Cunningham.

Saw Hallett’s wheat crops at Brighton; results of his selection very striking.

Huxley is assembling his Darwiniana papers for republication.

Has written a crushing reply to Richard Congreve ["The scientific aspects of positivism", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 5 (1869): 653–70] and JDH feels "infantine" beside him.

Comments on Sabine’s being offered and accepting K.C.B.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 25–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6853

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  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … 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. …

From J. D. Hooker   16 September 1864

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Rejoices that CD is beginning "the book of books", Variation.

Suggests that changes in colour of pollen, stigma, and corolla, as Scott reports in his Primula paper, may be related to changes in the insects required for pollination.

Supports Gärtner translation by Ray Society.

Comments on recent addresses by Lyell [Rep. BAAS 34 (1864): lx–lxxv], Bentham [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. 8 (1864): ix–xxiii], and Murchison [Rep. BAAS 34 (1864): 130–6].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 243–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4614

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  • … eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Spruce, Richard. 1908. Notes of a …

From J. D. Hooker   17 December 1881

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Benjamin D. Jackson will edit new Steudel’s Nomenclator.

JDH’s impressions of Lyell’s Life and letters, edited by Mrs K. M. Lyell [1881].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec 1881
Classmark:  DAR 104: 173–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13557

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  • … and arranged by Lady Hooker. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Index Kewensis : Index Kewensis: …
  • … of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s …

From J. D. Hooker   28 June 1862

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M. J. Berkeley wrote London Review & Wkly J. Polit. article.

CD is "out of sight the best physiological observer and experimenter that Botany ever saw".

Laments how much he [JDH] missed when doing the Listera ["Functions and structure of the rostellum of Listera ovata", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 144 (1854): 259–64].

Illness of wife and father.

"More plants from Fernando Po and more European".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 June 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 42–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3624

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  • … Berkeley] 1862 . See also letter to John Murray, 18 [June 1862] , and letter to J.  D.   …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Reports by the juries : International …

From J. D. Hooker   [19 January 1862]

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JDH castigates the Americans after the Trent affair. The value of an aristocracy. How will CD answer Asa Gray’s letter?

His "remarkable plant" [Welwitschia mirabilis] exhibited at Linnean Society.

Genera plantarum is in press.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 8–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3395

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  • … eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Binney, Edward William. 1862. On some …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 4th ed. : On the …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Pengelly, William. 1862. The …

From J. D. Hooker   29 May 1866

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JDH sends a list of the principal confirmatory evidences of CD’s theory which he has prepared at W. R. Grove’s request for Nottingham speech ["Presidential address", Rep. BAAS 26 (1866): liii–lxxxi].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5104

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  • … life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. ‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria ’: …
  • … eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula ’: On …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …

From J. D. Hooker   5 February 1864

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John Scott’s paper [see 4332] read at Linnean Society; praised by George Bentham.

Himalayan pine in Macedonia.

JDH is in a quarrel with H. C. Watson.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Feb 1864
Classmark:  DAR 100: 161; DAR 101: 180–1, 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4401

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  • … Reprint of the first edition. London: John Murray. Browne, Janet. 1983. The secular ark. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Watson, Hewett Cottrell. 1843. The …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin : On the origin of …

From J. D. Hooker   13 February 1868

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Rejoices over news of Variation sales.

Pall Mall Gazette review [7 (1868): 555, 636, 652] is undoubtedly by G. H. Lewes [see 5951].

Dinner at Lyells’.

Dean Stanley favours a monument to Faraday in Westminster Abbey.

Perceval Wright is back from Seychelles and reports on plants he collected.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 198–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5874

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  • … Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Variation : The variation of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Wheeler, Alwyne. 1985. The world …
  • Murray announced his intention to issue a second printing of 1250 copies in his letter of 6 February [1868] . The first part of George Henry Lewes’s anonymous review of Variation appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette for 10 February 1868; two further parts were published ([Lewes] 1868a). The first part of Lewes’s review was a general discussion of CD’s theory of the origin of species, and described in detail only the first chapters of Variation (see [Lewes] 1868a). High Elms, the home of John

From J. D. Hooker   23 September 1874

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CD’s Utricularia findings – bladders, subterranean roots, and insects decomposing in them – a grand discovery.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 224–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9655

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

From J. D. Hooker   31 July 1866

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Questions for his lecture on "Insular floras".

Comments on CD’s criticism of Atlantis. Has no fixed opinion on continental extensions. Great objections to hypotheses of CD and Forbes: botanical to CD’s; geological to Forbes’s. Will point out that natural selection is necessary to both hypotheses.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 81–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5168

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  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Secord, James Andrew. 2000. …

From J. D. Hooker   [1 or 3 November 1863]

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Anxious to see Haast’s letter.

JDH’s views on Poles and Franco-Prussian conflict.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 or 3] Nov 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 173–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4325

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  • … Staffordshire, October 26, 1863. London: John Murray. Huxley, Leonard, ed. 1918. Life and …
  • … arranged by Lady Hooker. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Jenkins, Brian. 1974–80. Britain & …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Trimmer, Joshua. 1850. …

From Joseph Dalton Hooker   [1 January 1862]

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Sends plant specimens. William Borrer will be glad to send seeds.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Jan 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3373

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1903. A …
  • … Charles Seward. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1903. Orchids : On the various contrivances …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …

From J. D. Hooker   [10 March 1862]

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Returns Asa Gray’s letter. Disappointed with Gray. Comments on America. British–American relations.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10 Mar 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 20–2; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3469

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  • … years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Bates, Henry Walter. 1892. The naturalist on …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Raphael, Sandra. 1970. The …
  • … Reprint of the first edition. London: John Murray. Correspondence : The correspondence of …

From J. D. Hooker   4 August 1881

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Outlines address to York BAAS meeting on history of geographical distribution. Organising theme: advancement in this science based on ideas enunciated by scientific voyagers. Asks CD’s advice.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1881
Classmark:  DAR 104: 154–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13272

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  • … geology . 3d edition. 4 vols. London: John Murray. Nicolson, Malcolm. 1990. Alexander von …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Post Office directory of the six …

From J. D. Hooker   [31 July 1863]

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Sends "tendrilliferous" plants.

Plans visit to Down.

Naudin’s paper on tendrils [Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 4th ser. 9 (1863): 180–203].

T. V. Wollaston snubs Bates’s work.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [31 July 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 154–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4226

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Westwood, John Obadiah. 1860. Mr …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Decaisne, Joseph. 1863. De la …

From J. D. Hooker   [7 February 1875]

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Has met Capt. George Strong Nares of the Challenger expedition at Huxley’s.

Huxley much at a loss to explain red clay at deep sea-bottom.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Feb 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 11–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9843

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  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. ODNB : Oxford dictionary of national …
  • … Thomson, Bartholomew James Sulivan, and John Murray (1841–1914), the naturalist to the …

From J. D. Hooker   [6 or 7 July 1870]

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Has CD read E. Claparède ["Remarques à propos de l’ouvrage de M. Alfred Russel Wallace sur la théorie de la sélection naturelle", Arch. Sci. Phys. & Nat. n.s. 38 (1870): 160–89]? Is it worth translating?

CD and J.-F. de Brandt are "en lutte for Ac. of Sc. [France]. What a farce it is".

His work on Nepenthes supports Miquel’s and Wallace’s view of the zoology of Borneo and Sumatra.

Brian Hodgson on dogs.

H. C. Bastian’s book [The modes of origin of lowest organisms (1871)] unsatisfactory.

Lyell does not share CD’s view of Bentham’s address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 or 7 July 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 55–56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7267

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Zollinger, Heinrich. 1857. Over het …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Hodgson, Brian Houghton. 1833. …
  • … yet decided on the title (see letter to John Murray, [after 1 July 1870] ). Both Johann …

From J. D. Hooker   29 October 1873

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Sends plant specimens.

He and Thiselton-Dyer, working on with Nepenthes, have independently found the spiral vessels going to the gland. CD’s view that the glands are secretory organs is suggestive. When Nepenthes is as much done as CD wants,

he will turn to Cephalotus and Sarracenia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 176–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9116

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  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Movement in plants : The power of …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From J. D. Hooker   12 June 1881

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Has struggled for months with complexity of structure and distribution of palms for Genera plantarum.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1881
Classmark:  DAR 104: 150–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13201

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  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Page, William, ed. 1908. The …
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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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