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From R. F. Cooke   26 February 1878

Summary

Asks CD’s opinion on number of copies to be printed of Cross and self-fertilisation [2d ed.]. Now that it is revised, they will stereotype.

Type of Forms of flowers stands, awaiting CD’s corrections, before stereotyping and printing of more copies.

RC regrets delay in supply of Origin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 500
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11376

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 500 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 26 Feb 1878 …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1878. Cross and self fertilisation : …
  • … up by the printers; see ibid. , letter to John Murray, 28 November 1877 . CD had asked for …
  • … 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. …
  • … had sold 570 copies of Origin 6th ed. at John Murray’s November sale dinner and was having …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers 2d ed. : The …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

To John Murray   1 October [1878]

Summary

Encloses a cheque for £11.19.9. Will transmit £7.9.4 to Fritz Müller. Thanks for account of the sale of his books, which appears to be in a "lamentable state".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  1 Oct [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11712A

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  • … To John Murray   1 October [1878] …
  • … DAR 147: 176 Charles Robert Darwin Down 1 Oct [1878] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … payment of cheques for £11 19 s . 9 d . to John Murray under the heading ‘Class as 19. 9. …

From R. F. Cooke   27 November 1878

Summary

Sends report on annual trade sale [missing]. New printings of Journal of researches and Descent are needed.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 501
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11764

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 501 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 27 Nov 1878 …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … on hand in 1878. CD’s publisher, John Murray, held an annual sales dinner each November …
  • … Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

To ?   13 August 1878

Summary

Cannot help with correspondent’s study. CD has a poor ear for music. Recommends Helmholtz’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 Aug 1878
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11655

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Helmholtz, Hermann von. 1863. …

To Francis Darwin   [19 August 1878]

Summary

Asks FD to reply to a letter [11653a] requesting a list of CD’s books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [19 Aug 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 271.2: 4v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11669

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … of his published works. CD’s publisher, John Murray, frequently advertised new works by CD …

From Anton Schobloch   9 March 1878

Summary

Asks CD to explain why there are hermaphrodites.

Author:  Anton Schobloch
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 201: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11408

Matches: 3 hits

  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Origin : On the origin of species by …
  • … 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 C. G. Semper   [after 6 December 1878]

Summary

Gives CGS permission to use his letters in any way he thinks fit.

Discusses the direct effect of external conditions as an agent of change in organisms; has encountered many cases since the publication of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Carl Gottfried Semper
Date:  [after 6 Dec 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 120v
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11777

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  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … 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 Anton Stecker   13 March 1878

Summary

Authorises publication of a Bohemian edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anton Stecker
Date:  13 Mar 1878
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11419

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  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. [Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], …
  • … 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. …

From J. D. Cooper   13 December 1878

Summary

Sends CD a proof of an illustration reduced on to the block by photography. The method is expensive but scientifically accurate.

Author:  James Davis Cooper
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 202: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11791

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  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To Hermann Müller   20 September 1878

Summary

Writing on vegetable physiology.

Nothing in CD’s life has ever interested him more than the fertilisation of such plants as Primula and Lythrum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  20 Sept 1878
Classmark:  DAR 146: 439
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11698

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. ML : More letters of Charles …
  • … 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 Francis Darwin to ?   23 August 1878

Summary

Writes for CD. Thanks correspondent for curious case of inheritance, which CD cannot use as he is working in different directions.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  23 Aug 1878
Classmark:  Yale University: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (GEN MSS MISC Group 104 F-1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11672

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  • … Taylor. 4 vols. and supplement. London: John Murray. Variation 2d ed. : The variation of …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …

From J. F. Fisher   13 August 1878

Summary

Discourses on the rights of animals.

Author:  John Francis Fisher
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11656

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  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Schopf, J. William. 2000. Solution …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Draper, John William. 1875. History …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Fisher, John Francis. 1880. The …

From Asa Gray   3 February 1878

Summary

AG’s review of Joseph Cook ["Lectures on biology", New Englander 37: 100–13].

Encourages CD to work at heliotropism.

Thinks Thomas Meehan is as "rattle-brained" as Joseph Cook.

[A damaged fragment cut from this letter is pinned to 11051.]

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 160: 169, DAR 165: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11343

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers 2d ed. : The …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Meehan, Thomas. 1875. Are insects …
  • … Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. OED : The Oxford English …

From C.-F. Reinwald   8 October 1878

Summary

Forms of flowers, translated by Édouard Heckel, is published.

Cross and self-fertilisation has only sold 450–500 copies.

Origin sells regularly; he looks forward to a cheaper edition.

Author:  Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1878
Classmark:  DAR 176: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11720

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To Francis Darwin   13 [September 1878]

Summary

Asks what position the sub-peduncles assume when the main flower peduncle of Oxalis is tied so as to be horizontal.

Asks whether FD can find some plants at Kew for CD to trace epinastic and hyponastic movements.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  13 [Sept 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11692

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  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Orchids 2d ed. : The various …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Vries, Hugo de. 1872. Ueber einige …

To Asa Gray   17 February [1878]

Summary

Heterostyly in Linum perenne. Believes the American form may be a distinct species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  17 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (129)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11364

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  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. …

To Fritz Müller   12 January 1878

Summary

CD and son [Francis] working on spontaneous movements of plants and heliotropism.

Has given [Raphael Meldola] permission to read extracts of FM’s last letter [not found], on odours emitted by moths, before Entomological Society [Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1878): ii–iii].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  12 Jan 1878
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 44)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11319

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  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To T. H. Farrer   7 May [1878]

Summary

Has received Ledum with its captured flies.

"At present I care for nothing in this wide world except the biology of seedling plants."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  7 May [1878]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11495

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  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   3 February [1878]

Summary

Thanks for letter. CD now has all the seeds and information he requires.

Value and origin of amphicarpic habit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  3 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 108–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11344

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  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To W. H. Flower   25 February 1878

Summary

Encloses letter from R. A. Blair concerning goose with abnormal wing. Hopes WHF will look at bones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  25 Feb 1878
Classmark:  John Innes Foundation Historical Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11375

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  • … 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. …
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John Murray

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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?

Summary

'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

Summary

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

Summary

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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