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To F. T. Buckland 2 October 1866

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Declines contributing to Land and Water. Asks if F. T. Buckland can insert a question about the feet of otter hounds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Buckland, F. T.
Date:  02 Oct 1866
Classmark:  Rendells
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5227F

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  • … Rendells Charles Robert Darwin 02 Oct 1866 Buckland, F. T. …

From Francis Darwin to Thomas Edison   [20–9 December 1877]

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His father asks him to thank TAE for sending the curious case of the insects [see 11271].

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Alva Edison
Date:  [20–9 Dec 1877]
Classmark:  Thomas Edison National Park (Edison Document File, 1878 Folder: (D-78-02) Edison, T.A. – General)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11312A

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  • … Edison Document File, 1878 Folder: (D-78-02) Edison, T.A. – General) Francis Darwin Down [ …

To W. D. Fox   26 May [1876]

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Caroline [Wedgwood] has been ill for the last 20 months.

James Paget to be consulted about William Darwin’s brain concussion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  26 May [1876]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-3-02)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10515

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  • … Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-3-02) Charles Robert Darwin Hopedene, Dorking …

To W. D. Fox   14 February 1878

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CD and Frank Darwin hard at work on physiology of plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  14 Feb 1878
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-10-02)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11358

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  • … Pearce/Darwin Fox collection RBSC-ARC-1721-10-02) Charles Robert Darwin Down 14 Feb 1878 …

Kennard, C. A. (1827–1907)

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  • … Paper: Boston Daily Advertiser; Date: 05-02-1888; Volume: 151; Issue: 24471; Page: 8; …
  • … Paper: Boston Daily Advertiser; Date: 06-02-1895; Volume: 165; Issue: 132; Page: 4; …

From Asa Gray   4 August 1862

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Gives J. T. Rothrock’s observations on the structure and fertility of the two forms of Houstonia. Mentions his own observations on Rhexia virginica and Gymnadenia tridentata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 67–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3679

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  • … pollen .020.  x .017 Short-styled " .036 x .02 : in the fresh plants, but dry. Distended …

From T. L. Brunton   28 February 1874

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Reports negative results of his experiments on digestion of chlorophyll by Drosera and by animals. [See Insectivorous plants, p. 126.]

Sends references for chondrin.

Author:  Thomas Lauder Brunton, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 47–8, DAR 160: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9322

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  • … 2 ................…dogs stomach with dilute HCl .02% 3 ................…glycerine & water …
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Darwin's works in letters

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To celebrate Darwin's 210th birthday, we present a new section on Darwin's works in letters, featuring Journal of researches, Living and fossil cirripedia, Descent of man, and Expression of emotions. And here is a song with lyrics based on…

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  • … for my works. ( letter to Ernst Dieffenbach, 2 October 1843 ) Darwin …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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  • … Haast, J.F.J. von 12 May - 2 June 1867 Christchurch, …

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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  • … spirit séance’ at his home ( letter from T. G. Appleton, 2 April 1874 ). Back over old …

Editorial policy and practice

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Full texts are added to this site four years after the letter is published in the print edition of the Correspondence. Transcriptions are made from the original or a facsimile where these are available. Where they are not, texts are taken from the best…

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  • … identification is followed by a question mark. 2. The date Darwin rarely gave the year …

Dramatisation script

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

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  • … of the following: Actor 1 – Asa Gray Actor 2 – Charles Darwin Actor 3 – In the …
  • … away, and he wrote that evening. GRAY:   2   [Since atheistic doctrines of evolution] …

George Busk

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After the Beagle voyage, Darwin’s collection of bryozoans disappears from the records until the material was sent, in 1852, for study by George Busk, one of the foremost workers on the group of his day. In 1863, on the way down to Malvern Wells, Darwin had…

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  • … by Charles and Lady Lyell ( letter from J. D. Hooker [2 June 1865] ).    …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

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In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

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  • … might work in nature ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 10 ). He was surprised that no …
  • … Asa Gray, vary in the United States ( letter to Asa Gray, 2 May 1856 )? What about weeds? Did they …
  • … complained Darwin in 1857 ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [2 May 1857] ). Making mistakes …

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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  • … on some Marantaceous plant to make out meaning of 2 sets of differently coloured stamens.’ At …
  • … and a mere mouthpiece of ‘Jesuitical Rome’ ( Academy , 2 January 1875, pp. 16–17). ‘How grandly …
  • … sold some 1700 Copies!!!’ After the initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed …
  • … you were born (letter from E. F. Lubbock, [after 2 July] 1875).   Back over old …
  • … on her sister. He had described the case in Variation 2: 14–16, suggesting that such regrowth …
  • … the eyes of one variety into another ( Variation 2d ed. 1: 420–4, 2: 360). Darwin had encouraged …
  • … at its sensitiveness. If you blow gently at it from 1 or 2 feet distance, it absorbs moisture & …
  • … meeting: ‘I did so enjoy my afternoon’, she wrote on 2 July , ‘and if it were not too much to ask …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … pamphlet was published in the Gardeners’ Chronicle on 29 August 1863, pp. 821–2, under the title …
  • … (see the letter from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [2 September 1863] (DAR 219.1: 77), and …
  • … ( Spectator , 6 January 1877, p. 15, and Emma Darwin 2: 200–1). While Emma Darwin …
  • … , pp. 44, 54–5, 78, and Correspondence vol. 2, letter to W. D. Fox, 28 August [1837]). Later he …
  • … the publication of Origin (Turner 1980, pp. 60–2, 124–128, Worster 1985, pp. 179–80, 184–7). …
  • … seen a trap, and therefore I give a wood-cut of one. 2 The iron teeth shut …
  • … in nineteenth-century England, see Turner 1980. 2 This sentence, and the woodcut of the …

Darwin in public and private

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Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • … life , (London: John Murray, 1st ed., 1859), p. 88. 2) “There is one other point deserving a …
  • … a more inventive genius…”   Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 316 – 317. 4) “Difference in …
  • … and less selfishness…” Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 326 – 327. 5) “The chief distinction …
  • … use of the senses and hands….”  Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 327. 6) “…Thus man has …
  • … plumage to the peahen.”   Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 328 – 329. 7) “In order that …
  • … to her adult daughters….”  Descent (1871), vol. 2, p. 329. 8) “Man is more powerful in …
  • … gained the power of selection…” Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 371 – 372. Selected …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … climber & therefore sacred’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 June [1864] ). When Darwin …
  • … your part  over  them’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 April 1864] ). Hooker warned Darwin …

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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  • … may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …
  • … Secretary of State for the Home Department. “ 2. —Mode of application for license. …
  • … on living animals. Mode of application. 2.—Any person desiring to obtain such license …

Women’s scientific participation

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Observers | Fieldwork | Experimentation | Editors and critics | Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a community of women who participated, often actively and routinely, in the nineteenth-century scientific community. Here is a…

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  • … Letter 6815 - Scott, J. to Darwin, [2 July 1869] John Scott responds to Darwin’s …
  • … Letter 1113 - Darwin to Whitby, M. A. T., [2 September 1847] Darwin questions Mrs. …
  • … Letter 6083  - Casparay, J. X. R. to Darwin, [2 April 1868] Casparay details his …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … his son to continue the observations. ‘I got out within 2 minutes of a very heavy shower’, William …
  • … & make him think better of his work’. Hooker replied on 2 March , ‘I cannot tell you with …
  • … covering the German debate (letters to W. E. Gladstone, 2 October 1877 and 25 October [1877] …
  • … (Trollope 1867; letter to G. J. Romanes, [1 and 2 December 1877] ). Dispute and …

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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  • … been received ‘today’. Following Francis Darwin ( LL 2: 116–17) and relying on Charles Lyell’s …
  • … letter from Wallace to his friend Frederick Bates, dated 2 March 1858, arrived in England (McKinney …
  • … concluded, ‘essentially unresolvable’ (Beddall 1988, p. 2). The correspondence between mid …
  • … the other’s ideas (see letters to J. D. Hooker, 2 March [1859] , 11 March [1859] , and 7 …
  • … the rag is worth anything?’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 2 June [1859] ). But as critical letters …

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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  • … Letter 8593 - Darwin to Alphonse de Candolle, 2 November1872 Darwin writes to Alphonse …
  • … Letter 8656 - Asa Gray to Charles Darwin, 2 December 1872 Asa Gray writes to Darwin …
  • … Why do you think he was drawn to this type of study? 2. What kind of experimental information …
  • … cause, but the result is pretty for the plant every 11⁄2 or 2 hours sweeps a circle, (according to …

Visiting the Darwins

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'As for Mr Darwin, he is entirely fascinating…'  In October 1868 Jane Gray and her husband spent several days as guests of the Darwins, and Jane wrote a charming account of the visit in a sixteen-page letter to her sister.  She described Charles…

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  • … Complete text of the letter from Jane Gray to Susan Loring, 28 October – 2 November 1868: …

Darwin’s student booklist

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In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … Edinburgh.— Franklins Journal to the North. Pole. 2 Vol. 8 Vo. 1 Cochrane Travels …
  • … & Poems 12 mo 10 Pennants Arctic Zoology 11  2 Vols 4to Several papers in the …
  • … Philos Journal. 13 Bostocks Physiology 14  2 Vol 8 Vo. Cuviers theory of the …
  • … & Granby 16  6 Vols 12. mo Henry Chemistry 17  2 Vols 8 Vo Sewards memoirs of …
  • … 1826 for younger sons. 17 Henry 1823. Volume 2 is in the Darwin Library–CUL. 18 …

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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  • … & decay with the reverse—” ( letter from William Main, 2 April 1873 ). The zoologist Henry …
  • … is a good omen for the future” ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 2 August [1873] ). But he was more …

Correspondence with women

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We know of letters to or from around 2000 correspondents, about 100 of whom were women. Using the letter summaries available on this website, the letters can be assigned to rough categories.  Included in the count are letters to women in Darwin’s family…

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  • … mental powers of the two sexes” in Descent of man 2: 326–9 are complex, and further …
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