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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 [ …

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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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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From Fritz Müllerf1   17 June 1868Itajahy, Sa. Catharina, Brazil,17. Juni 1868. .... . Sie werden schon aus meinem letzten Briefe ersehen haben, dass es mir sehr schmeichelhaft ist, wenn Sie meine…

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  • … of a second pair of maxillæ” (Gerstäcker). f12 2. The segmentation of the abdomen; “like …
  • … acquired one. [Enclosure 2] …
  • … to CD were written in English (see Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 72 n.); most of them have not been found. …
  • … included these in their original English form ( ibid. , 2: 72 n.). Where the original English …
  • … the larva is aquatic (see Nicholson 1880, pp. 341–2). Ephemera : the mayfly genus, now in the …
  • … to CD were written in English (see Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 72 n.); most of them have not been found. …

Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … atrociously’, Darwin wrote to Alfred Russel Wallace on 2 February , ‘I meant to say exactly the …

Eliza Burt Gamble

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Women have interpreted and applied evolutionary theory in arguments about women’s nature for over a century. Eliza Burt Gamble (1841-1920) was a pioneer in this endeavor. Gamble was an advocate of the Woman Movement, a mother, a writer, and a teacher from…

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  • … transmit their superiority to their male offspring.” [2] As a result of this process, …

Natural Science and Femininity

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Discussion Questions|Letters A conflation of masculine intellect and feminine thoughts, habits and feelings, male naturalists like Darwin inhabited an uncertain gendered identity. Working from the private domestic comfort of their homes and exercising…

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  • … 1. Where did natural science tend to be conducted? 2. Did Victorians consider Natural …
  • … Letter 4230 - Darwin to Gardeners’ Chronicle, [2 July 1863] Published in Gardeners’ …

Bibliography of Darwin’s geological publications

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This list includes papers read by Darwin to the Geological Society of London, his books on the geology of the Beagle voyage, and other publications on geological topics.  Author-date citations refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s…

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  • … Society, 1 December 1835.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  2-15.  F1.] —Geological notes made …
  • … Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 210-12. —Observations of proofs …
  • … R.N.  Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 446-9.  [ Shorter publications …
  • … Plata. Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 542-4.  [ Shorter publications …
  • … Proceedings of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 552-4.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  …
  • … Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh  2 (1844-50): 17-18.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  …

Beauty and the seed

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One of the real pleasures afforded in reading Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the discovery of areas of research on which he never published, but which interested him deeply. We can gain many insights about Darwin’s research methods by following these …

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  • … composite of letter from Müller to Darwin, 2 Aug 1866, in Darwin’s experimental notebook"," …
  • … Fritz Müller to Charles Darwin, 2 Aug 1866. Darwin immediately responded: I have …

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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  • … Wales was there & Gen. Sabine presented your father who made 2 of the best bows he cd muster. …
  • … apparition of your face at R.S. Soirèe—which I dreamed of 2 nights running. Tyndall came up to me in …
  • … of  Principles of biology . ( Letter from A. R. Wallace, 2 July 1866. ) Darwin agreed that …
  • … use of ‘awesomely long words’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 October [1866] ). He later expressed …
  • … to sign a list of those in favour of prosecution on 2 November 1866. Spencer enclosed a letter by …

The writing of "Origin"

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From a quiet rural existence at Down in Kent, filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on the transmutation of species, Darwin was jolted into action in 1858 by the arrival of an unexpected letter (no longer extant) from Alfred Russel Wallace outlining a…

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  • … 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 rag is worth anything?’ (letter to T. H. Huxley, 2 June [1859] ). But as critical letters …

Darwin and Fatherhood

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Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten children. It is often assumed that Darwin was an exceptional Victorian father. But how extraordinary was he? The Correspondence Project allows an unusually…

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  • … has almost driven away grief.’ (Darwin to W. D. Fox,  2 July [1858] ). The death of a baby …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … no other place, could have been given to it’ (Kirby 1852, 2: 246). Darwin’s copy of Brougham …
  • … Bees can make apparently true cylinders & spheres. (2) They never begin one cell at time always …
  • … by the work of François Huber. In his copy of Huber 1814, 2: 143, he scribbled a note: ‘If the sides …
  • … the latest controversies in his letter to Darwin of 2 August 1858 . The notion that the theory of …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 5140 — Wallace, A. R. to Darwin, C. R., 2 July 1866 Wallace writes a lengthy analysis …
  • … Letter 8837 — Darwin, C. R. to Doedes, N. D., 2 Apr 1873 Darwin explains the impossibility of …
  • … Letter 6223 — Horsman, S. J. H. to Darwin, C. R., 2 June [1868] Horsman attempts to convince …

Scientific Practice

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Specialism|Experiment|Microscopes|Collecting|Theory Letter writing is often seen as a part of scientific communication, rather than as integral to knowledge making. This section shows how correspondence could help to shape the practice of science, from…

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Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children,[1] began the research that culminated in his book The Expression of the emotions in man and Animals, published in 1872, and his article ‘A biographical sketch of an infant’, published in…

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  • … sketch of an infant’, published in  Mind  in 1877.[2]  The full text of the notebook is available …
  • … instinctive movement which causes hiccough.— 2  At his 8 th  day he frowned much. & …
  • … his hand, when  4v . he wanted to suck. Annie at 2 months & four days had a very broad …

Biodiversity and its histories

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The Darwin Correspondence Project was co-sponsor of Biodiversity and its Histories, which brought together scholars and researchers in ecology, politics, geography, anthropology, cultural history, and history and philosophy of science, to explore how…

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  • … John Ray’s Wisdom of God and John Allen’s Biosphere 2   Georg Toepfer  …

Referencing women’s work

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Darwin's correspondence shows that women made significant contributions to Darwin's work, but whether and how they were acknowledged in print involved complex considerations of social standing, professional standing, and personal preference.…

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  • … Letter 1113 - Darwin to Whitby, M. A. T., [2 September 1847] Darwin questions Mrs. …

Darwin and slavery

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Darwin was horrified by his encounters with slavery whilst on the Beagle voyage. Learn about the transatlantic slave trade through the context of his experiences.

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  • … Darwin believed that the enslavement of people was barbaric and, like the rest of his family, …

Volume 26 (1878) available now

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Investigating the movements and 'sleep' of plants, finally elected a corresponding member of the French Académie des sciences, trying to secure a government grant to support an Irish correspondent's attempts to breed a blight-resistant…

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  • …   I conclude that a child—just under 2 years is inferior in intellect to a monkey . …

Darwin and Religion

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When Darwin published On the Origin of Species, was there a clear cut division between those who supported science and those who supported God? Find out how Darwin’s letters reveal a complex reaction from all sides and a desire from Darwin to keep his…

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  • … Pupils explore the reaction to Darwin’s findings as evidenced through his letters. Activities …

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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  • … condition in  Primula ’, p. 92 ( Collected papers  2: 59)). Darwin later recalled: ‘no little …
  • … ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 [October 1862] ; see ML 2: 292–3). Other species proved more …
  • … opposition to the  Origin  ’ ( letter from Asa Gray, 2–3 July 1862 ). Henry Walter Bates …
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