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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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  • … and water 2 ........... dogs stomach with dilute HCl .02% 3 ........... glycerine & water …
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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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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 …

Darwin's bad days

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Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and experimenting, even Darwin had some bad days. These times when nothing appeared to be going right are well illustrated by the following quotations from his letters:

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  • … Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them. No. …

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  • … Leiden 13 june 1823 Rotterdam 2 june 1877 Zoeterwoude …
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