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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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Inheritance

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It was crucial to Darwin’s theories of species change that naturally occurring variations could be inherited.  But at the time when he wrote Origin, he had no explanation for how inheritance worked – it was just obvious that it did.  Darwin’s attempt to…

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  • … of Pangenesis  (Charles Darwin, Variation , vol. 2, p. 357). It was crucial to …
  • … domestication, and revised for the second edition in 1875 (2d ed. 2: 349–99). ‘The whole subject …
  • … from generation to generation’ ( Variation , vol. 2, p. 2). He postulated that heredity occurred …

Science: A Man’s World?

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Discussion Questions|Letters Darwin's correspondence show that many nineteenth-century women participated in the world of science, be it as experimenters, observers, editors, critics, producers, or consumers. Despite this, much of the…

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  • … and was not, appropriate for i) men and ii) women? 2. What sorts of characteristics and …
  • … Letter 4377 - Haeckel, E. P. A. to Darwin, [2 January 1864] Haeckel sends Darwin some …

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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  • … diminished even further when he and his family departed on 2 September for more than a month at a …
  • … that ‘there are almost certainly several cases of 2 or 3 or more species blended together & now …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … to every one else I suspect’ ( letter from H. B. Jones, 2 August 1870 ). Darwin had visits …
  • … had thrown him (letter from G. H. Darwin to H. E. Darwin, [21 – 2 February 1870] (DAR 251: 2243)). …

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…

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  • … not the direct result of natural selection ( Variation  2: 185–9). Wallace seized upon this point …
  • … Friedrich Hildebrand sent his praise for  Variation  on 2 January , and reported on experiments …

Darwin on childhood

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On his engagement to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, in 1838, Darwin wrote down his recollections of his early childhood.  Life. Written August–– 1838 My earliest recollection, the date of which I can approximately tell, and which must have been before…

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  • … to receive her–– & so with very many other cases  [2] Susan like me, only remember …
  • … Sarah Elizabeth (Sarah) Wedgwood, CD’s aunts. [2]  The intended position of the passages …

Power of movement in plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Family experiments Darwin was an active and engaged father during his children's youth, involving them in his experiments and even occasionally using them as observational subjects. When his children…

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  • … Letter 11586 - Darwin to Francis Darwin, 2 July 1878 Darwin writes to Francis to …
  • … the progress of Darwin's theory of natural selection? 2. How do you think the …

All Darwin's letters from 1873 go online for the anniversary of Origin

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To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the full transcripts and footnotes of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. Read about Darwin's life in 1873 through his…

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  • … muscular contraction in animals. I could give 2 scientific secretaries work to do  ( …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … Letter 1189 — Darwin, C. R. to Henslow, J. S., 2 July [1848] Darwin criticises the lecturing …
  • … L etter 1788 — Darwin, C. R. to Tegetmeier, W. B., [2 Dec 1855] Darwin raises queries …

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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  • … Darwin wrote in his chapter on pangenesis ( Variation  2: 365). Darwin had developed his …
  • … selection, but had not elaborated further ( Variation  2: 75). In notes for his reply to a letter …
  • … to Hermann Müller, 11 February 1867, in Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 111–16). Hermann sent Darwin some …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … 1848 to 1869 (letter to J. B. Innes, [8 May 1848] and n. 2). Darwin praised Innes to John …
  • … he left behind (letter from S. J. O’H. Horsman, 2 June [1868] ). Among the reasons justifying his …

Darwin’s scientific women

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Darwin exchanged letters with women who were botanists, travellers, observers, writers, and naturalists. Find out about their lives and how they contributed to his research.

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  • … Darwin’s letters shed light on the lives of some otherwise little-known women and reveal how much …

The death of Anne Elizabeth Darwin

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Charles and Emma Darwin’s eldest daughter, Annie, died at the age of ten in 1851.   Emma was heavily pregnant with their fifth son, Horace, at the time and could not go with Charles when he took Annie to Malvern to consult the hydrotherapist, Dr Gully.…

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  • … Our poor child, Annie, was born in Gower St on March 2 d . 1841. & expired at Malvern at 1  …
  • … her chief characteristics. From whatever point I look back 2  at her, the main feature in her …
  • … 1 ‘at ‘ over  ‘in’. 2 ‘back’  interl . 3 ‘buoyant’: ‘o’  over  ‘y. …

Darwin and Gender Projects by Harvard Students

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Working in collaboration with Professor Sarah Richardson and Dr Myrna Perez, Darwin Correspondence Project staff developed a customised set of 'Darwin and Gender' themed resources for a course on Gender, Sex and Evolution first taught at Harvard…

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  • … intermediate between the child and the man” ( Descent 2: 317). Darwin believed, however, that …
  • … the value of the Darwin and Gender research initiative and 2) to explore the contribution that our …
  • … Project #2: “Man has Ultimately Become Superior to Woman” – Darwin’s public and …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … hypothesis, first published in 1868 ( Variation 2: 357–404). Others had attempted but failed to …
  • … out that in less than a day he could type no more than ‘ 2 or 3 times as slowly as writing ’ (DAR …
  • … eczema, was able to rest his mind ( letter to G. H. Darwin, 2 May [1876] ). Darwin even cautioned …

Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

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  • … on these grounds (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 2, letter to J. S. Henslow, 14 October …
  • … early stomach troubles, see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Caroline Wedgwood, [May 1838] , …
  • … to W. D. Fox, [7 June 1840] ( Correspondence vol. 2). He suffered from persistent sickness in …

Living and fossil cirripedia

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Darwin published four volumes on the crustacean sub-class Cirripedia between 1851 and 1854, two on living species and two on fossil species. These were systematic monographs, written for a specialist audience, and as such are probably among the most…

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  • … much earlier in the fossil record. In Origin pp. 191-2, he cited the homology of ovigerous frena …
  • … beginning of 1854 , where it took longer than the ‘ 2 or 3 months ’ Darwin had hoped for to …

Essay: What is Darwinism?

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—by Asa Gray WHAT IS DARWINISM? The Nation, May 28, 1874 The question which Dr. Hodge asks he promptly and decisively answers: ‘What is Darwinism? it is atheism.’ Leaving aside all subsidiary and incidental matters, let us consider–1. What the…

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  • … let us consider–1. What the Darwinian doctrine is, and 2. How it is proved to be atheistic. Dr. …
  • … case, events are brought about in the material world; and 2. That by the word ‘ natural ’ is meant …
  • … or miraculous does to effect it for once. ’[VIII-2] So when Mr. Darwin makes such large and free …
  • … Not to the original intention of the divine mind; 2. Not to special acts of creation calling new …
  • … reference to the blind operation of natural causes; and, 2. That they were foreseen and purposed by …

Insectivorous Plants published

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Darwin's book, Insectivorous plants, demonstrating that some plant species not only attract animal prey but can digest it, is published. Darwin predicted poor sales but following initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed in…

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  • … predicted poor sales but following initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed …

Doing Darwin’s Experiments

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Darwin’s curiosity for the natural world meant he carried out experiments throughout his life. Try out his experiments in the class room and compare your results with his findings.

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  • … Darwin wrote to thousands of correspondents and his letters and notebooks show us how he worked. …
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