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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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Darwin’s study of the Cirripedia

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Darwin’s work on barnacles, conducted between 1846 and 1854, has long posed problems for historians. Coming between his transmutation notebooks and the Origin of species, it has frequently been interpreted as a digression from Darwin’s species work. Yet…

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  • … during this period ( Notebooks ; Collected papers , 2: 285–91), for example, there are numerous …
  • … drilled by the cavities formed by this animal.—’ (DAR 31.2: 305). He gave a detailed description and …
  • … to that observed in the metamorphosis of Crustacea (DAR 31.2: 307). This observation was notable, …
  • … and these establish higher taxonomic affinities, (2) characters shared by organisms reflect the …
  • … Lernæa, (which I sh^d^ think was the strongest case known.^2^ Barnacles in some sense, eyes & …
  • … and anomalous course. ( Living Cirripedia (1854): 151–2)    Crisp (1983) has pointed …
  • … of this topic in the 1844 essay ( Foundations , p. 229).   ^2^ CD and other contemporary …

Earthworms

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As with many of Darwin’s research topics, his interest in worms spanned nearly his entire working life. Some of his earliest correspondence about earthworms was written and received in the 1830s, shortly after his return from his Beagle voyage, and his…

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  • … of mould. Transactions of the Geological Society (Ser. 2) 5:505-509. Darwin, C.R. 1881. The …
  • … of his own theory on the discipline of biology? 2. How does Darwin request the help of his …
  • … was struck, both instantly retreated into their burrows.[2] To replicate this portion of …

Barnacles

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Darwin and barnacles Darwin’s interest in Cirripedia, a class of marine arthropods, was first piqued by the discovery of an odd burrowing barnacle, which he later named “Mr. Arthrobalanus," while he was…

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  • … In Barrett, P. ed., The collected papers of Charles Darwin. 2 vols. Chicago: University Press, 2: …

Beagle Voyage

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In 1831, aged 22, Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle for a voyage that would change his life and the way that we understand the world. Find out about the adventures that he had during his five years abroad. 

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  • … Using a range of primary sources, including letters diary entries and contemporary images, the …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'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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Clémence Auguste Royer

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Getting Origin translated into French was harder than Darwin had expected. The first translator he approached, Madame Belloc, turned him down on the grounds that the content was ‘too scientific‘, and then in 1860 the French political exile  Pierre…

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  • … Darwin was perplexed to say the least; “I received 2 or 3 days ago”, he told Asa Gray in 1862 , …
  • … “Woman,” she concluded, “is not made like this.”  [2] [1] See J. Harvey, Almost a Man …

Suggested reading

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There is an extensive secondary literature on Darwin's life and work. Here are some suggested titles that focus Darwin’s correspondence, as well as scientific correspondence and letter-writing more generally. Collections of Darwin’s letters …

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  • … On Darwin’s correspondence: Browne, J. 1995–2002. Charles Darwin . 2 vols. London: …

Descent

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‘Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim-bladder, a great swimming tail, an imperfect skull & undoubtedly was an hermaphrodite! Here is a pleasant genealogy for mankind.’ There are more than five hundred letters associated with…

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  • … as ‘almost an essay’ and quoted at length in Descent 2: 117-8, to brief answers to a series of …
  • … to ask a man to marry them is quoted in Descent 2: 374. Darwin seized on Reade as a valuable …
  • … request, staining some of his pigeons magenta ( Descent 2: 118).  Although the details of the …
  • … again ’.    Endnotes: * Descent 2: 403: ‘When the principles of breeding …

British Association meeting 1860

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Several letters refer to events at the British Association for the Advancement of Science held in Oxford, 26 June – 3 July 1860. Darwin had planned to attend the meeting but in the end was unable to. The most famous incident of the meeting was the verbal…

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  • … 1918, 1: 521–4); Charles Lyell (K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 335–6); John Lubbock (Hutchinson 1914, 1: …

5873_1488

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From B. J. Sulivan   13 February [1868]f1 Bournemouth Feby. 13. My dear Darwin As Mr Stirling has sent me the recpt. you may as well have it with the Photo of the four Fuegian boys which he wishes me to send you in case you have not seen it. He…

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  • … | B J Sulivan CD annotations 1.1 As … mail 3.2] crossed pencil 3.2 As] …
  • … donation to the South American Missionary Society (see n. 2, below). The receipt would have been …
  • … f5 CD quoted this passage in Descent 2: 241 as illustrating the general tendency of male …

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From J. D. Hooker   26[–7] February 1868KewFeby 26th/68Dear Darwin I have been bursting with impatience to hear what you would say of the Athenæum Review & who wrote it— I could not conceive who…

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  • … CD annotations 1.1 I have … Gravity— 2.7] crossed pencil 3.4 potentiality] underl red …
  • … … intelligeable!!! 4.7] double scored red crayon 6.2 I can … the parent. 6.6] scored red …
  • … del blue crayon , ‘structures’ above blue crayon 2.1 Every such] ‘(2)’ added before blue …

Alexander Burns Usborne

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Alexander Burns Usborne was born in Kendal, Westmorland, in 1808, the son of Alexander and Margaret Usborne; his father died in 1818 and in his will was described as the purser on HMS Hannibal. His son joined the navy in 1825 aged 16 as a second-class…

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  • … 1841 (The National Archives: Public Record Office HO107/276/2/21/36), 1851 (HO107/1877/160/2), 1861 …

William Yarrell

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William Yarrell was a London businessman, a stationer and bookseller, who became an expert on British birds and fish, writing standard reference works on both.  He was a member of several science and natural history societies, including the Linnean Society…

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  • … William Yarrell was a London businessman, a stationer and bookseller, who became an expert on …

Floral Dimorphism

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Floral studies In 1877 Darwin published a book that included a series of smaller studies on botanical subjects. Titled The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species, it consisted primarily of…

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  • … Victorian Naturalists." Victorian Studies, Vol. 51, No.2, Special Issue: Darwin and the …
  • … were an important part of Darwin's science? 2. Why do you think that Darwin's work …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … and corals by William Lonsdale ( Collected papers , 2). Darwin’s crustacean specimens, originally …
  • … that he had printed and distributed ( Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix V). As P. J. Vorzimmer has …
  • … his engagement (transcribed in Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix IV). During the same period he …
  • … in an autobiographical fragment ( Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix III). The letters that Emma and …
  • … been many thousands of years old. At the time when volume 2 of The Correspondence was published, …

Was Darwin an ecologist?

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the extent to which the experiments he performed at his home in Down, in the English county of Kent, seem to prefigure modern scientific work in ecology.

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  • … of existence.”’ (Ernst Haeckel, Generelle Morphologie 2: 286; translation from Stauffer 1957, p. 140 …
  • … study to an ‘uncritical’ natural history (Haeckel 1866, 2: 286–7; see also Stauffer 1957, p. 141). …
  • … die von Charles Darwin reformirte Descendenz-Theorie . 2 vols. Berlin: Georg Reimer. Haeckel, …

Biogeography

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Observations aboard the Beagle During his five year journey around the world on HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin encountered many different landscapes and an enormous variety of flora and fauna. Some of his most…

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  • … undertake soak common garden seeds in salt water? 2. Why do you think Darwin did not publish …
  • … students observe the planted seeds at regular intervals for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks, have …

6248A_20488

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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 …
  • … 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 on marriage

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On 11 November 1838 Darwin wrote in his journal ‘The day of days!’. He had proposed to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and been accepted; they were married on 29 January 1839. Darwin appears to have written these two notes weighing up the pros and cons of…

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  • … First note [after 7 April 1838][1] Work finished [2] If  not  marry | Travel. …

York Minster (Elleparu)

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York Minster was known as Elleparu among the Alakaluf, or canoe people from the western part of Tierra del Fuego. He was captured by FitzRoy in 1830 after one the small boats used for surveying the narrow inlets of the coast of Tierra del Fuego had been…

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  • … specimen of uncivilized  human nature’ ( Narrative 2: 2). While being educated at Walthamstow …
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