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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 reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … Stoke’s Library 1 Cambridge. Library 2 Royal Coll of Surgeons [DAR *119 …
  • … de l’Homme,” by Dr. Pierquin, published in Paris (in 2 vols.), so long ago as 1839 4   …
  • … 1829]; read Letter to M. Therry [Broughton 1832]— a 2 d  Edit preparing in 1841.— Lesson …
  • … of habits of birds. Temminck Manuel D’ornithologie. 2 d  Edit: Introduction on migration of …
  • … Ker Porter’s Travels in Caucasus [R. K. Porter 1821–2] praised by Silliman poor Cyclop. of …

'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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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: …

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. …

Abstract of Darwin’s theory

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There are two extant versions of the abstract of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. One was sent to Asa Gray on 5 September 1857, enclosed with a letter of the same date (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Asa Gray, 5 September [1857] and enclosure).…

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  • … picking out, can do. Even Breeders have been astonished 2  at their own results. They can act on …
  • … sheep good for carpet & another for cloth &c. 9 (2.)   Now suppose there was a …
  • … weight if cropped with several species of grasses than with 2 or 3 species. 34  Now every single …
  • … are enclosed in square brackets in the manuscript. 2 The printed version reads: ‘astounded’ …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

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Towards the end of 1862, Darwin resolved to build a small hothouse at Down House, for ‘experimental purposes’ (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and volume 10, letter to Thomas Rivers, 15 January 1863). The decision…

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  • … hothouse plants drawn up by Darwin; these lists are in DAR 255: 8 and DAR 255: 2–5. The first is a …
  • … Transcription: Hugh Low & Co. 1 — Cattell 2  will get me at prices below without …
  • …   Canna Warscewisii— 4 2.6     …
  • …   § Melastoma atropurpurea 6 2.6     …
  • …   §Allamanda  & Dipladenia 2.6 or 3.6.   …
  • … London ( Post Office London directory  1863). 2.  John Cattell was a florist, nurseryman …

Henrietta Darwin's diary

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Charles Darwin’s daughter Henrietta wrote the following journal entries in March and July 1871 in a small lockable, leather-bound notebook now in the Darwin Archive of Cambridge University Library (DAR 247). They are published in volume 19 of The…

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  • … in my mind I will give an account of it. Lena & Alice M.^2^ were both mission women, & their …
  • … his wife, Emily Caroline, was nicknamed Langton. ^2^Alice Massingberd. ^3^William …

Essay: Natural selection & natural theology

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—by Asa Gray NATURAL SELECTION NOT INCONSISTENT WITH NATURAL THEOLOGY. Atlantic Monthly for July, August, and October, 1860, reprinted in 1861. I Novelties are enticing to most people; to us they are simply annoying. We cling to a long-accepted…

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  • … very diverse forms have been educed from one stock. 2. Species of the same genus are not …
  • … An article in the North American Review for April last; 2. One in theChristian Examiner, Boston, for …
  • … forces which do the work and produce the phenomena. 2. This same view, with the theory of …

Review: The Origin of Species

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- by Asa Gray THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION (American Journal of Science and Arts, March, 1860) This book is already exciting much attention. Two American editions are announced, through which it will become familiar to many…

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  • … present diversity of species and their actual relations; or, 2. To show the general conformity of …
  • … seen: i. Some variability of animals and plants in nature; 2. The absence of any definite …

Essay: Evolution & theology

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—by Asa Gray EVOLUTION AND THEOLOGY The Nation, January 15, 1874 The attitude of theologians toward doctrines of evolution, from the nebular hypothesis down to ‘Darwinism,’ is no less worthy of consideration, and hardly less diverse, than that of…

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  • … a system throughout all its parts, prove design? and, 2. Is such evidence negatived or invalidated …