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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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  • … duck  most beautiful’ ( letter from A. R. Wallace, 3 March 1872 ). I consider that you …
  • … because I do it badly’ ( letter to A. R. Wallace, 3 August [1872] ).  Darwin's …
  • … , and he complained to the German zoologist Anton Dohrn on 3 February that Mivart’s book had ' …
  • … Nature  in Wallace’s defence ( letter to  Nature  , 3 August [1872] ).  Although the two …
  • … more ‘ she observed ( letter from S. H. Haliburton, 3 November [1872] ). They reminisced about …

Interview with Tim Lewens

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Dr Tim Lewens is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Organisms and artifacts (2004), which examines the language and arguments for design in biology and philosophy, and of…

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  • … about debates that we have right now. 3. Darwin’s reputation among scientists …

Interview with Emily Ballou

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Emily Ballou is a writer of novels and screenplays, and a prize-winning poet. Her book The Darwin Poems, which explores aspects of Darwin’s life and thoughts through the medium of poetry, was recently published by the University of Western Australia Press.…

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  • … that I saw the plaque on the stone. 3. Prior knowledge of Darwin …

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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  • … Bence Jones: ‘I am able now to walk daily on an average 3½ miles & often one mile at a stretch…. …
  • … for about 1½ hours every day’ ( letter to H. B. Jones, 3 January [1866] ). Darwin had first …
  • … London, like what I was 7 or 8 years ago— one day I paid 3 calls! & then went for ¾ to Zoolog. …
  • … little is known on the subject’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 and 4 August [1866] ). And on the next …
  • … did in fact divide Darwin and Hooker, who remarked on 3 November that the application of high …

Darwin The Collector

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Look at nature more closely and create and record your own natural collections.

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  • … Activities provide an introduction to Charles Darwin, how and why he collected so many specimens …

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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  • … for his crimes… ?’ ( letter from Hugh Falconer, 3 January [1863] , and letter to Hugh Falconer, …
  • … between reptiles and birds ( letter from Hugh Falconer, 3 January [1863] ). Darwin was delighted …
  • … in opposition to him ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, [22–3 November 1863] ). However, it is certain …
  • … that ‘there are almost certainly several cases of 2 or 3 or more species blended together & now …
  • … is not at all palatable!’ ( letter from John Scott, [3 June 1863] ). Darwin’s early …
  • … [25 July 1863], and letter to J. D. Hooker, [22–3 November 1863] ). Writing Variation …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album

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List of people appearing in the photograph album Darwin received from scientific admirers in the Netherlands for his birthday on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Hester Loeff for providing this list and for permission to make her research available.…

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  • 3 Kok Ankersmit H.J. (Hendrik Jan)  Botanist …
  • … Utrecht 10 October 1817 Kloetinge 3 February 1890 Utrecht …
  • … Zoological Society 47 Rotterdam 3 November 1830 Almelo 8 …
  • … University 47 St Michiels Gestel 3 November 1830 Almelo 13 …
  • … at Utrecht University   Utrecht 3 September 1838 Utrecht 19 …
  • … in History and Geology   Deventer 3 May 1841 Leiden 16 May …
  • … Amsterdam 7 June 1827 Amsterdam 3 November 1892 Amsterdam   …
  • … ex-Minister of War   Amsterdam 30 June 1812 Looperskapelle 3
  • …   Amsterdam 1847 Amsterdam 3 November 1909 Baarn …
  • … Utrecht 27 February 1812 Rotterdam 3 December 1885 Amersfoort …
  • … http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/retroboeken/nnbw/#source=3&page=280&view=imagePane …

Darwin & Glen Roy

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Although Darwin was best known for his geological work in South America and other remote Beagle destinations, he made one noteworthy attempt to explain a puzzling feature of British geology.  In 1838, two years after returning from the voyage, he travelled…

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  • … Ramsay, 1 July [1859] From Thomas Jamieson, 3 September 1861 To Thomas …

German poems presented to Darwin

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Experiments in deepest reverence The following poems were enclosed with a photograph album sent as a birthday gift to Charles Darwin by his German and Austrian admirers (see letter from From Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877). The poems were…

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  • … Das verschleierte Bild zu Sais 3 Zu Sais steht ein riesengroßes Bild, Das in …
  • … ging. The veiled image at Sais 3 At Sais there is enormous …
  • … assertion that the earth moved around the sun. 3. The title is a reference to the poem of …

Henrietta Darwin's diary

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Darwin's daughter Henrietta kept a diary for a few momentous weeks in 1871. This was the year in which Descent of Man, the most controversial of her father's books after Origin itself, appeared, a book which she had helped him write. The small…

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  • … it is had to order— Two Mission priests Mr. Maclagan 3 & Mr. Wilkinson 4 had the …
  • … before them of a higher life— The plan of the Mission is 3 or 4 services every day in the church …
  • … nicknamed Lena. 2 Alice Massingberd . 3 William Dalrymple Maclagan ; …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … vol. 8, letter to Charles Lyell, 4 May [1860] and n. 3; Hutchinson 1914, 1: 51). This was the first …
  • … Association meeting at Bath in 1864 (C. Lyell 1864). 3  By November 1863 a third …
  • … 20 February 1863 (British Library, Add. MSS 49640). 3. Letters from Charles Lyell to John …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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  • … Crichton-Browne, James 3 April 1871 West Riding …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … poor cousins.—’ ( letter to H. W. Bates, 3 December [1861] ). Darwin volunteered to read some of …
  • … complete and awful smasher’ ( letter to T. H. Huxley, 3 January [1861] ). Ever since Owen’s highly …

Have you read the one about....

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... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some serious - but all letters you can read here.

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  • … ... the atheistical cats, or the old fogies in Cambridge? We've suggested a few - some funny, some …

Thomas Rivers

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Rivers and Darwin exchanged around 30 letters, most in 1863 when Darwin was hard at work on the manuscript of Variation of plants and animals under domestication, the lengthy and detailed sequel to Origin of species. Rivers, an experienced plant breeder…

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  • … your mind would find abundance of food”, Rivers wrote ( [3 February 1863] ). Darwin thought the …

Symbols and abbreviations

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All letters are 'ALS' (autograph letter signed) unless otherwise stated. The following abbreviations and conventions are used throughout: CD – Charles Darwin  del – deleted illeg – illegible interl – interlined underl –…

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  • … of a word or passage that cannot be transcribed, eg. ' [3 words illeg] ' 〈    〉  …
  • … a description of a destroyed word or passage, eg. ' 〈 3 lines excised 〉' …

Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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  • … reality and a material reality. 3. Parallels between Victorian spiritualism …

Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

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  • … conclusions rather’ ( letter from Francis Darwin, [before 3 August 1878] ). One day Francis …
  • … Moschkau concluded, but it was sold to a vicar and ‘after 3 months his cat ate it.’ Darwin also …
  • … that such checks had been in action during the last 2 or 3 centuries, or even for a shorter time in …
  • … ). ‘When I first read your note’, Darwin replied on 3 February [1878] , ‘I thought that you had …
  • … much of the European crop (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to J. S. Henslow, 28 October …

The "wicked book": Origin at 157

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Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 November 1859.  To celebrate we have uploaded hundreds of new images of letters, bringing the total number you can look at here to over 9000 representing more than…

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  • … on pigeons mixed in with Parish affairs. 3 pails of water thrown over me on rising …
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