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To [John Colby?]   2 March [1877?]

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Does not think the pistil behaved as JC described, except by mere accident.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Colby
Date:  2 Mar [1877]
Classmark:  Abraham Schwadron Collection at the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10873F

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  • … at the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07) Charles Robert Darwin Down 2 Mar [ …

To John Allen   25 May 1847

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Thanks for JS’s note concerning a proposal [concerning some aspect of education of poor children?] which CD has to decline because of his poor health and his work in Natural History.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Allen
Date:  25 May 1847
Classmark:  Abraham Schwad Collection at the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1090F

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  • … at the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 May 1847 …

To ?   13 December [1869]

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Has given the right of translation [of Descent] to Julius Victor Carus of Leipzig, so the recipient should inform Alexander Duncker to communicate with JVC.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  13 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  Abraham Schwad Collection at the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7028F

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  • … at the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07) Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Dec [ …

From Joseph Fayrer   30 June 1874

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Reports on results of experiments on effect of cobra poison on animal cilia and muscle.

Author:  Joseph Fayrer, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 69–72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9521

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  • … other with a solution of cobra poison of . 03 gramme Poison to 4 . 6.  cubic centimetres …

Kennard, C. A. (1827–1907)

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  • … as The New Haven Evening Register; Date: 03-17-1894; Volume: LII; Issue: 65; Page: [1]; …

From Joseph Fayrer   6 January 1875

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Encloses results of experiments on influence of snake poison on ciliary action and vegetable protoplasm.

Author:  Joseph Fayrer, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1875
Classmark:  DAR 58.2: 71, 73–82, DAR 164: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9806

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  • … 1. A standard solution of cobra poison: ·03 gramme to 4·6 cubic centimetres of water was …
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Darwin and Down

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Charles and Emma Darwin, with their first two children, settled at Down House in the village of Down (later ‘Downe’) in Kent, as a young family in 1842.   The house came with eighteen acres of land, and a fifteen acre meadow.  The village combined the…

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  • … as it was in Darwin’s day.  To J. D. Hooker,  3 June [1857] :  on the struggle for …

Editorial policy and practice

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Full texts are added to this site four years after the letter is published in the print edition of the Correspondence. Transcriptions are made from the original or a facsimile where these are available. Where they are not, texts are taken from the best…

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  • … Only the Gregorian has been used in the headline. 3. The address If there is no …

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.   …

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  • … Groningen 01 january 1841 Holwerd 03-04-1890 Groningen …
  • … 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 …
  • … (Marinus)    62 Middelburg 3 september 1815 Sint Laurens …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children, 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 Mind…

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  • … and, in 1867, by preparing a printed questionnaire.[3] He solicited information from those best …
  • … fortnight at sudden sounds. & at Emma’s moving 3 [11]  When one month & one day …
  • … upwards & inwards as in sleep.[14] Six weeks old & 3 days, Emma saw him smile—not …
  • … Annie smiled about the same time  Henrietta smiled at 3 weeks & Mrs Locke says a fortnight[15] …
  • … Anne’s weight Jan 20 the baby 3 weeks & 3 days old. 6 lb  – 13 oz …
  • …   Henrietta 17 days— 7 lb 3.oz[27] weight of clothes 1lb …

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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  • … that Darwin received Wallace’s letter and manuscript on 3 June 1858, the same day that another …
  • … was postmarked ‘Singapore Apr 21 58’ and ‘London Ju 3 58’. Brooks maintains that Darwin …
  • … forwarded Wallace’s paper to Lyell (Brooks 1984, pp. 262–3). It is of some significance to note that …
  • … plan of his book (see letter from Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 …
  • … theory for the origin of mankind. As he wrote to Darwin on 3 October 1859 , ‘the case of Man and …

'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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  • … (Turner 1980, pp. 17–45, Thomas 1984, pp. 149–50, 300–3, Ritvo 1990, pp. 126–135). As a result of …
  • … what they must feel, as I have had my finger caught.” 3 The smaller animals are often so …
  • … cattle, excluding bulls ( Statutes, public and general , 3 Geo. IV c. 71). On attitudes to cruelty …

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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  • … superiority than the beaten and less attractive males.” [3] While Gamble and Darwin both …
  • … Darwin,  The Descent of Man , p. 263. [3]  Ibid., 252. [4] …

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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  • … from his publisher, John Murray, he wrote to Murray on 3 January 1867 , ‘I cannot tell you how …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 2855 — Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa, 3 July [1860] Darwin writes to Gray and tells him …
  • … Letter 13230 — Darwin, C. R. to Graham, William, 3 July 1881 Darwin praises Graham’s Creed …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

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In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

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  • … their neighbouring continents (see  Correspondence  vol. 3), he had begun in 1855 a series of …
  • … Erasmus Darwin, [26 February 1856] and to Charles Lyell, 3 May [1856] ). Family life …
  • … see Lyell to discuss it further ( letter to Charles Lyell, 3 May [1856] ). It was after this …

Darwin in letters, 1879: Tracing roots

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Darwin spent a considerable part of 1879 in the eighteenth century. His journey back in time started when he decided to publish a biographical account of his grandfather Erasmus Darwin to accompany a translation of an essay on Erasmus’s evolutionary ideas…

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  • … Francis also purchased a gift for his son Bernard (nearly 3 years old and variously called Abbadubba …
  • … progress with all the pride of a fond grandfather. On 3 June, he wrote , ‘Bernard has been very …
  • … they mean by God—.’ Undaunted, Mengden wrote again on 3 June to ask Darwin, ‘what definition of …

Darwin in letters, 1847-1850: Microscopes and barnacles

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Darwin's study of barnacles, begun in 1844, took him eight years to complete. The correspondence reveals how his interest in a species found during the Beagle voyage developed into an investigation of the comparative anatomy of other cirripedes and…

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  • … & hurrah for my species-work’ ( Correspondence  vol. 3, letter to J. D. Hooker, [5 or 12 …
  • … in the side of É de B.’ (letter to Charles Lyell, 3 January 1850 ). Barnacles Over …
  • … of  Balanus , drawings of which are preserved in DAR 29.3 (Plate 20, figs 1–13) and reproduced in  …
  • … very well. Very methodical in all my habits.’ ( LL  3: 179) …

Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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  • … traditions, [were] enormously free. 3. Clerical engagement with early …

Sexual selection

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Although natural selection could explain the differences between species, Darwin realised that (other than in the reproductive organs themselves) it could not explain the often marked differences between the males and females of the same species.  So what…

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  • … whenever I gaze on it, makes me sick! ( To Asa Gray, 3 April [1860] ) Bernard Peirce …

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 10439 - Treat, M. to Darwin, [3 April 1876] Mary Treat describes a field trip …
  • … Letter 1219  - Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, [3 February 1849] Hooker passes on news of …
  • … Letter 2781  - Doubleday, H. to Darwin, [3 May 1860] Doubleday describes his …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … him except á la Darwin!’ ( letter from Hugh Falconer, 3 November 186[4] ). The French botanist, …
  • … him with Royal Soc  y ’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 November [1864] ). Darwin and Wallace’s …

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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  • … talking about inhaling <Ni>tric Oxide?   (DAR 19: 3–4) Darwin’s student …
  • … 2  2 Vol. 8 Vo Abernethy Physi. Lectures 3  1 Vol. Scoresby account of Polar …
  • … in number Blairs lectures on Belles Lettres. 8  3 Vol. 8Vo Abernethy Hunterian orat …
  • … essays in Rambler 19 Brambletye House 20  3 Vos 12 mo Clarkes travels 21  5 …
  • … 1823. 8 Vo: octavo. 2 Cochrane 1825. 3 Abernethy 1822. There is a lightly …
  • … perhaps refers to Abernethy 1819b and Abernethy 1823 (see n. 3). 10 White 1826. 12 mo: …
  • … Lectures on rhetoric and belles letters . 4th edition. 3 vols. London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell; …
  • … Travels in various countries of Europe, Asia and Africa . 3 pts in 6 vols. London. Cochrane, …

New material added to the American edition of Origin

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A ‘revised and augmented’ American edition of Origin came on the market in July 1860, and was the only authorised edition available in the US until 1873. It incorporated many of the changes Darwin made to the second English edition, but still contained…

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  • … that given by Hewett Cottrell Watson in his letter of [3? January 1860]) that Darwin wanted inserted …
  • … far as they may be useful to any being. Page 168, 3 first line, after ‘‘structure of …
  • … Origin , p. 44. 2 Origin , p. 83. 3 Origin , pp. 187–8. This phrase and …

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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  • … consider Natural Science 'work' or 'leisure'? 3. Were any aspects of …
  • … ’. Letter 2781 - Doubleday, H. to Darwin, [3 May 1860] Doubleday describes his …

Darwin as mentor

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Darwin provided advice, encouragement and praise to his fellow scientific 'labourers' of both sexes. Selected letters Letter 2234 - Darwin to Unidentified, [5 March 1858] Darwin advises that Professor C. P. Smyth’s observations are not…

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  • … Letter 8140 - Darwin to Darwin, W. E., [3 January 1872] Darwin congratulates his son for …
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