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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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Books on the Beagle

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The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … .  Nouvelles Annales du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle  3 (1834): 84–115. (DAR 37.1: 677v.; letter to …

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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  • … its frequency and variability in humans ( Descent  1: 22-3). Humans as animals: facial …
  • … he informed his father ( letter from G. H. Darwin, [3 February 1870 or earlier] ). George devoted …

Scientific Practice

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Specialism|Experiment|Microscopes|Collecting|Theory Letter writing is often seen as a part of scientific communication, rather than as integral to knowledge making. This section shows how correspondence could help to shape the practice of science, from…

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  • … Letter 1220 — Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R., 3 Feb 1849 Hooker sends Darwin “a yarn about …

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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  • … [2] If  not  marry | Travel. Europe, yes?[3] | America???? If I travel it must be …
  • … he followed either of the two options here set out. [3] ‘Europe, yes’  circled in pencil. …

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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  • … disposition which at once rises before me is her buoyant 3  joyousness tempered by two other …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

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Darwin became increasingly involved in botanical experiments in the years after the publication of Origin. The building of a small hothouse - a heated greenhouse - early in 1863  greatly increased the range of plants that he could keep for scientific…

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  • … recollections’ of the tropics ( Correspondence  vol. 3, letter to Charles Lyell, 8 October [1845 …
  • …   § Asclepias currasavica 3 1.6     …
  • … § Gloxinia droopy & upright 1.6—to 3.6.     …
  • …   Poinsettia pulcherrima 3.6       …
  • …   §Allamanda  & Dipladenia 2.6 or 3.6.   …
  • … Office directory of the six home counties  1862). 3.  Asclepias curassavica. 4. …
  • … Rivinia humuli 2   Phytolacceæ 3       …

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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  • … something which is open to interpretation. Project #3: The value of the Darwin & Gender …

Darwin's bad days

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Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and experimenting, even Darwin had some bad days. These times when nothing appeared to be going right are well illustrated by the following quotations from his letters:

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  • … Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and …

John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … Lyell, whose  Principles of geology  (1830-3) had proved to be a scientific best-seller for the …
  • …  pleased & proud at the appearance of my child’ ([3 November 1859] Letter 2514 ). In the …
  • … became even more despondent: ‘I fear it can never pay’ (3 January [1867] Letter 5346 ). In the …
  • … Copies, & lo & behold we have sold some 1700 Copies!!!’ (3 July 1875 Letter 10040 ). In …

Race, Civilization, and Progress

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Darwin's first reflections on human progress were prompted by his experiences in the slave-owning colony of Brazil, and by his encounters with the Yahgan peoples of Tierra del Fuego. Harsh conditions, privation, poor climate, bondage and servitude,…

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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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  • … for an hour every afternoon, Darwin finished his account on 3 August with his new research in mind: …
  • … ( Correspondence vol. 23). With the voting scheduled for 3 February, Darwin reassured his close …
  • … that in less than a day he could type no more than ‘ 2 or 3 times as slowly as writing ’ (DAR 258: …
  • … by the pollen from another form ( Forms of flowers , p. 3). Darwin adopted new terminology if it …

Fanny Owen

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One question which arises a lot when sifting through Darwin’s letters is are we prying? The vast majority of ‘burn this’ requests are found in his correspondence with Fanny Owen, the young woman Darwin courted before the Beagle voyage. Owen was evidently…

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  • … of any of the  young men , what would they think”.  [3] While some of the letters in …
  • … 1600 – 1945, (Aldershot, 1999). [3] For more on the gendered workings of the …

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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  • … are coded here as i) masculine and ii) feminine? 3. To what extent does this correspondence …

Alfred Russel Wallace’s essay on varieties

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The original manuscript about varieties that Wallace composed on the island of Gilolo and sent to Darwin from the neighbouring island of Ternate (Brooks 1984) has not been found. It was sent to Darwin as an enclosure in a letter (itself missing), and was…

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  • … of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Zoology)  3 (1859): 45–62, and this text is reprinted …

Darwin and slavery

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Darwin was horrified by his encounters with slavery whilst on the Beagle voyage. Learn about the transatlantic slave trade through the context of his experiences.

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  • … Darwin believed that the enslavement of people was barbaric and, like the rest of his family, …

How dangerous was Darwin?

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Discover Darwin’s dilemma and the background leading to the publication of a book that altered the course of scientific thinking. What was the impact of Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species? How were his ideas received in the popular press?

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  • … Pupils explore the events that led to the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ and …

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 …

'Like confessing a murder' audio play

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This speciallycommissioned BBC Radio drama is based entirely on Charles and Emma Darwin’s own words and correspondence. Behind the controversial public persona, Darwin was an affectionate family man, fully engaged – sometimes heartbreakingly so – in the…

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  • … This specially commissioned BBC Radio drama is based entirely on Charles and Emma Darwin’s own …

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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  • … for the Advancement of Science held in Oxford, 26 June – 3 July 1860. Darwin had planned to attend …

Offer of a lifetime

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When Charles Darwin was 22 he was offered an exciting opportunity to join a sea voyage that would take him around the world. The journey would change Darwin’s life and the course of science - but he nearly didn’t go at all!

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  • … Pupils investigate the chain of letters and events leading up to Darwin going on the Beagle voyage …
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