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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 in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … of a ‘short essay’ on man ( letter to Ernst Haeckel, 3 July 1868 ). But this work would eventually …
  • … pages feel fairly nauseated’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 February [1868] ). But such worries were …
  • … kind almost heroic, in you to sacrifice your hair and pay 3 d  in the cause of science …
  • … canary (letters from J. J. Weir, [26] March 1868 and 3 June 1868 ). ‘It was very kind’, …
  • … on 9 September . Darwin annotated a letter sent on 3 April by Henry Doubleday that contained a …
  • … you have communicated to me’ ( letter to Fritz Müller, 3 June 1868 ). it is a fatal …
  • … of species through the study of monstrosities, remarked on 3 April , ‘your works are destined to …
  • … admirer of your genius’, wrote Frederick Behrens on 3 December , ‘I presume you are much plagued …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … to the subject of cross and self-fertilisation. On 3 October , he wrote with fresh enthusiasm to …
  • … other interested parties. Darwin was summoned to testify on 3 November. It caused him much anxiety, …
  • … for printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In the event, the …
  • … weekly publications of Natural History’, he explained on 3 June , ‘are not sufficiently …
  • … time I can talk to anyone’ ( letter to John Lubbock, 3 May [1875] ). Finally it was arranged for …

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 …

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 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 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 …

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) …

Biodiversity and its histories

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The Darwin Correspondence Project was co-sponsor of Biodiversity and its Histories, which brought together scholars and researchers in ecology, politics, geography, anthropology, cultural history, and history and philosophy of science, to explore how…

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  • … the conservation movement   Session 3: Values of Diversity   Chair: Helen Anne …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … to be horsewhipped by a duke!’ ( letter to J. M. Rodwell, 3 June 1877 ). Back home, he learned …
  • … enclose my marriage present’, Darwin wrote to William on 3 October , ‘I fear that Sara will think …

What did Darwin believe?

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What did Darwin really believe about God? the Christian revelation? the implications of his theory of evolution for religious faith? These questions were asked again and again in the years following the publication of Origin of species (1859). They are…

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  • … of its first publication.’ ( Pat Boone, WorldNetDaily, 3 Feb 2007 . Also see  Darwin would love …

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 …

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 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 …

'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 …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Honeycombs are natural engineering marvels, using the least possible amount of wax to provide the greatest amount of storage space, with the greatest possible structural stability. Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb…

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  • … (2) They never begin one cell at time always several (3) they can judge distance to certain extent, …
  • … of two cells. He states that first the outlines of these 3 primordial cells are arched, ( section …

Darwin in letters, 1821-1836: Childhood to the Beagle voyage

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Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through school-days at Shrewsbury, two years as a medical student at Edinburgh University, the undergraduate years at Cambridge, and the of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.…

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  • … Darwin's first known letters were written when he was twelve. They continue through his school …
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