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Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … would be assured ( Origin  5th ed., pp. 103–4). The terminology that Darwin and others employed in …
  • … think we have got that yet’ ( letter from James Croll, 4 February 1869 ).  Darwin did not …
  • … William Whitaker, and others ( Origin  5th ed., pp. 352–4). Later in the year he was pleased to …
  • … and for special ends’ ([Wallace] 1869b, pp. 393–4). Darwin was astonished by Wallace’s …
  • … able to work some hours daily’ ( letter to Anton Dohrn, 4 January 1870 ). Darwin’s health was …

'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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  • … to William Erasmus Darwin, [23 April 1852] (DAR 219.1: 4)); he threatened to report a similar case …
  • … last summer witnessed the painful sight many times. 4 “I know of no sight more …

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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  • … were concerned about that problem. 4. Patterns in the response to Darwin …

Science, Work and Manliness

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Discussion Questions|Letters In 1859, popular didactic writer William Landels published the first edition of what proved to be one of his best-selling works, How Men Are Made. "It is by work, work, work" he told his middle class audience, …

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  • … of “astonishing labour and patience”. Letter 4262 - Darwin to Gray, A., [4 August 1863] …

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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  • … what actually occurred in nature (see letter to Asa Gray, 4 April [1858] , and  Natural …

Dining at Down House

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Dining, Digestion, and Darwin's Domestic Life While Darwin is best remembered for his scientific accomplishments, he greatly valued and was strongly influenced by his domestic life. Darwin's…

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  • … a suitable cook. Emma Darwin to Henrietta Darwin, [4 November 1863] In this brief note …
  • … with Galton. Emma Darwin to Henrietta Darwin, [4 December 1873] Here Emma describes …

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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  • … [5 and 7 October 1842] To William Darwin Fox, [4 September 1843] To Charles …

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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  • … of developments in natural science. 4. Darwin’s knowledge of early …
  • … Europe. Well, Cuvier’s dictionary fails: after volume 4, no-one buys it. Now, there may be complex …

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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  • … the “Origin of Species”’ ( letter from A. R. Wallace, 4 October 1868 ). Heaven protect …
  • … The British envoy in China, Robert Swinhoe, remarked on 4 August that Darwin’s queries had …
  • … who had also criticised Darwin’s theory in print, wrote on 4 March, ‘you force public attention to …
  • … ). Barber’s paper was read before the Linnean Society on 4 February 1869, but remained unpublished …

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. No. …

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  • … Groningen 01 january 1841 Holwerd 03-04-1890 Groningen …
  • … Burghal School   Leeuwarden 4 july 1833 Den Haag 17 may 1890 …
  • … High Burghal School.   Tilburg 4 december 1836 Werden am Ruhr …
  • … Shell collector painter 65 Utrecht 4 december 1812 Den Haag …

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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  • … behaviour of infants from his relatives with young families.[4] However, it was Darwin’s personal …
  • … marked line—opens mouth.,—closes eyes— 4  Six weeks & four days. smiled repeatedly, …
  • … . 5 weeks & 3 days. 7 lb  – 10 4 wks 7 – 9½ …
  • … nor does she so readily gives slaps.— 38  April 4 th ——42. Willy’s observation on dress …
  • … is larger than mine Annie.” Jan. 1852 Lizzy 4½ years old.[60] She has always had the oddest …
  • … Lizzy No I’m not a drop old Aug. 52 Franky 4 years old. with some nuts. F. (to Papa) I’ll …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … what actually occurred in nature ( see letter to Asa Gray, 4 April [1858] , and  Natural …

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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  • … Cecil, to attend a séance ( letter from M. C. Stanley, 4 June 1872 ). There was increasing …
  • … habitual grounds of ill health ( letter from J. S. Craig, 4 November 1872 , and letter to J. S. …

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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  • … next considered sound. He explained to John Tyndall on 4 December: ‘The day before yesterday & …
  • … of himself at Belfast,’ Darwin wrote to Hooker on 3 or 4 March . ‘I have often called him “that …

Darwin and working from home

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Ever wondered how Darwin worked? As part of our For the Curious series of simple interactives, ‘Darwin working from home’ lets you explore objects from Darwin’s study and garden at Down House to learn how he worked and what he had to say about it. And not…

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Introduction to the Satire of FitzRoy's Narrative of the Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle

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'a humble toadyish follower…': Not all pictures of Darwin during the Beagle voyage are flattering.  Published here for the first time is a complete transcript of a satirical account of the Beagle’s brief visit in 1836 to the Cocos Keeling islands…

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  • … since 1908 ( British Library Add MS 37631 1824-1854  - # 4 : a satire of Narrative. Capt John …

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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  • … about that period, in the field opposite our House.–– [4]   1817. 8½ old went to M …
  • … cases’ actually follows ‘yet she . . . day,’ (3.3––4) in the manuscript, but the passage has been …

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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  • … eminence, in whatever he takes up, than woman can attain.”[4] Gamble, on the other hand, suggested …
  • … [3]  Ibid., 252. [4]  Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, and Selection …

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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  • … and the value of diversity   Session 4: Biogeography and Evolution   Chair: Jim …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … endure the thought of sitting again, and I have refused 3 or 4 Photographers lately.” …
  • … in  Culture and Organization , 2006, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 341-357. Prodger, Philip.  …
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