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Naevius (fl. 235–04 BCE)

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  • … Naevius fl. 235–04 BCE Italian epic poet and dramatist. Oxford Classical Dictionary 20 …

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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  • … the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07) Charles Robert Darwin Down 2 Mar [1877] …

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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  • … the National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07) Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Dec [1869] …

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 …

From Asa Gray   4 August 1862

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Gives J. T. Rothrock’s observations on the structure and fertility of the two forms of Houstonia. Mentions his own observations on Rhexia virginica and Gymnadenia tridentata.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 67–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3679

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  • … styled: stigmatic hairs are in length —.04 mm. Short-styled — " " .023" long wide Long- …

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   25 April 1874

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Purpose of experiments was to determine digestive activity of liquids containing pepsin. Gives required amounts of hydrochloric, propionic, butyric and valerianic acids. Describes experiment and gives results. Also experimented on digestive activity of butyric acid at greater temperatures than the termperature of the body.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.2: 65–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9427F

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  • … centimeters of HCl.  are in grammes 4 . 04 of Propionic acid, 4 . 82 of Butyric acid, and …
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Darwin's notes for his physician, 1865

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On 20 May 1865, Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that John Chapman, a prominent London publisher who had studied medicine in London and Paris in the early 1840s, visited Down to consult with Darwin about his ill health. In 1863 Chapman started to treat…

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  • … gout’ by Henry Holland in 1849 ( Correspondence vol. 4, letter to W. D. Fox, 6 February [1849]). …

Who we are

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Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974. Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here. Current staff are…

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  • … work, and has appeared on radio programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s In our Time , and Woman’s Hour …

Visiting the Darwins

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'As for Mr Darwin, he is entirely fascinating…'  In October 1868 Jane Gray and her husband spent several days as guests of the Darwins, and Jane wrote a charming account of the visit in a sixteen-page letter to her sister.  She described Charles…

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  • … carriage met them, & bro’t the ladies home— At 4½ or 5 all were generally gathered in the …
  • … As it grows dark, in comes the footman with a tray with 4 great silver candlesticks, tall & …
  • … New Cross we took a cab for Mr. Carey’s, & got there about 4, & were very kindly received by …

Darwin in letters, 1851-1855: Death of a daughter

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The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. The period opens with a family tragedy in the death of Darwin’s oldest and favourite daughter, Anne, and it shows how, weary and mourning his dead child,…

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  • … of 1844 ( Foundations ; Correspondence  vols. 3 and 4). In particular, he undertook to …
  • … In 1850, he had written to Hooker ( Correspondence  vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 [June …

Virginia Isitt: Darwin’s secretary?

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In an undated and incomplete draft letter to a “Miss I.”, Emma Darwin appears to be arranging for Miss I. to come to Down for a trial period as a secretary. When the letter first came to light, no one had heard of the mysterious “Miss I.” and, as far as we…

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  • … new husband] knows her. . . . We put Miss Isitt into No 4 for the present. After a time I shall turn …

Mary Everest Boole

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Mary Everest was born in 1832 in Wickwar, Gloucestershire, daughter of Reverend Thomas Everest. Her uncle was George Everest, Surveyor General of India, after whom Mount Everest is named. Her family moved to France seeking to improve her father’s ill…

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  • … Mary Everest was born in 1832 in Wickwar, Gloucestershire, daughter of Reverend Thomas Everest. …

Early Days

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment The young Charles Darwin From an early age, Darwin exhibited a keen interest in the natural world. His boyish fascination with naturalist pursuits deepened as he entered college and started to interact with…

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  • … What about his letters to his brother Erasmus? 4. Why do you think Darwin was unable to take …

Orchids

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A project to follow On the Origin of Species Darwin began to observe English orchids and collect specimens from abroad in the years immediately following the publication of On the Origin of Species. Examining…

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  • … Letter 3662 —Charles Darwin to Asa Gray 23-4 July 1862 Darwin tells Asa Gray, a professor …
  • … he attempt to journey to tropical locations himself? 4. Why do you think Darwin described his …

Power of movement in plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Family experiments Darwin was an active and engaged father during his children's youth, involving them in his experiments and even occasionally using them as observational subjects. When his children…

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  • … life is important to understanding Darwin's science? 4. What is the tone of the …

Bibliography of Darwin’s geological publications

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This list includes papers read by Darwin to the Geological Society of London, his books on the geology of the Beagle voyage, and other publications on geological topics.  Author-date citations refer to entries in the Darwin Correspondence Project’s…

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  • … of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 542-4.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  35-7.  F1646 …
  • … of the Geological Society of London  2 (1838): 552-4.  [ Shorter publications , pp.  37-9.  F1647 …

Biogeography

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Observations aboard the Beagle During his five year journey around the world on HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin encountered many different landscapes and an enormous variety of flora and fauna. Some of his most…

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  • … you about Darwin’s network of scientific exchange? 4. Why is Darwin interested to know …

Barnacles

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Darwin and barnacles Darwin’s interest in Cirripedia, a class of marine arthropods, was first piqued by the discovery of an odd burrowing barnacle, which he later named “Mr. Arthrobalanus," while he was…

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  • … specimens from so many different parts of the world? 4. How did Darwin's observations of …

Julia Wedgwood

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Charles Darwin’s readership largely consisted of other well-educated Victorian men, nonetheless, some women did read, review, and respond to Darwin’s work. One of these women was Darwin’s own niece, Julia Wedgwood, known in the family as “Snow”. In July…

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  • … a dialogue. Macmillan’s Magazine 2 (1860): 134–8; 4 (1861): 237-47. Wedgwood Barbara and …

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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George Eliot was the pen name of celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She was born on the outskirts of Nuneaton in Warwickshire and was educated at boarding schools from the age of five until she was 16. Her education ended when she…

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  • … George Eliot was the pen name of the celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She …

Earthworms

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As with many of Darwin’s research topics, his interest in worms spanned nearly his entire working life. Some of his earliest correspondence about earthworms was written and received in the 1830s, shortly after his return from his Beagle voyage, and his…

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  • … his relationship to them through the correspondence? 4. What do you think of Darwin's …

Darwin in letters, 1844–1846: Building a scientific network

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The scientific results of the Beagle voyage still dominated Darwin's working life, but he broadened his continuing investigations into the nature and origin of species. Far from being a recluse, Darwin was at the heart of British scientific society,…

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  • … of the essay of 1844 to read (see  Correspondence  vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 [February …

Living and fossil cirripedia

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Darwin published four volumes on the crustacean sub-class Cirripedia between 1851 and 1854, two on living species and two on fossil species. These were systematic monographs, written for a specialist audience, and as such are probably among the most…

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  • … established Ray Society (minutes of council meeting, 4 February 1848), founded to publish by …

John Lubbock

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John Lubbock was eight years old when the Darwins moved into the neighbouring property of Down House, Down, Kent; the total of one hundred and seventy surviving letters he went on to exchange with Darwin is a large number considering that the two men lived…

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  • … of Lubbock’s book were less welcome.  ‘I have read 4 or 5 Chapters with extreme interest,’  Darwin …

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From J. D. Hooker   26[–7] February 1868KewFeby 26th/68Dear Darwin I have been bursting with impatience to hear what you would say of the Athenæum Review & who wrote it— I could not conceive who…

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The evolution of honeycomb

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Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb-building abilities was essential if his theory of natural selection was to be taken seriously, and in the 1850s he carried out his own experiments at his home at Down House in Kent,…

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  • … several (3) they can judge distance to certain extent, & (4) those that make their spheres or …
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