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From B. J. Sulivan   13 February [1868]f1 Bournemouth Feby. 13. My dear Darwin As Mr Stirling has sent me the recpt. you may as well have it with the Photo of the four Fuegian boys which he wishes me to send you in case you have not seen it. He…

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  • … 3.2 As] after opening square bracket pencil 3.5 and it is … fighting— 3.6] double …
  • … Society, responsible for Tierra del Fuego. A donation of £5 to the ‘Fuegian mission’ is recorded in …
  • … Database, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/entry-5873 accessed on 5 May 2015 …

Orchids

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Why Orchids? Darwin  wrote in his Autobiography, ‘During the summer of 1839, and, I believe, during the previous summer, I was led to attend to the cross-fertilisation of flowers by the aid of insects, from having come to the conclusion in my…

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  • … in May 1862 ( Orchids ). A letter to Hooker, on 5 June [1860] reveals why orchids might, …
  • … significance of this structure in a letter to More on 5 August 1860, ‘ Dr. H. is considerably …

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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  • … How does this relate to the salt water experiments? 5. How do Darwin’s experimental results …

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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  • … than learning by rote. The couple married in 1855 and had 5 daughters but Mary was widowed at 32, …

'confessing a murder'

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Darwin writes to Joseph Hooker with his ideas on species change; it is, he says, 'like confessing a murder'. Darwin and Hooker had only recently begun to correspond but the two men became close friends and Hooker remained Darwin's main…

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  • … Darwin writes to Joseph Hooker with his ideas on species change; it is, he says, ' like …

Insectivorous Plants published

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Darwin's book, Insectivorous plants, demonstrating that some plant species not only attract animal prey but can digest it, is published. Darwin predicted poor sales but following initial publication on 2 July, two further printings were needed in…

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  • … Darwin's book , Insectivorous plants , demonstrating that some plant species not only attract …

All Darwin's letters from 1873 go online for the anniversary of Origin

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To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the full transcripts and footnotes of over 500 letters from and to Charles Darwin in 1873 are now available online. Read about Darwin's life in 1873 through his…

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  • … To celebrate the 158th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species on 24 November, the …

Dates of composition of Darwin's manuscript on species

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Many of the dates of letters in 1856 and 1857 were based on or confirmed by reference to Darwin’s manuscript on species (DAR 8--15.1, inclusive; transcribed and published as Natural selection). This manuscript, begun in May 1856, was nearly completed by…

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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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  • … remarkably cordial, frank, open, straightforward natural 5  and without any shade of reserve. Her …
  • … ‘Mamma: what shall we do when you are dead?’ 5 ‘natural’  interl . 6 …

Getting to know Darwin's science

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One of the most exciting aspects of Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the opportunity it gives to researchers to ‘get to know’ Darwin as an individual. The letters not only reveal the scientific processes behind Darwin’s publications, they give insight…

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  • … Darwin’s archive  4. discussion questions  5. examples and suggestions for classroom …

Darwin’s introduction to geology

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Darwin collected minerals as a child and was introduced to the science of geology at the University of Edinburgh, but he only became actively interested in the subject as he was completing his degree at Cambridge.

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  • … excursion took them west-north-west toward Bangor between 5 and 11 August.  Although field notes by …

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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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  • … 4.1 In most] ‘(4)’ added before blue crayon 5.1 In some] ‘(5)’ added before blue crayon …

Philip Gidley King

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King was born in Parramatta, New South Wales on 31 October 1817, son of Captain Phillip Parker King and Harriett (Lethbridge). His grandfather, also named Philip Gidley King, had been governor of New South Wales. As a child, King travelled to England with…

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  • … child, King travelled to England with his father and in 1824-5 attended school near Deptford in …
  • … and a director of the Mercantile Bank of Sydney. He died on 5 August 1904. …

Darwin & Geology

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The lessons Darwin learned from Adam Sedgwick at Cambridge, and in the field in North Wales, stood him in good stead during the Beagle voyage. While he was attached to the Beagle from 1831 to 1835, Darwin actually spent about two-thirds of his time ashore,…

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  • … method? Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 5: 97–185. Secord, James A. 1991 …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle  voyage was one of …

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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  • … letter to Galatians, chapter six: ‘read [verses] 4, 5, 6, as practical’. Some of the Biblical …
  • … him following the death of Huxley’s first son, Noel, aged 5. Kingsley offered Huxley the consolation …

Suggested reading

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  Contemporary writing Anon., The English matron: A practical manual for young wives, (London, 1846). Anon., The English gentlewoman: A practical manual for young ladies on their entrance to society, (Third edition, London, 1846). Becker, L. E.…

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Correlation of growth: deaf blue-eyed cats, pigs, and poison

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As he was first developing his ideas, among the potential problems Darwin recognised with natural selection was how to account for developmental change that conferred no apparent advantage.  He proposed a ‘mysterious law’ of ‘correlation of growth’ where…

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  • … substituted for ‘correlation of growth’ in Origin 5 th and 6 th editions.  As he explained …

Darwin and vivisection

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Darwin played an important role in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought an unsuccessful prosecution against a French physiologist who…

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  • … The Playfair bill was not the only one before Parliament. On 5 May, Lord Hartismere (John Major …
  • … a vice-president of the RSPCA. The commission met between 5 June and 15 December 1875, examining …

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From Sven Nilsson to J. D. Hookerf1   25 October 1868Lund (Suède)25 Okt. 1868.Monsieur le Professeur! J’ai écrit à deux de mes amis qui ont des connaissances personnelles à la Lapponie, pour avoir les…

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