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To Williams and Norgate   1 April [1860]

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Thanks for information about French dictionaries.

Asks that Westminster Review [of Apr 1860] be sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Williams & Norgate
Date:  1 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  Swiss National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/02)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2739

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  • … National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/02) Charles Robert Darwin Down 1 Apr [ …

To Otto Zacharias   5 October [1876]

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The sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation will be sent to OZ as they become ready.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Otto Zacharias
Date:  5 Oct [1876]
Classmark:  Swiss National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/03)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10632

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  • … National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/03) Charles Robert Darwin Leith Hill …

To Ernst Dieffenbach   8 April [1845]

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Thanks ED for copy of German edition of Journal of researches. Asks him to write and ask German publisher to return plates and MS.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Dieffenbach
Date:  8 Apr [1845]
Classmark:  Swiss National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/01)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-854

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  • … National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/01) Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 Apr [ …

Kennard, C. A. (1827–1907)

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  • … Opinion Paper: Boston Daily Advertiser; Date: 06-01-1885; Volume: 145; Issue: 23560; Page: …
  • … published as Boston Daily Journal; Date: 06-01-1891; Volume: LVIII; Issue: 19008; Page: [ …
  • … Opinion Paper: Boston Daily Advertiser; Date: 06-02-1895; Volume: 165; Issue: 132; Page: …

From Asa Gray   22 May 1877

Summary

Asked C. E. Bessey whether Lithospermum longiflorum was dimorphic like its relatives. Encloses CEB’s reply.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 May 1877
Classmark:  DAR 110: B53–7, DAR 165: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10969

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  • … Corolla 1.09 Style .92 Stamens .95 Anthers .06 Anthers old and dried up. " Flower 6 th . …
  • … Corolla 1.18 Style 1.03 Stamens 1.05 Anthers .06 Anthers shedding pollen, and of irregular …

From Leonard Darwin   [after 14 February 1874]

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Statistics showing rate of decline of population in Sandwich Islands, 1832–72.

Author:  Leonard Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 14 Feb 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 90: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8709

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  • … 4 . 6 1836 —1 . 97 1850 —2 . 01 1860 —2 . 06 1866 —2 . 10 The 4 . 6 seems the only one out …

From Francis Darwin   [after 3 June 1875]

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Returns corrected proofs [of Insectivorous plants].

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 3 June 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10007F

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  • … was the first which completely wrong— 1 15 = .06 which is nearer . 067 than to . 066. The …
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'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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  • … 1863 and n. 1, and letters from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [6–27 September 1863], 29 September [1863] …
  • … Ladies & MPs' (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [6–27 September 1863], and letter …
  • … MS), 20 August 1863, recording a payment of £2 11 s. 6 d. for distributing the 'cruelty …
  • … December [1863], and Animal World , 1 February 1872, pp. 65–6). It is clear that the use of steel …
  • … against the use of steel traps in 1877 ( Spectator , 6 January 1877, p. 15, and Emma Darwin 2: …
  • … pheasants, and other game-birds (Carr 1981, pp. 475–6, Mackenzie 1988, p. 18, Allen 1994, p. 127.). …
  • … be grateful for any suggestions, addressed to A. B., 6 Mr. Strong, Printer, Bromley, Kent …
  • … of animals, 1835 ( Statutes, public and general , 5 & 6 Will. IV c. 59), and the Act for the …

Henrietta Darwin's diary

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Darwin's daughter Henrietta kept a diary for a few momentous weeks in 1871. This was the year in which Descent of Man, the most controversial of her father's books after Origin itself, appeared, a book which she had helped him write. The small…

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  • … I can perfectly understand being carried away—Laura 6 likens it to a mustard plaister wh. …
  • … 5 Miss Hollway ( sic ) has not been identified. 6 Laura May Forster . 7 …

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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  • … were incipient species ( Natural selection, p. 145–6): From looking at species as only …
  • … Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859] ). The extant …
  • … but in this he was disappointed. ‘We have been here above 6 week,’ he wrote to Fox, ‘& I feel …
  • … points of Darwin’s theory ( see letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 May 1859 ). Among the older scientists, …
  • … larky since we run two horses’ ( letter to W. E. Darwin, 6 October [1858] ). Visitors to Down and …

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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  • … were incipient species ( Natural selection , p. 145–6): From looking at species as only …
  • … to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859 ]). The extant …
  • … but in this he was disappointed. ‘We have been here above 6 week,’ he wrote to Fox, ‘& I feel …
  • … points of Darwin’s theory (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 May 1859 ). Among the older scientists, …

Darwin in letters, 1860: Answering critics

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On 7 January 1860, John Murray published the second edition of Darwin’s Origin of species, printing off another 3000 copies to satisfy the demands of an audience that surprised both the publisher and the author. It wasn't long, however, before ‘the…

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  • … distribution of species ( see letter from T. H. Huxley, 6 August 1860 ). But Baer in fact …
  • … critique of his geological argument, he wrote to Lyell on 6 June [1860] : 'I am beginning to …

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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  • … his botanical work, at Down House since the winter of 1855–6 (see CD’s Classed account book (Down …
  • … to William Erasmus Darwin, [22 February 1863] in DAR 210.6: 109). There were other teething problems …
  • … advice on cultivation (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [6 March 1863] ). Darwin derived …
  • …   § Asclepias currasavica 3 1.6     …
  • …   Canna Warscewisii— 4 2.6     …
  • …   Pentas rosea 1.6       …
  • …     § Melastoma atropurpurea 6 2.6

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 1018 — Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., [6 Nov 1846] Darwin tells Hooker, if he pays …
  • … naturalist with tools, he recommends him to Smith & Beck of 6 Colman St. City for a simple …
  • … Letter 1202 — Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., 6 Oct [1848] Darwin writes to Hooker about his …

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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  • … temper you will only consider “What does that prove”.’[6] For in these notes, Darwin’s deep …
  • … gently in my arms which made him scream violently, which  6  could only have been caused by the …
  • … Jan 20 the baby 3 weeks & 3 days old. 6 lb  – 13 oz   lbs   oz …
  • … Feb. 17 7 wks  & 3 days 8 – 5 6 wks 8 – 4 …
  • …   July 9 — 17 – 6 19 lb — Bernard[26] …
  • … of Annie few days ago jealous of my weighing Baby May 6 th .— he said pretty & Papa for …
  • … he give Willy? Sugar?” alluding to the sugar candy. It is 6 months since he saw him, remembered …
  • … my face (which was done pretty handsomely) “Oh By Jo 5—6—ten kisses!! Lenny After a bit of …
  • … & mother & don’t know where to find them. About 6 lying on the rug. I said, my boys …
  • … stroked him.— That cow will bite. 45v.  Aug 22 6 yrs old Lizzy coming out of the drawing …
  • … as “laughing, talking &  kissing ”.[76] June 6— 1854. Lenny after quarrelling with …
  • … and 1985b. See also  Autobiography , pp. 131–2. [6]  Correspondence  vol. 2, letter from …

Interview with Emily Ballou

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Emily Ballou is a writer of novels and screenplays, and a prize-winning poet. Her book The Darwin Poems, which explores aspects of Darwin’s life and thoughts through the medium of poetry, was recently published by the University of Western Australia Press.…

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  • … existence and his particular body. 6. Similarities between poetry and science …

Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

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  • … vol. 12, letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [6 May 1864] ). According to Emma Darwin’s diary …
  • … to J. D. Hooker, 12 October 1849 , and Colp 1977, pp. 43-6). He underwent hydropathic treatments …

Dramatisation script

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Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

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  • … he was the most charming of hosts. DARWIN:   6   My life goes on like Clockwork, and …
  • … 5  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER 12 OCTOBER 1849 6  C DARWIN TO R FITZROY, 1 OCTOBER 1846 …

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 …

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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  • … to prove the superiority of the female organization.” [6] Unlike Darwin, Gamble felt that the …
  • … Gamble, The Evolution of Woman , v. [6]  Ibid., viii. [7]   …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … Letter 5391 - Becker, L. E. to Darwin, [6 February 1867] Lydia Becker thanks Darwin …
  • … Letter 10415 - Darwin to Herrick, S. M. B., [6 March 1876] Darwin responds to a …

Abstract of Darwin’s theory

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There are two extant versions of the abstract of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. One was sent to Asa Gray on 5 September 1857, enclosed with a letter of the same date (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Asa Gray, 5 September [1857] and enclosure).…

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  • … a letter of the same date (see  Correspondence  vol. 6, letter to Asa Gray, 5 September [1857] …
  • … fair copy for Gray was made. It was retained by Darwin (DAR 6). This version was subsequently sent …
  • … of modification has been indisputably shown in latetimes. 6  Selection acts only by the …
  • … of our geological records answers others.— (6.)   One other principle, 30  which may be …
  • … reflexion.— C. D. 42 Provenance:  CUL DAR 6: 51 Notes 1 The printed …

Women’s scientific participation

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Observers | Fieldwork | Experimentation | Editors and critics | Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a community of women who participated, often actively and routinely, in the nineteenth-century scientific community. Here is a…

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  • … Letter 4523 - Wedgwood, L. C. to Darwin, [6 June 1864] Darwin’s niece, Lucy, responds …

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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  • … to be attached to natural selection. 6. Evolution, emotions and the basis of …

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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  • … Entmological society 56 Ginneken 6 july 1821 Leeuwarden 7 …
  • … Didam 11 august 1882   6 Asperen P. van …
  • … "Natura Artis Magistra" 70 Amsterdam 6 october 1806 …
  • … Dr. M. Physician   Delden 6 march 1839 Huissen 9 …
  • … Amsterdam 20 january 1832 Greifswald 6 june 1915 Weimar …
  • … Akkrum 13 august 1816 Rauwerd 6 december 1881 Den Haag …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … Letter 1202 — Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D., 6 Oct [1848] Darwin catches up on personal …
  • … Letter 1319 — Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R., 6 & 7 Apr 1850 Hooker apologises for the …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … likely to be beat’ ( letter from Charles Kingsley, 6 June 1867 ). Darwin was inspired by Kingsley …
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