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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

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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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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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  • … city. Letter 20 —Darwin to Caroline Darwin [6 Jan 1826] Darwin describes to his …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … deity for the use of humankind ( letter from John Beck, 6 October 1864 ). Theological …

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.   …

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  • … Entmological society 56 Ginneken 6 july 1821 Leeuwarden 7 …
  • … 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 …

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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  • … selection , pp. 173--212) 6 31 March 1857 …
  • … and divergence] (DAR 15.1; Natural selection , pp. 134--64) [6] …

Science: A Man’s World?

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Discussion Questions|Letters Darwin's correspondence show that many nineteenth-century women participated in the world of science, be it as experimenters, observers, editors, critics, producers, or consumers. Despite this, much of the…

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  • … Letter 3715 - Claparède, J. L. R. A. E. to Darwin, [6 September 1862] Claparède …

Race, Civilization, and Progress

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Darwin's first reflections on human progress were prompted by his experiences in the slave-owning colony of Brazil, and by his encounters with the Yahgan peoples of Tierra del Fuego. Harsh conditions, privation, poor climate, bondage and servitude,…

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  • … Letter 4933 : Farrar, F. W. to Darwin, 6 November 1865 "so far as I can see, History, …
  • … creature under its complex relations of life" ( Origin , 6 th ed, p. 98). …
  • … Letter 3439 : Darwin to Kingsley, Charles, 6 February [1862] "It is very true what …

Darwin in public and private

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Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • … hands….”  Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 327. 6) “…Thus man has ultimately become superior to …
  • … Letter 5670f - Darwin to Kingsley, C., [6 November 1867] Darwin discusses ‘rudiments’ …

New material added to the American edition of Origin

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A ‘revised and augmented’ American edition of Origin came on the market in July 1860, and was the only authorised edition available in the US until 1873. It incorporated many of the changes Darwin made to the second English edition, but still contained…

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  • … the sixth English edition of 1872 (Freeman 1977, pp. 85–6).     PREFACE …
  • … in the nature of the plant. Pages 293 and 294. 6 Omit thirty lines, beginning, ‘‘ On …
  • … third edition of Origin ( Origin 3d ed., pp. 363–6). See also letter from John Lubbock, …

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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  • … said was quite new to him ( letter to Raphael Meldola, 6 June [1879] ). In addition, after …

Climbing Plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A monograph by which to work After the publication of On the Origin of Species, Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals in…

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  • … Letter 8545 - Asa Gray to Charles Darwin, 6 October 1872 Asa Gray writes to Darwin …

Darwin and working from home

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Ever wondered how Darwin worked? To celebrate Darwin’s 211th birthday we are launching For the Curious, a series of simple interactives that explore different areas of Darwin’s life, work and legacy through his letters. We start with ‘Darwin working…

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  • … study, clearing up matters of the day. 6 pm Rested again in bedroom …

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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  • … That’s not me,? or something. 6: The portrayal of Darwin among French …

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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  • … Letter 3901 - Darwin to Falconer, H., [5 & 6 January 1863] Darwin gives feedback on …

Controversy

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The best-known controversies over Darwinian theory took place in public or in printed reviews. Many of these were highly polemical, presenting an over-simplified picture of the disputes. Letters, however, show that the responses to Darwin were extremely…

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  • … Letter 2337 — Wallace, A. R. to Hooker, J. D., 6 Oct 1858 Darwin thanks Hooker and Lyell for …

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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  • … Darwin had investigated in depth ( letter from C. F. Claus, 6 February 1869 ). In a letter to the  …

Religion

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Design|Personal Belief|Beauty|The Church Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin's day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in…

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  • … Letter 5003f — Shaw, James to Darwin, C. R., [6--10 Feb 1866] James Shaw transcribes a …

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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  • … Emma Darwin to W. E. Darwin, [13 September 1876] (DAR 210.6: 144)). Darwin, too, expressed his …
  • … Emma Darwin to W. E. Darwin, [13 September 1876] (DAR 210.6: 144)). Darwin knew that something more …
  • … Asa Gray on 28 October . Please observe that the 6 first chapters are not readable, & …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … ‘one long gigantic blunder’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 6 September [1861] ). The fascinating three …

Books on the Beagle

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The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … in miniature, upwards of 400 volumes!’ This in a cabin 6 feet 6 inches square! Since most of …
  • …  2e Partie,  Zoologie . Paris, 1816–30. (DAR 30.1: 6, 12v.). Darwin Library–CUL. § …
  • …  2 vols. London, 1829. (DAR 37.2: 798; Stoddart 1962, pp. 6, 8, 11). Encyclopædia …
  • … Darwin Buenos Ayres Sept. 1833’). CUL Adv.d.79.22–6. § Rivero, Mariano de. Memoria sobre el …
  • … of the Geological Society of London  1 (1834): 21–6. (DAR 35.2: 357). Carne, Joseph. On the …

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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  • … little tip that appears at first could only manufacture … 6/1000 of a milligramm dry weight in a day …
  • … through nature’s phenomena’ ( letter from James Grant, 6 March 1878 ). Darwin pleaded that to …
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