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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 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 [ …

Nolan, J. P. (1838–1912)

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  • … 1874–85; Galway North, 1885–95 and 1900–06. https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/ …

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 …
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Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … animals made him ‘groan’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 6 March [1863] ). Darwin reiterated in a later …
  • … old honoured guide & master’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 6 March [1863] ). Nevertheless, Darwin …
  • … a fitting opportunity’ ( letter to Hugh Falconer, 5 [and 6] January [1863] ). …
  • … in the fossil record ( letter to Hugh Falconer, 5 [and 6] January [1863] ). Only until March did …
  • … Dana, 20 February [1863] , and letter to Charles Lyell, 6 March [1863] ). In March, after …
  • … 29 May [1863] , and letter to Hugh Falconer, [25–6 August 1863] ). Sterility and …
  • … [1863] that he had been ‘ordered to do nothing for 6 months’ by his doctors, mentioning that even …

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…

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  • …   On 6 March 1868, Darwin wrote to the entomologist and accountant John Jenner Weir, …
  • … Index-maker’, Darwin wrote to Joseph Dalton Hooker on 6 January . Darwin had sent the manuscript …
  • … but never fulfilled. He was sent a news clipping on 6 July from the  Maryport Weekly Advertiser …
  • … House of Commons than any assembly in the world’ (from ?, 6 April 1868). On 21 May , Darwin …
  • … The Swiss botanist Alphonse de Candolle described on 6 July the inheritance over eight …
  • … is too short for so long a discussion’, he wrote on 6 April . Yet Wallace continued to press him, …
  • … you as their leader’ ( letter from Gaston de Saporta, 6 September 1868 ). The support …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … below, ‘Textual changes made to C. Lyell 1863c’). On 6 February 1863, Antiquity of man (C. Lyell …
  • … over the comparative anatomy of human and ape brains. 6 Many of Lyell’s supporters were …
  • … Lyell, see Bynum 1984 and L. G. Wilson 1996. 6. Owen’s complaints about C. Lyell 1863a …
  • … See Correspondence vol. 11, letter to Charles Lyell, 6 March [1863] and n. 7. 9. …
  • … T. H. Huxley, 7 June 1865, Imperial College, Huxley papers 6: 110). For more on the X-club, see …

Darwin's life in letters

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For all his working life, Darwin used letters as a way both of discussing ideas and gathering the ‘great quantities of facts’ that he used in developing and supporting his theories. They form a fascinating collection from many hundreds of correspondents,…

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  • … with letters. ( Darwin to John Jenner Weir, [6 March 1868] ) For all his working …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … ‘How grandly you have defended me’, Darwin wrote on 6 January , ‘You have also greatly honoured …
  • … book had to go along on the excursion,’ he reported on 6 July , ‘and it did us excellent service. …
  • … laurel in the wreath of your fame ’, Haeckel wrote on 6 June , ‘to have a predecessor in the …

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, 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, 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 …

Natural selection

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How do new species arise?  This was the ancient question that Charles Darwin tackled soon after returning to England from the Beagle voyage in October 1836. Darwin realised a crucial (and cruel) fact: far more individuals of each species were born than…

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  • … controversial Essay on the Principle of Population (6 th edition, 1828); Malthus argued that …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … evils to mankind’ ( draft letter to Charles Bradlaugh, 6 June 1877 ). Darwin enclosed an extract …

Darwin on marriage

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On 11 November 1838 Darwin wrote in his journal ‘The day of days!’. He had proposed to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and been accepted; they were married on 29 January 1839. Darwin appears to have written these two notes weighing up the pros and cons of…

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  • … animals[5] B Live in London for where else possible[6] in small house, near Regents Park—keep …
  • … dont travel . . . animals’  circled in pencil. [6] ‘for where else possible’  interl ink …

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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  • … her emphatically declare. “what a little duck, Betty 6  is, is not she?”.— She was very …
  • … dead?’ 5 ‘natural’  interl . 6 Elizabeth Darwin was six years younger than …

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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  • … the Country, & we did not reach the Darwin’s until about 6 o’clock— At home I should have said …

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 …

Darwin in letters, 1856-1857: the 'Big Book'

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In May 1856, Darwin began writing up his 'species sketch’ in earnest. During this period, his working life was completely dominated by the preparation of his 'Big Book', which was to be called Natural selection. Using letters are the main…

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  • … boys (Charles Waring Darwin, the sixth and last, was born on 6 December 1856) was a constant worry, …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … confided to his cousin William Darwin Fox, ‘I never pass 6 hours without a fit of extreme discomfort …

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 …