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

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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  • … National Library of Israel (Schwad 03 04 07) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 May 1847 John …

To J. P. Cooke   20 February 1874

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Thanks for his election as Foreign Honorary Member.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Parsons Cooke
Date:  20 Feb 1874
Classmark:  American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Letterbook 07-36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9305

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  • … Academy of Arts and Sciences (Letterbook 07-36) Charles Robert Darwin Down 20 Feb 1874 …

Linden, J. J. (1817–98)

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  • … his orchid cultivation and illustrations. Biographie coloniale Belge 1: 603–07 24 Botanist …

From W. E. Darwin   [29 February 1872]

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Amount of clay present in certain chalk samples.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Feb 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7469

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  • … pencil ; ‘Worms’ red crayon End of letter : ‘ .07 per cent of Alumina & iron | [‘ .36 ’ …

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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  • … 34 Corolla— 1.15 Style .51 Stamens .97 Anthers .07 This flower had 6 perfect sepals, 6  …
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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 letter from Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker, [7 December 1863]). Although none of the replies …
  • … single design fitted the requirements (Moss 1961, pp. 146–7). During the early 1870s the RSPCA …
  • … the campaign had little direct effect (Moss 1961, pp. 146–7, Emma Darwin 2: 200). …
  • … the possible alternatives (see letter from E. L. Darwin, 7 September 1863, letter from Emma Darwin …
  • … his sisters during his boyhood ( Autobiography , pp. 26–7). As an adult, he took pains to prevent …
  • … and family who enjoyed the sport (see Autobiography , pp. 78–9, Correspondence vol. 7, letter …
  • … categories of wild birds by sportsmen (Sheail 1976, pp. 22–7, Allen 1994, p. 177), and which some …
  • … pp. 60–2, 124–128, Worster 1985, pp. 179–80, 184–7). An appeal It is a …
  • … A. B., 6 Mr. Strong, Printer, Bromley, Kent. 7   or to Mrs C. Darwin | Downbar …

Six things Darwin never said – and one he did

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Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly attributed to Darwin that never flowed from his pen.

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  • … Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly …

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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  • … ice treatment on 20 May 1865. In his letter to Chapman of 7 June 1865, he reported that the ice had …
  • … Jenner, and George Busk (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [7 January 1865], and letter from George Busk, …
  • … from William Jenner to [William Walmisley Baxter?], [after 7 May 1864?], and letter from William …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … so well most days since being in London, like what I was 7 or 8 years ago— one day I paid 3 calls! …
  • … ordinaryly diœcious’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin, [7 May – 11 June 1866] ). On examining more …
  • … a different light from you’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker, 7 August 1866 ). The two exchanged letters …
  • … letter from E. C. Langton to Emma and Charles Darwin, [6 and 7? January 1866] ), and Darwin later …

Vivisection: first sketch of the bill

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Strictly Confidential Mem: This print is only a first sketch. It is being now recast with a new & more simple form – but the substance of the proposed measure may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …

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  • … in all painful experiments when possible. “ 7. —Licensed persons to make painful …
  • … to make painful experiments only for research. 7.—It shall not be lawful for any person …

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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  • … S. Henslow, 14 October [1837] , Correspondence vol. 7, letter to Robert Monsey Rolfe, 10 …
  • … almost daily occurrences of flatulence (see Colp 1977, pp. 46-7). Darwin first mentioned …
  • … gout as an inherited disease in Variation 2: 7, 77-8. On Victorian views of hereditary illness, …
  • … W. D. Fox, 24 [March 1849] , and Correspondence vol. 7, letter to W. D. Fox, 13 November …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … & it had been refused’ ( letter from G. H. Darwin, [6 or 7 August 1874] ). When the letter was …
  • … from the moment of being hatched ( letter to  Nature , 7 and 11 May [1874] ; Spalding 1872a). …
  • … from his sons George and Francis ( letter to Anton Dohrn, 7 March 1874 ). Dohrn replied …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … frustrated, telling Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 March [1862] ): ‘I am nearly sure that …
  • … the distant events to life ( see letter to Asa Gray, 26[–7] November [1862] ). When Darwin …
  • … than almost anywhere else’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 March [1862] ). he is so …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … allotted space each morning ( letter from Arthur Nicols, 7 March 1871 ; letter from B. J. …
  • … similar query with the artist Thomas Woolner, inquiring on 7 April whether ‘young 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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  • … far in advance of that manifested by males.” [7] Gamble suggested that, as a result of female …
  • … , v. [6]  Ibid., viii. [7]   Ibid., 24. [8]  …

Darwin & Glen Roy

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Although Darwin was best known for his geological work in South America and other remote Beagle destinations, he made one noteworthy attempt to explain a puzzling feature of British geology.  In 1838, two years after returning from the voyage, he travelled…

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  • … [c. 28 June 1842] To Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] To William Darwin Fox …

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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  • … Sanderson, who drafted a memorial, sending it to Darwin on 7 April (letter from J. S. Burdon …

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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  • … countered Nägeli’s thesis ( Origin  5th ed., pp. 151–7). Fleeming Jenkin and problems of …
  • … in Patagonia and Wales ( letter from T. H. Huxley, 7 May 1869 , letter from W. B. Dawkins, 17 …
  • … oil over the bumptious man’ ( letter from J. D. Hooker,  7 September 1869 ). Huxley playfully …

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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  • … erased no longer there. 7. Why did Darwin avoid making wonder 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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  • … for less favoured males (see  Origin , pp. 156–7). In  Variation , Darwin had discussed changes …
  • … three botanists put together’ ( letter to Fritz Müller, 7 February [1867] ). Müller had written …
  • … down on both of us’ ( letter from T. H. Huxley, [before 7 January 1867] ). In February, Hooker …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children,[1] 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…

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  • … ‘Little Prince’ or ‘animalcule of a son’[7] —to such a degree that on occasion he refers to William …
  • … I think he certainly has an undefined instinctive  7  fears— for instance when stripped naked— I …
  • … when doing something disagreeable. say 50–60 days old 7 or 8 weeks old Continues occasionally …
  • … Feb 3 rd . 5 weeks & 3 days. 7 lb  – 10 4 wks 7 – 9½ …
  • …   Henrietta 17 days— 7 lb 3.oz[27] weight of clothes 1lb …

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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  • … happy to take up these suggestions. 7. Is Darwinism part of a trend of …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … between a cow and a red deer (letter from J. B. Innes, 7 December 1868 ). Innes had a tendency to …

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 1836  - Berkeley, M. J. to Darwin, [7 March 1856] Clergyman and botanist …
  • … Letter 4233  - Tegetmeier, W. B. to Darwin, [29 June - 7 July 1863] Tegetmeier updates …

Floral Dimorphism

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Floral studies In 1877 Darwin published a book that included a series of smaller studies on botanical subjects. Titled The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species, it consisted primarily of…

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  • … Letter 3468 - Darwin to JD Hooker, 7 March 1862 Darwin wishes he could sympathize with Asa …
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