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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 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 ?   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 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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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 …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … and despite Darwin’s best efforts, set the final price at 7 s.  6 d.  ( letter from R. F. Cooke …
  • … 4 November 1872 , and letter to J. S. Craig, 7 November 1872 ). But recognition was far from …

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 1319 — Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R., 6 & 7 Apr 1850 Hooker apologises for the …
  • … — Darwin, C. R. to Henslow, J. S., 24 July & 28 Oct & 7 Nov 1834 Darwin is excited by …

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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  • … Letter 1661 —Charles Darwin to JD Hooker, 7 April 1855 Darwin writes to his good friend, …

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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  • … – and there cannot be other ones. 7. Darwin’s appropriation in France …

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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  • … a discussion of this research in  Origin , pp. 163–7, as examples of the occurrence of reversion …
  • … Wallace’s essay, are provided in Correspondence vol. 7, Appendixes III and IV.) You …
  • … baby written by Darwin is given in Correspondence vol. 7, Appendix V.) Upon the advice of Fox, …
  • … J. D. Hooker, 2 March [1859] , 11 March [1859] , and 7 April [1859] ). What is clear is that …

Darwin in letters, 1851-1855: Death of a daughter

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The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. The period opens with a family tragedy in the death of Darwin’s oldest and favourite daughter, Anne, and it shows how, weary and mourning his dead child,…

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  • … & will not do as I wish it’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 7 May [1855] ). But, whether successful or …

Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …

Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

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  • …  . . .  in 1794’. 2    Page xiv, n., line 7, insert after ‘long afterwards.’: 3   …
  • … Page 12, par. 1, line 18, substitute for ‘animals’: 7                  ruminants    …
  • … definite directions.    Page 162, par. 2, lines 6–7, insert after ‘deafness in’: 17   …
  • … disappeared completely.    Page 198, par. 1, line 7, delete ‘and I could have given no answer …
  • … related species of    Page 275, par. 2, line 7, insert after ‘common,’: 32         …
  • … in Origin 4th ed., pp. xx. 6.  p. 10. 7.  p. 22. 8.  p. 28. 9.  p. …

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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  • … ( letter from Charles Lyell, 1–2 May 1856, n. 7 ). The excitement and intellectual stimulation of …

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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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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  • … (Inscription in vol. 2: ‘Charles Darwin Rio Plata Aug 7 th . 1832’). Darwin Library–CUL †. …
  • … . . translated into English by Henrietta Maria Williams.  7 vols. London. 1814–29. (Vols. 1 and 2, …
  • … dressé par M. de Krusenstern.  St Petersburg, 1824–7. ( Narrative  2: 506). § Krusenstern, …
  • … de.  Histoire naturelle des animaux sans vertèbres.  7 vols. Paris, 1815–22. (DAR 30.1: 45v.). …
  • … 1821. (DAR 30.1: 13v.; letter to J. S. Henslow, 24 July – 7 November 1834). Darwin Library–CUL †. …
  • … ‘C. Darwin’; letter to J. S. Henslow, 24 July – 7 November 1834). Darwin Library–CUL † (vols. 1 and …
  • … parts. London, 1694. (Letter to J. S. Henslow, 24 July – 7 November 1834). §  New Testament …
  • … Samuel.  The history of Sir Charles Grandison . . .  7 vols. London, 1781. (Vols. 3–7 inscribed …
  • … 2: ‘Chas. Darwin Octob: 1832 Buenos Ayres’; DAR 32.1: 7). Darwin Library–CUL † (vol.2). …

Referencing women’s work

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Darwin's correspondence shows that women made significant contributions to Darwin's work, but whether and how they were acknowledged in print involved complex considerations of social standing, professional standing, and personal preference.…

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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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Darwin’s study of the Cirripedia

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Darwin’s work on barnacles, conducted between 1846 and 1854, has long posed problems for historians. Coming between his transmutation notebooks and the Origin of species, it has frequently been interpreted as a digression from Darwin’s species work. Yet…

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  • … class between the Crustacea and the Annelida (R. Owen 1855).^7^ Darwin, however, with his particular …
  • … genera of Lepadidae ( Living Cirripedia (1851): 286–7), which he later supplemented with …
  • … Huxley, 5 July [1857] , and letter from T. H. Huxley, 7 July 1857 ).    ^7^ No doubt …

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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  • … the more shocking because associated with a happy event. On 7 September, Charles and Emma became …
  • … harmony with yours’ ( letter from George Henslow, [ c. 7 December 1876] ). A more typical …

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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  • … Darwin had consulted in 1863. In a letter of 26[–7] March [1864] , Darwin exclaimed to his close …
  • … eastern and mid-western states. In his letter to Darwin of 7 November 1864, Walsh denounced Agassiz …
  • … of Herbert Spencer’s  Principles of biology  (1864–7). Also unsure about Spencer’s work, Hooker …
  • … particularly when Hugh Falconer suggested in his letter of 7 November [1864] that half the …
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