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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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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 12041 — Darwin, C. R. to Fordyce, John, 7 May 1879 In this letter marked “private”, …

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 1319 — Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R., 6 & 7 Apr 1850 Hooker thinks Darwin is “too …

Darwin’s student booklist

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In October 1825 Charles Darwin and his older brother, Erasmus, went to study medicine in Edinburgh, where their father, Robert Waring Darwin, had trained as a doctor in the 1780’s. Erasmus had already graduated from Cambridge and was continuing his studies…

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  • … Pamplets by D rs . Grant & Brewster on Nature History. 7  7 in number Blairs lectures …
  • … 1825. There is a copy in the Darwin Library–Down. 7 CD probably refers to the  Edinburgh …

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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  • … On 7 January 1860, John Murray published the second edition of Darwin’s  …
  • … on the progress and results of his study, he wrote on 7 May [1860]: 'I have this morning been …

Correspondence with women

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We know of letters to or from around 2000 correspondents, about 100 of whom were women. Using the letter summaries available on this website, the letters can be assigned to rough categories.  Included in the count are letters to women in Darwin’s family…

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  • … We know of letters to or from around 2000 correspondents, about 100 of whom were women. Using the …

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 …

Mary Treat

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Mary Treat was a naturalist from New Jersey who made significant contributions to the fields of entomolgy and botany. Over the period 1871–1876, she exchanged fifteen letters with Darwin - more than any other woman naturalist.

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  • … Mary Treat was a naturalist from New Jersey who made significant contributions to the fields of …

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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  • … Correspondence  vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, 26[–7] March 1864 ). The plan was quickly set …
  • …   § Cyanophyllum magnificum 7.6— 21     …
  • …     ——  trinerva 7 2.6.   …
  • … § Stanhopea grandiflora 7.6.   ——  pictus  . 13 …
  • … name has not been found in botanical reference works. 7.  Melastoma trinerve or M. trinervium …
  • …     Chirita Walkerii 7   Cyrtandraceæ— …

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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  • … natural selection (DAR 10.2; Natural selection , pp. 214--74) 7

Instinct and the Evolution of Mind

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Slave-making ants For Darwin, slave-making ants were a powerful example of the force of instinct. He used the case of the ant Formica sanguinea in the On the Origin of Species to show how instinct operates—how…

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  • … of Species . 1859. London: John Murray. (See: Chapter 7 “Instinct”) Manuscripts …

Alfred Russel Wallace

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Wallace was a leading Victorian naturalist, with wide-ranging interests from biogeography and evolutionary theory to spiritualism and politics. He was born in 1823 in Usk, a small town in south-east Wales, and attended a grammar school in Hertford. At the…

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  • … in 1881 (see Darwin’s letters to Wallace, 17 June 1876 and 7 January 1881, and the letter from A. R. …
  • … was the “great General” (letter to Charles Kingsley, 7 May 1869). In later years when Darwin …

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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  • …   Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 328 – 329. 7) “In order that woman should reach the same …

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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  • … book of mine, in which all colours are arranged & named.— 7 Her health failed in a …
  • … Elizabeth Darwin was six years younger than Anne. 7 Syme 1821, now in the Darwin Library …

Lydia Becker

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Becker was a leading member of the suffrage movement, perhaps best known for publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal. She was also a successful biologist, astronomer and botanist and, between 1863 and 1877, an occasional correspondent of Charles Darwin. …

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  • … Becker was a leading member of the suffrage movement, perhaps best known for publishing the  …

Results of the Darwin Online Emotions Experiment

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Thanks to all who took part in our online emotions experiment – over 18,000 of you! The formal stage of the experiment is now over, but it will be staying online as an activity, so if you don’t want to know the results, look away now.  If you’d like to…

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  • … on the general type of emotion and, equally, with photograph 7 (half face crying, half laughing) …

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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  • … was devoted to the ‘physical’ side of human descent. On 7 March 1870, Darwin made a note on the …

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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  • … then tea followed, & then were shewn to our rooms, dinner at 7½, & Miss Norton was expected— …
  • … & Dr. Gray in full Evg. dress— We barely got down at 7½, & the first person I saw was Jane …
  • … we drop off to dress for dinner, which is either at 7 or 7½ as may be— Wednesday Grace Norton …
  • … the Hooker’s guests, & asks us all to dine on Monday at 7½. Later in the Evg. came a note from …

Alexander von Humboldt

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The phases of Charles Darwin’s career have often been defined by the books that he read, from Lyell’s Principles of Geology during the Beagle voyage to Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population during his London years. The book that encouraged him to…

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  • … The phases of Charles Darwin’s career have often been defined by the books that he read, from …

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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  • … 6  Selection acts only by the accumulation of very 7  slight or greater variations, caused by …
  • … later times’ (Darwin and Wallace 1858, p. 51). 7 The word ‘very’ does not appear in the …

Descent

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There are more than five hundred letters associated with the research and writing of Darwin’s book, Descent of man and selection in relation to sex (Descent). They trace not only the tortuous route to eventual publication, but the development of Darwin’s…

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  • … sent in quick succession . Between 18 th February and 7 th March there are seven surviving …
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