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Teitelbaum, Michael S. 2006. History of population policies up to 1940. In Demography: analysis and synthesis: a treatise in population, edited by Graziella Caselli et al. Amsterdam: Academic Press.

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  • … books/demography-analysis-and-synthesis-four-volume-set/caselli/978-0-08-045485-6 26 …

Chantre, Ernest (1843–1924)

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  • … Lyon, 1881–1908; in ethnology, 1903–08. Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques; …

From George Edward Frere   8 October 1864

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Responds to the letter to Gardeners’ Chronicle, [before 8 October 1864].

Author:  George Edward Frere
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  08 Oct 1864
Classmark:  DAR 271.6: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4631G

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  • … DAR 271.6: 2 George Edward Frere 08 Oct 1864 Charles Robert Darwin …

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   26 June [1873]

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Would welcome JSBS visit to discuss Drosera. Nitrogenous fluids can act as ferments only if they act merely by exciting molecular movement in adjoining molecules.

Glass and cotton excite movement and cause cell contents to change visibly. Huxley coming to see this phenomenon.

Studied effect of poisons 12 or 15 years ago to see whether the action was similar to that on nervous tissue.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  26 June [1873]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-08)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8952

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  • … Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-08) Charles Robert Darwin Down 26 June [1873] …

From Fritz Müller   12 September 1875

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Has read CD’s book on Drosera [Insectivorous plants] and found that it presents new material and is very interesting.

Has discovered that the parasites he thought he had found in Melipona nests are in fact true females. It is remarkable that they differ so greatly from the sterile females and males of their species.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1875
Classmark:  Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: 318; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (PrP 08-0011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10155A

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  • … 2: 318; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (PrP 08-0011) Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller …

From David Forbes   1 March 1872

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Sends information on composition of chalk at Shoreham and Folkestone.

Author:  David Forbes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 164: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8233

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  • … Carbonate of Lime – 98 . 40 — of Magnesia 0 . 08 Insoluble (silicious rock debris) 1 . 10 …

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 1.08 Style 1.08 Stamens .93 Anthers .08 Anthers dried up and old. " Flower 4 th . …

From John Traherne Moggridge   6 March [1867]

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Observations on Ophrys plants and Thymus vulgaris. Encloses sketch of different forms of T. vulgaris [see Forms of flowers, p. 302].

Author:  John Traherne Moggridge
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 109: A90–1, DAR 111: B47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5433

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  • … in Forms of flowers , pp.  293–7, 307–08. His notes on the genus are in DAR 109: A41–3, …
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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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  • … what you have seen,’ he told Hooker in his letter of 8 [June 1858] , ‘yet I have been forced to …
  • … hurry in world about my M.S.’ In his letter to Hooker of 8 June [1858] , he indicates that this …
  • … the story was not deleted (see  Correspondence  vol. 8, letters to Asa Gray, 28 January [1860] …

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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  • … adapts living beings to his wants,— may be said 8  to make the wool of one sheep good for …
  • … ‘very’ does not appear in the printed version. 8 The phrase is not italicised in the printed …
  • … note, in ink, that reads: ‘This was sent to A. Gray 8 or 9 months ago, I think October 1857 [‘or …

Divergence

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In a later account of how he had come to the evolutionary ideas published in Origin, Darwin wrote: 'Of all the minor points, the last which I appreciated was the importance & cause of the principle of Divergence' (to Ernst Haeckel, [after 10]…

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  • … of Divergence' (to Ernst Haeckel, [after 10] August – 8 October [1864]). Darwin set …

The "wicked book": Origin at 157

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Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 November 1859.  To celebrate we have uploaded hundreds of new images of letters, bringing the total number you can look at here to over 9000 representing more than…

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  • … Origin is 157 years old.  (Probably) the most famous book in science was published on 24 …