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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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  • … water   Folkestone Carbonate of lime 94 . 09 — of Magnesium 0 . 31 Insoluble (rock debris) …

Kennard, C. A. (1827–1907)

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  • … as Springfield Daily Republican; Date: 09-19-1896; Page: 4; Location: Springfield, …

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 1.14 Style .95 Stamens .98 Anthers .09 Pollen falling freely. Plant No 4 Flower 7 …
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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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  • …  3 Vol. 8Vo Abernethy Hunterian orat & Lect. Pamph. 9  8 Vo. H K Whites Letters …
  • … ; Desmond and Parker 2006). 8 Blair 1790. 9 Abernethy 1819a; CD perhaps refers …
  • … William. 1823.  The elements of experimental chemistry . 9 th  ed. 2 vols. London. Hudson …

George Darwin born

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The Darwins' son George Howard Darwin born

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  • … The Darwins' son George Howard Darwin born …

Schools Gallery: Using Darwin’s letters in the classroom

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English| History| Science  English Pupils in Cumbria lead the way Year 9 English pupils at Ulverston Victoria High School spent several weeks studying Darwin’s letters, including comparing sections from Darwin’s ‘Voyage of the Beagle’ to letters…

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  • … English Pupils in Cumbria lead the way Year 9 English pupils at Ulverston Victoria …

George Peacock

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George Peacock was born 9 April 1791 in Denton near Darlington in Yorkshire. He was the son of a clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Peacock, curate of Denton for 50 years and school master. George was educated at Sedbergh School, Cumbria and Richmond School in…

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  • … George Peacock was born 9 April 1791 in Denton near Darlington in Yorkshire. He was the son of a …

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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  • … wool of one sheep good for carpet & another for cloth &c. 9 (2.)   Now suppose …
  • … The phrase is not italicised in the printed version. 9 The printed version reads: ‘good for …
  • … note, in ink, that reads: ‘This was sent to A. Gray 8 or 9 months ago, I think October 1857 [‘or …

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 …

John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … on a retail price of 14 s ., selling to the trade at 9 s .6 d . a copy ( Letter 2513a ). …
  • … made allowance for the immense popularity of its author’ (9 November 1872). Seven thousand copies …

Darwin on childhood

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On his engagement to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, in 1838, Darwin wrote down his recollections of his early childhood.  Life. Written August–– 1838 My earliest recollection, the date of which I can approximately tell, and which must have been before…

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  • … It was soon after I began collecting stones, ie when 9 or 10 I distinctly recollect the desire I had …
  • … I was born a naturalist.–– —— When I was 9 & ½ years old (July 1818) I went with …

Thomas Henry Huxley

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Dubbed “Darwin’s bulldog” for his combative role in controversies over evolution, Huxley was a leading Victorian zoologist, science popularizer, and education reformer. He was born in Ealing, a small village west of London, in 1825. With only two years of…

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  • … Owen, and Louis Agassiz (see letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 May 1856 and 21 May 1856). But he considered …

Darwin in letters, 1844–1846: Building a scientific network

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The scientific results of the Beagle voyage still dominated Darwin's working life, but he broadened his continuing investigations into the nature and origin of species. Far from being a recluse, Darwin was at the heart of British scientific society,…

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  • … ( Correspondence  vol. 2, letter to A. Y. Spearman, 9 October 1843, n. 1). Darwin's …

Henrietta Darwin's diary

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Charles Darwin’s daughter Henrietta wrote the following journal entries in March and July 1871 in a small lockable, leather-bound notebook now in the Darwin Archive of Cambridge University Library (DAR 247). They are published in volume 19 of The…

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  • … woman, if I be I— it seems so strange that my life & his^9^ are trembling now in the balance …
  • … I think I am a very happy woman. Sunday July 9^th^. 1871 I want to think why I shd …
  • … not been identified. ^8^Thomas Henry Huxley. ^9^Richard Buckley Litchfield. ^10 …

Variation under domestication

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment A fascination with domestication Throughout his working life, Darwin retained an interest in the history, techniques, practices, and processes of domestication. Artificial selection, as practiced by plant and…

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  • … him. Letter 1794 — Darwin to Layard, E.L., 9 Dec 1855 Darwin writes to …

Darwin & Geology

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The lessons Darwin learned from Adam Sedgwick at Cambridge, and in the field in North Wales, stood him in good stead during the Beagle voyage. While he was attached to the Beagle from 1831 to 1835, Darwin actually spent about two-thirds of his time ashore,…

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  • … coral reefs. British Journal for the History of Science 9: 199–218. On the history of …

Insectivorous plants

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 In this song the lyrics are based on Darwin's statements about insectivorous plants in his letters. Darwin’s work on insectivorous plants began by accident. When he was on holiday in the summer of 1860, staying with his wife’s relatives in…

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  • … some pure gum.— You have given me a panic. I tried milk on 9 leaves thin Gelatine on 4 White of egg …

Caroline Kennard

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Kennard’s interest in science stemmed from her social commitments to the women's movement, her interests in nature study as a tool for educational reform, as well as her place in a tightly knit network of the Bostonian elite. Kennard was one of a…

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  • … regarding the inferiority of women. Darwin replied on 9 January 1882, referencing his positions in …

Power of movement in plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Family experiments Darwin was an active and engaged father during his children's youth, involving them in his experiments and even occasionally using them as observational subjects. When his children…

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  • … 4. What is the tone of the beginning of Chapter 9? Why do you think that Darwin and his …

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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George Eliot was the pen name of celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She was born on the outskirts of Nuneaton in Warwickshire and was educated at boarding schools from the age of five until she was 16. Her education ended when she…

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  • … George Eliot was the pen name of the celebrated Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880). She …

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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  • … four terminal crustacean segments were missing in barnacles.^9^ This archetypal cirripede was …
  • … be mistaken.’ ( Foundations , p. 201).    ^9^ CD discussed his conception of archetype in a …

Descent

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‘Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim-bladder, a great swimming tail, an imperfect skull & undoubtedly was an hermaphrodite! Here is a pleasant genealogy for mankind.’ There are more than five hundred letters associated with…

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  • … and III. On Expression of the Emotions’ ( Academy , 9 October 1869, pp. 15–16).  By June 1870 …
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