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From Francis Darwin to J. H. Gilbert   8 June 1876

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Asks about constituents of burnt soil.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Henry Gilbert
Date:  8 June 1876
Classmark:  Rothamsted Research (GIL13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10535F

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  • … ·33 ·15 Soda ·26 ·04 Phosphoric acid ·04 ·09 Sulphuric acid traces none 100·13 99·69 If my …
  • … Loss on ignition 4·26 1·20 Silica  77·72 89·09 Oxide of Iron  5· 52 3·88 Alumina  8·79 3· …

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

Summary

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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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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  • … as that to Bates, Brooks suggests that a letter aboard the 9 March steamer could have arrived at the …
  • … 8, letters to Asa Gray, 28 January [1860] and [8 or 9 February 1860] ). A further …

Correlation of growth: deaf blue-eyed cats, pigs, and poison

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As he was first developing his ideas, among the potential problems Darwin recognised with natural selection was how to account for developmental change that conferred no apparent advantage.  He proposed a ‘mysterious law’ of ‘correlation of growth’ where…

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  • … cats and a kitten, as well as four black cats, and all ‘9 ½’ cats could hear the dinner call.  …
  • … Tait’s assertion in the 6 th edition of Origin (p. 9), but a few years later, as he was …

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 …
  • … CD and a note added, also in pencil: ‘This was sent about 9 months ago, but I daresay I can get Date …