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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

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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Vivisection: first sketch of the bill

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Strictly Confidential Mem: This print is only a first sketch. It is being now recast with a new & more simple form – but the substance of the proposed measure may be equally well seen in this draft. R.B.L. | 2 586 Darwin and vivisection …

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  • … to be killed after painful experiments. “ 9. —Unlicensed persons making painful …
  • … liable to penalties of Cruelty to Animals Act. 9.—Any person not holding a licence under …
  • … and restrictions contained in sections numbered 8, 9, 10, 11, of the said act. (Signed) …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … (read) Smellie Philosophy of Zoology [Smellie 1790–9]. Fleming Ditto [Fleming 1822] …
  • … Read Aristotle to see whether any of my views are ancient 9 Study with profound care …
  • … read Audubons Ornithol: Biography [Audubon 1831–9]— 4 Vols. well worth reading [DAR …
  • … de leurs genres, par M. Latreille, 1 vol. 8vo. 9 s . [Latreille 1825] Mémoire sur la …
  • … [Fabricius 1603]. referred to by Hallam [Hallam 1837–9] D r . Lord has written some new …
  • … 1842] Coleridge. Literary Remains [Coleridge 1836–9] Inconsistency of Human wishes. …
  • … and cheaper Edition, with Plates and Woodcuts. Post 8vo., 9 s . 6 d . [Knapp] 1838] Read …
  • … Duke of Wellington’s Dispatches [Wellesley 1834–9] Carlyles Oliver Cromwell [Carlyle 1845] …
  • … Knight’s facts on dogs instincts Veterinary. vol: 9. p. 229. “A comparative view of the form …
  • … 6. Birds of the Game kind [Jardine 1834b]. 9. Columbidæ (Pigeons.) [Selby 1835] 11. …
  • … vol. Ludlows Memoirs [Ludlow 1698–9] Memoirs of Plumer Ward by Hon …
  • … to the Study of Insects 1868. U. States [Packard 1868–9] (an excellent large Book) [DAR …
  • … of W. S. Landors Imaginary Conversations [Landor 1824–9]— very poor Sir J 57  Browne’s …
  • … 1831] 4 vols 25 Phillips Geology [J. Phillips 1837–9] Lardners 2 nd  vol March 16 …
  • … Miscellaneous Works & several reviews [Carlyle 1838–9] Nov 8 th  Murchison Silurian …
  • … are some few references at end of Hallam [Hallam 1837–9]) Feb. 12 th  Charlsworths Journal …
  • … 4 th . Hallam’s Hist. Lit. 4 vols. [Hallam 1837–9]— good 15 th  Failed in reading Dryden …
  • … Shelley says is victorious & decisive 72 Octob. 9 th  Lindley’s Theory of Hort. …
  • … of Botany ]. 2. vols. 1801 to 1806. extracted. 9 th  Müllers Physiology [Müller 1837–42] 2 …
  • … 24 th . Smellie’s Philos. of Nat. Hist. [Smellie 1790–9] (one vol) d[itt]o— May 20 th . …
  • … of Agriculture [Loudon 1831] (skimmed & abst) Jan 9 th  Kalms Travel 3 vol [Kalm 1770–1 …

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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  • … off pretty regularly.  We assembled to breakfast at 8½ or 9 in the dining-room from thence we went …
  • … Down Sunday morng. we all assembled at breakfast at 9— Each dropping in as Convenient— …
  • … 1st— Sunday morng. we all assembled at breakfast at 9— Each dropping in as Convenient— After …
  • … off pretty regularly.  We assembled to breakfast at 8½ or 9 in the dining-room from thence we went …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children,[1] began the research that culminated in his book The Expression of the emotions in man and Animals, published in 1872, and his article ‘A biographical sketch of an infant’, published in…

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  • … the Darwin family had increased by five: George Howard, born 9 July 1845; Elizabeth, born 8 July …
  • … self-consciousness. Transcription: 1 [9] W. Erasmus. Darwin born. Dec. 27 th …
  • … vision at this age is exceedingly imperfect.— At his 9 th  day however he appeared to follow a …
  • … with his right hand & drew it into his mouth.— 9  Now exactly 12 weeks & on …
  • … eyes were just suffused with tears & became red. May 9 th .[24] A watch held close to …
  • … days. 7 lb  – 10 4 wks 7 – 9½ Feb. 17 7 …
  • … 6 wks 8 – 4 March 3 9 wks  & 4 days 9 – 7 …
  • … 14 Jan. 19—   July 9 — 17 – 6 19 lb — …
  • …   Mon Oct 23 a month old. 9 lb  11 oz clothes 1 lb  10 …
  • … not help it awfully”.— 49  June 1854— About 9 months ago, Lenny defined being in good …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

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Towards the end of 1862, Darwin resolved to build a small hothouse at Down House, for ‘experimental purposes’ (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and volume 10, letter to Thomas Rivers, 15 January 1863). The decision…

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  • … Orchids , p. 158 n., and  Correspondence  vols. 9 and 10). However, he found it increasingly …
  • … £22 5s. for Horwood, who superintended the operation, and £9 15s. 10d. for fittings purchased in …
  • …     ——  Russelianum 9 do.   …
  • … J. D. Hooker, 24[–5] February [1863] and n. 19. 9.  Catasetum Russellianum. 10.  ‘—— …
  • … Lopezia axilare 8   Onagreæ 9       …

Darwin on marriage

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On 11 November 1838 Darwin wrote in his journal ‘The day of days!’. He had proposed to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and been accepted; they were married on 29 January 1839. Darwin appears to have written these two notes weighing up the pros and cons of…

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  • … Zoolog.— comply with all above requisites— I could not[9] systematiz zoologically so well.— But …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …