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From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   23 May [1875]

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Believes Lyon Playfair has been led to compromise too far on bill about animal experimentation as a result of pressure from men wishing to suppress science. A full enquiry is to take place. [See 9987.] Suggests that CD send Playfair Huxley’s letter on the subject.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May [1875]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-2-09)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9989A

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  • … Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-2-09) John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet London, …

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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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 and Fatherhood

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Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood in 1839 and over the next seventeen years the couple had ten children. It is often assumed that Darwin was an exceptional Victorian father. But how extraordinary was he? The Correspondence Project allows an unusually…

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  • … for anything in this world.’ (Darwin to Syms Covington,  9 March 1856 ) In the late nineteenth …

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 …
  • … [8] ‘Cambridge’  before del  ‘¶’. [9] ‘not’  interl . [10] ‘C’  over illeg . …

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 …