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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

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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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Henrietta Darwin's diary

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Darwin's daughter Henrietta kept a diary for a few momentous weeks in 1871. This was the year in which Descent of Man, the most controversial of her father's books after Origin itself, appeared, a book which she had helped him write. The small…

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  • … 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 …
  • … identified. 8 Thomas Henry Huxley . 9 Richard Buckley Litchfield . …

Darwin’s observations on his children

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Charles Darwin’s observations on the development of his children, 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 Mind…

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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 …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Honeycombs are natural engineering marvels, using the least possible amount of wax to provide the greatest amount of storage space, with the greatest possible structural stability. Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb…

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  • … first beginnings of the comb (letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 9 May [1858] ). He suspected that the …

Darwin’s hothouse and lists of hothouse plants

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Darwin became increasingly involved in botanical experiments in the years after the publication of Origin. The building of a small hothouse - a heated greenhouse - early in 1863  greatly increased the range of plants that he could keep for scientific…

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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 in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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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 …

Insectivorous plants

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Darwin’s work on insectivorous plants began by accident. While on holiday in the summer of 1860, staying with his wife’s relatives in Hartfield, Sussex, he went for long walks on the heathland and became curious about the large number of insects caught by…

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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 …