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From E. A. Darwin   [24 January 1825]

Summary

Asks CD to do an experiment for him.

Has found a curious stone in his fire.

Price’s iron in tea measured 13 per cent.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24 Jan 1825]
Classmark:  DAR 204.9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11

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To ?   11 March [1862–9]

Summary

Gives permission to insert in his magazine anything from CD’s works.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  11 Mar [1862-9]
Classmark:  Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13877F

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  • … To ?    11 March [1862–9] …
  • … Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar …
  • … 1862 11 Mar …
  • … 1863 11 Mar …
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  • … 1868 11 Mar 1869 Unidentified …
  • … Down Bromley Kent March 11 th . Dear Sir You are most entirely welcome to insert anything …

To Mr S.   11 September [1875–81]

Summary

Sends a photograph.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:  11 Sept [1875-81]
Classmark:  Kantonsbibliothek Vadiana (VadSlg NL 202: 33: 27q)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9632F

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  • … To Mr S.    11 September [1875–81] …
  • … Kantonsbibliothek Vadiana (VadSlg NL 202: 33: 27q) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Sept …
  • … 1875 11 Sept …
  • … 1876 11 Sept …
  • … 1877 11 Sept …
  • … 1878 11 Sept …
  • … 1879 11 Sept …
  • … 1880 11 Sept 1881 Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup …

To ?   11 June [1861–8]

Summary

CD regrets he has to turn down an invitation because of his ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  11 June [1861-8]
Classmark:  Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3179F

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  • … To ?    11 June [1861–8] …
  • … dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 June …
  • … 1861 11 June …
  • … 1862 11 June …
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  • … 1866 11 June …
  • … 1867 11 June 1868 Unidentified …

[Hesse-Wartegg, Ernst A. von.] 1875c. Insektenfressende Pflanzen. Fremden-Blatt, 10 August 1875, pp. 11–12, and 11 August 1875, pp. 11–12.

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  • … A. von. ] 1875c. Insektenfressende Pflanzen. Fremden-Blatt , 10 August 1875, pp. 11–12, …
  • … and 11 August 1875, pp. …
  • 11–12. Online from ANNO. 23 …

Agassiz, Louis. 1863b. The Silurian beach. Atlantic Monthly 11: 460–71.

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  • … Agassiz, Louis. 1863b. The Silurian beach. Atlantic Monthly 11: 460–71. …
  • … NW6 P900.1.c.6.11 11

Juvenal (c. 60–140)

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  • … Juvenal c. 60–140 Roman poet and satirist. ( EB. ) [Vol. 11] …
  • … EB 11 Roman poet satirist …

To Menyhért Lónyay   [after 11 June 1872]

Summary

Thanks for his election to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Menyhért Lónyay
Date:  [after 11 June 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 154r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8383

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  • … To Menyhért Lónyay   [after 11 June 1872] …
  • … DAR 96: 154r Charles Robert Darwin Bassett [after 11 June 1872] Menyhért Lónyay …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from Menyhért Lónyay, 11 June 1872 . …
  • … See letter from Menyhért Lónyay, 11 June 1872 . H.  A.  of Sc. : Hungarian Academy of …
  • … the receipt of your obliging letter of June 11 th . in which you announce to me that the …

To J. D. Hooker   11 April [1859]

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Murray has read first three chapters of Origin and abides by his offer to publish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2452

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  • … To J.  D. Hooker   11 April [1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 11 Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down 11 Apr [1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent Ap. 11 My dear Hooker I write one line to say that I heard from Murray …
  • … early in March (see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 11 March [1859] ). CD requested their return …

Balfour, John Hutton. 1873. Obituary notice of Thomas Anderson, MD, FLS. Transactions of the Botanical Society [of Edinburgh] 11: 41–5.

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  • … Thomas Anderson, MD, FLS. Transactions of the Botanical Society [of Edinburgh] 11: 41–5. …
  • … SF5 P370.c.105.7 11

[Oliver, Daniel.] 1863. [Review of J. D. Hooker’s study of Welwitschia.] Natural History Review n.s. 3: 201–11.

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  • … Review of J. D. Hooker’s study of Welwitschia. ] Natural History Review n.s. 3: 201–11. …
  • … NF6 Q382.c.14.9 11

Torell, Otto Martin. 1859. Bidrag till Spitsbergens molluskfauna. Jemte en allmän öfversigt af Arktiska regionens naturförhârcurbr;llanden och forntida utbredning. Stockholm: Typografiska föreningens boktryckeri.

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  • … och forntida utbredning. Stockholm: Typografiska föreningens boktryckeri. WB4 MB.55.36(11) …
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From Henrietta Grace Powell   11 February 1863

Summary

Invites CD to visit on Sunday afternoon, for a quiet discussion with Huxley, the Bishop of Natal [J. W. Colenso], and herself. Will not trouble him with any eating.

Author:  Henrietta Grace Powell
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1863
Classmark:  DAR 160: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3977

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  • … to Down on Saturday 14 February (see ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  11, Appendix II)). …
  • … From Henrietta Grace Powell   11 February 1863 …
  • … Henrietta Grace Powell London, Hyde Park Gate South, 1 11 Feb 1863 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Truly your’s | Henrietta G Powell. February 11. 1863. Address | M rs . Baden Powell | 1. …

To J. D. Hooker   11 October 1869

Summary

Is glad that JDH is willing to try Candolle’s experiment [see 6915]. Encloses all the seeds except a few taken from the Moscow and Palermo packets.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (catalogue 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6932

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  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   11 October 1869 …
  • … dealer) (catalogue 123) Charles Robert Darwin unstated 11 Oct 1869 Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … October 11, 1869 I am very glad that you are willing to try DeCandolle’s experiment which …
  • … 4, and letter to Alphonse de Candolle, 11 October 1869 . The original letter is complete …

From D. F. Nevill   [11 September 1874]

Summary

Has sent the Utricularia with the bladders that CD described.

In Variation CD does not mention a rare breed of Siamese cat, which she owns.

Asks for another photograph.

Author:  Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 172: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9633

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  • … From D.  F.  Nevill   [11 September 1874] …
  • … 172: 19 Dorothy Fanny Nevill Dangstein, Petersfield [11 Sept 1874] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … relationship between this letter and the letter to D.  F.  Nevill, 11 September [1874] . …
  • … In 1874, 11 September was a Friday. Nevill refers to Utricularia montana , an epiphytic …
  • … to D.  F.  Nevill, 7 September 1874 and 11 September [1874] and n.  2. Utricularia montana …

To ?   11 March 1874

Summary

Thanks correspondent for offer of [unidentified] rare book but does not accept it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  11 Mar 1874
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9351

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  • … To ?    11 March 1874 …
  • … The University of Texas at Austin Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Mar 1874 Unidentified …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Mar 11 1874 Sir I am much obliged for your offer, which I will …

From J. D. Hooker   11 March 1869

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Summary

Orchids translation should goad [French] Academy into electing CD.

JDH will be sent to St Petersburg congress by Government.

Huxley on protoplasm; his address to Geological Society.

Fertilised an Aucuba with pollen of various species. Reports on results.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 10–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6655

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  • … From J.  D.  Hooker   11 March 1869 …
  • … DAR 103: 10–11 Joseph Dalton …
  • … Hooker Kew 11 Mar 1869 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 1868] and n.  8). He left England on 11 November 1868 on the Matoaka , which arrived in …
  • … Royal Gardens Kew March 11 /69. Dear Darwin That is a capital letter of Fritz Mueller’s, …

To John Scott   12 April [1863]

Summary

Encourages JS to publish on sterility of orchids and to experiment on Passiflora.

Doubted Hooker’s poppy case.

Describes case of primrose with three pistils: when pulled apart allowed pollen to be placed directly on ovules. This supports JS’s explanation of H. Crüger’s case.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott
Date:  12 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 93: B59, B77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4084

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  • … auricula (see letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] ). To investigate the cause of …
  • … their expansion (see letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] ). See letter from James …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] . …
  • … Letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863]. CD wrote a draft of the section of Variation …
  • … 191; see ‘Journal’ ( Correspondence vol.  11, Appendix II)). Scott’s observations on self- …
  • … 22 September 1862 ( ibid. ). See letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] and n.  13. …
  • … See letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] and nn.  16–17. CD subsequently discussed …
  • … 1854a). See letter from John Scott, [1–11] April 1863 and n.  19. See letter to Daniel …
  • … April 1863] . See letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] and n.  25. Hermann Crüger …
  • … 1863 ). See letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] and n.  30. In Orchids , p.  324  …
  • … letter to John Scott, 24 March [ 1863] , and letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] . …
  • … See letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] . In his letter to CD of 23 February 1863, …
  • … had suggested (see letter from John Scott, [1–11] April [1863] ) that the pollen-tubes …
  • … tubes. As he explained in his letter of [1–11] April [1863], Scott believed that the …

To the Spectator   11 January 1873

Summary

Discusses two factors possibly causing modification of body or mind of an organism; habit and direct action of external conditions on the one hand, and selection, natural or artificial, on the other; considers their relative importance.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Spectator
Date:  11 Jan 1873
Classmark:  Spectator, 18 January 1873, p. 76.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8731

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  • … To the Spectator    11 January 1873 …
  • … of life. — I am, Sir, &c. , | C harles D arwin . Down, Beckenham, Kent, Jan. 11, 1873. …
  • … Spectator , 18 January 1873, p.  76. Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Jan 1873 Spectator …
  • … In the Spectator , 11 January 1873, pp.  42–4, there was a discussion, headed ‘Dr …

Pim, F. W. (1839/40–1925)

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  • … www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003736975, accessed 11 September 2015), 1911 ( …
  • … reels/nai000432674, accessed 11 September 2015) England & Wales, national probate …
  • … 1858–1966 (Ancestry.com, accessed 11 September 2015) Thom’s Irish almanac , 1877–1901 25 …
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Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … backwards much more than forwards’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). I feel …
  • … review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … Correspondence  vol. 20, letter to St G. J. Mivart, 11 January [1872] ). To Darwin’s relief, …
  • … the moment of being hatched ( letter to  Nature , 7 and 11 May [1874] ; Spalding 1872a). …
  • … & that must be enough for me’ ( letter to W. D. Fox, 11 May [1874] ). Plants that eat . …
  • … cartilage, bone & meat &c. &c.’ ( letter to W. D. Fox,  11 May [1874] ). His research …
  • … Correspondence  vol. 21, letter from Francis Darwin,  [11 October 1873] ). Darwin wasted …
  • … the photograph he sent highly ( letter from D. F. Nevill, [11 September 1874] ). At the …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … gave him the commission ( see letter to John Scott, 11 December [1862] ). Darwin was altogether …
  • … on  Linum  ‘at once’ ( letter to John Scott, 11 December [1862] ), writing up his experiments in …
  • … of Natural History’ ( letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 11 July [1862] ). She had had assistance …
  • … for a second edition ( letter from H. G. Bronn, [before 11 March 1862] ), Darwin asked him to use …
  • … see letter from E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 11 July 1862 ). Yet Darwin was now …
  • … interest. He told Hooker ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 11 September [1862] ): ‘This is a nice, but …
  • … from one parent’ ( letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 11 July [1862] ). really good …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … regarding species change ( letter from Charles Lyell, 11 March 1863 ). The botanist Asa Gray, …
  • … by descent put him ‘into despair’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). In the same letter, he …
  • … bottom of seas, lakes, and rivers ( Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix VII). Quarrels at …
  • … Academy of Sciences, Berlin (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix III), and of the Société des …
  • … unsuccessful ( see letter from E. A. Darwin to Emma Darwin, 11 November [1863] ). The council of …
  • … [9 May 1863] , and memorandum from G. H. Darwin, [before 11 May 1863]) . As he struggled …
  • … to drive the quietest man mad’ ( letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). Hooker and Gray agreed …
  • … tropical plants than before (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix VI). He was fascinated with …
  • … pistils mature at different times ( see letter to Asa Gray, 11 May [1863] ). The fertility of …
  • … ‘Crossing & Sterility’ (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II). When Darwin finished, by …
  • … animal suffering caused by them (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix IX). Francis Darwin later …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … St George Jackson Mivart ( letter to St G. J. Mivart,  11 January [1872] ). A worsening …
  • … Mivart not to acknowledge it ( letter to St G. J. Mivart, 11 January [1872] ). 'I hate …
  • … attacks on Darwin became notorious, had written on 11 May expressing concern that his recently, …
  • … well informed: `The die is cast’, he wrote excitedly on 11 May , when the matter was first raised …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … the popularity of his book, writing to Robert Cooke on 11 April , ‘though I believe it is of …
  • … for extended periods. In a letter to Thiselton-Dyer of 11 October , Darwin described how the …
  • … Charles Darwin and Ernst Haeckel). Writing to Darwin on 11 March 1877 , Krause declared the …
  • … visits from distinguished persons. Gladstone came to Down on 11 March. ‘I expected a stern, …
  • … not been a difficulty to me,’ he replied to Romanes on 11 June , ‘as I have never believed in a …
  • … that they become quite tipsy’ ( letter to W. M. Moorsom, 11 September [1877] ). Moorsom replied …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … to think of the future’, Darwin confessed to William on 11 September just hours after Amy’s …
  • … naturalist Thomas Edward ( letter from F. M. Balfour, 11 December 1876 ; letter to Samuel Smiles …
  • … who died at the age of 10 in 1851, but William, who was 11 years old at the time of her death, would …
  • … you are one of the best of all’ ( letter to W. E. Darwin, 11 September [1876] ). …
  • … do I cannot conceive’, Darwin wrote anxiously to Hooker on 11 September. By the time Darwin …

Darwin in letters, 1864: Failing health

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On receiving a photograph from Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864: ‘the venerable beard gives the look of your having suffered, and … of having grown older’.  Because of poor health, Because of poor health, Darwin…

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  • … Charles Darwin, the American botanist Asa Gray wrote on 11 July 1864 : ‘the venerable beard gives …
  • … continue his observations indoors ( Correspondence  vol. 11). In a letter of [27 January 1864] …
  • … two letters to the  Athenæum  ( Correspondence  vol. 11). Darwin’s anxiety about the matter was …
  • … and the question of human origins ( Correspondence vol. 11). Wallace, however, traced a possible …

Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

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  • … sensitiveness of apex’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, [11 May 1878] ). Having found plants …
  • … to expertise. ‘It is funny’, he wrote to Huxley on 11 August , ‘the Academy having elected a man …
  • … whatever he earnestly desires’ ( letter to James Grant, 11 March 1878 ). The question of …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … Haeckel. The German zoologist had written to Darwin on 11 January 1866 , ‘Every time I succeed in …
  • … (Correspondence vol. 9, letter from Asa Gray, 11 October 1861 ). Darwin wished to establish …
  • … diœcious’ ( letter from W. E. Darwin, [7 May – 11 June 1866] ). On examining more specimens later …
  • … ‘I am glad to hear from Spencer’, Huxley wrote on 11 November , ‘that you are on the right (that …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate…

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  • … the enthusiastic breeder, who apologised in a letter of 11–13 May 1868 for his ‘voluminuous zeal …
  • … Weir, 30 May [1868] ). Sexual selection On 11 February , Darwin wrote to the …
  • … views differed. Of deer-hounds, Cupples wrote between 11 and 13 May , ‘much depends on the …
  • … ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1868], n. 11 ). ‘I am not sure’, Darwin reflected in a …

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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  • … a murder) immutable’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [11 January 1844] ). Nine months later, in his …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … asking again for information on Fuegian expressions. On 11 January 1867, Sulivan replied , …
  • … to Alfred Russel Wallace, who suggested in his response of 11 March [1867] that Darwin send his …
  • … Darwin’s theory (letter from Fritz to Hermann Müller, 11 February 1867, in Möller ed. 1915–21, 2: …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … Arthur Nicols, 7 March 1871 ; letter from B. J. Sulivan, 11 March 1871 ; letter from Hermann …
  • … a ‘venerable old Ape’ ( letter from D. Thomas, [after 11 March 1871] ).  Descent  and …

Darwin in letters, 1860: Answering critics

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On 7 January 1860, John Murray published the second edition of Darwin’s Origin of species, printing off another 3000 copies to satisfy the demands of an audience that surprised both the publisher and the author. It wasn't long, however, before ‘the…

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  • … (letters to Charles Lyell, 1 June [1860] and 11 August [1860] ). As the months passed …

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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  • … ideas (see letters to J. D. Hooker, 2 March [1859] , 11 March [1859] , and 7 April [1859] ) …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … be ‘a form of typhus fever’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 11 May 1860 ). This hope was realised. By …
  • … of war. Darwin wrote, almost disbelievingly, to Gray on 11 December: ‘What a thing it is, that when …

Darwin in letters, 1869: Forward on all fronts

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At the start of 1869, Darwin was hard at work making changes and additions for a fifth edition of  Origin. He may have resented the interruption to his work on sexual selection and human evolution, but he spent forty-six days on the task. Much of the…

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  • … experiments on rabbits ( letter from Francis Galton, 11 December 1869 ). This was the beginning of …

Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

Summary

The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … crossing experiments in 1863 (see Correspondence  vol. 11, letter from John Scott, 21 September …
  • … interest in Darwin’s theory ( Correspondence vol. 11, letter from J. D. Hooker, 10 June 1863 ) …