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From E. A. Darwin   [1 February 1825]

Summary

Tells CD a bill is all right. Hopes his father will pay it and a wine merchant’s bill as well.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Feb 1825]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12

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  • … DCP-LETT-12

To [?]   12 February [1870–82]

Summary

Send information about the bust of himself by Thomas Woolner and suggests applying to the sculptor himself about a cast.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Feb [1870-82]
Classmark:  Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6611F

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  • … To [? ]   12 February [1870–82] …
  • … Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin 12 Feb …
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To Thomas Campbell Eyton   12 [May 1861 – April 1863]

Summary

Thanks TCE for telling him of his crossed pigs. When they are grown, he would like to know whether they resemble each other.

Doubts the half-bred Gallus sonnerati will be productive, though he was assured many years ago that such a fertile half-breed once occurred.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Campbell Eyton
Date:  12 [May 1861 - Apr 1863]
Classmark:  Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/45)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13804

Matches: 27 hits

  • … To Thomas Campbell Eyton   12 [May 1861 – April 1863] …
  • … Special Collections, University of Birmingham (EYT/1/45) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 May …
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  • … 1863 12 Apr 1863 Thomas Campbell Eyton …
  • … Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. 12 th Dear Eyton I am particularly obliged to you for …
  • … sonneratii . In Natural selection , p.  435 n.  12, CD wrote, ‘several years ago I myself …

From E. A. Darwin   12 November [1860–8]

Summary

Sends the tithes.

Author:  Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov [1860-8]
Classmark:  DAR 105: B11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4340

Matches: 11 hits

  • … From E.  A.  Darwin   12 November [1860–8] …
  • … DAR 105: B11 Erasmus Alvey Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 6 12 Nov …
  • … 1860 12 Nov …
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  • … 1867 12 Nov 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … 6. Queen Anne St 12 Nov Dear Charles. I send you the Tithes. Langton tells me he has …

[Pollock, Frederick]. 1879b. “Erasmus Darwin.Pall Mall Gazette, 12 December 1879, p. 12.

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  • … Pollock, Frederick]. 1879b. “ Erasmus Darwin. ” Pall Mall Gazette , 12 December 1879, p. …
  • 12. Online (iDiscover) 28 …

To ?   12 July [1872–4]

Summary

Has not strength or time to hunt for Herminium monorchis; has failed to make orchid seeds germinate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 July [1872-4]
Classmark:  National Library of Russia (Collection of P. Waxell (F. 965): no 637)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8406F

Matches: 4 hits

  • … To ?    12 July [1872–4] …
  • … of Russia (Collection of P. Waxell (F. 965): no 637) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 July …
  • … 1872 12 July …
  • … 1873 12 July 1874 Unidentified …

From Joseph Dalton Hooker   1 January 1865

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Forwards H. T. Stainton letter for reply.

Finds many Cucurbita have tendrils with sticking ends.

The "potentiality of so many organs in plants to play so many parts is one of the most wonderful of your discoveries . . . one day it will itself play a prodigious part in the interpretation of both morphological and physiological facts".

Is disgusted with Sabine’s address [see 4708] because of its mutilation of what JDH wrote.

THH’s slashing leader in Reader ["Science and ""Church policy"" ", 4 (1864): 821] – as usual he destroys all in his path.

Encloses letter from G. H. K. Thwaites with a message for CD [see encl].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 1–3; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, DC vol. 162 doc. 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4734

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  • … p.  437. See also Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [19 September  …
  • … see Guy 1983  and Correspondence vol.  12, letter from E.  A.  Darwin, 1 February [1864] …
  • … nn.  3 and 5; see also Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 16 February  …
  • … 4 November 1864] ( Correspondence vol.  12; see also letter to J.  D.  Hooker, [ c. 23  …
  • … not undertaken (see Correspondence vol.  12, letters from J.  D.  Hooker, 16 September  …
  • … plants’ , p.  78. See Correspondence vol.  12, letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 10 December [ …
  • … conditions (see Correspondence vol.  12, letter to Asa Gray, 28 May [1864] , letter from …
  • … Journal for 1864 ( Correspondence vol.  12, Appendix II) that he had finished the paper on …
  • … Reader , pp.  708–9 (see Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [6 December  …
  • … is reproduced in Correspondence vol.  12, Appendix IV. Sabine had contracted influenza …
  • … the Royal Society (see Correspondence vol.  12, letter from Elizabeth Juliana Sabine, 7  …
  • … 1862–83, 1: 816–41). See Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [6 December  …
  • … to the book (see Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [26 or 27 April  …
  • … Hooker of 10 December [1864] ( Correspondence vol.  12), CD reported having seen a foreign …
  • … of 10 December [1864] ( Correspondence vol.  12) that he expected to hear of a paper on …
  • … in June 1864 (see Correspondence vol.   12, letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 21 June  …
  • … December [1864] ( Correspondence vol.  12), CD had asked Daniel Oliver to check Botanische …
  • … 10 December [1864] ( Correspondence vol.  12). Hooker and CD had a long-running interest …
  • … see, for example, Correspondence vol.  12, letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 26[–7] March [ …
  • … House MS); see also Correspondence vol.  12, letter to John Lubbock, 19 November [1864] ). …
  • … plant Nepenthes (see Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 9 [March] 1864 , …
  • … of James Veitch (see Correspondence vol.  12, letters to J.  D.  Hooker, 10 June [1864] …
  • … notes on the genus are in DAR 157.1: 111–12 and DAR 187: 1. At some point, CD appears to …
  • … Melastomataceae). See Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [26–7 April …
  • … in September 1864 (see Correspondence vol.  12, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 16 September  …

From G. H. Lewes   12 November 1868

Summary

Disappointed that he missed CD. Hopes still to see him in the flesh.

Has CD seen August Weismann’s inaugural address [see 6297]?

Author:  George Henry Lewes
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 106: D11–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6458

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  • … From G.  H.  Lewes   12 November 1868 …
  • … DAR 106: D11–12 George Henry Lewes …
  • … London, Regents Park 12 Nov 1868 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … The Priory, | 21. North Bank, | Regents Park. 12 Nov r 1868 My dear M r Darwin It was a …
  • … the last German war’, that appeared in the 12 October 1791 issue of the Bee, or Literary …

To G. H. Darwin   12 [December 1874 or January 1875?]

Summary

Regrets the trouble GHD has had.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  12 [Dec 1874 - Jan 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9221

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  • … To G.  H.  Darwin   12 [December 1874 or January 1875? ] …
  • … DAR 210.1: 43 Charles Robert Darwin unstated 12 [Dec 1874? ] …
  • 12 [Jan 1874? ] George Howard Darwin …
  • 12 th My dear old George— I am so sorry for all the great labour, hurry & vexation which …

Allen, David Elliston. 1987. Changing attitudes to nature conservation: the botanical perspective. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 32: 203–12.

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  • … the botanical perspective. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 32: 203–12. …
  • … SF6 P382.c.201 12

Ansted, David Thomas. 1863a. The Ionian islands in the year 1863. London: Wm. H. Allen.

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  • … 1863a. The Ionian islands in the year 1863. London: Wm. H. Allen. WBB Rm 4 c.100-12
  • … Jj.5.27 12

Naudin, Charles Victor. 1859b. Revue des cucurbitacées cultivées au Muséum, en 1859. Annales des Sciences Naturelles (Botanique) 4th ser. 12: 79–164.

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  • … au Muséum, en 1859. Annales des Sciences Naturelles ( Botanique ) 4th ser. 12: 79–164. …
  • … SF6 P382.c.45.33 12

[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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  • … Pflanzen. Fremden-Blatt , 10 August 1875, pp. 11–12, and 11 August 1875, pp. …
  • … 11–12. Online from ANNO. 23 …

Beckhard, Martin (1853–1942)

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  • … index 1862–1948 (Ancestry.com, accessed 12 December 2016) UK, naturalisation certificates …
  • … declarations, 1870–1912 (Ancestry.com, accessed 12 December 2016) United States Federal …
  • … New York, New York, Manhattan 0516/15) (Ancestry.com, accessed 12 December 2016) U.S. …
  • … passport applications, 1795–1925 (Ancestry.com, accessed 12 December 2016) 26 …

From George Varenne Reed   12 January 1863

Summary

Sorry CD considers Horace Darwin unfit for school.

Author:  George Varenne Reed
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 176: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3912

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  • … From George Varenne Reed   12 January 1863 …
  • … DAR 176: 78 George Varenne Reed Hayes Rectory 12 Jan 1863 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Hayes Rectory | SE Jan 12. 1863 My dear M r Darwin I am much obliged to you for your …
  • … best wishes | I remain | yours very sincerely | G V Reed G V R | Jan 12. /63 | £13〃2〃6 …
  • … Easter 1864. The next payment to Reed was made on 16 August 1864 when he was paid £ 12
  • 12 s. for the period 19 April to 19 July 1864. …

To J. D. Hooker   12 January [1873]

Summary

Had thrown Geographical Society’s Proceedings in waste-basket, but as Strachey shows such admirable powers of discrimination he will fish it out and read the whole article.

Comments on 3d ed. of Sachs’s work [Lehrbuch der Botanik (1873)]. Wishes he were more controversial.

Has become wonderfully interested in Drosera and Dionaea.

9000 copies of Expression have been printed and most are sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 251–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8733

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  • … To J.  D.  Hooker   12 January [1873] …
  • … DAR 94: 251–2 Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Jan [1873] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … this letter and the letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 12 January 1873 . See letter from J.   …
  • … D.  Hooker, 12 January 1873  and n.  9. CD refers to William Ewart Gladstone. …
  • … See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 12 January 1873  and n.  7. CD refers to Richard Strachey. …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Jan 12 th My dear Hooker I am glad to have seen Gladstone’s …
  • … 1873). See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 12 January 1873  and n.  2. CD’s annotated copy of …

To Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse   [after 12 March 1868]

Summary

Discusses tuition arrangements for Horace Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse
Date:  [after 12 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 39-40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5962

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  • … To Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse   [after 12 March 1868] …
  • … 96: 39-40 Charles Robert Darwin unstated [after 12 Mar 1868] Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse …
  • … Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. …
  • … this letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868 . According to Emma Darwin’s …
  • … left home on 29 April 1868. In his letter of 12 March 1868, Wrigley had indicated that he …
  • … had been ill for much of the period from 1862 to 1864 (see Correspondence vols.  10–12). …

To J. D. Hooker   12 [April 1859]

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CD agrees cultivated plants may begin to vary after some time and then may vary suddenly, but cautions JDH on lack of evidence. His explanation is that small variations are ignored until they accumulate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 [Apr 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2453

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  • … To J.  D. Hooker   12 [April 1859] …
  • … DAR 115: 12 Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down 12 [Apr 1859] Joseph Dalton Hooker …
  • … Down Bromley Kent 12 th My dear Hooker I have the old M.S, otherwise the loss would have …

To ?   12 November 1874

Summary

Is obliged for addressee’s courteous note and is indifferent to how his name is used.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Collection (MiscMS 253)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717F

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  • … To ?    12 November 1874 …
  • … Rare Book Collection (MiscMS 253) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Nov 1874 Unidentified …
  • … Down, | Beckenham, Kent. Nov.  12. ’74 My dear Sir, I am much obliged for your courteous …

To T. H. Huxley   [after 12 January 1875]

Summary

CD has written to Mivart to say that he will never hold any communication with him in future.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [after 12 Jan 1875]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 276
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9813

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  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   [after 12 January 1875] …
  • … DAR 145: 276 Charles Robert Darwin Down [after 12 Jan 1875] Thomas Henry Huxley …
  • … letter and the letter to St G.  J.  Mivart, 12 January 1875 . CD had written to St George …
  • … Darwin’s views condoned immorality; see the letter to St G.  J.  Mivart, 12 January 1875 . …
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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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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…

Matches: 7 hits

  • … to accept the award in person (see  Correspondence  vol. 12). In early January Falconer had …
  • … in or before November 1864 ( Correspondence vol. 12, letter to Ernst Haeckel, 21 November [1864 …
  • … in Müller’s name ( see letter from Fritz Müller, [12 and 31 August, and 10 October 1865] ; since …
  • … to find employment in India (see Correspondence vol. 12), sent Darwin the results of his experiments …
  • … to Darwin may be gathered from Darwin’s letter to him of 12 July [1865] . Huxley had evidently …
  • … who also caught it, rapidly succumbed to it and died on 12 August. Hooker himself contracted …
  • … collection of letters written by Darwin when he was 12 years old. Over half of the letters in the …

Women’s scientific participation

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Observers | Fieldwork | Experimentation | Editors and critics | Assistants Darwin’s correspondence helps bring to light a community of women who participated, often actively and routinely, in the nineteenth-century scientific community. Here is a…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Letter 1194 - Darwin to Whitby, M. A. T., [12 August 1849] Darwin thanks Mary Whitby …
  • … Letter 10390 - Herrick, S. M. B . to Darwin, [12 February 1876] Sophia Herrick …
  • … future. Letter 4038 - Darwin to Lyell, C., [12-13 March 1863] Darwin …
  • … Letter 7858 - Darwin to Wa llace, A. R., [12 July 1871] Darwin tells Wallace that …
  • … Letter 3316  - Darwin to Nevill, D. F., [12 November 1861] Darwin requests the …

Darwin's health

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On 28 March 1849, ten years before Origin was published, Darwin wrote to his good friend Joseph Hooker from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, where Dr James Manby Gully ran a fashionable water-cure establishment. Darwin apologised for his delayed reply to…

Matches: 8 hits

  • … Rolfe, 10 November [1858] , and Correspondence vol. 12, letter to F. T. Buckland, 15 …
  • … 1864, he was sick almost daily (see Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox …
  • … [20-] 22 February [1864] ( Correspondence vol. 12), Darwin remarked that his vomiting usually …
  • … feel a little alive’. See also Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker, …
  • … (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 October 1849 , and Colp 1977, pp. 43-6 …
  • … nitrate, mineral acids and alkalies (see Colp 1977, pp. 12, 22, 37, 45-6, 65, 76, 78-80). Most …
  • … peltatum (May apple) (see Correspondence vol. 12). A book of prescriptions used by the Darwin …
  • … had checked his chronic vomiting ( Correspondence vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 April …

The Lyell–Lubbock dispute

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In May 1865 a dispute arose between John Lubbock and Charles Lyell when Lubbock, in his book Prehistoric times, accused Lyell of plagiarism. The dispute caused great dismay among many of their mutual scientific friends, some of whom took immediate action…

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  • … speak of their own original researches’. He then added: 12 Very many other parts …
  • … was ‘unintentional’ ([Lubbock] 1863b, p. 214). 12. Letter from Hugh Falconer to John …

Darwin and Down

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Charles and Emma Darwin, with their first two children, settled at Down House in the village of Down (later ‘Downe’) in Kent, as a young family in 1842.   The house came with eighteen acres of land, and a fifteen acre meadow.  The village combined the…

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  • … On co-adaptation: To J. D. Hooker,  12 July [1860] : on adaptation in Orchis pyramidalis …

Controversy

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The best-known controversies over Darwinian theory took place in public or in printed reviews. Many of these were highly polemical, presenting an over-simplified picture of the disputes. Letters, however, show that the responses to Darwin were extremely…

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  • … Letter 2526 — Owen, Richard to Darwin, C. R., 12 Nov 1859 Owen says to Darwin he will welcome …
  • … Letter 5500 — Darwin, C. R. to Haeckel, E. P. A., 12 Apr [1867] Darwin is sympathetic to …
  • … Letter 5533 — Haeckel, E. P. A. to Darwin, C. R., 12 May 1867 Haeckel thanks Darwin for the …

St George Jackson Mivart

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In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … agreeing to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). In October, George’s …
  • … Borgias.’ (Mivart was a Catholic convert.) On 12 January 1875 , Darwin finally wrote to …
  • … in the future. It was a formal letter, he wrote to Hooker on 12 January: ‘my women wd not let me …

Darwin and vivisection

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Darwin played an important role in the controversy over vivisection that broke out in late 1874. Public debate was sparked when the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought an unsuccessful prosecution against a French physiologist who…

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  • … and gave it to Huxley (letter from J. S. Burdon Sanderson, 12 February 1875 ). Darwin was in …
  • … in Parliament. The final bill was submitted by Playfair on 12 May.   The Darwin Archive …

Origin is 160; Darwin's 1875 letters now online

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To mark the 160th anniversary of the publication of Origin of species, the full transcripts and footnotes of nearly 650 letters to and from Charles Darwin in 1875 are published online for the first time. You can read about Darwin's life in 1875…

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  • … Socy. has done in my time  ( Letter to J. D. Hooker, [12 December 1875] ) In December …

Dramatisation script

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Re: Design – Adaptation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Asa Gray and others… by Craig Baxter – as performed 25 March 2007

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  • … has done my stomach surprising good. GRAY:   12   My dear Mr Darwin, I rejoice in …
  • … HOOKER 10 MAY 1848 5  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER 12 OCTOBER 1849 6  C DARWIN …
  • … 11  C DARWIN TO JD HOOKER, 5 JUNE 1855 12  A GRAY TO C DARWIN, 30 JUNE 1855 …
  • … HOOKER, 11 OCTOBER 1858 59 A GRAY TO JD HOOKER, 12 OCTOBER 1857 60 A GRAY TO …

Insectivorous plants

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

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  • … work was on Drosera and this was subject of the first 12 chapters of his resulting book. After …

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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  • … silly to deserve an answer’ ( letter from S. B. Herrick, 12 February 1876 ). Others questioned …
  • … for one so poor at figures as I am’, Gray conceded on 12 November , although he could reassure …
  • … Darwin’s oldest son William (see Correspondence vol. 12 and the Supplement to vol. 24). By the …

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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  • … though I dread all exertion’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, [12 May 1866] ). Darwin’s interest in …
  • … development ( see for example, letter to C. W. Nägeli, 12 June [1866] ). Also in March, however, …

Interview with Randal Keynes

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Randal Keynes is a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and the author of Annie’s Box (Fourth Estate, 2001), which discusses Darwin’s home life, his relationship with his wife and children, and the ways in which these influenced his feelings about…

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  • … be defiant by everyone in the community. 12. The value of suffering …

Darwin in letters,1870: Human evolution

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The year 1870 is aptly summarised by the brief entry Darwin made in his journal: ‘The whole of the year at work on the Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex’.  Descent was the culmination of over three decades of observations and reflections on…

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  • … has a white forefoot’  ( letter from Francis Galton, 12 May 1870 ). But in general the results …
  • … solutions of the same kind’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 July [1870] ). Bastian’s results were …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … (1) Agassiz, Alexander (12) Agassiz, Louis …
  • … (1) Berkeley, M. J. (12) Berlin (1) …
  • … (1) Gaudry, Albert (12) Geach, F. F. …
  • … (3) Geikie, Archibald (12) Geikie, James …
  • … (1) Grove, W. R. (12) Groves, Henry …
  • … (3) Hooker, F. H. (12) Hooker, Hyacinth …
  • … (2) Judd, J. W. (12) Jukes, J. B. (9 …
  • … (2) Koch, Eduard (12) Koch, Heinrich …
  • … (3) Layton, Charles (12) Le Couteur, John …
  • … (1) Mackintosh, Daniel (12) Maclaren, Charles …
  • … (1) McLennan, J. F. (12) McNeill, Archibald …
  • … (1) Meehan, Thomas (12) Meitzen, August …
  • … (9) Rolle, Friedrich (12) Rolleston, George …
  • … (1) Whitley, C. T. (12) Whitney, W. D. …
  • … (2) Zacharias, Otto (12) Zeuschner, E. L. …

Referencing women’s work

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Darwin's correspondence shows that women made significant contributions to Darwin's work, but whether and how they were acknowledged in print involved complex considerations of social standing, professional standing, and personal preference.…

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  • … Letter 3316 - Darwin to Nevill, D. F., [12 November 1861] Darwin asks actress and …
  • … . Letter 4038 - Darwin to Lyell, C., [12-13 March 1863] Darwin hints …

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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  • … without a corresponding sensation. D r . Holland[12] informs me children do not  learn …
  • … each scream approaches it.— 8  Between 11 & 12 weeks old in smiling. I observe he …
  • … present when screaming from pain When one day under 12 weeks took hold of Catherines[20] …
  • … the first time he used his right hand, was observed 12 weeks & one day  whilst violently …
  • … it is easy to see, are those of inspiration.— 12  April 20 th .— Took my finger to his …
  • … April 4 14wks & 1 day. 11 – 12     May 16 …
  • … habit he continued for some months Jan 12 th . He observed, & gave cry of recognition …
  • … Anne, on seeing her  often kissed self in glass Jan 12 th — observed image in eye.— …
  • … Door. the  only difference between our door N o  12 and N o  11 is in the slit for the Letter …
  • … CD’s original pencil text as closely as possible. [12] Henry Holland. [13] CD wrote …
  • … Emma Darwin’s diary, stayed at Upper Gower Street between 12 February and 16 March 1842. [43] …

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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  • … further supporting evidence ( letter to Edward Cresy, 12 December [1860] ). This work was not …
  • … observing is than writing.—’ ( letter to Charles Lyell, 12 September [1860] ). Despite the fact …

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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  • … thanked the director, Adriaan Anthoni van Bemmelen, on 12 February 1877 : ‘I suppose that every …
  • … the beginning of his 70th year. Darwin was in fact 68 on 12 February 1877. Distinguished …
  • … down to rest’, he explained ( letter to J. W. Clark, 12 November 1877 ). Worms Aside …
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