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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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  • … Library,  DAR 210.8:1 Second note [July 1838][12] This is the Question[13] …
  • … illeg . [11] ‘I’  over  ‘l’. [12] The date is conjectural. The reference to the …
  • … at the time of writing, but in a letter to Charles Lyell, [12 November 1838], informing Lyell that …

Biogeography

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Observations aboard the Beagle During his five year journey around the world on HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin encountered many different landscapes and an enormous variety of flora and fauna. Some of his most…

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  • … Charles. On the Origin of Species , chapters 11 and 12 Papers Darwin, Charles. …

Darwin’s introduction to geology

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Darwin collected minerals as a child and was introduced to the science of geology at the University of Edinburgh, but he only became actively interested in the subject as he was completing his degree at Cambridge.

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  • … and is a topic of active research by historians.  On 12 August, Darwin may have accompanied Sedgwick …

Virginia Isitt: Darwin’s secretary?

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In an undated and incomplete draft letter to a “Miss I.”, Emma Darwin appears to be arranging for Miss I. to come to Down for a trial period as a secretary. When the letter first came to light, no one had heard of the mysterious “Miss I.” and, as far as we…

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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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  • … in 1864 he drew up the results (see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix III). Darwin sought to show …
  • … the award going to Darwin (see Correspondence vol. 12 Appendix IV). With the help of supporters …
  • … details of the ensuing debate (see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix IV) demonstrate how Darwin’s …

Results of the Darwin Online Emotions Experiment

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Thanks to all who took part in our online emotions experiment – over 18,000 of you! The formal stage of the experiment is now over, but it will be staying online as an activity, so if you don’t want to know the results, look away now.  If you’d like to…

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  • … crying, half laughing -16 seconds; crying from grief – 12 seconds; grief and despair – 8 seconds) …

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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  • … [11 January 1844] ). Nine months later, in his letter of 12 October [1844], he explained to Jenyns: …

Darwin & coral reefs

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The central idea of Darwin's theory of coral reef formation, as it was later formulated, was that the islands were formed by the upward growth of coral as the Pacific Ocean floor gradually subsided. It overturned previous ideas and would in itself…

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  • … reefs, such would be very abundant).– [Notebook no. 1.18: 12.] Then, a few pages later, …

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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  • … of course did not need or appreciate what a family of 12 wanted— But they seem very fond of the …
  • … the boy a nice, bright, intelligent looking little fellow of 12, came in. He is at school close by, …

Books on the Beagle

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The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … (1834): 84–115. (DAR 37.1: 677v.; letter to J. S. Henslow, 12 July 1835). * Boitard, Pierre.  …
  • …  2 vols. Paris, [1799–1800]. ( Red notebook , pp. 5e, 12). Darwin Library–Down. Lacordaire, …

Black Venus

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Sadiah Qureshi (University of Birmingham) on the film Vénus Noire (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2010) Sara Baartman has long been characterised as ‘Black Venus’, or ‘Vénus Noire’. The epithet encapsulates how her exploitation and objectification whilst alive…

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  • … after 200 years’, Independent , 10 August 2002, p. 12. [2] Dream Hapmton, ‘Booming …

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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  • … 11  who should go on selecting for one end 12  during millions of generations, who will say what …
  • … he was acting—suppose he went on selecting’. 12 The printed version reads: ‘and should go on …

Moral Nature

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In Descent of Man, Darwin argued that human morality had evolved from the social instincts of animals, especially the bonds of sympathy and love. Darwin gathered observations over many decades on animal behavior: the heroic sacrifices of social insects,…

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  • … 1871. 'Mr. Darwin on conscience', Pall Mall Gazette of 12 April 1871. [ link to pdf …

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

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For such an iconic work, the text of Origin was far from static. It was a living thing that Darwin continued to shape for the rest of his life, refining his ‘one long argument’ through a further five English editions.  Many of his changes were made in…

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  • … Darwin added the account to  Origin  3d ed. , p. 12.  Its significance, as he explained to …

Darwin’s study of the Cirripedia

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Darwin’s work on barnacles, conducted between 1846 and 1854, has long posed problems for historians. Coming between his transmutation notebooks and the Origin of species, it has frequently been interpreted as a digression from Darwin’s species work. Yet…

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  • … classificatory value’ ( Living Cirripedia (1851): 285).^12^    For delineating the higher …
  • … different sub-orders of the order Acrothoracica.   ^12^ The significance which CD ascribed to …

Full notes on editorial policy

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The first and chief objective of this edition is to provide complete and authoritative texts of Darwin’s correspondence. For every letter to or from Darwin, the text that is available to the editors is always given in full. The editors have occasionally…

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  • … ( Correspondence  vol. 21, letter from A. W. Bennett, 12 July 1873). ‘Fertilisation’ in Darwin’s …

Journal of researches

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Within two months of the Beagle’s arrival back in England in October 1836, Darwin, although busy with distributing his specimens among specialists for description, and more interested in working on his geological research, turned his mind to the task of…

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  • … ahead with producing Journal of researches as volume 12 of his Colonial and Home Library. This …

'An Appeal' against animal cruelty

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The four-page pamphlet transcribed below and entitled 'An Appeal', was composed jointly by Emma and Charles Darwin (see letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [29 September 1863]). The pamphlet, which protested against the cruelty of steel vermin…

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  • … cruelty to animals, 1849 ( Statutes, public and general , 12 & 13 Vict. c. 92). 6 …

Movement in Plants

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The power of movement in plants, published on 7 November 1880, was the final large botanical work that Darwin wrote. It was the only work in which the assistance of one of his children, Francis Darwin, is mentioned on the title page. The research for this…

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German poems presented to Darwin

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Experiments in deepest reverence The following poems were enclosed with a photograph album sent as a birthday gift to Charles Darwin by his German and Austrian admirers (see letter from From Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877). The poems were…

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  • … which is still at Down House. Darwin was in fact 68 on 12 February 1877. On the making of the album …
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