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To W. B. Tegetmeier   15 March [1856]

Summary

Asks WBT to try to purchase some specific pigeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  15 Mar [1856]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1842

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  • … DCP-LETT-1842

To the Geological Society of London   4 October 1842

Summary

Papers by T. J. Newbold [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1842): 702–5], T. C. Hunt [3 (1842): 565–6] and J. Phillips [3 (1842): 705–6] need not be printed in Transactions of the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Geological Society of London
Date:  4 Oct 1842
Classmark:  Geological Society of London (GSL/COM/P/4/2/130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-647

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  • … To the Geological Society of London   4 October 1842
  • … GSL/COM/P/4/2/130) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Oct 1842 Geological Society of London …
  • … Papers by T. J. Newbold [ Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1842): 702–5], T. …
  • … C. Hunt [3 (1842): 565–6] and J. …
  • … Phillips [3 (1842): 705–6] need not be printed in Transactions of the Geological Society . …
  • … Newbold 1842 . …
  • … Phillips 1842 . This is not John Phillips, the Yorkshire geologist, but possibly an …
  • … 1838–42): 565–6. Newbold, Thomas John. 1842. On rock-basins in the bed of the Toombuddra, …
  • … lat. 15 o to 16 o N. ). [Read 9 March 1842. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of …
  • … communications need not be printed in the Transactions Charles Darwin October 4 th . 1842
  • … London 3 (1838–42): 702–5. Phillips, J. 1842. Three notices. [ …
  • … Read 9 March 1842. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838-42): 705–6. …

To Charles Babbage   19 [February 1839 – August 1842]

Summary

Asks to be allowed to bring his sister to CB’s party "that she may see the World".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Babbage
Date:  19 [Feb 1839 - Aug 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 37191: 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-479

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  • … To Charles Babbage   19 [February 1839 – August 1842] …
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From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842

Summary

Gives the height of Shrewsbury above sea-level.

Author:  Thomas Blunt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Aug 1842
Classmark:  DAR 5: B17–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-639

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  • … From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842
  • … DAR 5: B17–18 Thomas Blunt Shrewsbury 11 Aug 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … Shrewsbury August 11 th 1842 Dear Sir, I have ascertained that the elevation of the town …
  • … Collected papers 1: 163–71. See letters from John Provis, 14 July 1842  and …
  • … 20 July 1842 . …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …

Lubbock, Montagu (1842–1925)

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  • … Montagu Lubbock 1842–1925 Physician. …

To Francis Boott   [3 February 1842]

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"My Dear Sir, I have called on you, to solicit your vote & interest at the Athenaeum Club […] in favour of my brother, Erasmus Darwin".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Boott
Date:  [3 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (13 December 2006, lot 34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-617F

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  • … To Francis Boott   [3 February 1842] …
  • … See n.  1, above. Erasmus became a member of the Athenaeum Club in 1842 (Waugh [1888]). …
  • … s (dealers) (13 December 2006, lot 34) Charles Robert Darwin [3 Feb 1842] Francis Boott …
  • … of the Athenaeum Club, Monday 7 February 1842 (see Correspondence vol.  2, letter to J.   …
  • … F.  Royle, [2 February 1842] and n.  1, and n.  4, below). The preceding Thursday was 3  …

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Cancelled: same as DCP-LETT-649. Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  CUL DAR 146: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-645

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842] …
  • … CUL DAR 146: 149 Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Oct 1842 7 …
  • … Oct 1842 Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …

Maclaren, Charles. 1842. Coral islands. (From the Scotsman of 29 October and 9 November 1842). Pamphlet reprint. [Edinburgh.]

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  • … Maclaren, Charles. 1842. Coral islands. ( …
  • … From the Scotsman of 29 October and 9 November 1842). Pamphlet reprint. [Edinburgh. ] 2 …

Phillips, J. 1842. Three notices. [Read 9 March 1842.] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838-42): 705–6.

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  • … Phillips, J. 1842. Three notices. [ …
  • … Read 9 March 1842. ] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838-42): 705–6. 2 …

To Julian Jackson   13 October [1842]

Summary

Discusses JJ’s proposed review of his volume [Coral reefs].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julian Jackson
Date:  13 Oct [1842]
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-650

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  • … To Julian Jackson   13 October [1842] …
  • … Royal Geographical Society Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Oct [1842] Julian Jackson …
  • … Jackson 1842 . A list of presentation copies of Coral reefs is in DAR 69: 108. …
  • … Bibliography Jackson, Julian. 1842. The structure and distribution of coral reefs. [ …

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-649

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842] …
  • … American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Oct 1842 7 …
  • … Oct 1842 Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … by Louis Agassiz and James David Forbes. L.  Agassiz 1842, pp.  236–7 and plate 4. …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …
  • … 1837 , n.  9). See letter to Anne Susan Horner, [4 October 1842] , n.  4. See letter to …
  • … W.  H. Fitton, 23 June 1842 . For R.  I. Murchison’s disbelief in Welsh glaciers see …

From John Provis   14 July 1842

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Discusses elevations along Holyhead Road [Anglesey].

Author:  John Provis
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 July 1842
Classmark:  DAR 27.1: B23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-635

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  • … From John Provis   14 July 1842
  • … DAR 27.1: B23 John Provis Holyhead 14 July 1842 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … glaciers of Caernarvonshire’ , Collected papers 1: 163–71) published in September 1842. …
  • … Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [ Shorter publications , pp. 140– …
  • … Holyhead. 14 th . July 1842. Sir, In compliance with your request I now send you the …

To Charles Lyell   [September–December 1842]

Summary

Discusses relationship of subsidence to the formation of coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Sept–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-605

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [September–December 1842] …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 [Sept–Dec 1842] Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … for CD’s coral theory. See CD’s letter to Charles Maclaren, [15 November–December 1842]. …
  • … Charles Maclaren, [15 November – December 1842] , and Journal of researches, 2d ed. , p.   …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842. Correspondence : The correspondence of …
  • … Lyell had returned from America (August 1842) and had discussed CD’s Coral reefs with him. …
  • … Charles Maclaren, [15 November–December 1842], and makes it probable that CD revised his …

To ?   [1842–82]

Summary

Will be glad to see recipient and Mr Morris at Down the following day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Wickham Flower
Date:  [1842–82]
Classmark:  eBay (April 2001)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13867G

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  • … To ?    [1842–82] …
  • … eBay (April 2001) Charles Robert Darwin [1842–82] John Wickham Flower …

To Anne Susan Horner   [4 October 1842]

Summary

Emma recovering well from birth of third child, Mary Eleanor.

Sorry to hear Leonard Horner has been ill.

Has received high praise of Coral reefs from Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Anne Susanna Horner
Date:  [4 Oct 1842]
Classmark:  DAR 261.11: 1 (EH 88206053)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-648

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  • … To Anne Susan Horner   [4 October 1842] …
  • … DAR 261.11: 1 (EH 88206053) Charles Robert Darwin Down [4 Oct 1842] Anne Susanna Horner …
  • … Lonsdale on Friday, 30 September (see letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] ). …
  • … December. See letters to Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842], and William Hallowes Miller, [ …
  • … 16 October – 27 November 1842]. Lonsdale had retired from his position because of ill …

To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1842]

Summary

Believes "absurd letter" hastily read at last Geological Society Council meeting was from Charlesworth’s solicitor. Suggests that it may have been sent to entrap the Council and that it should be read over carefully.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [Nov–Dec 1842]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 7381(i))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-653

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  • … To Charles Lyell   [November–December 1842] …
  • … RP 7381(i)) Charles Robert Darwin unstated [Nov–Dec 1842] Charles Lyell, 1st baronet …
  • … letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] for CD’s account of Charlesworth’s efforts …
  • … the letter to Austen mentioned in the letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842] . …

From Hensleigh Wedgwood   25 September [1842]

Summary

Gives an account of his father’s illness.

Author:  Hensleigh Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1842]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 258)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-644

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  • … From Hensleigh Wedgwood   25 September [1842] …
  • … Collection (MS W/M 258) Hensleigh Wedgwood Maer 25 Sept [1842] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … A letter (21 September 1842) from Charlotte Langton to Emma Darwin, describing a crisis in …
  • … on until 12 July 1843. Mary Eleanor Darwin was born on 23 September 1842 at Down House. …

To A. Y. Spearman   29 April 1842

Summary

The fourth number of part four is now published; the Smith, Elder & Co. account is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  29 Apr 1842
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4723 paper 15949)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-625A

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  • … To A.  Y. Spearman   29 April 1842
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 29 Apr 1842 Alexander Young Spearman …
  • … from Smith, Elder & Co. , dated April 1842, detailing the various costs of Fish, No. 4. …
  • … 12 Upper Gower St April 29 th . —1842 Sir I have the honour to transmit, as on former …

To A. Y. Spearman   5 August 1842

Summary

The Smith, Elder & Co. account for the first number of part five of the Zoology, now published, is presented.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alexander Young Spearman
Date:  5 Aug 1842
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4723 paper 15949)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-637A

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  • … To A.  Y. Spearman   5 August 1842
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Upper Gower St, 12 5 Aug 1842 Alexander Young Spearman …
  • … from Smith, Elder & Co. , dated August 1842, detailing the various costs of Reptiles, No. …
  • … 12 Upper Gower St August 5. 1842 Sir I have the honour to transmit, as on former …

Norgate, Frank (1842–1919)

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  • … Frank Norgate 1842–1919 Ornithologist and naturalist. …
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Hensleigh Wedgwood

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Hensleigh Wedgwood, Emma Darwin’s brother and Charles’s cousin, was a philologist, barrister and original member of the Philological Society, which had been created in 1842. In 1857, while Wedgwood was preparing a dictionary of English etymology, he wrote…

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  • … of the Philological Society, which had been created in 1842. In 1857, while Wedgwood was preparing a …

Darwin and working from home

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Ever wondered how Darwin worked? As part of our For the Curious series of simple interactives, ‘Darwin working from home’ lets you explore objects from Darwin’s study and garden at Down House to learn how he worked and what he had to say about it. And not…

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  • … Darwin moved into Down House in Kent on 17 th September 1842 and remained there for the rest of …

Second species sketch

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Darwin finishes an expanded sketch of his species theory, first drafted in 1842

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  • … an expanded sketch of his species theory, first drafted in 1842

Family life

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From the long letters exchanged with his sisters during the Beagle voyage, through correspondence about his marriage to his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, the births—and deaths—of their children, to the  contributions of his sons and daughters  to his scientific…

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  • … settled at Down House in Kent, where he and Emma moved in 1842, he worked constantly surrounded by …

Begins 'Natural Selection'

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Darwin begins writing his 'big book', Natural Selection. The book was never finished, but later formed the basis for On the Origin of Species

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  • … Darwin begins writing his 'big book', Natural Selection. The book was never finished, but …

Moves to Down, Kent

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The Darwins move to Down House, in the village of Down (later 'Downe'), Kent.  Darwin, who spent the rest of his life there, described it as a "good, very ugly house".

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  • … The Darwins move to Down House, in the village of Down (later 'Downe'), Kent.  Darwin, who spent …

Philip Gidley King

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King was born in Parramatta, New South Wales on 31 October 1817, son of Captain Phillip Parker King and Harriett (Lethbridge). His grandfather, also named Philip Gidley King, had been governor of New South Wales. As a child, King travelled to England with…

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  • … parents in Parramatta. He studied livestock handling and in 1842 joined the Australian Agricultural …

Asa Gray

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Darwin’s longest running and most significant exchange of correspondence dealing with the subjects of design in nature and religious belief was with the Harvard botanist Asa Gray.  Gray was one of Darwin’s leading supporters in America. He was also a…

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  • … professor of natural history at Harvard University in 1842, a post he held until his death in 1888. …

Darwin in letters, 1851-1855: Death of a daughter

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The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. The period opens with a family tragedy in the death of Darwin’s oldest and favourite daughter, Anne, and it shows how, weary and mourning his dead child,…

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  • … The letters from these years reveal the main preoccupations of Darwin’s life with a new intensity. …

Emma Darwin

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Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife and first cousin, was born Emma Wedgwood, the eighth and youngest child of Josiah Wedgwood II and Bessy Allen. Her father was the eldest son of the famous pottery manufacturer, Josiah Wedgwood I. Her mother was one…

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  • … year, and Anne Elizabeth Darwin was born in March 1841. In 1842, Charles bought Down House in the …

The geology of the Beagle voyage

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The primary concern that linked much of Darwin’s geological work in the Beagle years was to understand the changing relation between the levels of land and sea. As he studied the shores of South America, and discovered shells inland at thousands of feet…

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  • … The structure and distribution of coral reefs  (1842),  Geological observations on the volcanic …

Leonard Jenyns

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When Darwin returned from the Beagle voyage there was no-one available to describe the fish that he had collected. At Darwin’s request Jenyns, a friend from Cambridge days, took on the challenge. It was not an easy one: at that time Jenyns had only worked…

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  • … of the Voyage of the Beagle published between 1840 and 1842. The manuscript version of this survives …

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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  • … bookseller had in obtaining the first edition, published in 1842 ( Correspondence  vol. 21, …

Alfred Russel Wallace

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Wallace was a leading Victorian naturalist, with wide-ranging interests from biogeography and evolutionary theory to spiritualism and politics. He was born in 1823 in Usk, a small town in south-east Wales, and attended a grammar school in Hertford. At the…

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  • … on 18 June, “if Wallace had my M.S. sketch written out in 1842 he could not have made a better short …

About Darwin

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To many of us, Darwin’s name is synonymous with his theory of evolution by natural selection.  But even before the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was publicly known through his popular book about the voyage of the Beagle, and he was…

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  • … and privately developed a theory of evolution.  In 1842, Charles and Emma moved just south of London …

About Darwin

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To many of us, Darwin’s name is synonymous with his theory of evolution by natural selection.  But even before the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, he was publicly known through his popular book about the voyage of the Beagle, and he was…

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  • … and privately developed a theory of evolution.  In 1842, Charles and Emma moved just south of London …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … not that of a clergyman. The parish of Down In 1842, within six years of his return …

The writing of "Origin"

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From a quiet rural existence at Down in Kent, filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on the transmutation of species, Darwin was jolted into action in 1858 by the arrival of an unexpected letter (no longer extant) from Alfred Russel Wallace outlining a…

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  • … coincidence. if Wallace had my M.S. sketch written out in 1842 he could not have made a better short …

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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  • … “ . . . if Wallace had my MS sketch written out in 1842 he could not have made a better short …

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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  • … coincidence. if Wallace had my M.S. sketch written out in 1842 he could not have made a better short …
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