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To W. H. Flower   [1871?]

Summary

Does not know rules for admission to museum [of the Royal College of Surgeons]. CD’s son [Francis] wishes much to inspect some of the preparations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Henry Flower
Date:  [1871?]
Classmark:  B. J. Harrison (private collection); sold by Bonhams (dealers), 15 July 2004
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5767

From C. H. Thiebout   [1871]

Summary

As a follower of CD, Spencer, and Kant, wishes to announce his work on the origin of "foolish illnesses" and prostitution [? Kort begrip der proefunderlijke zielkunde (1869)].

Author:  Carel Hendrik Thiebout
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 201: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6523

To John Lubbock   [1871 or later]

Summary

All the inhabitants of Down hope JL will endeavour to induce the Post Office to improve the telegraph service.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Date:  [1871 or later]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7057

From L. C. Wedgwood   [January 1871]

Summary

Describes a pouting expression in a 3½–year-old child.

Author:  Lucy Caroline Wedgwood; Lucy Caroline Harrison
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7063

From William Turner   [1871?]

Summary

Extract from Robert Knox on hermaphroditism [Lond. Med. Gaz. 12 Jan 1844].

Author:  William Turner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1871?]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 196
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7414

From O. G. Rejlander   [1871]

Summary

Observations on expression.

Author:  Oscar Gustaf Rejlander
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 189: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7418

To Francis Darwin   [after 21 January 1871]

Summary

Responds to Mivart’s Genesis of species. "I complain of his incessently speaking as if I trusted exclusively to natural selection … Mivart speaks in many places as if I entirely ignored the direct action of external conditions". Answers some of Mivart’s particular criticisms. Suggests FD read the letter to Marlborough Robert Pryor, as Pryor will never be able to read it himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 21 Jan 1871]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s (dealers) (28 March 1983)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7425

From Francis Wedgwood to Emma Darwin   [before 4 January 1871]

Summary

Will observe old furrowed fields for CD in the early spring. Suggests locations in Scotland and Rugby with ridge and furrowing in old pastures.

Author:  Francis (Frank) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [before 4 Jan 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 181: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7426

To P. L. Sclater   4 January [1871]

Summary

Is infinitely obliged for a correction. "You men who do only or chiefly original work have an immense advantage over compilers like myself, as you can know what to trust." Wishes he had consulted PLS before using A. E. Brehm’s Thierleben woodcuts [for Descent]. PLS’s assistance has saved him from "endless blunders"; he now feels safe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Date:  4 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  Zoological Society of London (GB 0814 BADD (Darwin))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7427

From Francis Wedgwood   4 January 1871

Summary

Depth of furrows in old field.

Author:  Francis (Frank) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7428

From W. W. Reade   6 January [1871]

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On sexual selection and the sense of beauty among the W. African Negroes.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 89: 170–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7429

From Federico Delpino   7 January 1871

Summary

Sends his new work, Ulteriori osservazioni sulla dicogomia pt 2, fasc. 1.

Has found no nectar in Orchis morio or O. maculata in Italy and has seen no insects visiting the plants.

Gives his observations on cross- and self-fertilisation in cereals.

Author:  Federico Delpino
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 111: A77–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7430

From A. F. Boardman   8 January 1871

Summary

More speculations [see 5811] on the evolutionary development of man, relating progress to the consumption of better food and the availability of moist air.

Author:  Alex F Boardman
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 160: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7431

From Francis Galton   9 January 1871

Summary

Definite results have been delayed, but he is optimistic.

Author:  Francis Galton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 105: A23–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7432

From Francis Wedgwood   9 January 1871

Summary

Appearance and depth of furrows in old field.

Author:  Francis (Frank) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 181: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7433

From W. W. Reade   10 January 1871

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Summary

Sends quotation about Lycurgus and Spartan exposure of infants who were deemed defective.

Bibliographic references on sense of beauty and morals.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7435

From R. F. Cooke   11 January 1871

Summary

Sends title-page of Descent for approval. Asks whether CD has any idea of size of index.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 383
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7436

From L. A. J. Quetelet   11 January 1871

Summary

Sends diploma of election to the Royal Belgian Academy.

Author:  Lambert Adolphe Jacques (Adolphe) Quetelet; Secretary, Acad. R. Sci. Belgique
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 175: 13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7437

To R. F. Cooke   12 January [1871]

Summary

Has no idea about length of index [for Descent]. W. S. Dallas wrote it would take ten days more. Asks how many presentation copies he may have. Lists journals to receive review copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  12 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 274
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7438

To J. B. Innes   13 January 1871

Summary

CD has forgotten about S. J. O. Horsman and the church organ and asks for any information that will help him inform his solicitors in connection with a document he has received and encloses. Will not apologise for what he said, but is ignorant of what it was.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Brodie Innes
Date:  13 Jan 1871
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7439
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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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  • … "A child of God" (1) Abberley, John (1) …
  • … (2) Aitken, Thomas (1) Albano, Louisa …
  • … (2) Allen, Frances (1) Allen, Grant …
  • … (4) Althaus, Julius (1) Ambrose, J. L. …

Darwin The Collector

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Look at nature more closely and create and record your own natural collections.

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  • … Activities provide an introduction to Charles Darwin, how and why he collected so many specimens …

Detecting Darwin

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Who was Charles Darwin? What is he famous for? Why is he still important?

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  • … Pupils act as Darwin detectives, exploring clues about Darwin’s life and work. No prior knowledge …

Language: Interview with Gregory Radick

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Darwin made a famous comment about parallels between changes in language and species change. Gregory Radick, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Leeds University, talks about the importance of the development of language to Darwin, what…

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  • … the answers from the interview.     1. According to Darwin, how did language …
  • … after his death? Transcription 1. According to Darwin, how did language …

1 Belgrave Street, London

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Marriages and gossip

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  • … A family friend relates news of her marriage and other gossip. …

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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  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono.” 1 To the master of …
  • … sono; Chè quanto io posso dar, tutto vi dono”. 1 —§—   …
  • … still it shines bright! 1. Non che poco io dia, da imputar sono; …

Dates of composition of Darwin's manuscript on species

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Many of the dates of letters in 1856 and 1857 were based on or confirmed by reference to Darwin’s manuscript on species (DAR 8--15.1, inclusive; transcribed and published as Natural selection). This manuscript, begun in May 1856, was nearly completed by…

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  • … the chapters ( Natural selection ) are also given. Chapter 1 is not extant nor was it recorded in …
  • … title and references 1 [Not known] …

Darwin’s queries on expression

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When Darwin resumed systematic research on emotions around 1866, he began to collect observations more widely and composed a list of queries on human expression. A number of handwritten copies were sent out in 1867 (see, for example, letter to Fritz Muller…

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Darwin And Evolution

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What is evolution? What did Darwin discover and how did he come to his conclusions?

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  • … Activities give an introduction to Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. Specimens brought …

Home learning: 7-11 years

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Do try this at home! Support your children’s learning by downloading our free and fun activities for those aged between 7-11 and 11-14 years, using Darwin’s letters.  

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Darwin's Fantastical Voyage

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Learn about Darwin's adventures on his epic journey.

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  • … These activities explore Darwin’s life changing voyage aboard HMS Beagle. Using letters home, …

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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  • … Re: Design – performance version – 25 March 2007 – 1 Re: Design – Adaptation of the …
  • … predominantly read the words of the following: Actor 1 – Asa Gray Actor 2 – Charles …
  • … JANE GRAY: [Jane Loring Gray’s journal. Harvard. November 1887]  1   Dr Gray went in to Boston …

'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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  • … in the London daily newspaper the Morning Star in 1862 (see Animal World , 1 January 1870, p. …
  • … for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Annual Report, 1864, p. 32; Animal World , 1 February …
  • … from Emma Darwin to William Erasmus Darwin, [2 September 1863] (DAR 219.1: 77), and Correspondence …

Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition

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Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

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  • … line number.     Page xiv, par. 1, line 1, insert before ‘Geoffroy’: 1   …
  • … on the modification of species.    Page xix, par. 1, line 2, insert after ‘and clearness.’: …

Interview with Tim Lewens

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Dr Tim Lewens is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Organisms and artifacts (2004), which examines the language and arguments for design in biology and philosophy, and of…

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  • …   Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: This is part …

Interview with Emily Ballou

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Emily Ballou is a writer of novels and screenplays, and a prize-winning poet. Her book The Darwin Poems, which explores aspects of Darwin’s life and thoughts through the medium of poetry, was recently published by the University of Western Australia Press.…

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  • … Date of interview: 28 May 2009 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr …

Interview with Pietro Corsi

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Pietro Corsi is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. His book Evolution Before Darwin is due to be published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Date of interview: 17 July 2009 Transcription 1: Introduction …

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Interview with John Hedley Brooke

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John Hedley Brooke is President of the Science and Religion Forum as well as the author of the influential Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991). He has had a long career in the history of science and…

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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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  • … of interview: 7 August 2008 Transcription 1. Introduction Dr White: …

Fake Darwin: myths and misconceptions

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Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, with full debunking below...

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  • … Many myths have persisted about Darwin's life and work. Here are a few of the more pervasive ones, …
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