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Darwin’s reading notebooks


In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to
  • … (DAR 119) opens with five pages of text copied from Notebook C and carries on through 1851; the
  • used these notebooks extensively in dating and annotating Darwins letters; the full transcript
  • … *128). For clarity, the transcript does not record Darwins alterations. The spelling and
  • book had been consulted. Those cases where it appears that Darwin made a genuine deletion have been
  • to be Read [DAR *119: Inside Front Cover] C. Darwin June 1 st . 1838
  • … [DAR *119: 2v.] Whites regular gradation in man [C. White 1799] Lindleys
  • 8 vo  p 181 [Latreille 1819]. see p. 17 Note Book C. for reference to authors about E. Indian
  • Medical Rev. N o  14. Ap 1839 [Anon. 1839b] Rev. on Walker on Intermarriage [A. Walker 1838] …
  • facts on cross-bred animals, M r  Yarrell has it?? Walker on Interriage [A. Walker 1838] …
  • 765. in Geograph. Soc?? Review of this in Edin. Phil Jour. 1840. June [Anon. 1840]. Report of
  • 26Account of Domestic &ampForeign  Bees [Jardine ed. 1840]: (Athenæum 1840 p. 195) …
  • A. Necker 1823] read Lindleys Horticulture [Lindley 1840]— Chapter on Races improvement of
  • … [Fellows 1839] Catherine 48 Life of Collins R.A. [Collins 1848] Phases of Faith
  • Skimmed. Coral & Transmut. theory —— Walker on intermarriage [Walker 1838]— List
  • 1 (1847) in Darwin Library.] *128: 179 Arnold, Thomas. 183843History of Rome . 3
  • de   Pekin . 16 vols. Paris128: 18 Beale, Thomas. 1839The natural history of the
  • ed. (1874) in Darwin Library.]  119: 5a Bell, Thomas. 1837A history of British
  • Croker. 5 vols. London119: 4a, 9b Boteler, Thomas. 1835Narrative of a voyage of
  • of natural history . London119: 20a Browne, Thomas. 1643Religio Medici . First
  • 1848Memoirs of the life of William   Collins, Esq., R.A.  2 vols. London.  *119: 23; 119: …
  • by Richard Owen.  Vol. 4 of  The works of John Hunter, F.R.S. with notes . Edited by James F. …
  • Robert. 1843Memoirs of the life of John   Constable, R.A., composed chiefly of his letters. …
  • Peacock, George. 1855Life of Thomas Young, M.D., F.R.S.  London.  *128: 172; 128: 21

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year


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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  • 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working
  • dispute over an anonymous review that attacked the work of Darwins son George dominated the second
  • and traveller Alexander von Humboldts 105th birthday, Darwin obliged with a reflection on his debt
  • during prolonged intervals’ ( letter to D. T. Gardner, [ c . 27 August 1874] ). The death of a
  • from W. D. Fox, 8 May [1874] ).  Such reminiscences led Darwin to the self-assessment, ‘as for one
  • I feel very old & helpless The year started for Darwin with a weeks visit to
  • Andrew Clark, whom he had been consulting since August 1873. Darwin had originally thought that
  • …  ( letter to B. J. Sulivan, 6 January [1874] ). Darwin mentioned his poor health so frequently in
  • 1874 ). Séances, psychics, and sceptics Darwin excused himself for reasons of
  • by George Henry Lewes and Marian Evans (George Eliot), but Darwin excused himself, finding it too
  • the month, another Williams séance was held at the home of Darwins cousin Hensleigh Wedgwood. Those
  • 2d ed., p. 258 n. 99). The former bishop of Honolulu, Thomas Nettleship Staley, and Titus Munson
  • Descent  was published in November 1874 ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). Though
  • on subsequent print runs would be very good ( letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 ). …
  • in a few hours dissolve the hardest cartilage, bone & meat &c. &c.’ ( letter to W. D. …
  • on the digestibility of various substances on his behalf. Thomas Lauder Brunton sent the results of
  • whether at theclose of the putrefaction of flesh, skin &c, any substance is produced before
  • At the other end of the spectrum, the Dublin accounts clerk Thomas Cooke Copland sent Darwin details
  • letter from S. W. Pennypacker, 14 September 1874 ). Thomas Lauder Brunton sent Darwin
  • often returned to the vomit and ate it ( letter from W. G. Walker, 6 December 1874 ). The
  • Sharpe for promotion at the British Museum ( letter to R. B. Sharpe, 24 November [1874] ).  He
  • you have to doIt is enough to kill anyone’, and asked Thomas Henry Farrer to attempt to influence
  • head that M r  Spencers terms of equilibration &c always bother me & make everything less

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'


The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle  voyage was one
  • a family Busy as he was with scientific activities, Darwin found time to re-establish family
  • close contact. In November 1838, two years after his return, Darwin became engaged to his cousin, …
  • daughter, Anne Elizabeth, moved to Down House in Kent, where Darwin was to spend the rest of his
  • his greatest theoretical achievement, the most important of Darwins activities during the years
  • identifications of his bird and fossil mammal specimens, Darwin arrived at the daring and momentous
  • ideas on a wide range of topics. Then, in September 1838, T. R. Malthus’  An essay on the principle
  • in species. With this new theoretical point of departure Darwin continued to make notes and explore
  • present in the version of 1859. Young author Darwins investigation of the species
  • Agassiz (see Barrett 1973, Rudwick 1974, and L. Agassiz 1840). In another paper, “On the
  • Fossil Mammalia , by Richard OwenMammalia , by G. R. WaterhouseBirds , by John Gould;  …
  • publications. The beetles were described by F. W. Hope, G. R. Waterhouse, and C. C. Babington; the
  • 2). Darwins crustacean specimens, originally entrusted to Thomas Bell, subsequently purchased by
  • all crosses between all domestic birds & animals dogs, cats &c &c very valuable—' …
  • on literature in this field and on friends like Henslow, T. C. Eyton, and W. D. Fox, who were
  • the practice of systematists. As the correspondence with G. R. Waterhouse during the 1840s shows, …
  • same, though I know what I am looking for' ( Letter to G. R. Waterhouse, [26 July 1843] ).  …
  • to how one ought to act’ ( Letter from Emma Darwin, [  c.  February 1839] ). These are not
  • My stomach as usual has been my enemy In 1840 the illness was different. As he wrote to
  • life. ‘My stomach’, he wrote to FitzRoy, [20 February 1840] , ‘as usual has been my enemybut D
  • reasonable diagnosis (see Colp 1977). The illness of 1840 appears to have been the
  • descendants, twelve letters from Darwin to Kemp in the years 1840 to 1843 have come to light; they
  • relation of fossil with recent. the fabric falls!' (Notebook C : 767). …